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We had a magical day, you and me

It’s been another one of those days. I’m just leaning back and taking it all in. You’re like my little fairy guide. A patient one, even though I can be pretty boring and clueless you’re always stubborn enough to get me back in the game. Recently you learned that you had the power to take my hand and lead me to the things you wanted to show me. I’ve seen a lot of stuff since then, thanks. Sometimes you’ll even drag me to the front door. I think it means you want us to explore beyond our apartment. I know I’m right when you patiently sit down in my lap and hold out your arms so I can put on your coat and shoes.

I carry you down the stairs and open the heavy doors but once we’re outside you don’t need my help anymore.  We almost run across the lawn. We’re so eager that it’s difficult to watch out for rocks and branches. We only stop when we reach the edge of the playground and we take a minute to carefully climb down the steep hill onto the sand. It’s a lot faster if we don’t lose our balance so it’s important to get down on all fours. Once we’re safely down we can go anywhere we want. The feeling of freedom gets to our heads and we set out for the farthest corner of the patch first. We quickly forget about our goal though because you show me all the small pebbles and pine cones we come across. If only we could fit all of them in our hands. We have no choice but to put down the old ones to make room for the new. It’s very important to hold them tight in our hands so we don’t drop them.

We approach the slide. I suggest we slide down from the top but you prefer climbing up from the bottom. It’s difficult but in the end I agree that it is fun – especially with the loud sound our shoes make on the hard plastic. There’s a panda nearby. We know it’s a nice one because it’s smiling. It wants us to ride its back but we’d rather just talk. You tell me it says ‘mooh’.

A lady comes around the corner with a dog. This is the moment we’ve been waiting for and it is so exciting that we forget what we were doing and start our pursuit. The dog is pretty fast though and it takes too long to climb back up the hill onto the grass. The dog is gone and we feel a little sad. We walk back to the swings and talk about the dog for a little bit to try and cheer up. We sit there swinging back and forth for a bit. It’s soothing and we start to feel tired. I turn to you and suggest we go home and take a nap. You understand and agree that that would be nice.

You’re asleep now. I don’t think I will because I like to watching you. Your pine cone and rock are on the dresser. I should throw them out but I’m not sure I want them out of our lives just yet.

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The BEST foolproof chocolate chip cookie recipe. Yes it is.

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A few days ago I wrote to Marcus, I feel like chocolate chip cookies!
He said, Let’s make some! We’ll make it a party!   (see my definition of party here)
I said, And leave them on our neighbors’ doorsteps!

And so we did.

Okay, I always get a little annoyed when I find a good recipe on a blog but then I have to scroll down for 5 minutes to see the actual directions.
So I’ll get straight to the point! – THIS IS MY FAVORITE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE RECIPE! I’ve done it many times and I’ve perfected it so that it’s foolproof. Though these cookies may look flat they come out perfectly soft and chewy.

Happiness is knowing that you’ll never have to make a bad chocolate chip cookie ever again!

And today I’m sharing it with you.

Ingredients

1 1/4 cups (160 g) all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup (125 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup (90 g) firmly packed brown sugar
1/3 cup (75 g) granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup (200 g) semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

Okay, before you do anything! Take the butter out of your fridge! (You’re welcome, I always forget to do that)

Sift together flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl. Next, beat your (room temperature, Rebecca!) butter with the brown sugar and granulated sugar until smooth with an electric mixer. Add the egg and vanilla and continue mixing on low speed. Gradually add your dry ingredients just until mixed. Grab a spoon or spatula and stir in the chocolate chips or chopped chocolate.

Now try not to eat too much of the dough and instead put it in the fridge for at least an hour.

Preheat oven to 350F (180C) and prepare two baking sheets with parchment paper. Form small lumps of dough – about 1½ inch (4 cm) in diameter on the baking sheets about 2 inches (5 cm) apart.

Bake one sheet at a time for 8-10 minutes (I bake mine for exactly 9 minutes) or until the edges turn light brown while the surfaces still look wet. Let the cookies cool on the sheet for 3-5 minutes and then transfer them to a rack and let them cool completely.

 

Voilá!

 

– Remember this post when this weekend you’re craving something sweet, kay?

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A little balloon

photo (10)I’ve heard scary stories about pregnant women getting swollen ankles and feet, so I said to myself “not I!” and went online to see what I could do to prevent it from ever happening. Turns out the best thing I can do is to try to keep my feet up. You don’t have to say that twice! So here I am sitting with my feet up in our cool little kick-back chair about to put whatever odd thoughts that may come into my mind in writing, while my dear husband sleeps like a baby in the bedroom. I’ve had a bit of trouble falling asleep lately for some unknown reason – but I highly suspect that little person making my belly look like a popping bag of popcorn right now – and have, for that reason, decided to abstain from oversleeping during the day. Thus my husband now naps alone.

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Choosing the unlimited

InteriorcoolnessYHSo far I have talked a lot about dreams and setting goals. I’m sorry. But I just got married, so basically I recently had my entire life thrust into my hands. Can’t help it.

I saw this image on Pinterest this morning, and due to its insane awesomeness I had to show Marcus and then decided to share it with all of you.

If you haven’t looked through the pictures. Do it now.

Pretty cool, right?

I automatically start thinking about other things that would be cool to have… like… a fireman’s pole from the second story or… fake natural lighting in the entire house or… one room filled with pillows and the floor, walls and ceiling were mattresses or… a developed laundry chute system that lead from each bedroom and bathroom to certain baskets in the huge (clean) laundry room.

Dang, I would gladly live on oatmeal for a few months to save up for any of these!

But subconciously I know that I’ll never have any of this, so I just keep Pinteresting and eventually forget about it.

But wait a second. Why not think about it? Why couldn’t I have this? Why limit myself like that? And that is the question. Why decide from the beginning not to pursue something? Isn’t that stupid? Why do I have this determination that it is silly and a waste of effort to simply try?

Because I thought about something else. Something else, that I try hard to pursue every day. Cause I see the sun, feel the wind and hear beautiful sounds. I witness people doing amazing things and doing amazing things for others. And I don’t just smile and keep walking. But I choose to believe that there is something more. That there is a reason behind my existence. And even if I didn’t arrive at golden gates when I die, that choice changes my life every day. Because I choose the unlimited.

So why choose to limit your freedom and dreams by being “realistic” when you can choose to live a life to your full potential? In any aspect of your life. Whether it’s academically, your religious views, career or simple family values. Isn’t it more fun (if I may be so silly) to find out what you can do? To feel that high of creativity every day, because you’re striving for something.

So having given that fancy speech… Imma go design my laundry chute.

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Dinner with the Seven Brothers

YHAfter spending a LOT of hours in the library and the testing center today we were pretty dead and careless. All we wanted was to grab some food somewhere and then hurry home to our couch and watch a movie. So we decided to enjoy Laie’s crazy nightlife by going to one of the village’s hottest spots. It’s called (more…)

Confessions on creative slacking

Just when I felt like I had started to waste less time on my biggest time waster, Facebook, I managed to find a new one. It is Pinterest. Yes, I know Pinterest has been out and popular for a while, but I used to take pride in not engaging in (too many) time wasters (at a time).

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It all started last winter when I was having a hard time planning my

wedding. Actually, I had stumbled upon it before then when looking for clothes. But I never stuck around, cause I got frustrated that I couldn’t always find out where I could buy the amazing stuff I had found – I just didn’t understand back then. A friend of mine finally sat me down, pounded my head and made me realize what an amazing tool Pinterest is. I created a “wedding board” and in spite of my totally blank mind, before long, I had a full board growing by the hour. (more…)

Too real for glam

photo 2 (1).jpgYHWhen I was little I said I wanted to be a blogger. I didn’t. I said I wanted to be a writer. I wanted to write the next Harry Potter. That didn’t happen though – well not yet anyway. But now the journey has started like this. Blogging. I think I prefer it! What better than to tell the story of my own life – as I’m living it!  (more…)