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DSC_0908I love a cookie recipe that I can use for multiple types of cookies – feels like big payoff for low effort :)

This is a base that can be used to make traditional peanut butter cookies, peanut butter stars (with chocolate centers), & peanut butter “m&m” style cookies.

When I make this I usually first do a pan each of traditional peanut butter & peanut butter stars, and then while they’re in the oven mix in my m&m style candies (I use sunspire drops but I saw Trader Joe’s has some really cute red, green, & white ones in their own brand) into the remaining half of the batter. I get about 15-20 of each 3 types of peanut butter cookie with this recipe (more or less depending on cookie size.)DSC_0782


2 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 egg
1 cup peanut butter
Organic sugar to roll in
Sunspire sundrops & round chocolate candies

Mix dry & wet ingredients separately. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until combined.

Use a teaspoon to scoop out, roll into a ball, roll in sugar, and place on baking pan.

For traditional peanut butter cookies:
Criss-cross with fork before baking

For “peanut butter stars”:
Press chocolate into center after baked & slightly cooled but still warm. If you use whole foods chocolate disks they will get melty, so I put the cookies in the fridge for a bit and the chocolates harden back up.

For “m&m” style cookies:
Mix 1 cup Sunspire drops in for a full batch of cookies, or 1/2 cup for a 1/2 batch (which I did here), before baking.

Bake 10 minutes at 350, cool 4 minutes on pan before cooling completely on a cookie rack.DSC_0748DSC_0773DSC_0868

coming in may…


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We had a wonderful Thanksgiving, with an exciting finale when Clarissa & Alex got engaged! Kaden & I started the morning early with breakfast and coloring turkeys before the parade, and then we spent the rest of the day over at my parents.
20151126-DSC_3026 20151126-DSC_2977 20151126-DSC_303020151126-DSC_3096 When I ask him to hold his sister’s hand.20151126-DSC_3079Learning how to break the wishbone.20151126-DSC_301220151126-DSC_315920151126-DSC_303620151126-DSC_313620151126-DSC_310620151126-DSC_3147Dinner was fantastic.20151126-DSC_318520151126-DSC_319420151126-DSC_319020151126-DSC_320320151126-DSC_321020151126-DSC_3225The proposal!
20151126-DSC_325120151126-DSC_327020151126-DSC_3263Alia is thankful for the big stuff.20151126-DSC_3411Checking out this new ring.20151126-DSC_338720151126-DSC_3388She can’t wait to have Alex as an official part of the family <320151126-DSC_347320151126-DSC_3432Then Alia sat & waited patiently for her pie while K ran around with Uncle D shooting things with Nerf guns (I didn’t get any pictures of that.)20151126-DSC_3464Almost pie time ;)20151126-DSC_3489The rest of the evening we visited & played games, it was wonderful. Congrats to “Roo & Alex”, and as my kids are already saying, we can’t wait for your wedding :-)



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20151125-DSC_2856I don’t think any other day is quite as fun to cook for as Thanksgiving. Kaden & Alia have been my helpers in the kitchen today, and we just took our 4th pie out of the oven!

Making ice water for the pie crusts.
20151125-DSC_2884 20151125-DSC_2868 20151125-DSC_2893 20151125-DSC_2894^snitching apple peels

20151125-DSC_2870 20151125-DSC_2900Oh my gosh, it made a leaf!
20151125-DSC_2899 Checking out the finished product.20151125-DSC_290320151125-DSC_2920



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We went to see Santa at Downtown Disney (or Disney Springs I guess?) last night. We’ve been each year since Kaden was 6 months old, and it’s always a fun time. If you haven’t seen him you really should go. His eyes literally twinkle and when he chuckles “ho ho ho” I get goose bumps. He is the real deal.

This year was the first time we’ve ever had no line. It was fantastic, we just walked right up to see him. In the past we’ve never waited less than half an hour, and we always go before Thanksgiving, so I don’t know what the difference was.

Can you see how excited she was? She’s changed her mind about what she was going to ask for at least 4 times over the past few days :)santaSanta asked Alia if she’d sit with him, and she stopped, put her hands on her hips, & told him “well, I know what I want for Christmas!”20151118-DSC_2601 Discussing the details.20151118-DSC_2604 20151118-DSC_2605 20151118-DSC_2615 Afterwards Kaden remembered he’d been wondering how Santa got there, so asked him about it. Santa told K he flew in a small sleigh, since he didn’t need to pack any toys in it, and only brought 2 reindeer (Dasher & Dancer.) 20151118-DSC_2620Mission accomplished.20151118-DSC_2635