People often ask me about what it's like having a big family. I never quite know what to say. It's my life, so to me there is nothing all that different or interesting about it. I can pick out a few positives and a few negatives about having six kids if they insist, but again, what am I supposed to say?
My most common response is that I love watching my older kids with my little kids. I love watching them love on the little ones. I love watching them learn to care for them. I love watching them learn to deal with their misbehavior. I love watching that teenage "edge" soften away when they are with them.
I love that my kids are so thrilled when a sibling learns to sit-up, walk and talk. I think they get more excited about these milestones than I do :) Luke is still convinced that it was his training that got Micah to finally sit up on her own!
So what is a negative about such a big family? Of course, we go through A LOT of food :) I could honestly use two refrigerators, two stoves and two ovens. Maybe then I could make batches of food that lasted longer than a day.
You think I'm kidding, but take these 4 dozen cookies I made this afternoon. I highly doubt there will be a single one left by lunch tomorrow. But with cookies that have chocolate chips and grated milk chocolate, can you blame my family for devouring them? I doubt this is truly a Mrs Field's recipe. It is one I picked up years ago when I was a student at BYU (Go Cougars!) and has been a faithful recipe for me over the years.
I had kind of forgotten about it until my 15 year old daughter pulled it out a few weeks ago and made a batch. Thanks Tori :) I guess that is another positive about having a big family. There's always someone to lend you a helping hand, but usually with a bit of protest to go along with it!
Mrs Field's Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
makes 4 1/2 dozen cookies
1 C butter, room temperature
1 C brown sugar
1 C white sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 C flour
2 1/2 C oats
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
4 ounce milk chocolate bar, grated
2 C semi sweet chocolate chips
1. Cream butter and sugars together in the bowl of your mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add eggs, one at a time allowing the first to mix in before adding the second. Add the vanilla, salt, baking soda and powder. Mix well and then add the flour and oats. After the dough comes together, add the two types of chocolate and mix until it is dispersed evenly. I usually have to mix it by hand a bit after I take the bowl off the mixer. Refrigerate for one hour.
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or a silpat liner. Using a 1 1/2" scoop, place dough on lined cookie sheets and bake for 9-10 minutes until the outside of cookie is set and the top is just beginning to brown. Allow cookie to cool for 5 minutes on the cookie sheet, then remove to a cooling rack.