My go to cookie recipe!

Good afternoon ramblers!

So a little unknown fact about me is that I absolutely love to bake! I was lucky enough that when we moved into this new place my hubby got me a kitchenaid mixer as a moving gift (husband of the year award!) I really try to limit my baking these days though because I mean who doesn’t love to eat what they bake?! So I’m a monthly baker when my monthly friend comes along (who doesn’t want chocolate during aunt flow’s visit?) I’ve tried and tried again to get a good classic chocolate chip cookie recipes down and I think I finally got it! So let’s get baking!

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We’ll start with the ingredients; here’s everything you’ll need for this recipe! Also if you are in search of a new baking sheet I completely recommend NORDIC WARE……they are so amazing, so easy to clean, and nothing ever sticks!

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips (really any kind of chocolate chips will work)

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Now that you have all your ingredients together lets get started! Go ahead and preheat your oven to 375 degree F (190 degrees C). In a separate bowl; mix together flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside for now.

In your mixer (or a large bowl if you do not have one), cream together the butter and sugar until it’s completely smooth.

Quick tip: if you’re like myself and always forget to pull out the butter ahead of time to soften, you can stick it on a plate and pop it in the oven while it’s preheating! Just make sure to keep an eye on it so the butter doesn’t melt completely.

Once the butter and sugar mix is smooth go ahead and beat in your eggs one at a time. Then add your vanilla and mix for about 30-60 more seconds.

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Now we will slowly add in the dry ingredients. I take my 1/4 cup measuring spoon and mix in that amount until it’s all gone. Make sure to let it properly mix together before adding the next spoonful in or it can get pretty messy! During this step if you have a kitchenaid mixer I use it at a level 4.

Once the dry ingredients are all in it should be a dough consistency and look like the second photo above!

At this point I take the bowl off the mixer and with a spoon mix in my chocolate chips. Like I stated above you can use any style of chocolate chips. I have even mixed milk chocolate and white chocolate before! If you really want to jazz it up you can add your favorite nuts into it as well (walnuts taste amazing!).

Now that we have everything mixed together it’s time to bake! I use a little cookie spray on my cookie sheet to prevent sticking. You can make the cookies as big or as small as you’d like. I make mine about a heaping teaspoon size so they are small enough my daughter can hold (but not too small that she can choke). You’ll want to spread them about 2 inches apart. They’ll bake for about 8-11 mins.

 

I hope you give them a try and if you do let me know what you think! If you give them a try make sure to tag me in your finished product on instagram (handle at the bottom). Drop a comment below your favorite baking recipe and I’ll give it a try next month!

Happy baking and remember to stay rambling

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xxx

the rambling mom

@annielouisedavis

 

 

RECIPE

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Mix flour, salt, baking soda in seperate bowl.
  2. In mixer, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat eggs in one at a time then add vanilla. Slowly add in dry ingredients until dough like consistency. Stir in chocolate chips.
  3. Drop heaping teaspoon sized balls about 2 inches apart on greased baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 8-11 mins. Move to wire rack to finish cooling.

Monday Coffee Chat!

Good morning Mamas!

It’s the start of the new week and it’s time to enjoy our coffee before the little ones wake! This week’s topic will be a fun one! I hope what I share helps others and I would love to hear all of you other Mamas routines as well!

Fitness After Having a Baby! 

Let’s be real, we all can’t wait to get our body’s back after having our little angels. But it’s easier said than done and I learned that the hard way. I thought since I got fit pretty fast once before it would be the same this time round.

Us women must remember……it took our bodies 9 months to get to this point it will take 9 months (sometimes less sometimes more) to get it back!

So today I will share a bit of my own personal fitness journey, as I’m still in it every single day, and my routine for getting fit!

Growing up I was always the fat kid in school, sports, home, you name it. I loved to eat and so did my dad; it became kinda our thing together. Not until around the age of 21 did I get into “shape”. I say shape like that because yes I did get to my lowest (ever) weight but I did it so unhealthy, I’d walk constantly but my days would be spent starving myself.

 

At the age of 22 I joined the Navy and not only did it help keep me in shape but it helped me learn a healthy way of doing; weightlifting. Once I started weightlifting I fell in love and was instantly hooked! But I was no longer skinny with bones poking out; and I fell in love with my new healthy body.

 

Flash forward to 24 year old, I’m married now and we are expecting our first baby! I started my pregnancy out a little overweight (newly wed weight gain is real lol) but I decided I was going to try and stay fit and “small” during my pregnancy. I worked out a lot and ate pretty healthy. I would like to say I was a cute pregnant lady! But towards the end I literally blew up! I can 100% blame it on my eating habits, but hey this will most likely be my only pregnancy so I decided to enjoy it to the full extent haha

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30 weeks
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37 weeks

Now once I had our beautiful daughter (born at 38 weeks) I was dropping weight pretty fast! Yes I was in the gym weightlifting for 1-2 hours with 30 mins of intense cardio. But once again I was doing everything the unhealthy way; not eating. This was the worst time for me not only was I was suffering from PPD but now I was bordering anorexia. If Riley was lucky he could get me to eat about once a day.

But once we moved and Riley was out of the military our lifestyle changed completely! I was eating again (but now with no working out) and that’s how I got to this point in my life. The heaviest I’ve ever weighed. And it’s hard, every morning when I wake up and look in the mirror my heart sinks. But I did this to myself; unhealthy living and eating habits finally caught up to me.

So now to the point of this (long) blog! How I plan to get back into shape after having this baby. I am going to do a quick disclaimer: I am not a fitness coach nor trained to coach those with weight loss; please check with your doctor and a professional before jumping into any fitness routine!

My fitness routine:

  • Beachbody on Demand; currently 80 Day Obession
  • Meal prepping of clean food
  • A minimum of a mile walk everyday
  • Allowing myself to slip up sometimes but to get back on track right after
  • Enjoy life and not focus on my physical appearance

Now I’m gonna start off by saying that I am not a “coach” for beachbody and I am not trying to sell it at all. I understand home workouts aren’t for everyone (and boy do I miss heavy lifting at the gym) but this is what fits my life at the current moment.

An example of my meal prep is:

  • Breakfast: homemade acai bowl with fresh strawberry, blueberries, kiwis, and lavender organic granola
  • Lunch: power greens salad (what I put into the salad changes daily but I keep it low fat and unprocessed as possible)
  • Dinner: one chicken breast (seasoned), cooked mixed veggies, and quinoa

So far I’m a week into my new routine and I’m down 7lbs! The workout plan I’m on is no joke and do I feel like quitting all the time? yes! but I won’t cause I’ve been in shape and healthy before and I can do it again!

The main point to remember while going to postpartum weight loss is to remember that it WILL take time and that your body IS NOT UGLY! It’s beautiful and proof of all the hard work and love you put in for your sweet little baby!

 

So join in the chat! What’s been the easiest and hardest part of postpartum weight loss for you? What is your workout routine like? Got any tips? share them! Got recipes? Share them! We are all in this together ladies so lets love and support our awesome #mombods!

Happy Monday!

-Annie

 

*If you’d like to follow my fitness journey you can find it on instagram @from_fatann_to_fitann*