The Best Peanut Butter Cookies

Jan 26, 2015

Wow can you believe its Monday already?! We had a super crazy week this past week and it seemed to just fly by! Between fitness class, book club, splurge group and a jewellery party I held I had something going on 4 nights in a row! By Sunday I was kind of peopled out.. do you ever feel like that?

Not only that but Sunday my wonderful husband caught the flu and spent most of the day/night and even today laying on the couch in the basement. I kinda kicked him down there because the kids and I #1 don't need to get sick, and #2 don't need to listen to him in the bathroom every 5 minutes! YUCK!

I will say that I had a great time all week with my many different groups. It's so nice to have different groups of friends with nothing in common. I'm not a "clicky" person and enjoy the company of anyone who wants to sit and visit. I'm getting really good at putting myself out there! A year ago I probably would have came up with a lame excuse to not go out..

Our weekend started on friday when we decided to take Maddox sliding. We were lucky Maely slept in her carseat for the full 4 hours we went out! Fresh air is good for kids.. tires them out and makes everyone feel better right? Friends of ours met us there and brought this big semi hood turned sleigh. It was so much fun! We all piled into it and then flew down the hill and got picked up at the bottom by the skidoo! We had even packed a snack/lunch and came home around 2pm for naps all around!

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Anyway, I know Christmas is over, but I'm still on a good cookie kick! After all, who doesn't love a nice yummy chewy cookie?! I'm pretty sure these two (well at least the one that eats solids!) love cookies as much as I do.

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So we set out one morning, after a full nights rest now that everyone is somewhat healthy, to make cookies. We made these peanut butter cookies. I know they aren't super healthy, and have a tone of sugar in them, but all good things in moderation right?

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I tend to go towards recipes that say "the best" or "worlds best". If they have that, usually the writer of the recipe has tried a million different recipes and this is the best one they found.. right?? I found this recipe here.
The Best Peanut Butter Cookies

by Renee Pihowich
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 mins (per batch)
Keywords: bake snack peanut butter

Ingredients (3 dozen cookies)
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed firmly
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ½ cup shortening
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 ¼ cups flour
Instructions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray cookie sheets with a non-stick spray.
Cream together the sugars, shortening, butter, and peanut butter.
Add the eggs and vanilla, mix until well combined.
Mix the dry ingredients together, add the dry ingredients to the cream mixture.
Roll the cookie dough into tablespoon size balls.
Roll the cookie balls into sugar.
Place on the cookie sheets- DO NOT mash with a fork in normal “peanut butter cookie” fashion.
Bake for 11 to 13 minutes.
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Doing it All

Jan 23, 2015


I read a post today, that SkinnyMeg wrote (check it out here) called "Doing it All". Now, I would like to talk to you about my life a little bit. It is by no means perfect, or even close to being ideal sometimes, but it (usually) works for me and my family. SkinnyMeg had the quote "create a life that feels good on the inside, not one that just looks good on the outside" and I couldn't agree more with that quote. Every person deserves to be happy and feel good. I have had a lot of people tell me that I am a huge inspiration, and when people tell me this it usually surprises me. I am so used to being shy and not putting myself out there and I'm so glad I'm starting to get out of that rut! Now...

Keep in mind that I have this little adorable thing and her toddler brother keeping me on the tips of my toes!

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First off, just like SkinnyMeg, I have a wonderful husband that helps out when he can. I try to leave him alone during the 9-5 hours and not expect him to help out too much because those are usually when he's busiest even if he works at home. But, he does usually help me unload the dishwasher, and load it after meals, he has been known to fold laundry for me and tidy up the house. He will also watch the kids if I need some downtime or need to grab groceries, go to my exercise class, do a photo session, etc.. all in all he's pretty great. He is my support most of the time, as well as his parents who live only 20 mins away.

His parents usually take Maddox one night a week, and all day Thursday. This gives my husband and I some downtime together, even with the adorable baby around, we usually watch a movie, eat supper on the couch or catch up on each others lives. Its definitely much needed! Maddox also still goes to daycare two days a week. He needs the energy burn, and social interaction with other kids and even if it is a hassle to get him out the door in the morning, it's so worth it at the end of the day!

There are lots of things in my life that I have given up, these include... going to the bathroom alone, finishing a warm meal, or drinking a whole cup of coffee while it's hot. I don't very often get to have a bath, or finish getting ready within an hour (hello healthy air dried hair!). I also gave up sleep. Have you ever heard that saying "you can sleep when you're dead"? I am a pretty good morning person, and it doesn't bother me to wake up around 5:30am and watch the news, drink my coffee and browse the net. I sometimes don't shower in the morning and go for a run during Maely's first nap on my treadmill. I also stay up late sometimes and write on my blog or just watch some mind numbing tv. Maely is on a pretty awesome schedule right now..

8:30pm - kids go to bed
11:00pm - parents go to bed
2:30am - Maely wakes up for a feed
6:30am - Maely wake ups for a feed and I get up for the day
8:30am - everyone else up for the day
9:00am - Breakfast
10:30am - 12:30pm - Maely's first nap
12:30pm - Lunch
2:00 - 4:00pm - Maely's second nap
6:30pm - supper
7:30pm - baths and stories
8:30pm - kids go to bed and repeat!

I have a bit of a cleaning schedule, I try and do a 10 minute tidy every night before bed, and wipe down one room a day. I also try and do at least one load of laundry a day. I find this works best for us most of the time, and let me have weekends with my family!

Maddox has taken an interest in exercise videos and lots of times he will pick one out for us to do. It makes it super fun for both of us, and it's nice to see him having fun and getting active with me! He also makes sure we do one just about every night before bath time!

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So thats it, I think it's important that we stop comparing ourselves to other moms and other people. I have learned that I can't do it all, I'm not a superwoman and I don't have super powers that make me be in three places at once. Lots of times if I focus a lot of energy in one area another slips. You need to find balance in your life, but remember nobody is perfect and what works for someone else may not work for you!

Super Quick Bacon Carbonara

Jan 20, 2015

I have started to become the master of quick and simple meals. My freezer is packed full of casseroles, and breakfast staples. I'm a new mom (more on this later!) and quick simple meals are a necessity. My husband has hockey two nights a week, I have exercise class one night and this week I also have book club, splurge club and I'm hosting a jewellery party on Saturday! This usually seems to happen once a month, our schedules are crazy busy all in the same week!

At least our kids are back to themselves, and no longer sick!!

Anyway, back to food right!

I've always been super intimidated by using egg in cooking like this, I mean does it cook? What happens if it scrambles? Do I throw it out? Then what do I serve?

I was feeling fairly brave and after a couple google and pinterest searches on "how to properly cook carbonara" I felt pretty confident I could do it! And you know what, turns out it's super easy!

Here is the recipe.. I have heard of people adding white wine, however I don't know how that works with little kids? Maybe that will be my next step!



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Quick and Easy Bacon Carbonara
by Renee Pihowich
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Keywords: saute side 30 minute meal

Ingredients (Serves 4-6)
  • 8 ounces spaghetti
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/4 cup real bacon bits (I keep chopped, cooked bacon in my freezer for occasions like this!)
  • 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
Instructions
Cook pasta (remember to reserve about ½ Cup of pasta water to thin out sauce if it gets too thick!)
In a large skillet saute bacon, garlic.
While all that is cooking in a bowl, whisk oil, eggs, and parmesan cheese together.
Once the pasta is cooked place in the skillet with the bacon and keep the heat low/medium.
Slowly add in the egg mixture and make sure to keep everything moving you do not want scrambled eggs.
Add in seasonings and parsley.
Enjoy!
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