Thursday, June 23, 2011

Tell the Truth Thursday! Writing about your family!

Do you ask your family before you post about them?
Do you hit publish post and then think oops maybe that wasn't for the whole world to see?

Last week around the bloggy world two of my favorite mommy bloggers posted about this on the same day.... weird? maybe.... maybe not!

Mom-101 posted "Drawing the line" about a funny story that her daughter told her well really a slip of the tongue and then she was mortified and begged that Mom not talk about it... or write about it...

Then Mommy said what? posted "Where do we go from here?"  In which she too spoke to her daughter about posting stories about her, asking if it was ok if she shared some of these stories to which her daughter said "yesh" (yes in three year old... but you already knew that....) "but don't tell anyone."

I wonder a lot of the time if the pictures and stories I post today will harm my child or my family... I make sure not to use names of family and friends if they don't want me too... or if they don't know I even have a blog, which most of my friends don't... but I do wonder that if I say something about Delaney or even just using her name on the blog will hurt her later in life...

This internet thing is permanent I know that and I know that even if I didn't put it here, its still on facebook and its still in email and all that, but is what I'm saying and doing going to change her or hurt her when someday she is applying for a job and the boss Googles her and comes up with a picture of her as an "Irish Princess" at 2 years old or worse.......

After hitting post on the "I'm back" post last week I read these two posts and thought uh-oh what is hubby going to think about me posting all about his illness and what had happened to cause his hospitalization that week... I mean no I didn't go into every detail of his illness and all the tests and procedures he has had or any really personal details of what hospital he was in or what were the conditions of his release... but still its his life. We may share this life as husband and wife but is it my place to say anything at all about him? Long story not so short I got hubby to read it... he said it was fine, he didn't care and it sounded good to him.... (Good thing too because it was already on the blog for the world to see)

So I guess my truth this week is I wonder where to draw that line in the sand myself sometimes.... do I post only what I know has been approved by those who are involved, or do I post what I want to (keeping in mind that I personally choose not to use names).
I usually go with the latter and hope that it dosen't get me into trouble later...

What do you do? Do you feel that it's an issue for you or not?

Monday, June 20, 2011

Make it Monday! Quadruple Chocolate Chip Cookies.....

Your drooling right... 
Just the title alone make you drool right... 
Well that's what I thought when I saw this recipe over at Simply Baking!

I found her on a blog linky party back in May and I am so glad I found this recipe!

These cookies have a definate personality disorder... they really aren't sure if they are brownies or cookies but either way they are awesome! 

 They don't look like much (maybe because these were the last two left) but let me tell you Y-U-M!

And since I love them soooooo much I wanted to share (cause I'm nice like that)! 

Quadruple Chocolate Cookies/Brownies
1c (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
2c all purpose flour
2/3c unsweetened cocoa powder ( I prefer Nestle)
1tsp baking soda
1/2tsp baking powder
1tsp salt
1 pound semi-sweet chocolate chips
2c firmly packed brown sugar
4 large eggs, room temperature
2tsp pure vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups white chocolate morsels
2/3c milk chocolate (or semi - sweet) morsels

1. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees

2.  Melt 1 pound of semi sweet chocolate chips in a double-boiler or in the microwave for 30 second intervals, stiring in between each 30 seconds.  Set aside once chocolate is smooth.

3.  Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa, and salt in a medium bowl.

4.  In a stand mixer, or using a hand mixer, cream together the butter and brown sugar.  Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each egg addition.   Add the vanilla, then add the cooled chocolate to the mixture and blend well.

5.  Add half the flour mixture to the wet mixture and mix on low speed, then add the remaining flour mixture and mix until the batter comes together, then add Chocolate chips.

6.  On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, drop spoonfuls of the cookie dough.
Bake for 7-9 minutes until puffy.  Do not over bake!  You want them to resemble a brownie texture.
Allow to cool for 10 minutes.
That is the original recipe that Ashley over at Simply Baking posted but I did make one change.... 
I added the new Hershey Drops... The cookies and creme ones...  
You know you've seen them in the store and resisted buying them knowing that you'd get the bag home and eat the whole thing (I only know this because I bought a bag  three bags of these to make this recipe and we ate the first two before I could make them). 
I have to give lots of credit to my hubby because he was the one who suggested that the Hershey Drops would be great in this recipe! 
To add them I just cut them into quarters so they were around the size of a chocolate chip and folded them in at the end with the other chips! 
Got some time? You should stop over and check out Simply Baking and have a look at her other recipes too she has lots of cupcakes (my obsession!) like this Strawberry Cupcake that may be making its way into my oven very soon! And she's a girl after my own heart with a recipe for Egg Salad too! Gotta Love it! 
Hope you like these cookies as much as we do... 
One word of warning they make a big batch and they get gobbled up quick! 

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Fathers Day!

Happy Fathers Day!

Today for me is more about celebrating my Husband and my Mom.... sounds strange... 

Well for a long while, most of my life I feel, my Mom has also been my Dad.... and I always try to do something for her on Fathers Day as well as Mothers Day. 
I feel like if you are doing both jobs you get both days! 

My Mom has always been my rock and one of the people who shaped my life teaching me right from wrong, how to be a lady, how to be myself and most of all how to be sure your treated the way you deserve! She always believed in me and to this day still tells me how proud she is of me! 
Happy Fathers Day Mom!

My Husband is one of the most amazing men I know and he is the light in Delaney's eyes! When she sees him come home she screams and runs to him, when she hasn't seen him in a couple of days like last week when he stayed at work due to car issues she woke up at night crying that she wanted her Daddy! 

We are so grateful for such an amazing man and I thought that the rest of this post ought to be dedicated to him!

Happy Fathers Day Robyn!

I hope that you and your family have a lovely Fathers Day with whom ever you consider your Father figure to be!