We're Having a Baby!

Hfter more than a year of waiting and a few months of trying, I'm finally pregnant again! We are soo excited. Based on my LMP, the baby's 6 weeks old and is due around 15th of October.

Lloyd and I decided to try/plan to get pregnant after Dwayne's first birthday/anniversary. Although this pregnancy is completely planned, I wasn't expecting to get pregnant this soon! teehee!

How did I found out? Well actually, I just accidentally found out. hahaha! My period was delayed for a week this month, but I wasn't feeling anything, I'm not having the morning sickness, sudden increase of appetite, etc. No signs at all. Plus, last month my period was also delayed for a week.

Anyway, since I didn't have an anniversary gift and a valentine's day gift for Lloyd, I was thinking wouldn't it be cute to give a positive home pregnancy test to Lloyd as a gift? So while I'm waiting for Lloyd to finish work, I go around the mall, went to Watson's and bought the cheapest home pregnancy test. I went to the toilet, then after a few seconds, two pink lines appeared. My reaction: huh?! really?! hahaha! seriously! This was around 8:30PM on 13th February.

Since I was thinking maybe I did something wrong that's why it turned positive, I bought another home pregnancy test, the more reliable brand. This time I bought from a different store... hihihi! After buying I went to the toilet again, and after a few seconds, two blue lines appeared. My reaction: wow! I'm really pregnant! We're having a baby! :-D This was around 8:45pm on 13th February.

My smile won't leave my face anymore! haha! When Lloyd arrived to meet me, I told him I bought a gift for him. He was trying to guess it, then I slipped... I said I just bought it at Watson's. Then he asked if it's a home pregnancy test. After he said that I can't stop myself from smiling too much. Me and my big mouth! I was suppose to show it to him when we got home... I ruined my own surprise.... waa!

Lloyd and I are both happy and excited with this new pregnancy.
Please help us in praying for a safe pregnancy and a healthy baby.
Lilypie Expecting a baby Ticker

Thick, Crunchy Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is the fourth recipe from my previous post The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie. Main ingredients and directions are mainly from the thin, crisp chocolate chip cookie recipe, just changed the recipe a bit.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/6 melted butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 package (6 oz.) or 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Directions:
  1. Mix flour, baking soda, and salt.
  2. With a mixer on medium speed, beat butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, and vanilla until blended. Stir flour mixture into butter mixture, then beat until blended. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.
  3. Dough will be dry and crumbly; pinch into 1-tablespoon-size lumps. Bake cookies in a 300° oven until they are an even golden brown, 18 to 20 minutes.
  4. Let cookies cool on pan about 3 minutes, then transfer to racks with a spatula. Serve warm or cool. Store airtight up to 1 day, or freeze for longer storage.

Recipe taken from Sunset Magazine.

Thin, Crisp, and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is the third recipe from my previous post The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie. Main ingredients and directions are mainly from the thin, crisp chocolate chip cookie recipe, just changed the baking directions a bit.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1/4 lb.) melted butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 package (6 oz.) or 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Directions:
  1. Mix flour, baking soda, and salt.
  2. With a mixer on medium speed, beat butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, water, and vanilla until blended. Stir flour mixture into butter mixture, then beat until blended. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.
  3. Drop batter in 1-tablespoon portions about 2 inches apart on baking sheets.
  4. Bake in a 300° oven until edges of cookies are browned but an area about 1 inch wide in the center is still pale, about 14 minutes.
Recipe taken from Sunset Magazine.

Thin, Crisp Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is the second recipe from my previous post The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1/4 lb.) melted butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 package (6 oz.) or 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Directions:
  1. Mix flour, baking soda, and salt.
  2. With a mixer on medium speed, beat butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, water, and vanilla until blended. Stir flour mixture into butter mixture, then beat until blended. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.
  3. Drop batter in 1-tablespoon portions about 2 inches apart on baking sheets.
  4. Bake in a 300° oven until an even golden brown, 18 to 20 minutes. If using 2 pans in 1 oven, switch places at half-time.
  5. Let cookies cool on pan about 3 minutes, then transfer to racks with a spatula. Serve warm or cool. Store airtight up to 1 day, or freeze for longer storage.

Cooking time: About 20 minutes per pan
Prep time: About 10 minutes
Makes: About 32 cookies

Recipe taken from Sunset Magazine.

Thick, Soft, and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is the first recipe from my previous post The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1/4 lb.) butter or margarine, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 package (6 oz.) or 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Directions:
  1. Mix flour, baking soda, and salt.
  2. Beat butter, sugar, and vanilla with a mixer on medium speed until well blended. Beat in egg, mixing well. Add flour mixture, and beat slowly to incorporate, then beat to blend well. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.
  3. Drop batter in 2-tablespoon portions about 2 inches apart on baking sheets.
  4. Bake in a 400° oven until edges of cookies are brown but an area about 1 inch wide in the center is still pale, 6 to 7 minutes. If using 2 pans in 1 oven, switch positions at half-time.
  5. Let cookies cool on pan about 5 minutes, then transfer to racks with a spatula. Serve warm or cool. Store airtight up to 8 hours, or freeze for longer storage.

Cooking time: About 7 minutes per pan
Prep time: About 10 minutes
Makes: About 18 cookies

Recipe taken from Sunset Magazine.

The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie

Lloyd is requesting for chewier chocolate chip cookies. The last batch of cookies I baked tasted OK, but crunchy. He wants it chewy. I've been searching for recipes for chewy chocolate chip cookies, and stumbled upon this link The perfect chocolate chip cookie.

It explains everything, how a cookie can be crunchy or chewy or cakey or crispy. It also includes a recipe for thick, soft & chewy cookies and thin, crisp cookies.

Recipes re-posted here:

I better try out the tips here so the next time I bake, it's perrfect!

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