Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Here it is--my first recipe that I've made and photographed for the blog since that darned first trimester fatigue/nausea hit me. And-of course-the lighting was not my friend. So...sorry about the pictures. Bear with me.
Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Now the important thing here is HOW GOSH DARN TASTY these are. They're are super duper peanut buttery, very very flavorful-and there's no flour or butter. Lots of winning. Full disclosure, though--forming the dough into balls was THE BIGGEST PAIN IN MY BUTT. They were so crumbly and it was rough. Now-this may be partly because I used PB & Co peanut butter which I thought wouldn't count as natural peanut butter but...maybe it did and affected the texture. I couldn't tell you. But but but seriously they're so yummy.
Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Michael was a giant fan of these cookies-they got sent in his lunches every day (I love that I'm already well versed in packing lunches before even having given birth) and they were perfect for my occasional peanut butter cravings (which I'm attributing to the fact that I haven't been eating a ton of meat since getting pregnant so I probably needed the protein.) Whatever reason you may have for wanting them, you won't be sorry you made these cookies. Even if you're cursing their existence when you're scooping and shaping them :P

Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

From Averie Cooks

Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes approx. 12-20 cookies, depending on size
Ingredients:
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter (do not use natural or homemade pb!)
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (or 6 oz. semisweet, dark, or bittersweet chocolate, chopped into chunks)
Preparation:
  • To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or just a large bowl and using a hand mixer), combine peanut butter, brown sugar, egg, and vanilla, and beat on medium-high speed until well-combined and the sugar is fully incorporated and no longer grainy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  • Beat in the baking soda.
  • Mix in the chocolate chips or chunks until evenly incorporated.
  • Scoop out mounds of cookie dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet or a large dish (using a medium cookie scoop is ideal but you can make them as large or small as you desire)--you may have a hard time keeping them together because of all the chocolate, use your hands to form them as best as you can if they start to fall apart. Flatten slightly (if possible) and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 5 days. 
  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees and, if you haven't already, line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat or spray with nonstick cooking spray. Place refrigerated dough balls on the prepared sheet, leaving at least 2 inches between each cookie. Bake for about 7-10 minutes (although this could vary if the cookies are particularly small or large)-until the edges are set but the middle still looks a bit underbaked. 
  • Let cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5-10 minutes before transferring to a rack to finish cooling. 
  • Keep cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 4 months. (Unbaked cookie dough can also be frozen for up to 4 months, so you can bake only as many cookies as desired and save the rest of the dough to be baked in the future.)
Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
If you're a peanut butter lover, these cookies will be your friend.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Something Saturdays (7/15/17)

This has been a pretty good week, actually! Busy but not overwhelmingly so-the perfect balance :).

Saturday night, Michael and I ended up checking out a new restaurant that just opened near us (Walther's Twin Tavern) and had a  super nice evening. Sunday we slept in and then got some things done around the house-such as putting together our new end table. Monday I checked out a sale and bought a ton of cloth diapering things before coming home and cooking. Tuesday and Wednesday I just got some stuff done (although I also, briefly, saw Michael's cousin for a bit on Wednesday). Thursday I hung out a little with my cousin before cleaning the kitchen (which I despise because of how quickly it gets dirty again). Friday I worked. Today I have a wedding-the better kind of work! 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Baby Update -- 17 Weeks

Baby Update -- 17 Weeks
How far along: 17 Weeks (I'll be 18 weeks on Friday, though)

Due Date: December 15, 2017

Baby's Size: 5.1 inches, 5 oz. (According to my app, it's the size of a white onion.)

Total weight gain/loss: Nothing, so far!

Maternity clothes: Mostly still in normal clothes, but I do have a pair of maternity jeans from Target that I LOOOVE.

Stretch marks: So far, none. Still early, though!

Sleep: Pretty great currently, although I have to wake up A LOT to pee-which is concerning considering I know it's going to get worse lol.

Best moment of this week: Going to the doctor's on Friday and hearing the baby's heartbeat with Michael. And buying pretty much everything I need for cloth diapering (although I did not love the price tag attached...I have to keep reminding myself that I would've spent that in a few months of disposable diapers!) I also found a pediatrician for the baby so that's a relief to have taken off my to-do list!

Miss anything: Being able to just eat stuff and not wondering about if I'm actually going to want it--I'm closer to normal now than I was in my 1st trimester but still not the same. Mainly meat has been tricky.

Movement: Nothing yet *sigh*

Food cravings: Meh nothing in particular. No more than usual, anyway haha.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Not right now!

Have you started to show yet: Just got a little bump in the last couple weeks.

Gender: Gahh don't know yet.

Labor signs: Nononooo

Belly button in or out: Still in.

Wedding rings on or off: On at the moment.

Happy or moody most of the time: I've been lucky-I'm pretty happy and calm for the most part!

Looking forward to: Baby shower planning stuff, eventually feeling the baby move, and finding out the baby's gender next month!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Something Saturdays (7/8/17)

Holiday weeks are fun weeks. Holiday weeks are exhausting weeks. Saturday I was the head coordinator for a wedding that was lovely, but far away lol. Sunday I went to church with Michael and his cousin and her husband who are visiting from out of town, and then we all got brunch before coming home for me to be tired and Michael to write a paper for school. Monday I worked. Tuesday we celebrated the 4th with a pool party at my grandma's, which was fun! Wednesday I spent the day hanging with Michael's aforementioned cousin, and we had an awesome time. Thursday I just got some stuff done at home, and yesterday I had a doctor's appointment (baby is doing well!) and then I worked. Today is more work and then, *shrug*. We'll see! How did you all spend your holiday?

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Something Saturdays (7/1/17)

Hi hi hi! It's July July July!

I've had a pretty cool weekend. Last weekend was nice, I did a little shopping with the hubby hubs (got a few things we needed-an end table, a drill, a patio umbrella...stuff like that). Then Sunday we spent the whole day together: we went to church, breakfast, got Michael a new phone, got ice cream, then came home and watched a movie and hung out. On Monday I ran a couple errands (and found this amazing place called The Breastfeeding Center that has SO MUCH information and amazing products, I just wish I didn't live 30 minutes away from it!) and then hung out in the evening with Michael's mom and sister and then later on he joined us, as did his aunt and cousin. Tuesday my boss and I got dinner and then went to our monthly collaborative networking group. Wednesday Michael's stepmom took me out to Chagrin Falls for a day of fun, burgers, and Jeni's ice cream. Then we hung out with Michael's dad for a bit before getting some wood fired pizza. Thursday I just did boring work. Yesterday I went to the rehearsal for today's wedding-of which I'm the head coordinator! So it's gonna be a cuhraaaazy day. But tomorrow I get to just recover :)

What are your weekend plans?

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