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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies & Wusthof Giveaway


Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies are super soft, fluffy, and full of chocolate and peanut butter! Made with Reese's spread so the whole cookie is full of flavor.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies are super soft, fluffy, and full of chocolate and peanut butter!  Made with Reese’s spread so the whole cookie is full of flavor.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies are super soft, fluffy, and full of chocolate and peanut butter!  Made with Reese's spread so the whole cookie is full of flavor.

 

Are you ready for the weekend?  Stupid question.  Sorry.  My son has his last basketball game of the season tomorrow morning.  We also have a friend flying in from Iowa for the weekend.  We haven’t seen him in over a year, so it should be fun to catch up and just hang out for the weekend.  The guys are going to go to a hockey game on Saturday night, so I have to come up with something fun to do with my son.  The game is in Denver at 8pm, so that is a little late for a 9 year old. Maybe a fun dinner and a movie, we will see.  What do you do with your kids for special nights?

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Homemade Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Oreos


Homemade Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Oreos {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Homemade Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Oreos – homemade oreos are so easy to make, and these are sandwiched around (egg-free) peanut butter cookie dough!

Homemade Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Oreos - homemade oreos are so easy to make, and these are sandwiched around (egg-free) peanut butter cookie dough!

Welcome to the day 2 of Cookie Week, hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Susan of The Girl In the Little Red Kitchen! We’ve teamed together with 10 other talented bloggers to bring you 5 fantastic days of cookie recipes to get you in to the holiday spirits. If you love to pin make sure to check out our #CookieWeek Pinterest board full of all the cookie recipes you’ll see here this week!

Our sponsors for this event have provided us with some great prizes and we’d like to extend a huge thank you for their generosity. Thanks to Imperial Sugar, Circulon, Peanut Butter & Co. and Page Street Publishing for being a part of Cookie Week!

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Oreo Peanut Butter Dip


Oreo Peanut Butter Dip - a fun twist on homemade peanut butter

Oreo Peanut Butter Dip is a twist on your classic homemade peanut butter.  Just 2 ingredients, and you have a tasty and addicting treat!

Oreo Peanut Butter Dip - a fun twist on homemade peanut butter

This week is crazy!  So much to do to get ready for Halloween, and so little time to get it all done.  I thought I was in good shape, but then being gone for 4 days really throws things off.  I have no idea how people who travel all of the time for work do it.  I travel 2 or 3 times a year, and I can barely keep up.  Hopefully we can get pumpkins carved tomorrow night, and then I might feel like we are in better shape.  Have you all ready purchased your Halloween candy?  I try not to do it too far ahead of time, or I will eat it all.  So that is still on my list as well!  I am not sure it will ever end.  This is just the beginning of the crazy holiday season.

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Peanut Chicken with Rice


Peanut Chicken with Rice - quick and easy dinner for any night of the week

Peanut Chicken with Rice - quick and easy dinner for any night of the week

This week is supposed to finally start cooling down here in Colorado.  Most of September was in the mid to upper 80’s around here.  We did have a few days where it got pretty chilly, but the last couple weeks we have had to turn our air conditioner back on.  I have to admit, I am ready for the cooler weather.  I want to make soup and fresh bread, and not have to sweat while I am eating it :)  And somehow is just feels a little wrong to be breaking out the pumpkin when it is 80 degrees.  I do not know how you warm weather year round people do it!  I love my seasons.

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No Bake Peanut Butter Cheesecake


No Bake Peanut Butter Cheesecake {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

No Bake Peanut Butter Cheesecake - creamy peanut butter cheesecake, Oreo crust, chocolate ganache and peanut butter cup Oreo's!

Going on vacation is always so much fun, but getting back is so much work!  All the laundry, the work, the cleaning, and everything else.  Plus, I am actually heading out on another trip this weekend.  My 9 year old and I are headed back to the Mid-West to see family for a week.  So much for a lazing and relaxing summer!  A little worried about how much I should get done ahead of time for my husband.  I hate to see what he is going to do for a full week of meals on his own!  But just because people are busy, doesn’t mean there isn’t time for desserts!  Especially no bake desserts, that come together in under 20 minutes.

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No Bake Peanut Butter Puffs Bars #biggcerealmovies


No Bake Peanut Butter Puffs Bars - Peanut butter, peanut butter candies, peanut butter cups, and peanut butter puff's cereal!

No Bake Peanut Butter Puffs Bars - Peanut butter, peanut butter candies, peanut butter cups, and peanut butter puff's cereal!

I hope that everyone had a great 4th of July weekend!  We were busy spending time with friends, going to a Colorado Rockies game, getting in a good hike, going on a bike ride, and getting to watch fireworks.  It was so much fun, but kind of exhausting at the same time!  I kind of need a nap just thinking of all that we accomplished in the last 3 days.  Or at least a good solid week of relaxation!  Or maybe just movie night, where I can doze off a little :)  Make sure you get to the bottom for a great giveaway that involves free movies!

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Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Banana Snack Cake


Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Banana Snack Cake - a cake you can feel good about!

Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Banana Snack Cake - a cake you can feel good about!

The second week of summer break is coming to a close, and it has been another busy one! My 9 year old had camp from 8-3 every day last week, plus baseball games 2 nights.  This week it was an outdoor survival camp every day, and 2 nights of baseball.  Thanks goodness next week we just have baseball.  I am ready for some more relaxing days.  I think my 9 year old might be too.  As much fun as he has had these last 2 weeks, I think he is ready to just play and be home a little bit.  [Read more…]

Puppy Chow (Amped Up)


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Puppy Chow, Muddy Buddies…whatever you call it, it is a classic Holiday treat.  It is easy to make and the flavors are a classic.  Just melt , mix, shake, and dump. You could easily have the kids work on this one for you, or at least help. And there is a decent chance you have all of the ingredients in the house already.

You know I can’t get enough peanut butter and chocolate, so it should come as no surprise to you that I have adapted this classic to have MORE!  I always loved the pieces that got stuck together because they had so much peanut butter and chocolate between them.  Well, now I make my own, and figured all the pieces should be like that :)

There are all sorts of different recipes out there for different version of this; candy cane, or lemon, or white chocolate etc. But I like a classic.  If you have peanut allergies in your house Sun Butter would work great in this.  Or maybe some Biscoff spread if you want to go crazy.

Go check out my version, and get the recipe at Culinary.Net

Peanut Butter Chocolate Balls


Peanut Butter Chocolate Balls labeled

You all know that I am a huge fan of chocolate and peanut butter, so this recipe should come as no surprise.  These have become a staple at my house during the holidays.  My dad was never a fan of peanut butter, so we didn’t really have many peanut butter treats growing up.  Peanut Blossoms were pretty much the extent.  But then I grew up, and now I control what was in the house, and peanut butter it is!

Years ago before I had my son, I did a cookie exchange with some women I worked with.  We did it for a few years, each year was a little different.  Some times we actually baked together, some years we just met for dinner and handed out our cookies.  Every year we walked away with a great selection, and had a great time.  My friend Beth, was always in charge of the Buckeye’s.  One year, after I had moved away, she knew I liked them so much, she even sent me some!  But this year, I am making my own, using her recipe.

She is from Ohio, and a big Ohio State fan.  I am not.  So I chose to completely cover mine in chocolate, and change the name.  Being from Wisconsin, making “Buckeyes” just seems wrong.  I am not sure of the origin of the recipe, it is just what she has been making for years, and has been passed on to me.  A few of these are going to my son’s teachers as part of their gifts this year.  I am sure they will be appreciated.

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Peanut Butter Cup Blossom Cookies #25recipestoXmas


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December is here.  Christmas is right around the corner.  You know what that means right?  Cookies, and treats all month long!  Ok, maybe there will be one or two that aren’t Christmas related, but the rest of the month will be getting you ready for the big day.

Today, I am helping out my good friend Roxana from, Roxana’s Home Baking with her 25 recipes to Christmas!  I am super excited to be a part of this great group she has going.  Plus she has great giveaways going on with it too, so don’t miss it!

 

I made an over the top, kicked up version of my favorite Christmas cookie.  Trust me, these are worth breaking your diet for.  Go tell Roxana Hi, and check out these cookies!