There’s something about a sleeping baby … even if he’s not a “baby” anymore. I love watching him sleep. He usually is smiling or laughing while he’s sleeping – too cute. And eyelashes … way longer than mine, it figures a boy gets the long eyelashes.
OK, enough about my baby, onto food!
Had a rough day today, so The Husband offered to cook. Who am I to say no? Spent some time in the doctor’s office this afternoon — suffice it to say that you should NEVER use a q-tip inside your ear. I knew that, but figured if I was careful, all would be ok, right? Not. Temporarily lost my hearing in one ear. All is fine now, but the q-tips went right in the garbage when I got home.
The Husband makes delicious Cuban Black Beans and Rice and since yesterday Nicholas was asking for black beans, he was a pretty happy camper tonight. The Husband has perfected the spices that go into it; if I could just get him to write the proportions down, he’d be able to duplicate it every time. He also grilled some steaks and I cut up some watermelon to complete the meal. The weather was absolutely gorgeous today, so we ate on the porch tonight. Perfect.
After dinner, I made a batch of the Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies for Nicholas to bring into school tomorrow. One of his teachers put in a request for chocolate, and I’m happy to oblige. If you bake these cookies for 8-9 minutes, they’ll result in wonderfully gooey, soft cookies that are absolutely delicious.
Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies
3/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2-1/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
16 oz. chocolate chips
Beat butter and sugars at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla, beating until blended. Combine flour, soda and salt in a small bowl and slowly add to the butter mixture, beating well. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop by tablespoons onto lightly greased baking sheets. Bake at 350 for 8-9 minutes for soft gooey cookies, or up to 14 minutes for crispier cookies. Remove to wire racks to cool completely. Yield about 40 cookies.