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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Peanut Butter Cookies

Nothing is better than a fresh baked cookie right out of the oven.
Growing up we loved to bake. I did not meet my Grandpa who was a baker, but enjoyed hearing the stories of living and growing up in the bakery from my mom. Every Sunday afternoon we would figure out something sweet to make. My mom still had several pans and instruments from Grandpa's bakery. I asked mom if I could borrow her PB Cookie press from Grandpa's bakery. Knowing I am such a sentimental sap, my mom told me I could keep the cookie press-- and I am so excited to have it in my collection now.

One day this past summer, Jeremy brought home a few PB Cookies his boss had brought in. They were amazing, chewy, nutty goodness. Since Jeremy's company decided raises were not an option that year, I asked him to beg and plead for the recipe in lieu of $.

Peanut Butter Cookies- Amazing recipe given to my husband in lieu of a raise
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 t. baking soda
  • 1/2 t. baking powder
  • 1 t. salt
  • 16 T. (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup extra crunchy peanut butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 t. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup dry roasted peanuts, ground to resemble bread crumbs

  1. Whisk the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt together and set aside.
  2. Beat the butter until creamy. Add the sugars; beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes with an electric mixer stopping to scrape down the bowl as necessary. Beat in the peanut butter until fully incorporated, then the eggs (1 at a time), then the vanilla. Gently stir the dry ingredients into the peanut butter mixture. Add the ground peanuts and stir gently until just incorporated.
  3. Working with a generous 2 tablespoons each time, roll the dough into 2-inch balls. Place the balls on the prepared baking sheets, spacing them 2.5 inches apart. Press each dough ball twice with a dinner fork dipped in cold water to make a criss-cross design.
  4. Bake until cookies are puffed and slightly brown around the edges, but not on top, 10-12 minutes, rotating the baking sheets front to back on top to bottom halfway through the baking time. cook the cookies on the backing sheets until set, about 4 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Creeping - 8 Month Update

My adorable little muffin of love is on the move. I can't beleive she is now 8 months old! How did time go so fast? How did she figure out how to grow so fast? How did we ever have a life without her?
What is Kathryn up to? Well, she is very busy. She is loving feeding herself. Especially paper products. When it comes to food however, she prefers non-baby food over baby food. She loves reading at eating books. She loves playing with and eating toys that are above her age group. She does not like sleeping in her own bed. She does not like bottles. She does not like to be left home without mommy, but is getting better. She loves the kitty(And I think she wants to eat her). She adores her older brother and sister. She often feels left out if she is taken upstairs before they are. She loves bath especially with brother and sissy. She is rolling around and likes making snow angles in the blankets(blanket angels). She likes to growl like a dinosaur. She can sniffle with her nose and just look plain cute. Just this morning she pulled herself up on her knees and was trying to shuffle forward. What was she after? A bit of cracker she had been previously eating. But so far she only knows reverse, but she will pick it up- right?
I love this baby! I LOVE HER!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

School lunch

Leila has been asking if she can take a school lunch. I have to admit, I am enjoying making her lunch every day, and then seeing what she ate of it when she gets home. I even decided a few weeks ago to try to make a big batch of cookies or something so she can have something homemade in her bag. She has had a steady supply of juice boxes(something that is a very rare treat in our home). She got a Tinkerbell lunch bag for her birthday, and she was so excited. The excitement must have worn off with her new request.

Apparently, she has really been thinking about lunch. Last night she came in several times with different ideas and requests for several things school related. She was up until almost 10(bedtime being around 7:30)- this 6 year old girl really has a lot on her mind! I think Jeremy was asleep before she was. On her last trip in to see us, she supplied us with a school lunch chart. I wish I had a scanner to scan it in to show you. She has the lunch lady and the register, the different parts of the lunch line, different kids choosing their items(you can tell they love lunch because they all have smiles on their faces), and different options for lunch. I told her if she has school lunches she won't get any more homemade goodies. She said to me: That is OK Mommy. School lunches are much better than homemade. So, time will tell what we decide, but I think she gets a lunch tomorrow for sure from all the thought process she used to make us that nifty chart.