Saturday, May 1, 2010

Chocolate Cookies!

Wow. Yesterday I had the most wicked migraine I have ever had. For me, migraines always begin with visual disturbances which are often described as an "aura". Then, after about half an hour of not being able to see anything other than peripheral, my eyes clear up and the headache kicks in. Sometimes I am lucky and the headache part doesn't come at all. Yesterday I was not so lucky. It got so bad I was beginning to feel like I was going to throw up. Mike's mom (bless her heart!) called and offered to have Cody and Jamie for the day, so his dad came and picked them up. By then I was shaking, which was not so good because I had to pack a bag for them and get them to come inside the house. When they came in, they were covered in mud from head to toe, so I had to strip them both and shower them and dress them in fresh clothes before he got here. Anyway, they left just before noon, and I went straight to bed. I was in bed less than an hour and not quite asleep yet when Micah woke up with a wail. I stayed in bed and tried to ignore him because I was not sure I'd be able to carry him if I went to get him. After at least half an hour of listening to him complain I finally dragged myself out of bed. I hung out with him in the living room for a while and did nothing. I was able to read a bit by then because my eyes were normal, but that's about all I did. I didn't get him settled in bed again until 3:30 p.m., at which point I attempted another nap. That didn't happen. I got several phone calls, including one horse-related one, and I decided to get up and shower to see whether that would help.

All in all, it was a rough day, but I was so thankful I didn't have to deal with all three boys. Today I still have a headache off and on, but I would not classify it as a migraine. It has been a much better day, and I did the last part of my homework this morning and sent it in, so that was good. I could have finished it yesterday if I hadn't been so sick.

So today I am mostly taking it easy. Mike is baking cookies right now from a recipe I found online. I should share it here, in case anyone is hungry for super chocolate cookies. I put walnuts in mine, but if you have nut allergies they'd probably be just as good without. Okay, maybe not quite, but still very good! Here is the recipe:

Double Chocolate Cookies with Walnuts
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup cocoa powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
In large bowl, beat butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Combine
the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt; stir into the butter mixture until well blended.
Mix in the chocolate chips and walnuts. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased
cookie sheets.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or just until set. Cool slightly on the cookie sheets before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

 That's all for today, I think. Just a quiet Saturday. Not even a dump run today due to other stuff that came up. Now everyone is rushing off to bath. Yay. More quiet time for me!

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