Chunky Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

When going through my recipes on my computer I unearthed Chunky Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies. How could one go wrong making these? They were scrumptious: soft, chewy, and addicting! 1 1/4 cups flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 1/2 sticks softened butter

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup peanut butter

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

- Combine flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a small bowl.

- Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and peanut butter in a large mixer bowl until creamy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in chips.

- Drop dough by teaspoons onto ungreased baking sheet (airbake or stone works best).

- Bake at 375 until edges are set and centers are soft (anywhere between 7-12 minutes). Let stand for 3-4 minutes while they set.

Little Loves

Owen asked to hold Sophia, so I set her in his lap. I'd been meaning to take some pictures of the boys holding her now that she's older and kept forgetting. Now, as the morning light was streaming through the windows I ran to grab the camera.

Owen, typically my silly boy, was pensive and serious. Duncan smashed Sophia's face into his and kissed her cheeks causing her to look like she wanted to escape.

But the result was pictures I'll treasure of the boys showing their love to their sister. I love how they help her by bringing her toys, running in to greet her after a nap, and giving her lots of kisses.

Such big brothers!

Weekend Wedding + Other Stuff | Multitude Monday

I've been missing in action here on the blog for a few weeks. With kids sick with fevers and ear infections for 10 days and then a trip to California, my time has been needed else where. But now we're pretty healthy (minus a few sniffles) and we're back from our trip. Time for me to get back into the gratitude routine! I will warn you, this is going to be a long one, because I couldn't resist posting pictures from our trip. 167. Safe travel to and from California. 168. Visiting the Japanese Tea Garden. What a beautiful and serene place!

169. A satisfying and delicious dinner at Range. Complete with chocolate bergamot cake with Earl Gray Tea ice cream. 170. Seeing Lombard Street and Coit Tower. (Pics of Coit Tower and a view from Coit Tower below.)

171. Visiting Fisherman’s Warf, Ghirardelli Square, and getting the famous Irish coffees at Buena Vista Cafe. 172. Lunch at the Ferry Building complete with coffee at Blue Bottle Coffee (best latte ever and the only thing that rivals La Columbe)  and chocolates at Recchiuti. Think melt in your mouth chocolates with flavors like Lavender Vanilla and Kona Coffee. (Me in front of the Ferry building below.) 173. Seeing the Golden Gate bridge again.

174. Beautiful misty drive to Dawn Ranch along California's rugged coast. 175. Being reunited with friends! We'd not been all together since my wedding just over six and a half years ago! 178. Wine tasting at J Winery and Korbel Champagne House.

Sophia wanted in on the action but don't worry, we didn't let her!

179. A dear and beautiful friend's wedding in the apple orchard.

180. Friendships that last the years and can be picked up easily, despite the fact they are long-distant relationships that go months between phone calls.

181. Special time and memories made with just Josh and Sophia.

182. Reuniting with Duncan and Owen--I love those little guys!

183. How the boys are on such a creative track-building phase when it comes to playing with their trains.

184. More playtime outside in the warmer weather.

185. Kissing the back of Sophia's sweet little neck when I lay her down for naps and hearing her giggle.

186. Banana muffins and a stash of new baby food in the freezer.

187. Joel's sermon on 1 Corinthians 13.

188. Free Rita's Italian Ice, and . . .

189. Spring is officially here!

Little Monkey

His Mom and Dad call him "Monkey." And what a cute little monkey he is! His real name is Garrett and he's a happy 3 month old. Mom had the great idea to use his monkey hats as props. Garrett happily modeled for us and flashed his bright-eyed smile. As you can see from the pictures of our session, he's a handsome little man. Enjoy the preview!

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Asian Chicken and Noodle Salad

Tonight we had this delicious and I mean delicious salad. I've made i t twice before but I was the only one who ate it and it's a lot of chopping involved to make it for just me . But tonight Josh and I had it (and the boys ate leftovers from a previous meal) and I remembered how good it is. We're trying to eat more greens around here so I definitely think we'll be eating this a lot more this year. Enjoy! Salad (Life as Mom version adapted from The Pioneer Woman adapted from Jamie Oliver):

1 pound linguini, cooked according to package directions, rinsed and drained (I use whole wheat) 4 grilled chicken breast halves, chopped 1/2 head green cabbage, shredded (I use purple cabbage) 1 head romaine lettuce, torn into bite sized pieces 1 red bell pepper, julienne cut 2 carrots, peeled and grated 3 green onions, chopped 1 can sliced water chestnuts (I omit because I don't care for them) 1/2 cup toasted slivered almonds 1 bunch cilantro, rinsed

Dressing (I like the Pioneer Woman version):

1 whole Lime, Juiced 8 Tablespoons Olive Oil 8 Tablespoons Soy Sauce 2 Tablespoons (up To 3 Tablespoons) Sesame Oil ⅓ cups Brown Sugar 3 Tablespoons Fresh Ginger Chopped 2 cloves Garlic Chopped 2 whole Hot Peppers Or Jalapeno's, Chopped Chopped Cilantro

Mix salad ingredients together. Whisk dressing ingredients together and pour over salad. Mix with tongs or hands and serve on a platter.

Note: dressing keeps for up to three days before serving, without cilantro.

Cling {Ungrind}

"I guess we won't be able to get recessed lights for the living room," I sighed. One by one, the two floor lamps we had used for lighting had broken. Only a lone table lamp now lit the room.

Our home is a 1950's rancher that we've been remodeling. We had planned to install recessed lighting in the spring, but our vehicle had needed some major work, so we decided to put it off until autumn.

Now, autumn was quickly passing. It was getting dark earlier each day. And it was starting to look like we'd need a lot more than recessed lighting to get us through the long gloomy winter.

My husband, Josh, had just received the news we'd been anticipating for some weeks. Like many others in our struggling economy, he no longer had a job. His company was closing its doors.

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