Sunday, February 26, 2017

Monthly Meal Plan-March (St. Patrick's Day)

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So, we're gonna change up the whole meal plan thing. Up until now we've been giving you weekly meal plans. But now, we're going to do super fun (semi-themed) monthly meal plans!! Yay!

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Pin this to your meal planning board for easy access all month long!

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Something Saturdays (2/25/17)

Last weekend was boring, I just worked and helped Michael with homework. Blech.

Also-we discovered a new-to-us band, called Foxy Shazam. If you've ever heard the Macklemore song, "Downtown" the dude who sings the chorus (Eric Nally) is the lead singer for this Ohio-based band and they are SO COOL! Reminiscent of Queen, but super unique and cool and their own thing. Michael and I are obsessed, and wanted to share the goodness. SO-here is one of our favorite songs of theirs (pay attention about halfway through for a killer high note). 

This week has been eventful, though! The weather has been gorgeous, getting into the 60's and even 70's on a couple days. Monday I had a day-date with my friend/boss Val. We had brunch at Flury's and then saw 50 Shades Darker (read under the Movies/TV heading for my thoughts) and then just visited for a bit and went over work stuff. Tuesday was off to a less than fun start when we realized our furnace wasn't working. Ah home-ownership. Wednesday someone came out and fixed it super quick and easy-not sure how much it's going to cost us though (it was from my dad's company and they're billing him so I get his employee pricing). Thursday I kicked the day off by going on a tour of the Harry London Chocolate Factory-which I haven't done since I was a kid. It's cool, every hour 10-4 Mondays-Thursdays they run free tours of the factory. And you get lots of free chocolate! YES. Later in the day, I visited my cousin Amber and got to meet her brand new (like 1 week and 2 days) old baby, Ava! It was so nice to visit and to cuddle that sweet little baby! Friday turned out to be a fun day, too! Michael's cousin AJ was doing business in Chagrin Falls so he invited me to have lunch since the weather was so beautiful and I love Chagrin Falls so much! We had Jeni's and then burgers at FlipSide. Then we met up with more cousins, Allison and her hubby Kyle, near our house and hung out for awhile before hanging out more at AJ's parents house. It was lots and lots of fun!

This weekend I'm working but today I'm also going to see my little cousin Brittany's school musical, and tomorrow I've got an open house event for Perfectly Planned. BUSY busy busy! What are you doing this weekend?

Posts from this week 

Recipes from the blog that I made this week

Recent links bookmarked (visit my Pinterest for more)
Caramel Pretzel Brownies (Grandbaby Cakes)

Movies/TV Talk (assume there'll be spoilers)
50 Shades Darker-I REALLY liked it, definitely better than the first one. It was sweet and cute and sexy and full of love. And I love love :) Overall, I was really pleased with it. (Apparently critics hated it but *shrug* I liked it.)

Instagram Latel(a few highlights from this week on Instagram)

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Soft & Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

Soft & Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies
I don't know about you but I've noticed most peanut butter cookies are a little crisp, maybe a little crumbly. They're not all as soft and chewy as you'd like. That's where this recipe comes in. It's got a pleasant peanut butter flavor (not crazy peanut buttery, but definitely present) and they're so soft sometimes they just spontaneously break in half. It's a beautiful sacrifice in the name of chewy cookies.
Soft & Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies
I made these for Michael's cousin, who needed them for a reception after a memorial service for her father-in-law. Food can be such a comfort item, and it was my pleasure to attempt to share this small bit of comfort to them. These are definitely the sort of cookie that is sure to please the masses and also make you feel happy and warm inside. Really, when has a peanut butter cookie* never not made you feel better?


*(Unless you have a nut allergy. In that case...condolences. Chocolate chip cookies give lots of comfort too. Don't worry!)
Soft & Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies
Personally, I prefer a cookie with a stronger peanut butter flavor. But I know other people who don't like things to have that strong of flavors (particularly my cousin Chelsea, when she explained why she doesn't love Jeni's salty caramel ice cream...personally I think she's insane but ya know, whatevs.)

But I did love how soft and chewy these were, they stayed that way leftover and it was so nice. If I drsank milk, I think having a plate of these with a glass of milk would be just the ticket!
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