Today is the first day of a new beginning- leaving old memories behind, a new start, a new path. Will you join me on this new journey?
49 posts ago, I started this blog on a whim. It was late night and me and my best friend started throwing out blog names at each other. The next thing I know I was treading on unknown waters, untravelled paths and unfamiliar destinations.
49 posts ago, I started this blog when Maryam was 18 months old. I was disillusioned with my career and job prospects or lack of. I had always dreamed of being a stay at home mom and I was living that dream. So why the feelings of failure, of frustration, of discontent.
But all that changed 49 posts ago when this blog was born. This blog was initially created to fulfill the void I had of not having a career, a life outside of home, a place where I could use unleash my creativity.
Don't get me wrong- I'm so grateful I don't HAVE to work and have a full time job and can spend most of my day with sweet Maryam. But any Mom will relate to the fact that you need an identity of your own, something to mentally stimulate you, something to distinguish you from being a Mom and a housewife.
49 posts, ago, what was borne out of not having a career, has BECOME a new career. Although by trade I'm an optometrist, I seldom woke up in the morning excited to go to work. Through this blog, I have found my true vocation, my true joy. Every morning, I am excited to pick up my camera, cook foods that I haven't before, capture foods in a way I never thought possible.
49 posts ago, I would never have met you all. I'll be very honest and say that if it weren't for all your lovely comments and emails, tweets and facebook messages, the buzz of blogging wouldn't have been the same. I'm so grateful you read the blog, cook things from it and report back. I truly truly appreciate it and hope you will continue to accompany me on this adventure.
And finally, 49 posts ago I didn't have the pleasure of knowing a special person. This woman is a force to be reckoned with. She is kind, generous, giving, articulate, an amazing photographer, a good listener, beautiful and.....well, I could go on. Sylvie, you are amazing and I hope you know that. Sylvie has always helped me in some form or another, be it for my photographs, my writing, choosing this wonderful blog name and helping me with design. Thank you so much being my friend and guide. I truly appreciate it.
While I do have a fantastic giveaway to mark the launch of this new name and site (it will run next week), I want today's post to be about you. Thanks you so much. As a way to thank you, I'm sharing a chewy chocolate chip recipe with- one that has been requested by many of you.
In return I'm going to ask for a small favor. Can you tell me what you'd like to see more of on Sips and Spoonfuls? Also, my facebook page has changed- would you care to like me here?
Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tbs vanilla extract
1 egg yolk
2 cups milk chocolate chip cookies
Preheat the oven to 165 degrees Centigrade. Line a cookie tray with parchment paper. In a bowl, mix together, the flour, salt and baking soda.
Using the paddle attachment of your stand mixer, beat the butter and both white and brown sugars until light and creamy. Add the egg, followed by the yolk and vanilla extract. Beat thoroughly. With the mixer speed on low, add the flour mixture until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.
Using an ice cream scoop or a tablespoon, dollop cookie batter onto the parchment paper leaving ample space around each one. Bake in the oven for 17-20 minutes, rotating halfway through. Cool the cookies on the cookie sheet for at least 10 minutes before transferring onto a wire rack.
Makes 27 cookies.