Friday, July 31, 2009

Mmmmm...Cookies


A few months ago, I re-discovered my favorite cookies. Aaron was flying a couple nights ago which means Finn and I are usually tired and bored from 6-8pm. So instead of watching TV, we whipped up these yummy treats! Seriously, they are so yummy. They are JUMBO (you drop them by 1/4 cup!) and they always turn out so chewy and delicious. Got the recipe from my sister Megan and now I am sharing it with you! Please make them...you won't regret it.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

1/2 C softened butter
1/2 C peanut butter
1 C brown sugar
1/2 C sugar
2 eggs
2 T corn syrup
2 T water
2 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 C flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 C chocolate chips

In a large bowl cream butter, peanut butter, brown sugar and sugar until smooth. Add eggs one at a time. Add corn syrup, water and vanilla.
In a medium bowl combine flour, baking soda and salt. Gradually stir flour mixture into sugar mixture. Fold in chocolate chips.
Drop by 1/4 C full of dough onto ungreased sheet and squish flat. (1/4 inch thick and round.) Bake at 375 degrees for 7-9 minutes until edges are golden. (Top does NOT look done but will set). Makes 18 cookies. By leaving the drop size so big, they are sure to be chewy!

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Sunday, July 26, 2009

She's Got Style


Yep, those glasses belong to Mr. Potato Head, and they fit with room to spare.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Kate is Home!


Kate came home from the hospital on Tuesday, July 14th! She gradually started to eat better and better until the nurses were able to remove her feeding tube. I stayed at the hospital overnight with her and she did well, so the next day we got to bring her home. She is still a difficult breast feeder, but she takes a bottle really well so right now I am pumping milk and giving her a bottle at every other feeding until she gets the hang of nursing.

View Kate's Hospital Portrait

Unfortunately, she still has to be hooked up to an oxygen tank as well as a machine that monitors her heart and respiratory rates. She will probably be on oxygen for at least a couple weeks, and the monitor for at least a month. This makes taking her places (even up the stairs!) a challenge but we are just so thrilled to have her home.

Video of Kate at Home

Finn got a present of five Hot Wheels cars from baby Kate which has helped them become instant friends. He already loves to hold her and 'hep-you' (help you...meaning me) to make the baby comfortable. We are so excited to finally be an official family of four!