Entitled to…


Whenever I want to feel really bad about the future of our country, I like to watch the MTV reality shows. 16 and Pregnant scares the crap out of me. I thought that one was bad until I watched the ultimate, Teen Cribs this past week. This show perpetuates one of the biggest problems in children today… Entitlement.

A large portion of children today feel that they are owed something by life, just for existing. And not just something, someTHINGS. And all things name brand. Growing up we got whatever we got (and we liked it…or else). I got Vans but only because back then Vans were dirt cheap in California and Arizona. My clothing came from Kmart half the time…because I was out growing it. I had no cell phone. No Coach purse. And truthfully, until junior high hit, it really didn’t make a difference. And even then, it only mattered what jeans you wore. Nobody really seemed to give a crap about the rest of what you wore.

I watched this show in horror as they showed their houses. The tennis courts, basketball courts, home theaters bigger than my house, the petting zoos, the cars for kids who can’t even drive yet, the race tracks, the Taco Bell on property, the baseball field complete with concession stand, the water slide through the house, etc…

I get that people have nice things and people can spend their money however they want. What drove me crazy is that the parents when interviewed just kept saying that they were happy because they could provide their children with these things that made them truly happy. What??? You know what made me truly happy as a kid. A large cardboard box. You know the kind your parents got when they bought a new refrigerator or washing machine. Those things rocked. And I spent hours in them. Or how about making a fort out of the living room furniture and sheets/blankets? Sleeping in those forts was the best. The only thing bad was that we didn’t get to keep them up for long. Which in a way made them special. You could tell that the kids just moved on to the next thing. The kids seemed so disinterested in most of the things they had. Which is just sad.

Sometimes we get so wrapped up in things that we go overboard. In baking as well. Which is why I offer up these simple chocolate chip cookies. Well, not plain chocolate chip. I did use the Milk Chocolate and Caramel Chips (which they don’t make anymore so use chocolate chips and butterscotch chips to recreate that flavor combo) that I found at the store one day. You can use whatever chocolate chip you want to. The other interesting thing is that they are rolled in plastic wrap and kept in the fridge for 24 hours. That was what made me want to make them. The same cookie, just in a different way. I like.

Plain. Simple. Often over looked, but always appreciated.

Be Thankful For What You Have Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
¾ tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup packed light brown sugar
¾  cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 ¼ cups walnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped
8 ounces milk chocolate chips
6 ounces butterscotch chips

In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or in a bowl by hand), beat together the butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, and vanilla on medium speed just until smooth, about 2 minutes.

Beat in the eggs one at a time until thoroughly incorporated, then stir in the flour mixture followed by the walnuts and chocolate and butterscotch chips.

On a lightly floured work surface, divide the dough into quarters. Shape each quarter into a log about 9 inches long. Wrap the logs in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, preferably for 24 hours (do this part for real please).

Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven; preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.

Slice the logs into disks ¾  inch thick and place the disks 3 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. If the nuts or chips crumble out, simply push them back in.

Bake, rotating the baking sheets midway through baking, until the cookies are very lightly browned in the centers, about 10 minutes. If you like soft chocolate chip cookies, as I do, err on the side of underbaking.

Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets until firm enough to handle, then use a spatula to transfer them to a wire rack.

Adapted from Ready for Dessert by David Lebovitz

Comments

  1. I love your rants and how they work perfectly into the post about what you baked/cooked!

  2. Love ccc’s and caramel just makes them even better. Also toffee bits. My latest favorite.

  3. Great post! And your cookies look delicious, never overestimate the power of a good choc chip cookie hehe :D

  4. I meant underestimate hehe!!

  5. Am I entitled to any of these…?! ;)
    I have to confess I do love watching 16 and pregnant. It’s just so crazy and intriguing. kids and people who havent achieved anything themselves but think theyre the bomb because theyre parents are loaded or whatever annoy me terribly. i come across them in london a lot and just wanna shake them and shout they dont deserve any credit at all were it not for somebody else, argh!

  6. This is a random first comment from me, but re: boxes and forts, have you ever watched Flight of the Conchords?

    Bret’s mom sent his favorite (empty) box from NZ:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96gXS_lZt-4

    They built a fort to become better friends:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bE08BHpqRq8

    I love your blog, by the way! Your recipes are always so unique. :)

  7. All I have to say is “Amen.” (to the sentiment and to the cookies) They look awesome. Thanks for the recipe!

  8. Shoshanna says:

    Amen to that!

    If you also look closely, the most successful people you know in life, grew up in households where material items were not held of great importance. Sad to see all the kids these days; even sadder is when you see these same kids grow up into “entitled lazy adults”!!

  9. Behind every kid are their parents or a parent… so go figure.

  10. You did the topic proud. What is so often a screed was a healthy criticism of what is wrong with the world these days… and to think that ‘the crash’ was going to make everything set back to a kinder gentler time! Entitlement is killing us!
    I get kids who ‘wanna be in pictures’ and they curl up their noses when you ask them to run an errand.”I went to NYU film school” they say. I say, “And they didn’t teach errands there? Time to learn.” The interns that succeed are the ones who strive and take on anything that’s thrown at them. Besides, when everyone is doing something important… I sometimes go to get the coffee!! Suck it up privileged puppies!

  11. It is crazy what kids expect these days and for nothing. I’m trying really hard to raise kids who don’t have the sense that they are simply entitled to anything and everything. It is hard, but hopefully I’ll be successful.

    These cookies look fab. I had no idea they didn’t make caramel chips anymore. :(

  12. A harsh upbringing really makes you appreciate life more. A cardboard box? We longed for a cardboard box! http://www.phespirit.info/montypython/four_yorkshiremen.htm

  13. Oh, I loved this whole thought! I could not agree more. Unfortunately, I blame parents for teaching their kids that things are so important. I have two boys (9 and 11 1/2) and we talk about why we can or can’t have some things. The bigger items that they have, are things that they bought from saving the money they get from relatives for Christmas and birthdays. They have to realize that a lot of that stuff is expensive and if they want it, it is up to them. Not to say that we don’t buy them things occasionally, but they appreciate it that much more when we do. Besides, when did being so materialistic become so important…Oh and I don’t even want to get into the 16 and pregnant. I mean seriously…that show totally freaks me out!

  14. heck yeah cardboard boxes! I lived near a appliance store and would carry the huge boxes home. My cousins and I made a bank out of it and stuck another box in the wall as an ATM! Thanks for reminding me of the pure happy things of childhood.

  15. At 38 and 35, our boys still talk about the “house that dad built with the 6 big (appliance) boxes”. In that case it did get to stay up for something like 6 months, in the garage.
    Chocolate chip cookies, always appreciated.

  16. Cardboard boxes are THE BEST!!! My kids love them. And, good, ol’ fashioned playing outside!!! Thankfully not all children these days have that sense of entitlement.

    The cookies look good!

  17. Today…I am thankful to have discovered your food blog.
    These cookies look scrumptiously up my alley.
    I do love desserts…maybe not as much as you do…but they’re on my mind everytime I finish a meal;0)
    Your pets are adorable…they would make great companions for my ‘Sushi’ puppy…love of our lives…Prince of our demeure!
    Enjoyed looking around.
    Claudia

  18. Thank you. I forgot how much I loved those big boxes. I think everyone in the neighborhood played in them whenever someone got a big box.

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