As a parent, one of the worst things to deal with is a sick child. Especially when they’re young and can’t really tell you what’s going on. Our little guy has been under the weather and it’s been awful having to see him hurting and not really knowing what to do. A trip to the doctor revealed he had strep and the other night we just couldn’t do anything to make him comfortable. Luckily, Jack is old enough now to tell us it was his throat, but being that he had recently had some ibuprofen, there just wasn’t much we could do. We tried rocking him, walking around with him, getting him to drink something, we even tried some of those throat lozenge suckers. He was just about inconsolable. He finally told us he wanted to get in Mommy and Daddy’s bed. Now, this is something Heather and I have tried to avoid for fear of him getting too used to sleeping with us. But this seemed an extenuating circumstance, so we all piled up in our bed. Shortly there after, he was sound asleep. A though I was about to sweat through my pillow with a 103 degree 2-year-pressed against me like a vice grip, I wouldn’t have traded it for the world. It was so comforting to me knowing that he was quietly sleeping there next to me.
What is it about your parents’ bed that has always been so comforting? As a child I remember that bad dreams and sicknesses always meant a night in my parents’ bed. I always felt so safe there. Even as an adult, there are days when I just want to throw my hands up in the air and run and crawl in the bed with my mama. Where’s your safe place?
Another thing that is always comforting, is a warm chocolate chip cookie. And though it seems every person has a chocolate chip cookie recipe, I knew Southern Bite had to have one too. This is the recipe I use most. I made these for my little guy today. These kinds of recipes always make you feel loved, don’t they?
- 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 2 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 cups chocolate chips
- 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
- Cream butter and sugars together until combined. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well.
- Combine flour, salt, and baking soda in a separate bowl and gradually stir into butter/sugar mixture.
- Once combined, stir in chocolate chips and pecans.
- Spoon dough onto ungreased cookie sheet (or one lined with a Silpat mat or parchment paper) in 1 tablespoon amounts. I love a cookie scoop like the one below for this task (I got this one from the dollar bin at Target).
- Bake in a 375 degree F oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Makes about 4 dozen.