Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

I need a better name for these cookies. I don’t think that “Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies” simply does these cookies justice. These are delicious little nuggets made up of what is essentially my perfect sweet treat.

This is what I spent my New Year’s Eve doing. I made cookies while my little helper (Caleb) supervised me in the kitchen. We went to bed about 9:00 marking this as the first NYE that I can remember in a long where I have not stayed up until midnight.

My boss likes to make sure I stay on task.

But it was some good sleep. Around Christmas, Caleb had a few nights where he didn’t sleep very well at all, which meant that we didn’t sleep very well. Add that to the fact that we all have been battling the crud for what seems like weeks now and that makes for a family in need of good sleep.

So anyway. Back to cookies.

One of my resolutions for 2019 is to avoid store bought sweets. That means no more Reese’s. BUT! I can have sweets if I make them myself (some loophole, right?).

I love chocolate chip oatmeal cookies and adding in the peanut butter just took these cookies over the top. I like using crunchy peanut butter for a little extra texture (in cookies, in oatmeal, on my sandwiches). I do keep creamy peanut butter on hand for Caleb so you can really use whatever you prefer.

Caleb’s big thing the past week has been pointing. He’s really perfected the art of pointing. For a while, he would point but his arm would remain crooked so you weren’t quite sure what he was pointing at. Now he’s straightened out that arm and is pointing to everything with intention. I try to make sure that if he points at something, I identify what that object is or does.

These cookies come together so easily. If I can get them in the oven in a timely manner while having a toddler running a muck, then so can you.

I meant to get a photo when they were finished baking but going back through my camera, I went from making cookies to playing with chickens so I don’t have a finished photo. But who needs a glorious shot of cooked cookies when you can have this gem?

Messy hair, don’t care? How about messy hair because I needed to put it up within seconds or risk getting cookie dough all in it?
Print Recipe
Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
Servings
30 cookies
Ingredients
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (at room temperature, 1/2 cup = 1 stick)
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (I use the Enjoy Life brand)
Servings
30 cookies
Ingredients
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (at room temperature, 1/2 cup = 1 stick)
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (I use the Enjoy Life brand)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350*F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, beat together the butter, sugar, and peanut butter for about 5 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until combined. Gently stir in the flour mixture.
  4. Fold the oats and chocolate chips into your dough.
  5. Using a tablespoon, scoop the dough into balls and drop them 2 inches apart on your prepared cookie sheet.
  6. Baking for 12-13 minutes until the edges are golden brown. Remove from the cookie sheets and let rest on wire racks.
Recipe Notes

You can use an electric mixer to beat together the butter, sugar, and peanut butter however I like to use my beloved wooden spoon. It's a great way to work those muscles!

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Caleb’s Officially One!

I officially have a one year old.

I can’t believe that it has already been an entire year since I was able to finally set eyes on the being I grew. Someone recently shared with me an article “6 reasons December babies are special, according to science” – and while I think that all babies are special, it was a joy to read that article. I have felt so truly blessed to have Caleb in my life. It’s funny, even though he hasn’t existed that long, I cannot imagine my life without him.

The birthday boy all ready for daycare this morning.

There have been bad days, of course, but the good days outweigh the bad days a million times over. I wouldn’t trade any of it for anything.

We don’t give Caleb a lot of sugar but I did let him have a couple of bites of a cupcake. He enjoyed it a lot.

That being said…  I’m giving my two weeks notice to my job. I returned to work when Caleb was exactly 3 months old with the short-term goal of being able to stay home with him. My self-imposed deadline kept getting pushed farther and farther back. We are now at the point where I am able to stay home with Caleb and I want to take that opportunity. The toughest part of all of this was letting Caleb’s daycare know (it made me a little misty-eyed). They’ve been with him for 9 months and have watched him grow so much. We went with that daycare because it had the feeling of taking Caleb to grandma’s house and we couldn’t have asked for a better family.

That face! <3

So this is my birthday present to Caleb in a way. Sure, it will be interesting setting up our routine, especially as I will be working some from home, but I look forward to the opportunities that we will have together. There is always that doubt in my mind if this is what is best for Caleb, for our family, but I’m comforted by so many fellow moms (even some who have children that are now in their 30’s and 40’s) telling me that they do not regret staying home with their children for the first few years.

“We are reminded that, in the fleeting time we have on this Earth, what matters is not wealth, or status, or power, or fame, but rather how well we have loved and what small part we have played in making the lives of other people better.”

– Barack Obama

The birthday boy is OUT!

We celebrated his birthday today simply. A cupcake, a song (followed by the playing of the Captain Zoom birthday song – a tradition my mom started many years ago), and that was it. We’re having a few people over on Saturday for a little birthday party but nothing big.

4 Family Friendly Vacations to Create Unforgettable Memories

Family time is so important to you; spending the days with your children and partner makes you happier than ever. It’s no secret that you and your family love an adventure, so it’s time to start thinking about where you can go on vacation next year. It’s never too soon to start planning these things so get your brain into gear now. Whether you want to experience something completely new in the countryside or you fancy taking a dip into a crystal clear ocean, there are so many options to start exploring now. Your family vacation is set to be a memorable and magical time as long as you plan ahead and get the ball rolling right now!

  • Camping – There is nothing more enjoyable than going back to basics and taking some time out to camp in the great outdoors. If you haven’t already heard about RV camping (San Diego), then you need to start exploring your options right now. Enjoy an adventure in America’s Finest City and take in the must see sights and famous attractions. Cool your own dinner from the comfort of your RV and spend the evening around a classic campfire whilst you look at the alarming stars in the sky.

  • Beach Break – If you’re fed up of the cold winter weather then now might be the perfect opportunity to plan a beautiful beach break. Whether you’re jetting off to the warm temperatures of Spain or you’re hoping to soak up the rays in the South of France there are so many ocean filled adventures you could take with your family right now.
  • City Life – If you’ve got inquisitive kids who like to explore new cities then this kind of break might be just what you’re looking for. Heading out to local museums, grabbing a quick bite to eat in a traditional café and spending your evenings exploring the vivacious night life in a town. No matter how young or old your children are they are bound to find excitement in a city so consult your travel bucket list and get it booked into the diary.
  • Stay-Cations -You don’t have to venture far to have a magical and memorable holiday; sometimes having a staycation is all you need to do. Check into a swanky hotel near where you live or head to a local amusement park. Staying close to home means that you don’t have to worry about the stresses of travelling and it will probably save you a lot of money too!

No matter what kind of budget you are working with, you are bound to find a truly special trip that your little ones will remember forever. Whether you’re camping out in an RV or exploring a European city like never before, you will have happy smiling faces from start to finish. Consider all of the ideas mentioned above and see if your family want to take a vote on their next happy holiday; one of them is bound to get everybody excited!

 

Life with a 10 Month Old

I haven’t done just a general update on Caleb in a long time and I’ve had quite a few people asking me for one. Even though Caleb doesn’t turn 10 months officially for about 3 more days, I’m calling this his 10-month update.

It amazes me how quickly Caleb’s first year has been going by. In just a few short months, I’ll have a one-year old on my hands! Caleb started walking not long before he turned 9 months and since he figured out how to step those short little steps, there has been no stopping him. He has been walking here, there, everywhere around the house. It amazed the ladies at daycare how quickly he started walking and how well he walks. I think I have a determined – headstrong – little boy on my hands.

Just about three weeks ago, I felt Caleb’s first tooth poking through his bottom gums. A week later, another bottom tooth poked through. Then this past Friday, an upper tooth popped though! So it seems like he is averaging one tooth a week.

Most nights he sleeps through, or maybe will wake up once during the night. He’s easy to put back to sleep though for the most part with just a few minutes of nursing. His biggest issue is that some mornings, he will start tossing and turning at about 5-5:30 a.m. Once he starts to toss and turn, I find myself wide awake. I recently switched out one of his bottles that I send to daycare with some food and he is loving it. My goal is to offer breast milk to him as long as he wants but I’m not putting the pressure on myself to maintain a rigorous pumping and feeding schedule. It is less stress on my end.

Caleb loves to eat. Anything and everything. I try mostly to stick with whole foods – green beans, blueberries, and cucumbers are his favorite. I try to give him very little items with processed sugar simply because I don’t want him addicted to those kind of sweet treats. He loves it but just because you love something doesn’t mean you should have it!

This past weekend, we all went to a local farm festival. We went to the same festival last year when I was 29 weeks pregnant.

29 Weeks Pregnant

As long as we are in the area, I think we are going to try and continue the tradition of having our photo taken in front of this piece of farm equipment!

The farm festival, along with a trip on Saturday to a craft show and farmer’s market up in Wanchese, served as sort of my birthday adventure. I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend. Caleb made quick friends with a little pig, though he didn’t seem very impressed by his new friendship. Or with any of it really. 😀 I will say that he did love getting the opportunity to sample the food inside of the market!



Our Outer Banks Adventure

I love being near the Outer Banks. It’s nothing for me to just get up on a day and drive down there for a few hours. During my maternity leave, I actually loaded Caleb up in the car and drove down there, picked up some Duck Donuts and came back home. It was a wonderful trip and a good way to spend a morning.

Caleb’s first taste of cantaloupe – he loved it!

Every summer for about 18 years now, my grandparents go down to the Outer Banks for about a week and stay in a condo inviting the rest of the family to come. I usually try to get down there. In the past few years though, I’ve only managed to go down for the day. The condo is located right near the ocean and when I was younger, it felt safe for me to be able to come and go as I pleased pretty much.

Two of Caleb’s favorite toys – a cup and a spoon!

The latest tropical storm lurked about 150 miles south off the coast of North Carolina this weekend, making it overcast, WINDY, and cool. The temperatures lurked in the low 80’s near about all weekend, giving us a nice break from the previous weeks. We couldn’t go on the beach because of how hard the sand was being blown everywhere but that’s okay – we still had fun!

Bonding time with the grandson!

My mom had picked Caleb up a float for the pool so we went to the indoor pool for about 15-20 minutes and let Caleb float around. He’s been in the water before and enjoys it. His little legs were kicking as hard as they could. I think that I have a little water baby on my hands and I couldn’t be happier about it!

Caleb was wore out from floating around, so I put him down for a brief nap before he resumed crawling around on the carpet. Crawling is something that he just started doing that weekend and he was so proud to show his skills off. He has even been working on pulling himself up a little bit. Now that he is mobile… we have our hands full!

After his nap, my mom, Caleb and I went down to Rock-A-Bye Baby OBX and picked up some really cute goodies. I can’t wait to get back and shop some more! I’m working on a YouTube video right now that’ll feature some of the goodies that I purchased from the shop as well as some clips of Caleb swimming.

I took Monday off of work so that Caleb and I could relax a little bit. Since it was a much warmer day, I took him outside and allowed him to just go to town with a bowl of apple puree. I think he had fun!