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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Here we are in the middle of Oatmeal Cookie Week.  I've been on a little kick lately with the oatmeal cookie.  I've been telling myself that because it's oatmeal cookies, they're healthy.  Ha.  Just let me live in my little delusion a while longer... there's still cookies in the cookie jar.

Who doesn't love a chocolate and peanut butter combo?  I had to try this combo out before I called it quits on my oatmeal cookie obsession.  These were good.  They were a bit rich too.  I couldn't binge on these quite like I did on the Cranberry and Almond ones.  Still yummy though.

CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER OATMEAL COOKIES

Ingredients:
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup butter
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 Tbsp vanilla
- 3 cups oats
- 1/2 cup milk
- 3/4 to 1 cup peanut butter
- 6 Tbsp cocoa


Directions:
- Combine the sugar, brown sugar, flour, baking soda, salt and cocoa in a large mixing bowl.  Mix until well combined.
- Add in the butter, eggs, vanilla and milk.  Combine.
- Fold in the oats until thoroughly mixed.
- Add the peanut butter.  Mix into batter.
- Drop 1 inch balls onto lightly greased cookie sheet.
- Bake at 350F for 12 minutes.
- Cool on a cooling rack.
- Store in an airtight container.



This post was written by Krista and originally appeared on While He Was Napping.





Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Cranberry Almond Oatmeal Cookies

And welcome to Day 2 of this unofficial Oatmeal Cookie Week.  I have to admit this version was my favorite.  And actually what inspired my oatmeal cookies kick.  I found a pin on pinterest for lactation cookies and, up until then, I hadn't known they existed.  I was intrigued and, on further inspection, I decided I needed to try this out for myself.  Whether or not they increased my milk supply or not, I can't say for certain.  But they tasted awesome (next time, I'd put in some white chocolate chips too)!

CRANBERRY ALMOND OATMEAL COOKIES


Ingredients:
- 1 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup butter
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 Tbsp vanilla
- 3 cups oats
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 2 cups craisins (dried cranberries)


Directions:
- Combine the sugar, brown sugar, flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl.  Mix until well combined.
- Add in the butter, vanilla and eggs.  Combine.
- Fold in the oats until thoroughly mixed.
- Add chocolate chips.  Mix into batter.
- Drop 1 inch balls onto lightly greased cookie sheet.
- Bake at 350F for 12 minutes.
- Cool on a cooling rack.
- Store in an airtight container.



This post was written by Krista and originally appeared on While He Was Napping.





Monday, September 15, 2014

Chocolate Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Welcome to Day 1 of my unofficial oatmeal cookie week.  Oatmeal cookies just shout "AUTUMN" to me... I don't really know why.  But, I also found some info and oatmeal is a apparently a lactation-booster.  So, I figured it was a win-win.  I get a little bit of Autumn, despite our still warm days, and Baby N gets a little extra treat.  That's right, all those cookies I'm inhaling are for the baby.  I can't shake the last 10 lbs of baby weight, so I might as well embrace it.  Or something.

Anyway.  I took the classic oatmeal raisin cookie and added a bit of chocolate... That's right.  Yum.

CHOCOLATE OATMEAL RAISIN COOKIES

Ingredients:
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup butter
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 Tbsp vanilla
- 3 cups oats
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 1 cup raisins
- 6 Tbsp cocoa


Directions:
- Combine the sugar, brown sugar, flour, baking soda, salt and cocoa in a large mixing bowl.  Mix until well combined.
- Add in the butter and eggs.  Combine.
- Fold in the oats until thoroughly mixed.
- Add raisins and chocolate chips.  Mix into batter.
- Drop 1 inch balls onto lightly greased cookie sheet.
- Bake at 350F for 12 minutes.
- Cool on a cooling rack.
- Store in an airtight container.



This post was written by Krista and originally appeared on While He Was Napping.





Friday, September 12, 2014

Cleaning Bath Tub Toys

So, it's Saturday night (or maybe Wednesday) around 6pm or so and you can probably find us gathered around the bath tub with three little boys and water all over the floor.  That's right, bath time.  Bath time and I have a love-hate relationship.  My boys love splashing and making a huge mess and I hate cleaning it up!  But it's a necessary evil.  Okay, it's not THAT bad, but it's not my favorite.

Anyway, our bath tub has no shortage of toys to entertain my little water babies.  It's a half-hearted hope that my boys will play with those while I'm washing the other one instead of splashing and pouring water over the other one's head.  Eh, it doesn't always work.

Those toys spend a lot of their time in the water... soapy, sudsy, dirty water.  Very dirty water.  Three boys.  Super dirty water.  They also occasionally find themselves in the mouths of one or more of those boys.  Ick.  So, I want to make sure that these toys aren't crawling in all kinds of gross germy bugs that are going to make us all sick.  Sick kids are the worst.

We have two kinds of toys: foam toys and plastic toys.  I employ a different method to clean each type.  Both are easy and only take a few minutes of your time.

Foam Toys:
These would fly all over the dishwasher if I put them in there, so I fill the sink with hot water and a cup of vinegar to soak all those foam letters.  The vinegar kills any germs and it's so much more safe for my kiddos than, say, bleach or something.  Soak them for 15 minutes (or more...) and then set them out on clean cooling racks to dry.


Plastic Toys:
The simplest way to clean plastic toys is in the dishwasher.  The hot water will sanitize the toys and you can just set them in there, turn it on and let it go.  I don't use the dry setting, just let them air dry.  If I catch it, I'll prop the door open a sliver while it's still all hot and steamy to help them dry a little quicker.


I do these cleaning routines once a week.  My boys usually get baths 2-3 times a week, depending on our activities.  The best way to keep the toys clean between these washings is to make sure they get picked up after bath time and stored in our mesh bath net.  This way, they have a chance to dry and don't sit in icky leftover water after bath time.



This post was written by Krista and originally appeared on While He Was Napping.





Thursday, September 11, 2014

Shrimp & Cream Cheese Won-Tons

Who doesn't love a good won-ton?  Right?  I know that's one of the first things on my order when we stop and get Chinese food.  And this at-home version is super scrumptious and totally worth a little time to make.  So, let's just cut to the chase and get down to the good stuff.

SHRIMP & CREAM CHEESE
WON-TONS  

Ingredients:
- 8 oz Cream Cheese, softened
- 1 lb fresh Jumbo Shrimp
- 4 Green Onion (shallots) stalks, sliced
- Won-ton wrappers
- Vegetable Oil (or other similar oil)


Directions:
- Dice shrimp prawns into small piece about the size of the end of your pinky finger.
- Combine cream cheese, green onions, and shrimp dices in a bowl and mix until evenly distributed.
- Fill won-ton wrappers with a small dab of shrimp mixture and seal each wrapper with a bit of water.
- Heat a small pot of oil on the stove until the oil is 375F.
- Carefully drop one or two won-tons in the pot and cook for 45-60 seconds, flip the won-ton and cook on the other side.  Remove from the oil and allow to cool on a cooling rack covered with a paper towel.
- Repeat with all the won-tons.
- Enjoy!  Store any leftovers in an air tight container in the fridge.  (Ha, leftovers.  Right.)  



This post was written by Krista and originally appeared on While He Was Napping.





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