Friday, March 8, 2013
Last weekend I took Ryan for a overnight college visit to Wells College in Aurora, NY. We got there earlier than we needed to so we could explore the area. The first town we went to was Ithica. We went there because that is the only place in the entire area that has a mall. It seems that Ryan needed to buy a pair of pants for her college visit. I would have rather driven by Cornell University instead of shopping at Sears, but these things happen when you have a teen. One of the places we ended up was a used book store. While Ryan bought Animal Farm by George Orwell, I went the more fun route. I purchased "Mom's Big Book of Cookies - 200 Family Favorites You'll Love Making and Your Kids Will Love Eating" by Lauren Chattman. I looked the book up on Amazon from my phone and it looked like I was getting a really good deal. On top of that, it looked brand new. Not to mention, the recipes really caught my eye. I knew I wanted to make most of them. I told Ryan that I was going to start from the first recipe and work my way through to all 200. Once I started with the first recipe, which was a good ole chocolate chip, I realized I will not always have the right ingredients unless I plan ahead. Planning ahead means you have to be organized all the time. Not so much. Since the book is divided into ten sections, I decided that as long as I made all the cookies in each section before moving onto the next, I could make the cookies in each section out of order.
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Thanks to my friend, Robyn Gray, I saw this on Facebook. I immediately passed it onto Ryan (who thinks Oreos are the bees knees) and knew that I would be making it sooner rather than later. I've always said there are two flavor combinations that are my favorite: mint and chocolate and peanut butter and chocolate. Adding Oreo cookies to the mix just makes it that much better. The hardest part, and by that I don't really mean hard, but time-consuming, is adding the brownie batter to the cookies. Other than that, you will complete these in no time at all. If you need a baked good right away, then pull out these three simple things: Oreo cookies, peanut butter and a brownie mix. You won't be sorry (and neither will those who eat them)!