Friday, February 24, 2012

Beach House Video and a Comfort Cookie Recipe

I had to make a strong one of these and some comfort cookies this afternoon as the Beach House Brat was out there fending for himself, risking life and limb, making his way home from school on his own.  I don't know why I even gave it a second thought.  I was younger than him when I used to walk home from school, through a bush track, let myself into the house, or sometimes climb through a window, if I'd forgotten my key and wait patiently until my mum got home from work/social engagement/shopping expedition.

I was pretty independent, although probably as an only child, quite over protected for the times.  So why have I waited this long to put him on the bus.  The truth, I'm scared of losing him.....the consequences of that are unspeakable but also highly unlikely.

I collect Carlton Ware China.  Love how this C.1940 piece has kept its luster.

It all went very smoothly and he can't wait to do it again.  As I dropped him at school this morning he wanted to put his first ever bus ride off again.  He's been doing that since last week and and I've given in. I decided enough was enough and today I insisted he take the trip.  As with everything, he usually has to be pushed and then when he gets through it, he can't wait to do it again.  Well, so it was with the first ever bus ride home.  When I sat down with him whilst he ate his afternoon tea, he gave me a run down of how nervous he was when the bell went and how the bus trip and his preceding walk to the school gate went.  It made me laugh, so I got the camera and asked him to tell me again. 

Click on the video for a laugh.  Oh and if you need to do some comfort eating yourself, the White Chocolate Comfort Cookie recipe is below.

So if you watched the above you may no longer need comforting, but here's the recipe anyway.  Apologies for my think Aussie accent.  Had I known I was going to post it, I might have used more precise diction.  Hope I haven't burst your bubble, but as I have said many times before in this place, we blog it like it is here at the Beach House.

White Chocolate Chip Comfort Cookies
1/2 cup or 125g Butter softened
1/2 cup or 100g firmly packed brown sugar
1 tspn vanilla essence
1 egg
1.5 cups or 225g plain  flour
1/2 cup choc bits.  You can use milk or white chocolate here
Preheat oven to 180C.  Line a baking tray with baking paper.
Place Butter, sugar and vanilla in a medium bowl and beat until combined.
Add egg to butter mixture and beat until combined and mixture starts to thicken.
Add sifted flour to batter and combine. Stir in choc bits.
Using a tspn, place a ball of mixture 3cm/1inch apart.  Bake for 15 minutes or until golden.
Stand on tray for 2 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool.

I've got a great friend who I know could do with a plate of these.  I've hung off ringing cause I bet you're being inundated by all your mates. Hi Les, I know your're out there.... I'll be up soon with a dose of comfort cookies to make you feel better.  I bet you could do with some!!!!!! 

Today I'm partying here


  1. It sounds like that bus trip experience was quite exciting. Love the cookie recipe. I make these too. Have a great day!! Leahx

  2. LOL, you're son is adorable! Sounds like he had quite an adventure - soon enough riding the bus will be such a snooze, I'm sure; it's great you filmed this experience to show him one day!

    Thanks so much for the recipe; can't wait to make these!!!

    Take care,

  3. he sounds very happy about catching the bus home! cute! my son started catching the bus at about the same age. we are so protective these days aren't we? my mum has the same carlton ware.

  4. Your children are adorable. Tell your son what an absolute cutie he is!

  5. lol your boy is a crack up! loved the video! Kate x

  6. What a cutie pie he is! I wish I had his energy! By afternoon I'm like a slug! I think I'll play that video every afternoon to wake me up! LOL! To be honest when I think back when my kids were young and how I let them run all over the neighborhood and they all lived! With the world now I would be hiding them in a bunker somewhere! It's got to be tougher to be a Mom/Mum nowadays than it was when I was raising mine. People in the U.S. are picking up kids off the street all the it like that in Australia? I even have to worry now when I let my dogs out...they're stealing dogs now too. I must be getting old as that's what happens when you're flabbergasted at what goes on in the world! Yep, I'm old alright..pretty soon I won't be able to handle the evening news. But your son was very delightful and I love his smile and laughter and energetic youthfulness! You are blessed!
    Ok, I haven't checked the scale as for any weight loss with the Salad system but if I make those cookies will it just all balance out? LOL! Love your china too...beautiful! I love your accent...of course to you it's not an you Americans have an accent.

  7. Hi! Thanks for the recipe, I'm actually in need of some comfort cookies right now :) I just came across your blog this morning, although I'm sure I've seen it before and I thought I was following. Anyhoo, turns out I wasn't, but I am now! Love your home, it is seriously beautiful :)
    Cas x

  8. Letting go seems to be something Moms have to do so many times during our children's growing up years. Glad your sweet son made it home in one piece!
    Mary Alice

  9. Too funny - so much energy and drama and emotion in that retell of the bus ride. My youngest was like that too - always needed a push to do things, but loved it when he did them.

  10. So much energy! How exciting for him! I could use some of those comfort cookies too! Thank you for sharing at Potpourri Friday!

  11. I just found your delightful blog! Your comfort cookies sound wonderful! Elizabeth

  12. That surely sounds like a great comfort cookie recipe :)

    Greetings from Qld - the rain is pouring down today :(

  13. Love the Carltonware I have some pieces in yellow.
    I have a child like that- you just have to push them a bit sometimes!

  14. Thanks for the laugh first thing in the morning. Hope you have a blessed day.

  15. my mum collects carlton ware too but not the ozzie stuff! well done club penguiner on catching the bus

  16. Oh my goodness he is so funny and adorable!! Totally reminds me of my 8 yr. old son! I loved watching that and can't wait to try those yummy cookies. Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Inspiration Friday this week!

  17. Hi Carolyn! I am the lunatic that accosted you at the lights! Hope I didn't scare you too much, I was just so excited to spot you in the car next to me!! I collect Carlton Ware as well. Emma

  18. Stopping by from the Blog Hop, I hope you can come visit me too. Good luck to you and your blog! :)

  19. Happy Pink Saturday Carolyn Sweetie...
    Oh my goodness what a beautiful share today. I simply adore your accent. I could sit and have tea and cookies with you and laugh for hours at a time. A beautiful share.
    Thank you for the recipe.

    I loved the video of your son. It is priceless. Some day he will hate you for it, but it is priceless. He is so cute. Please thank him for allowing you to video tape him and share with us. (I am a Grams of 8 and I too, worry about my grands when they are getting on and off the buses. It is so hard to let go, when we love you know.)

    Have a glorious weekend dear friend. I am your newest follower, so loved you share and can't wait to see where you take me next. Country hugs, Sherry

  20. Your PINK is very pretty!
    thanks for sharing...and HAppy PINk SatURday!

    ciao bella.
    Creative Carmelina

  21. Those cookies look absolutely delicious and I love the little plate you have arranged them on! Your home is gorgeous as well! Have a great Sunday;;
    best wishes

  22. Yummy confort cookies and I'm needing some right now. Your son is adorable and taking the bus must be stressing you a little, but he'll be just fine! Thank you for sharing and your home is lovely as well. Have a happy Sunday.

  23. So cute, so fun! Thanks for being such a wonderful contributor to Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  24. This is wonderful, You are the Best mommy in the world! I love the laughter and the great memories you made with your son! Following you now.

  25. Your son is adorable! And, those cookies would certainly comfort me!

  26. Awww .... he`s so cute! So`s the little darling in the background.


  27. My goodness those cookies look delicious!

  28. Yum...everyone needs a good recipe for chocolate chip comfort cookies!!

  29. So sweet of you to share with us today, he's a cutie! I discovered you on Artsy Girl Linky Party and I’m now a follower; I would appreciate you following me back.

  30. ahhh comfort cookies - what a nice idea! shouldn't we all come home to comfort each day!? features and a new party link up will be posted a little later today - be sure to come visit!

  31. oh, my God, you are so adorable! I love the way you write! I wanted to watch the video but it is late at night here (not really too late but everybody is sleeping, even the dogs) and I don't want to wake them up. I love the way you stage your house, with the food and special touches... My "baby boy" is now 17 and I remember the day he walked home from school, almost 12, lol! the school was just across the street from our house and I was so anxious!!! Tomorrow I will tune in again to hear your boy tell his adventure! Thank you for sharing!


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