Monday calls for cookies! Right?

Remember that apple butter I made a couple weeks back? These Apple Butter Thumbprint Cookies were the inspiration behind that. I needed these cookies.

Before we get to that, how was your weekend? My husband was supposed to be in the field (he’d been out all last week) but he showed up at the door at 11 pm on Friday night – so that was a fun surprise. Then I spent most of the weekend watching a cooking Youtube channel that the bestie got me hooked on and impulse buying gourmet peanut butter.

It’s what I do.

So about the cookies.

I love a thumbprint cookie. You’ve got a cookie but then you’ve also got a sweet gooey filling. They’re like tiny pies.

These taste like fall. The cookies are made with crushed walnuts in the dough and walnuts are a fall nut to me. Is that weird? Plus all the cinnamon in the apple butter. I mean, I know it’s 98 degrees outside (gahhh Texas, whyyyyy?!) but if you turn your air down enough, you may be able to pretend it’s not stupid hot out there.

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Guys, I love the 4th of July.

I’ll love it even more if I can ever decipher the local laws to see if we’re allowed sparklers. Because sparklers are MY FAVORITE THING EVER.

(Don’t tell me it’s too dry for fireworks here. All it does is rain.)

The 4th of July also means increased security on Fort Hood so I’ve said, “Really? You think I’m gonna bring bombs on post in a doorless Jeep?” three times in the last week.

I mean, I get it. We have to be careful. But a 30 year old (yeah, my birthday happened) mom with 3 dogs in her (doorless, windowless, topless) car shouldn’t set off the terrorist alarm every. single. time.

Yeah, I’m really hoping for some sparklers.

I think we’re going to have a very low key 4th, just us, at home. This past month has been insane – isn’t summer supposed to be stress free? So we’re probably just going to grill and try to catch the Fort Hood fireworks show from our backyard. (If there’s one – I am so out of the loop.)

I am really, really bad at themed food. I think you know this by now. But I can’t resist a red, white, and blue treat. These Mini Fruit Pizzas are just sugar cookies with cream cheese frosting, and fruit on top. But they’re so cute and really delicious!

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Happy Monday! 

It’s a happy Monday indeed because today the movers come, our new couch gets delivered, AND the internet will finally be installed. 

I can’t decide if I’m more excited about the internet or the Keurig. 

I bought instant coffee but forgot that we have no pots so I’ve just been using hot water from the tap to produce lukewarm, chunky instant coffee.

Yum. 

So, we’re really liking the area.  Which isn’t something you hear. Ever. 

It’s really small so it’s very different from what we’re used to but it’s not nearly as bad as everyone said it was going to be. I won’t be taking leisurely strolls through Killeen any time soon but I don’t hate it. 

I miss a couple things though.

I miss having zero humidity. My hair won’t do anything I want it to.

I miss having no green stuff. No, not that green stuff. Colorado has plenty of that. 

The trees and the grass and the flowers…. ugh, they’re killing me. 

I’m allergic to trees. And grass. And probably flowers. 

But the flowers are so prettttty! 

Anyway, the boys ran out of clean clothes a few days ago and I spent a small fortune at Old Navy getting them all enough to make it through until the washer and dryer get here. 

Other than that, my life has been walks, In-N-Out, and hard cider on the back porch.

Not a bad way to live.

I made these cookies in a desperate attempt to use up all the flour (which btw, I think the movers packed the flour and I didn’t think they would and I feel like I should probably just throw it away because it’s been in storage for over a week now. Ewww…?) and I was pretty happy that I did.

There is almost nothing Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies can’t fix. These were so delicious and I kind of wish I had some now. They may be the first things I make when I get all my kitchen stuff unpacked! 

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

I have been thinking about Oatmeal Raisin Cookies for a solid week. 

Which is weird because I’m much more of a french fry or Doritos person. I very rarely can’t stop thinking about a cookie or other sweet. But oh em gee, thoughts of oatmeal cookies have taken over my brain.

And by the way, I don’t even like raisins. (Unless they’re covered in mayo and tossed with broccoli and bacon! Duh.)

 Yesterday I finally made my dang cookies. And guess what!

First batch was a fail. Huge fail. They were like hard little nuggets of oatmeal with random raisins throughout. 

Typically, I would give up at that point. Move onto something else. Eat all the kids’ Little Debbies. 

You know. 

But I needed these cookies in my life. 

Thankfully these turned out well. Chewy with lots and lots of raisins. I ate more than I’d like to admit and may even make another batch today. 

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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Cookies and Cream Cookies - chopped candy bars and white chocolate chips make these cookies extra delicious!

Happy Monday! Let’s make it a great week! Cookies help!

You guys, it has been so HOT here. Yesterday I left at 7:30 am to go to Trader Joe’s (gotta get there before the crowds!) and didn’t need a coat. I wore flipflops. I didn’t even turn my seat warmer on. 

Normally at that time, it’s 20 degrees. Or less. 

Craaaaaaazy. Part of me is super excited because there are few things I hate more than sleeves. But then part of me is so sad that this is our last winter here (for now) and there’s no stinkin’ snow!

Well back to Trader Joe’s. They were out of macarons which is THE WORST. I would’ve settled for the kind I don’t like but they didn’t have a single box of any kind. And I need my cookies. 

So I made these Cookies and Cream Cookies! They have white chocolate chips and those amazing Hershey’s Cookies and Cream bars. Those are probably number 1 on my candy bar list so obviously I’m obsessed with these cookies.

Cookies and Cream Cookies - chopped candy bars and white chocolate chips make these cookies extra delicious!

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