The Past Five Days…

…And a bit of today. Warning, this has quite a few images through it. It’s obvious from my blog lately that I have been just a tad busy. This month is a little more scheduled than the past few months.

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I know the calendar seems empty now, but my husbands demands are on a completely different calendar.

Last week, on Monday, my cat, which we thought was spayed when be adopted her gave birth to five beautiful kittens.

Today, at a week old, they are starting to get chunky and I’m starting to consider possibly keeping one. They’re just too adorable not to think about it.

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On Thursday, after my husband got home from a very long day on the range (the field in Ft. Stewart) we went and adopted our new, and also extremely cute 5 week old rats. The tan and white is Andromeda; Kevin named her, and the black cutie is Ari.

I know you’re probably thinking ‘this couple is crazy. One adult cat, five kittens, one 4 month old, and now two rats. What are they thinking?’ I think it’s pretty clear my husband and I adore animals. Before the rats we had two ferrets. But I have to admit, we weren’t the best ferrents- ferret parents. Thankfully, I sort of grew up with pet rats. My mom would buy the feeder rats from a pet store that isn’t around anymore. We had Beth first then Buffy; keeping them both the full length of their life. Rats are amazing animals and extremely smart. Andromeda and Ari have an awesome cage, thanks to my amazing husband and my wonderful crocheting skills. I’m so happy that I have rats again. My little cuties.

Saturday, my friend Anna and I went to a children’s clothing swap so I could find some bigger clothing along with some summer stuff for Lydia. I found an amazing amount of clothing for her. Going to this swap inspired me to start hosting swaps. I haven’t exactly figure it all out yet, but I know where I could host it, and I know that I would like to have the clothing that is getting swapped dropped off at least three days before so I can try and get any stains out and make sure everything is clean. I’ll work out the details on a day I don’t have anything going on.

Today, I went through my list of daily tasks and have just one load of laundry left for me to put away. But I know I won’t have enough hangars to hang everything up, which means I have to go through all my clothes again because I have so much. I also made the dough for my tantalizing Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies but this time without the dark chocolate and substituting the egg for 1/4 cup of applesauce. Let me just say, if you make peanut butter cookies a lot, DO NOT make them with an egg. I know generally when you substitute applesauce you should use unsweetened applesauce, but I don’t eat it unless it has cinnamon in it, and it made the cookie dough amazing! At least I know because it’s made with applesauce, peanut butter, and sugar I can eat it without the chance of salmonella. Has anyone actually been diagnosed with salmonella from eating raw cookie dough? I think it’s a lie. I have yet to bake the cookies because I put the dough into the freezer (in hopes I wouldn’t want to eat anymore of the dough.) Who am I kidding? The other day I made sugar cookie dough and instead of baking cookies, over 3 days I snacked on the dough. Stay at home mom problems.

Well, I don’t want to bore you all any longer with my boring past week. I’ll hopefully have some recipes for everyone to try next week, after we grocery shop. Until then, I have kittens, rats, and an upset baby to tend to. Oh my gosh, she’s four months old tomorrow!

Talk to everyone soon!

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Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

These cookies are absolutely amazing. Doesn’t everyone say that about their baking?! Last night was the first time I ever made peanut butter cookies and had I known how easy they are I would have been making them for years.

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Follow these super quick steps and have yourself a delicious plateful in no time.

Ingredients Needed:

  • 1 Cup of Peanut Butter. You can use either chunky or smooth. For these I used JIF Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1 Cup of Sugar
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate square broken into pieces
    – Here you can use as much chocolate as you want. I only had dark chocolate, which I don’t really like, but I managed to break it up so the 12 cookies I made each had 3 small chunks on top.
  • Peanut Halves

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Blend 1 Cup of Sugar and 1 egg in a bowl until smooth.
  3. Add in 1 Cup of Peanut Butter making sure everything mixes together
    – Try some dough so you know just what you’re in for!
  4. Place dough on a baking sheet. I used a tablespoon to make even cookies, but feel free to make them as big or as small as you would like.
    – If you use a TBS (mounded just a bit) you’ll make about 15-18 cookies.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes then pull out the cookies.
  6. Add as many chocolate and peanut pieces as you want. I added 3 halves of peanut per cookie along with 3 chunks of Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate. Just place them right on top and push them into the cookie.
    – You could also chop the peanuts and chocolate finely and add them to the dough instead of cooking it before hand. Adding peanuts and chocolate was an after thought for me, so that’s why this is step 6.
  7. Put the cookies back in the oven for another 2 minutes.
    – This didn’t melt the chocolate the way I had hoped, but I’m assuming Ghirardelli doesn’t melt too easily as I have tried adding pieces to another cookie batch where they didn’t melt.
  8. Pull them out! Don’t forget to turn off the oven. Here you can either let them cool, or if you’re anything like me you bite into one right away so you can see how good it tastes.

I wish I had taken pictures when I took them out of the oven. I was like biting into a warm Buckeye. I will definitely be sending out these Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies for Christmas!

I like to save any cookie dough I make so I can add the rest to a cake or brownie mix. I’m thinking for this peanut butter dough I’ll either add it to a German Chocolate cake or make another half batch, mix the 2 batches together, and use the dough as a bottom for brownies. Wouldn’t that be delicious?!

Join me next time for the Bacon Wrapped Personal Meatloaf that I’m making for dinner tonight!