Well, it’s here. The home stretch of this unexpected and miraculous pregnancy. I promised myself that I wouldn’t get carried away with my cravings for sweets – but that is easier said than done. All in all, I have done pretty well, by working to make them available in single portion sizes. Of course, that goes out the window if I make it more than once a day, right?

I experimented on this little sweet treat for a while before I got it right. And, I feel it’s my duty to share with any other pregnant ladies or those who love a really simple and quick afternoon treat – easily made, eaten and cleaned up before the kids get home from school.

I will never tell!

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Chocolate Chip Cookie in a bowl

1 Tbs butter melted (make sure butter doesn’t boil)

1 Tbs granulated sugar

1 Tbs brown sugar

3 drops pure Vanilla extract

Teeny pinch of salt

1 Egg Yolk

1/4 cup of All Purpose Flour

2 HEAPING Tbs of semi-sweet chocolate chips. Maybe a few extra because who doesn’t love chocolate in their cookie!

Melt butter in glass cereal bowl and stir in sugars, vanilla and salt. Mix in egg yolk and flour. Dough ought to look like regular cookie dough.

Gently fold in chocolate chips. Microwave for approx. 40-60 seconds. Mine takes a full minute! Don’t overcook or cookie will become cake-like.

Serve warm WITH Ice Cream if necessary.

You will notice my cookie’s color is a little more yellow looking. That is thanks to the bright yolks of my farm fresh eggs.

Enjoy several times a week.

I can’t thank HVFH readers enough for their kind words and encouragement these past few months. After years of infertility and pregnancy loss, it still feels quite surreal to believe that in a few short weeks I will hold this little bundle in my arms. God has blessed me with a fairly healthy pregnancy, and peace, as I speed toward my due date. Balancing farming and ranch life with this new little one, in addition to our 7 year old will take some adjustments, but we look forward to it with joyful anticipation.

This recipe is easily doubled if you would like it to share it with someone special…namely a guy who doesn’t judge his wife’s cookie consumption in the 3rd trimester. I think I will keep him!

Leah Peterson

Leah Peterson is a native Nebraskan, living on the ranch her ancestors homesteaded in 1878. She and her husband Matt, met at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, and returned to the ranch in 2012 after working and living in Central Nebraska the past 12 years. They are parents to two daughters, Maggie and Lucy. Leah has an undergrad degree from UNL in Communication Studies, and a MA in Leadership from Bellevue University. Aside from her work at the ranch and opportunity to be a stay at home mom, she enjoys writing, photography, community involvement, spending time with friends and family and trying new recipes in her kitchen. Leah published her first children's book in 2011 titled "An Apple for Dapple" and enjoys traveling throughout the state to share her book with children and raise awareness about the importance Agriculture in Nebraska.