Bringing a new life into your family is cause for celebration. It changes your life, expands your world, and deepens the relationship with your spouse in ways you didn’t expect. For me and my husband, it’s been a new puppy. Rika is 6 months old now and she’s brought so much sunshine, walks, ball throwing, and squeaking toy noises into our lives already. And although she’s not human, there are still many decisions and challenges in keeping a puppy safe, and raising a her to become a dog that will be a great companion to us, and hopefully work and play well with others.
But it hasn’t all been sunshine and happiness. Myles and I have argued over using a leash to take her to the completely enclosed back yard to “do her business” (I was finally won over to the “always use a leash camp” after many, many holes dug in the back yard); whether she ever sleeps on the bed (Yes, Yes, Yes!), and where to board her when we travel. But as strange as it may seem to some, sharing a love for this puppy has also brought us closer. We’ve high-fived it when she’s peed AND pooped before we all head to bed, and bonded over puppy training classes. It’s such a ridiculous feeling when two grown adults can’t get a 12 pound puppy to stay in their arms and stop whining and yipping, but there’s such comfort in knowing you’re in this together. That one picks up the slack for the other, and shares genuine joy when there’s no more accidents in the house. And when people exclaim how cute she is, we’re so pleased you’d think she carries our genes.
Today a group of us bloggers are celebrating one of our own who recently had her own new addition to her family – a tiny new baby named Claire – with a virtual shower! Please join me and the rest of the gang in congratulating Tara at Tara’s Multicultural Table on the birth of her beautiful new daughter!
- 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
- 5 ounces sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 Tbsp Grand Marnier
- ½ tsp anise extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1½ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp kosher salt
- ½ tsp ground anise seeds
- 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350˚F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat mat.
- Using a standing mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy, scraping the bowl as needed - about 5 minutes. Add the Grand Marnier and anise extract, and continue to mix until completely incorporated, about 3 minutes.
- Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and anise powder in a small bowl to evenly distribute the baking powder through the flour. Fold into the batter on the lowest speed just until barely mixed in.
- Fold in the chocolate chips using a spatula.
- Place the dough on the prepared baking sheet and form into a log about 2-3" in diameter and about 15" long.
- Bake for 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool on a cooling rack for about 15 minutes - or until the chocolate chips begin to harden up a bit. Slice ¾" slices with a serrated knife, cleaning the knife after every slice to avoid smearing the chocolate chips.
- Lay the slices back on the cookie sheet and slide back into the oven for a final baking. Bake for 10 minutes per side until lightly toasted.