Just after I had my first-born, I remember telling my husband I’d love to bake for people in need. I specifically said I’d love to bake for people in the hospital but wasn’t sure if you were even allowed to do that.
The next week I saw an ad asking for bakers to make treats for our local Neonatal Unit and Children’s Ward at the hospital. It’s not a big thing, but that’s what I love: God heard my heart about something small and cared enough to make a way for it to happen.
It’s something so important to me – teaching my girls to have a heart for others. Even as a stay at home mama to little ones, there is still so much I can do to impact the world around me.
“Do not think that love, in order to be genuine, has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired.” – Mother Teresa
These are some photos from our very first week where we made a tried and true recipe, chocolate chip cookies 🙂 My daughter just held the boxed ingredients and watched me (watching was definitely helping at her age!). She did get to be my little taste tester once they were baked and she was VERY happy about that!
I think I have literally made thousands of these cookies over the years, and all my friends now have the recipe too! I got this recipe in 2007 from an old work colleague’s grandma (!) and modified to suit what was in my pantry.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
125 grams butter (I used margarine because hello, price of butter)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 3/4 cup self-raising flour (or 1 3/4 cup flour + 2 teaspoon baking powder)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cocoa
100 grams chocolate chips (give or take – I’m pretty generous with these!)
Preheat oven to 200°C.
Cream butter, sugars and vanilla essence.
Add lightly beaten egg.
Mix in sifted flour, salt and cocoa.
Add chocolate chips, mixing well.
Shape into balls using a teaspoon and press down lightly with a fork.
Bake for around 10 minutes. Enjoy!
Makes about 30.