First Day of School

Today was the younger set of children’s first day of school. I have a few pics that their father sent but no details yet. For the first time ever, I won’t see them at all on the first day. I have been trying not to think about that, after all I have them the rest of the first week of school. (YAY!)

First day of school always brings out the June Cleaver brain in me though. I always wanted that mythical milk and cookies after school but for some reason, my mother never baked on the first day of school. Hmmm wonder why that was…oh perhaps the other million things stay at home moms do on the first day of school?

In any case, I would like to pretend that had we had a “normal” first day of school (and believe me, this wouldn’t have happened even IF they were to come here right after school, even if some time machine made us the “normal” type of family) I would have made cookies for the first day.

Chocolate chip cookies because my youngest likes them best. We confusingly (to her) call them Toll House cookies at this house. She started middle school today. My tiny baby that I am sure I could still pop into the sling and wear all day started MIDDLE SCHOOL. Yes, I knew it was coming. But, I am the mother of toddlers and a few teenagers, not mom to a tween, some teens and young adults. How did that happen?

In any case, in honor of the youngest today, her favorite:

Nestle Toll House Cookies AKA Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened (actually, I use stick margarine)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 bag (12-oz. pkg.) Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels

Cream the butter and sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla. Then add dry ingredients. Mix until well blended. Drop spoon fulls on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 9-11 minutes at 375. Let cool a tiny bit- a minute or two- before moving to wire rack. Tell children to watch fingers and not put into their mouth before cooling enough so they don’t roast their tongues on molten chocolate chip. Serve with milk.

Now, if it isn’t the first day of school, you can put the dough in a 9 x 13 pan and bake 20-25 minutes and have the much preferred BAR cookie. Ok, boy child and I (and every other sane parent who doesn’t live in a kitchen to do that 10 minute cookie dance) prefer bar cookies.


  1. it has never occurred to me to bake them as bar cookies. Thanks.

  2. Where *does* the time go? My (step) granddaughter is a senior in high school. That is not possible! Wasn’t it just yesterday that my children were born?

    I’m so sorry you didn’t have your children for the first day of school. šŸ™

  3. Belated happy birthday! Such a youngster. Grins.

  4. Nothing like back to school to make you feel older. My twin tiny premature gradnbabies started kindergarten and I am sure it was only a few months ago they were still in the NNCU at the hospital.

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