Guy Day Friday – Cookie Time!

 

 

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Cookies may seem like a daunting item when you think about baking and getting the timing right and what if they’re too gooey or what if they burn? You could just pick some up from the store, right? Wrong. I’m going to give you THREE recipes, all with less than 5 incredients EACH. You can’t mess these up!

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Peanut Butter Cookies:

  1. 1 c. creamy peanut butter
  2. 1 c. sugar in the raw (or white sugar)
  3. 1 egg
  • Beat all 3 together until well mixed
  • Make 1 inch balls and push down with thumb or fork to flatten
  • Bake on 350 for 8-10 minutes (then cool for 5-10 minutes)

IMG_7421Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies:

  1. 1 c. Nutella
  2. 3/4 cup wheat flour (or white)
  3. 1/2 – 1 c. chocolate chips (I like dark chocolate chips but milk or white would work too)
  4. 1 egg
  • Mix all items together until flour and egg can no longer be detected (I use a wooden spoon)
  • Make 1 inch balls and place on wax paper on a baking sheet (evenly spaced)
  • Bake on 350 for 6-8 minutes (I go for 6-7) then cool and serve

 

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Pumpkin cheesecake whoopie pies:

For the cookies:

  1. 1 box spice cake mix
  2. 1 can pumpkin puree
  3. 1/3 c. coconut oil or 1/2 c. vegetable oil
  • Mix well together until smooth
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  • Make 1 1/2 inch cookie balls on wax paper (on baking sheet) and space at least 1.5 inches apart
  • Press down on top or use a spoon to smooth out the tops (will make prettier cookies)
  • Remember, it takes 2 cookies for each whoopie pie – you will need all of those cookies! (looks like a lot!)
  • Bake on 350 for approximately 14 minutes (cookies should be soft to touch and rebound after touching)

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For the filling:

  1. 1 box Jello cheesecake filling
  2. 16 oz whipping cream
  • Mix both parts together until well mixed and thick looking
  • Spoon into a ziplock bag, seal it and then cut 1/4 inch off one bottom corner

Making the whoopie pies:

  • After cookies have cooled, take one cookie and pipe filling onto bottom, then place another cookie on top
  • Do this until all cookies/filling has been used
  • Serve immediately, or refrigerate until ready to serve (you can keep them separated in tupperware with wax paper!)

 

Now, who is taking cookies to their holiday party or family gathering this year? Can’t wait to hear how it goes! Enjoy!

Life after the wedding

I thought that life would slow down a bit after the wedding. You know, we’d get settled in, find places for all of our new things, get back in a routine, have some time to just relax… but that hasn’t happened yet. We have been just as busy as before – the Mr. is back in school, my work hours have gradually gotten longer (can’t complain since I love my new job), and our weekends are plum full of traveling, parties or events for which we previously bought tickets. I’m not complaining because I LOVE all of the things that we are doing as husband and wife, but I do wish we had longer in the evenings to go for runs together, or a weekend here and there to go hiking or sneak away to a cabin while the leaves are changing. So here’s a peak at post-wedding life:

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Between football games in Blacksburg, work trips to Boston and birthday parties for all of our friend’s adorable children in Charlotte, I managed to run a half marathon with my friend Valerie.
DSC_0428I had to go to Atlanta for a work event, but before I left, I made my handsome husband’s favorite peanut butter cookies. (So easy: 1 cup sugar, 1 cup peanut butter, 1 egg. Mix, bake on 350 for 8-10 minutes). I also tucked some sweet notes in his lunch boxes that I packed in advance for him (good wife award!).
DSC_0445At the event in Atlanta, I met Walter Scheib, the former White House chef and now author and speaker. His stories about the Bush’s and Clinton’s were fascinating, hilarious and oh-so-interesting. It was a pleasure to work with him that evening and to taste his delicious creations. Can’t wait to put our new cook book to use!

1395824_10100627318101603_563393216_nWe did a 5k for Halloween in our Mr. & Mrs. Pacman costumes. Our first race as husband and wife and our first Mr. & Mrs. costume (beside the wedding day get-up!). Running is one of my favorite things to do with LW. He doesn’t love it as much as I do, and more so does it because he “should” for his health, but to me, it’s great, uninterrupted time together.

Apparently, you don’t actually get hours added back into your day when you’re done with wedding planning. So, we’ve found crockpot meals give us longer together in the evenings, walks at lunchtime give us a great afternoon break and if I can drag my sleepy butt out of bed early enough (he goes to work 2 hours before me), coffee together is a great way to start our day. We’re figuring out our new married life routine, and looking forward to Fall 2014 when he graduates, and the holidays when we can relax a little!