Thursday, April 22, 2010

Chocolate White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Okay so I have been wanting to update this so bad and I am so mad that I haven't. Here's the thing, my battery for my camera died and I can't find my charger which means no pictures. I have been baking a decent amount though. So today I decided I am going to post anyways without pictures. I apologize though and you will just have to trust me that these are amazing. 
Last Tuesday I found out that I got the job I was hoping for this summer and to celebrate wanted to bake some cookies. I only had white chocolate chips and found this fabulous recipe. They were seriously the best I have ever had.


Ingredients:
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cup flour
  • 2/3 cup Hershey's cocoa
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 pkg. white vanilla chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix the butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla until light and fluffy. In a separate bowl mix the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. When both bowls are well mixed gradually add the dry mixture in with the wet until well combined. Then pour in as many chocolate chips as you would like. Spoon out about tablespoon sizes of dough onto your cookie sheet (will need 2) and pop in the oven for about 8 minutes. I like mine just barely done but if you like yours more crisp you can put them in for 10 minutes. 

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I honestly cannot believe that the semester and entire school year will be over in just 3 weeks. And in exactly 7 weeks I will be on my way to California for 8 weeks! Wow God is so good, I have survived this year and so far made the best grades this semester of all of my college career. I am going to California! I still find myself saying this daily and sometimes randomly screaming with excitement. If you had asked me in August where I would be this summer I would probably say at home hopefully working with kids. I had absolutely no intention of going anywhere else let alone California. But God works in our lives in mysterious and wonderful ways and I am so excited to be traveling across the United States to spend my summer with other students and staff from Campus Crusade who have a desire to grow closer to the Lord and share his precious word, how awesome is that!

So I have been learning a ton since my last post and could write for hours but I am going to share just one thing that has really hit me hard recently. I know I have talked about the book "Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World" already, seriously girls you need to read this, especially if you are anything like me! I have this attitude so often that I can do it on my own and I would rather because then I know that it will turn out perfect. How selfish is that...besides the fact that NOTHING is perfect except for our wonderful Savior. So anyways one of the chapters talks about Intimacy with God and just spending time with Him. It sounds like such a simple concept but honestly how hard is it to continually just sit down relax and hang out with God? It talks about how when we ask the Lord to take over our lives and wipe away the desires of our sinful nature that we are essentially inviting him into "our home." So we show him all around; this is the room that I eat in, this is the room where I watch tv, and the room where I sleep. And then we have an extra room where I will have my quiet time with you. (Please don't take this as putting Jesus in a room but instead having a designated place where you just hang out just you and the Lord) I hope this is making sense; but anyways you make a decision together that I will meet you here everyday maybe at x time. You start going and having a wonderful time just hanging out and listening to God. But after a couple of days or maybe weeks you get busy and you rush by that room at x time. After a couple of days of being "too busy" you glance in and see the Lord sitting there waiting. 

He is waiting for you EVERY DAY because that time means something to Him as well. How often do we overlook that special time and breeze by on our way to a meeting or class. Just imagine your Heavenly Father waiting for you every day no matter how many times you skip out on Him, or think you are to busy, He cares and He is always waiting. Don't make Him wait, run to that room each and every day even multiple times, then invite Him to walk with you throughout the rest of the day and guide you into each aspect of your life and day. You will feel so much better and the decisions you make will not be your own but His. 

I will be updating more often as soon as I can. I do have some pictures on a friends camera so as soon as they are uploaded I will be sharing a few more recipes!

Also if you have read this far check out Lovin' From the Oven. I made her oreo chocolate chip cookies the other day and they were fabulous!

"Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The LORD is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made." Psalm 145:13