I don’t believe our loosely scheduled summer days full of siblings playing, cooking, gardening, and field trips is almost over. Just over 3 weeks before my oldest 4 children are in school full time, leaving my 4 year old and I to spend our days in a quiet home.
Every year for the past 5 years, we’ve marked a new beginning with the start of the school year. Five years ago, my oldest son went to school for the first time after more than 7 years of homeschooling. The next one started preschool, then did Kindergarten. My 3rd son graduated from Kindergarten last year, and my daughter starts Kindergarten this year. Next year, my youngest will be in preschool, and in Kindergarten the following year. Whew! I don’t expect you to keep up!
When my oldest went to school for the first time, we marked the first day of school with a new/old tradition – chocolate chip cookies. My mother-in-law came over in the afternoon to hang out with the kids while I went to pick up my son. Later she told me she used to make chocolate chip cookies for her kids on the first day of school. She was so happy to see me creating the same tradition for my kids.
Chocolate Chip Cookies have become part of our First Day of School Tradition.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 1/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup butter (2 sticks of butter)
1 1/4 cup organic sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chips
Cream together butter, sugar, and vanilla extract in stand mixer. Scrape the bottom of the bowl.
Add the eggs and beat well. Scrape the bottom of the bowl.
Add the flour and baking soda and mix well again. Scrape the bottom of the bowl.
Slowly stir in the chocolate chips.
Using spoon or cookie scoop, drop by spoonfuls on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
Bake at 375 for 8 to 10 minutes. My first batch usually needs a minute or two longer since I never preheat the oven.
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