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Peanut Butter Truffle Cookies

Sunday, February 26, 2017
I have a sweet tooth.  And a salty tooth.  Oh, and most certainly an umami tooth.  But I digress.  I like to eat sweets and so does my husband.  He just has a more discerning palette than I do, which is my nice way of saying he's picky.  So when we got married, I dug through the annals of my recipe folder and found "Skippy Truffle Cookies".  

I tore the recipe out of a Woman's Day or First magazine (I don't remember which one) and what attracted me to it was that it had few ingredients, it's flourless and my husband absolutely loves peanut butter.  The recipe was and still is a winner in our household.

Several months ago, a co-worker made similar cookies and I thought to myself that it has been a nice long while since I last made these.  I pulled the recipe out at that time and it just sat on my counter.  Why I did not make these at the time as a pregnant woman is a mystery!  Well, finally, I made them last week and of course, they were a hit with my four year old as well. These are so quick and easy to make.  You can whip up these confections in less than five minutes and have them in your belly in about 15 more minutes!

As you can see by the items above, I was on a budget, which being on maternity leave for 12 weeks will do.  My husband really prefers these cookies when made with name brand peanut butter.  To be completely honest, it does make a difference.  This batch made with the generic peanut butter was a bit mealy in texture but they were still yummy and the hubs didn't complain that much.

Mix all the ingredients except for the chocolate chips.

 Add the chocolate chips and mix until well incorporated.

 Drop by teaspoonfuls onto your cookie sheet.  I lined mine with foil for easy cleanup.

Bake at 350° and indulge!

Here is the official recipe (for some strange reason Skippy no longer has this on their website??):

1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a bowl, with a wooden spoon, combine all ingredients except chocolate chips until blended.
Stir in chocolate chips just until combined.
On un-greased baking sheet, drop dough by slightly rounded teaspoonfuls about 2 inches apart. (Do not flatten.)
Bake 9 minutes or until cookies are puffed and golden. (Cookies will be very soft.)
Place baking sheet on a wire rack and let stand for 5 minutes.
Remove cookies from sheet and serve.

Brotherly Love: A Photo Shoot

Monday, February 13, 2017

How cute are these guys??!!  I'm so grateful for these two.  Being a mom is really one of the best parts of my life and I just thank God every day that He chose me to be their mommy.  Dad is just so proud and Dax has been an awesome big brother.  He is the sweetest and I'm so relieved.  Not that I thought he'd be mean to his little brother but I was more worried about him being ambivalent towards him.  Not so.  Dax has to touch him and love on him all the time. 

We've established a routine with Briggs (while staying flexible) which helps when dealing with lack of sleep.  At least I know what to anticipate.  I'm definitely looking forward to longer stretches of night sleep and giving up the 2:30 am feeding.  Hopefully, that will be around the corner especially since I go back to work in three weeks (boo, hiss).  

Dax had a fun time letting me snap these pictures.  Briggs tolerated us!  Just check out that face in the last pic - too funny!  Hope you enjoy a peek at my boys.  You can find this sweet Big brother, Little brother set here.

Saw It On Pinterest: Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti

Friday, February 10, 2017

The time has come for another round of "Saw It On Pinterest!  Today I'm sharing Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti.  I used the recipe from this Pin.  With only 8 ingredients, I'd say this was a win.  I know there are only 7 different items pictured below but I forget to put the parsley out for the picture.  What is with me forgetting the parsley?  Anyway, I added it later.  The toughest thing about this recipe was cooking the chicken and that was not tough at all.   

Obviously, you cook the pasta.

You mix all the ingredients and incorporate well. 

See, I remembered the parsley!  I just added it on top after I put the pasta into my casserole dish.

Bake it and enjoy.  This was very easy and really tasty.  I was skeptical about the salsa but it works.  I would absolutely make this again, as is.  No changes necessary as far as I'm concerned.  

Did anybody try the Bang Bang Shrimp I featured here?  What Pinterest recipes have you tried lately and how did they turn out?

Valentine's Day Makeup: Create a Feminine Look With Only 8 Products

Wednesday, February 8, 2017
With Valentine's Day on the very near horizon, I thought I'd share a quick and easy beauty look you can recreate.   I literally only used 8 beauty items (the eye shadow palette counts as one).   I love makeup but I don't wear it every day.  It is important for any look I create to be easy.  I love how contouring looks but who has the time or the money to spend on all the products you need?  Not this girl.

First of all, I have to sing the praises of Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer.  I did an easy contour with just two colors:  Fair Golden and Medium Beige.  Love the coverage and ease of this stuff.  Blender sponges are my go to for applying concealer and foundation.   I will sometimes use a buffing brush as well.  Here is a good one from Morphe (I own it).  Their brushes are so affordable. 

Anywho, all I did was apply the lighter color under my eyes and on the raised parts of my face and nose.  Then I applied the darker color near my hairline, under my cheekbones and on my jawline.  I blended with the damp sponge and, voila.

Fleeking out your eyebrows is a must these days so I always make sure to use my Dipbrow when I do my makeup.  For my shadow, I used three colors.  Hard to tell specifics as the palette does not list the colors by name but I used a light mocha metallic all over, a bronze metallic in my crease and a matte taupe under my brows.  You wouldn't think that these colors "go together" but the mauvey nude cheek pencil and the terracotta lip, somehow work to create a feminine look I really liked.

There you have it.  I want to say it took my about 10 minutes to do my makeup from start to finish.  And most of the products are affordable.  That can be a relative term since makeup tends to be more expensive these days but there is nothing wrong with a good drugstore dupe either!  Try Maybelline's Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser if you love Smashbox Primer but not the price.  See below for links to the specific products I used.  Also, let me know if you would like to see me feature more beauty posts.  What in particular would you like to see more of?