My First Blog Post: The Perfect Cookie

The perfect chocolate chip cookie

Who doesn’t love chocolate chip cookies? They are a universal classic and every one needs an easy, go-to classic cookie recipe in their hat.

For Mother’s Day, I really needed a new stand mixer. The aqua blue stand mixer that we got for a wedding gift 6 years ago was on it’s last leg, it was leaking oil, and the off setting of the level got sticky so if the thing had power, it was spinning. I started browsing online and saw this Kitchen Aid at Williams and Sonoma, and I could hear the angels sing when I saw it! So classic, so elegant, so beautiful! Surely anything I make in this beautiful thing will just automatically taste incredible!

See how beautiful?!? So naturally it was the only thing I wanted for Mother’s Day….

AND IT CAME!!! Go Lance!

It looks so beautiful on my countertop, like it was made to go there! So naturally, I had to make something in it, but what dish is worth of christening this masterpiece? I decided that since we were having a Memorial Day get-together with my family, the most chocolate chip cookie crazy group I have ever met, I would experiment to find out the best cookie recipe to serve!

I picked 3 cookie recipes to try, and tested them on the toughest critics, Lance’s co-workers! I picked 2 homemade recipes that pinterest proclaimed to be the “world’s best chocolate chip cookies,” and one test group, break and bake Tollhouse cookie dough!

Group 1: Big Chewy Cookies

I chose a recipe from https://dinnerthendessert.com/chocolate-chip-cookies/ that was all over pinterest, that claimed to be the best chewy cookies. Overall these turned out great! They were super easy to make, no tricky steps like browning the butter or chilling the cookie dough, and baked really well. They were super chewy and according to my critics had a great chocolate chip ratio.

Group 2: Applesauce Cookies

I had read online and had several people tell me that applesauce is a great natural sweetener and that baked goods made with applesauce are extra moist and sweet, so I was curious to test their popularity. I used this recipe, which was also highly rated and re-pinned on pinterest https://ohsodelicioso.com/applesauce-chocolate-chip-cookies/. These cookies came out almost cake-like in consistency, and although they were not awful, they surely were not a crowd favorite.

Group 3: Tollhouse Break and Bake

These were obviously the easiest of all, you just break the cookie dough bits apart and place on the cookie sheet. 12 minutes and only one dish later, you have cookies!!! These were a universal crowd pleaser as well, but did come out rather small for my taste.

So who was the winner!?!

After the blind taste-test, I was told that option 1 (traditional homemade) and option 3 (Tollhouse) were very comparable in tast and Option 1 won based on the sole fact that the cookies were double the size and had more chocolate chips! But what was my take-away from 3 hours in the kitchen and 2 dishwasher loads of dishes? If the homemade ones took so much effort, and taste-wise were comparable to the super easy premade cookie dough, is it really worth the extra effort? I decided that none of these are perfect, but you know what is? Tiff’s Treats and Great American Cookie, both of which are within a 10 minute drive of our house!

Who am I?

I have opened this page to start this blog on and off probably once a week, every single week since February 24th. I have dreamt about starting my own blog for YEARS!!! Why has it taken me so long? Because I am a perfectionist that doesn’t believe in perfection; you may think that you just read this wrong, but you didn’t. I do not believe that perfection exists in our world, yet I am constantly striving to create my version of perfect. Fear of failure, fear of judgement, and fear that my version of perfect may not live up to another person’s standards have always held me back in chasing my dreams.

Why now?

  • Marie Kondo, that’s why!!!!

I have always been focused on creating, creating the perfect wardrobe (thanks Nordstrom and pinterest), the perfect home, planning the most fabulous party theme, ect. In my pursuit of all of these things that I thought would bring me happiness, I accumulated so much baggage. Literal baggage in the form of material possesions, boxes upon boxes of discarded home decor that no longer fit my pinterest-created image for my spaces, party supplies that I may or may not ever use again (but what-if?!?), and a closet full of clothes that didn’t suit my life, because they were inspired by women on the internet that dress up for work everyday and wear high heels to target (yeah, right). But also emotional baggage, wondering why I never felt content, dealing with a frustrated husband due to my constant shopping, and spending so much time improving things, that I neglected nuturing relationships with loved ones.

But wait, isn’t Marie Kondo’s method about home organization? What does that have to do with blogging?

  • Marie’s book is called “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” and it literally changed my life!!!!
  • Tidying my home and deciding if each item brings me joy taught me what really matters to me. Which turns out to NOT be how many shoes are in my closet or the 5,000 picture frames I had strewn about the spare bedroom waiting for a home, despite what my credit card statement says.

Once I cleared my home of unneccesary items, it was like a fog lifted out of my brain. I enjoy my morning walk with Bailey more because I am not stressed out about the laundry piling up (I don’t even have enough clothes for laundry to pile up anymore!!!), or the mess of random things strewn about the living areas (because there is nothing random left in my house that doesn’t serve a purpose AND have a home). I think more clearly about what I WANT to do instead of what I HAVE to do, because I am doing with less. And I love it. I am creating with what I already have. I am thriving. I am living my best life.

All of this to say, I want to share with you! Not just Marie Kondo, but I may do a post or 2 (or 5) about that, but about our adventure. My life with Bailey, our creations, our dreams, and our fun! And although I am no longer seeking perfection, I have realized that home design, fashion, and party planning do bring me joy, just without the excess and pressure! So if you got this far, and want to follow along, we would love to have you!

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