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…and chocolate chip cookies will heal you…



That was the only thing I could think of to help. You see, a relative was ill, really ill, been in the hospital for weeks. Test, tests and more tests. So serious, and more tests. Then really scary surgery. I mean this was not outpatient stuff. I would come to the hospital each day, keep his wife company. Try to be helpful by….????? I mean what can I do but try and be light, or serious, ask a question but not too many questions, whatever was needed at the time. Sometimes it meant playing cards, heard of May I? Sometimes it was staying late and having dinner together. Actually the food was really good, steak, sweet potato fries.  But my relative needed to gain weight. Needed to have his appetite teased. Eat. So that’s when I came up with baking cookies. I mean who can turn down, cookies, Chocolate Chip cookies. That was my first thought. Nothing too clunky, nothing too dainty, not one of those “Best Chocolate Cookies on Earth” cookies. No, just the recipe on the back of the Nestle Chocolate Chips bag. Freshly made, they are superb. They don’t need any fancy embellishments.

Two of my grandchildren were in town at the time. They love baking and cooking with me. I think it’s the time where I’m totally focused on them, teaching a skill as opposed to trying to win at, War, Fish, Crazy Eights (my own children beat me at that game every time) board games, we play a lot. So I thought it would be a great idea for all of us to make cookies that I could bring to my relative that were made by the grand-kids. It would be good for them to “give” and help a loved one heal. So off we went to make cookies.

Now to get ready to bake…So careful and precise.

Let me tell you my baking secret. I weigh the ingredients when I bake. If you complain that you’re really not a baker, weigh the ingredients and you, too, will become a baker. It completely improved the end result. You’ll be amazed at your accomplishments and compliments. Another hint. Take a vanilla bean and bury it in your sugar canister. wonderful flavoring for sugar.

Weighing sugar on a scale

Weighing sugar on a scale

What happened? I brought the cookies to the hospital and everyone wanted just one, maybe two, well, “OK I’ll have just one more.” Eventually they had to be hidden so that the person who was ill could have a few for himself. We became cookie machines. As soon as one batch was eaten up, we were on to another. I’ve never gone through so many sticks of butter, bags of flour and cups of sugar so quickly.

Plate of Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oops, I did it again. I had forgotten to take photos of the baked cookies, that I made with the grand-kids, so today I thought I’d bake more cookies, take photos, and deliver the newest batch.  Well, I pre-heated the oven using the Convection Mode, heats faster, put the dough in the oven and completely forgot to change the mode to bake!  “Well done” cookies. I’m eating a lot of them to make sure they’re OK.  Life is always a learning lesson. Wish it were easier.

Well done cookies on a cooling rack




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  • Noriko Nakada - Love this. I have a bit of a chocolate chip cookie problem myself, and there is not better gift. Enjoying the blog!ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Thank you so much Noriko. I’m enjoying seeing your dear beautiful child grow. I daren’t even think how many I tasted today to see if they were OK.ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Thank you so much for reading. It’s a great compliment from you being a “published” author. How are you feeling?
      Your daughter is adorable.ReplyCancel

  • Carla Fischer - thanks for your delicious yummy fat free story…and my hand was miraculously healed! i was also immediately reminded of the ‘dante club cookies’ long stemmed cookies…your student was so intensely focused spooning out the cookies…so sweet…and of course the way your cookies were gobbled up gave me big warm smiles…ReplyCancel

    • sandra - and “BIG” warm tummies.ReplyCancel

  • Linda vernon - How cute! And the cookies look delicious!!ReplyCancel

    • sandra - They were. I had to control my self from eating too many of the “burnt” ones. Trust me it takes self control. Thanks for visiting my blog.ReplyCancel

  • Judith Eton - I can almost taste those cookies, what a wonderful story! What great memories you are making with your grandchildren. I am trying to read all your blogs at one sitting, so I’ll be making random comments.ReplyCancel

    • sandra - I remember the first time I made a cake with my granddaughter. Such complete and utter joy! The kids just love when we cook together. What a mess. Plus, I usually forget something in the excitement of it all.ReplyCancel

  • LA CONTESSA - REALLY BEAUTIFUL…………I hope your relative is well now.ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Thank you he’s doing great and the grandchildren are sure they cured him. Actually it is heartwarming to see how close they are with him. He calls them his lucky charms.ReplyCancel

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