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Peanut butter-Peanut butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

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I should have done this a long time ago. I received these Nestle® Toll House® Delightfulls™ back in November as part of a BzzAgent® campaign. Unfortunately, they melted in the mail because I live in Arizona. So, I stuck them in the freezer and sort of forgot about them.

Lucky for me because as has become a small tradition when I have the day off with Finn, we bake! Cookies, cupcakes, cakes, rice krispy treats, pretty much whatever we have on hand. Today I was hoping to make some post-Valentine’s chocolate chip cookies (we were going to dye them pink) but as I start looking for cookie ingredients, I find that we have no butter or margarine. Womp womp. However, lo and behold, I find a bag of Betty Crocker® peanut butter cookie mix and that frozen block of peanut butter chocolate chips. And the wheels start turning and I came up with these peanut butter – peanut butter chocolate chip cookies.

So, I got to chopping that chocolate bar up into small pieces and then added it to my peanut butter cookie dough… plopped some pretty large heaps of dough onto a pan and called it done. So good. That chocolate made all the difference for that pre-mixed cookie dough. Finn got to help every step (except cracking the egg which of course I ended up dropping anyways… should’ve had him do it!) and he loved it. And I love this little tradition of ours.

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After we made cookies, I thought this was a good time to prep all of our healthy meals for the week that the Count and I had planned. It took about 5 hours, but I made a ton of meals and I’m so excited to have healthy, fresh meals everyday to grab instead of resorting to fast food during my lunch. Now I’m researching how to prep oatmeal ahead of time, because yes, even a few minutes in the morning to prepare oatmeal is too long for me. I’ll let you know how that goes!

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Here’s what I did. I cooked white rice (we were out of brown) and quinoa along with roasting broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and asparagus. I also used a can of corn and a can of black beans. Then I cooked 6 chicken breasts. 3 were done teriyaki style and the other 3 were a spicy honey style. I chopped everything up and put it in bowls and then just started putting little tupperware meals together with whatever struck my fancy. The black beans and corn I mixed in with my quinoa. I’m so proud of myself! Next up, we’re going to get gym memberships this week. :)

Fall Baking

With it being fall, my heart wants nothing more than to bake yummy sweet things and stuff my face with them. So, that’s exactly what I’ve been doing.

I brought these delicious Pretzel-Chocolate-Peanut Butter Chip cookies to a scrapbooking meet up that I went to at our friends’ house on Saturday. They were a big hit, I’ll definitely have to make them again.

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I also brought this Almond-Poppy Seed bread. It was also raved about. And I loved it so much I made another loaf last night at 9pm because I needed it so.

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I’ve also made blueberry and banana muffins. No pictures of those though. The banana muffins were tasty and a last minute idea as I saw that I had some bananas that had reached the end of their counter life. They were perfect in these muffins! And I really liked that they had no sugar, just honey to sweeten them.

Can’t wait for Christmas, so many delicious sweets. And let’s not forget about pies on Thanksgiving! What are you baking?

NaBloPoMo November 2013

 

This is post #14 of NaBloPoMo.

National Blog Posting Month is an annual event that takes place each November where bloggers commit to writing everyday in November.

Oreo Cheesecake Cupcakes

So, as a kid we always had 2 kinds of ice cream around the house: cookies n’ cream or mint chocolate chip.  In honor of Eric’s birthday and to one of my favorite ice cream flavors and of course in homage to our childhood I decided to try these yummy cheesecakes in a cup recipe that I have been wanting to try for a while.  Good ol’ Martha at it again!  I’ve really enjoyed baking all of these delicious treats lately.  My family thinks I’m weird and my mom even asked why I keep making all these goodies and not eating them— well the truth is, I think I’ve found that I just really enjoy baking.  It’s so fun and who doesn’t love the final product?  Anyways, here’s some pics of the Oreo cheesecake cupcakes that I made.  I think everybody liked them.

Oreo Cheesecake Cupcakes

Martha Stewart Knows Her Cookies!

Dan and I decided to put the cookie book that he bought me for our ‘Christmas in July’ theme to good use last weekend and boy did we!  We made 2 glorious and delectable kinds of cookies last weekend in celebration of Labor Day, because after all, who doesn’t enjoy a good cookie to celebrate not having to go in and labor at our jobs?  ;)

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The first one we made was called Chunky Peanut, Chocolate and Cinnamon.  It was essentially a peanut butter cookie with chopped peanuts, chocolate chunks, and a dash of cinnamon.  They were phenomenal.

And just when we thought we had tried the best cookie on this green earth, we decided to make White-Chocolate Chunk Cookies.  Oh man were they good!  Coconut, oats, almonds, and of course white-chocolate chips!

Needless to say, we have delivered a bag to both of our parents’ and we still have so much left that we don’t know what to do with them (other than eat them).  I might make a drive-by to his Grandma’s house this afternoon so she can enjoy them, too.

In other news, Dan just finished his 3rd week of school and is doing really well.  He’s already gotten an A on a math test and then he’s got some tests coming up in 2 weeks in all 3 of his classes.  He’s also already dissected a sheep’s heart, got to look at all kinds of poop samples under a microscope, and got to draw his own blood to test for what type he is as well as coagulation.  Sounds yummy if you ask me!  Poop has been a regular word around our house since school started as he’s been learning all about bacteria and parasites in his Microbiology class.  I start my class on Monday, I can’t wait.  :)  Though it won’t be nearly as exciting as all of Dan’s classes!

Dan’s aunt, Lori had surgery a few weeks ago and we are so glad and thankful that she is doing so much better now.  She had a double-mastectomy due to breast cancer.  Such a scary thing to go through but thankfully the doctors think it was caught soon enough that she shouldn’t have any problems once she recovers.  *crosses fingers*

This weekend Dan plans on doing nothing but studying with his flashcards and I plan on finishing the last Twilight book.  For those of you that follow my blog, you know I am not a huge fan of the author but I do want to know what happens in the end, so I have trudged through the last 2 books in hopes of seeing the light.  I do however, love the movie and can’t wait for the next one in November!  Then tomorrow we will have a day filled with FOOTBALL!  I’m so glad a sport that we like is back in season.  Go Cards!  And of course tomorrow night is filled with sadness as we watch the season finales of all of our favorite HBO shows: True Blood, Hung, and Entourage.  But it’s not all sad as next weekend marks the beginning of a new season of Curb Your Enthusiasm!!!  Yay!

Birthdays = Baking

So, to finish up the end of a fabulous month of birthdays, and because money’s a little tight due to school starting, Penny’s vet visit, and our Colorado trip, Dan and I decided to keep our birthday gifts to just things from the heart.  And what do the 2 of us love to do?  Cook and bake!

So, in honor of Justin’s birthday on Thursday I decided to make him some of the most divine brownies ever made.  Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies with Ganache.  Mmmmm….  I broke out the ol’ (or in this case new) KitchenAid mixer and had at it!  So, I cheated a little bit… I used boxed brownie and cookie dough mix.  I only had a few hours before Dan and I had to get to my parents’ to start dinner and Betty Crocker has really perfected these recipes so I had to oblige her.  It’s still cause to break out the mixer because we never get to use it!

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Anyways, I made the cookie dough in the morning and left it in the fridge to chill, then made the brownie mix.  Poured it in a 9″ x 13″ glass pan, greased.  I put little pieces of the chilled cookie dough in it and pressed down lightly.  Then I baked the chocolate chip cookie dough brownies at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes but I think I would do it for 30 next time as the edges were just a little crunchier than I prefer.  I took it out of the oven and let it cool for about an hour and a half.  Then I made the ganache over the stove and poured it over the cooled brownies and then let it SET for a couple of hours.  Once the ganache was set, I cut the brownies into tiny squares and arranged on a plate for Justin.  They were sinfully delicious.  Trust me on this.  They are not on any diet.  Deadly.  But sooooooo good.  And RICH.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies:

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Then for my dad’s birthday gift I made him some standard peanut butter cookies and then spruced them up with the left over ganache from the brownies and some crushed peanuts and pecans.  since the ganache takes a little longer to set than regular chocolate (because of the whipping cream), I put them in the freezer still on the cooling rack for about 10 minutes.  They turned out beautiful.

Pretty Peanut Butter Cookies:

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Well… I think they both loved them, or atleast I hope.  Either way, Dan and I sure did.  ;)

Crafts and Baking

Got my projects all lined up.  This weekend it is working on my August baby birthday presents, including my mother-in-law.  And some baking.  I’m so excited.  It’s going to be so much fun.  Except I went to Michael’s tonight and could not find an item.  What gives?  Grrr…. guess I’ll try JoAnn’s like tomorrow or Friday.  I would love to list my crafts but I can’t since it’s a surprise for some of you August babies!!!!!

But I will list my baking items:

Strawberry Pound Cake Petit Fours with
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies
Pretty Peanut Butter Cookies
Cheesecake Brownies
Mini Cherry Cheesecakes

Strawberry Cream Cheese Pound Cake Petit Fours with Marzipan

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies

Pretty Peanut Butter Cookies

Cheesecake Brownies

Mini Cherry Cheesecakes

Happy Meal

Stay tuned for pics!

FYI: Why So Many Posts?

Well, for those that don’t know… writing is my passion.  I love love love writing.  That’s why you will probably never get an email from me that is less than, oh… a page?!?!  So anyways, with my class being over and me not taking any classes this semester, I decided I didn’t just want to sit idly and let *work* be my entire life.  I decided I was going to do 2 things that I love and 1 thing that I want to love for the semester.

Write: I love to write.  When I was young for some reason I wanted any life but the one I had so I would write stories, novels even, about different people, families, lives and I loved it.  People who read my stories also liked them and all my life since then every English teacher I ever had continuously instilled that confidence into my writing abilities.  So, I loved writing, stories, letters, and now I love writing blogs.  It’s a great way to put my thoughts and energy into something constructive even if I’m the only one who actually reads my site.  It is also helping me rediscover my writing abilities.  I haven’t taken an actual English class in over a year, the last one I took was American Lit.  So, I want to brush up on my writing.  Plus, it keeps my brain from turning to mush while I’m not in school.  So, you’ll be seeing this site being updated pretty often from here on out, or atleast that’s my plan!

Read: I love to read.  I use to be able to pretty much down atleast 2 books per week.  (I admittedly read each Harry Potter book that came out in a day.)  Well, the last few years I haven’t gotten hardly any reading done other than for school.  I read the Harry Potter books when they came out, 3 of the 4 Twilight novels (*gags*), and a few little best seller novels in between that I would pick up at Target while shopping.  So, I want to start reading more again.  And I have a few books in mind but am always open to other suggestions!  Got any?  Please though, no self help religious books.  I’m not that desperate.

Craft:  I want to start crafting.  Something I have never been into, mainly because I was constantly around crafts my entire life.  My mom is an amazingly crafty person and was and still is always working on some project.  I don’t know why I never took an interest as a kid.  Well, I want to start.  I have a few ideas already.  I’m making a great present for my mother-in-law’s birthday in 2 weeks!  I can’t wait to have it all put together.  Anyways, and once P90X is over I would like to try my hand at baking.  I found this GREAT website (bakerella.blogspot.com) that has totally and completely inspired me!  There are so many recipes I want to try.  But I’ve decided only 1 every 2 weeks so I don’t ruin my new nicely chiseled “figure”.  Plus, I think 2 weeks is enough time in between to have the last bakery item all gobbled up!

So, that explains the abundance of blogs!