Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Happy Anniversary Cary, NC


Today is the one year anniversary of our arrival in Cary, NC and the start of our next adventures living in the United States.

It’s been quite a ride, I can assure you.  From excitement to despair, the rollercoaster of emotions has been hilly but is finally on an even course.  We now all have the proper documents to allow us to come and go, which makes the move a ton easier. 

The first few months living in an apartment took it’s toll on me and on occasion I hated being here.  Since we moved into the house and I started writing this blog, for real, life is so much better.  Being away from our friends and family has been the toughest.  You just can’t pick up the phone and go for coffee with them, it’s a bit more involved.  And even when you go home for visits, you can’t see them all.

The girls have adjusted well, which is great.  We live in a little neighbourhood with lots of kids and they all play so well together.  Our next door neighbours are the bomb! Truly excellent people!

Rob is enjoying his new job, which is good because it would be tougher to deal with all the travel he’s been doing.  I think we are at 7 weeks in a row now where he’s been gone at least one day, usually two to three.  So if he didn’t love it, I’d be a little less supportive with all the travel.

Now I’ve met some amazing people here in Cary, but it’s my online family that has been my source of comfort when days have been tough.  It’s this family that  has grown exponentially over the last several months and they’ve all been so supportive with all the crazy I bring to the table.  There are so many amazing bloggers out there and some I use to stalk that I now can call friend.  I mean I’ve always loved baking and sharing, but now it’s become my addiction.  I scour the internet for the next fabulous idea.  There are so many to get through that I may be at it for a while.

So happy anniversary new chapter of our lives and to celebrate I baked the first thing that came to mind when one thinks of home…



Nothing flashy and always loved.  Sometimes it’s the basics that make us smile the most.

I did, however, give a bit of the dough a little umph though.  I added toffee bits (shhhh don’t tell) to half the batter.


Recipe: Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

Preheat the oven to 350.

  • 1 cup plus 2 Tbs all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

Beat in a large bowl until well-blended:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

Add and beat until well combined:

  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  1. Stir in the flour mixture until well-blended and smooth.   Stir in 1 cup chocolate chips (or as much as you’d like) or toffee bits.
  2. Drop the dough by heaping spoonfuls about 2 inches apart on the cookie sheets. Bake, 1 sheet at a time, until the cookies are just slightly colored on top and the edges are brown, about 8 - 10 minutes.
  3. Let stand briefly, then remove to a rack to cool.


Thanks for looking!

Linking with:
Hearth & Soul Hop


  1. Happy one year anniversary! I remember how hard it was when we moved from San Francisco to Arizona. It was so hard being away from family and friends and getting used to a new (strange) place, and it wasn't even another country. The first year was the hardest. And sometimes a chocolate chip cookie (with toffee is even better) is the best thing to eat to celebrate!

  2. Happy Anniversary to you and the family Karen. It is good to know that despite the initial hurdles at the beginning, that you are all settling in to your new home and new location *across the border* Most importantly, the girls are happy and making good friends. Your cookies are comfort food for sure and the toffee bits are a nice addition.

  3. Happy anniversary to you and your family! Moves can be tough, but I'm glad you are all settling in. And I'm really glad to be one of your 'neighbours' on the web!

    Great cookies too, by the way. Toffee bits are a fantastic addition!

  4. A couple years ago, my hubby, son and I drove all the way across the country from California just to go see North Carolina. He had decided he wanted to live there completely out of the blue. We loved visiting there and the people were SOOOOO incredibly nice. We found a gorgeous house, but the economy was so bad that he was worried about keeping his job there so we decided against it. We could have been neighbors. I'm glad you've adjusted to your move well Karen and the kids too. It's a lot to leave family and make new friends and start fresh. It's also an exciting adventure. I love reading your posts and I'm glad to have found you even if I'm on the other side of the country :-) Cristin of Cristin's Cookies

  5. Wow, those cookies look mouthwateringly good! Thanks for sharing with the Hearth and Soul hop!