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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Confetti Cookies

Welp, football is over.

I’m pretty sad about it. I never really got into Rockies baseball after we moved here and I’m not paying whatever DIRECTV wants to watch the Braves so I’m basically done with sports until fall.

I see lots of Real Housewives marathons in my future. 

Anyway, I was pretty underwhelmed by all aspects of the Superbowl. The commercials were lame – although the Budweiser one with the dog and the horses made me cry a little. Because that’s just how I am. But other than that one, meh. 

And the halftime show. Oh geez. I haven’t liked a halftime show since Britney and NSYNC so maybe I’m the problem and not the show. 

I’m ready for next season. The Broncos will be in the Superbowl and it’s going to be amazing. 

So yesterday the best thing to happen to me was these cookies. I’ve been avoiding cookies because… altitude. 

Ugh.

I just get sick of messing around with oven temps and leavening agents and fat to flour ratios so I follow a recipe as is and then I get upset when my cookies end up flat and crispy. 

Yesterday I wasn’t so lazy and managed soft, puffy cookies for the first time in ages. And of course I covered them in sprinkles. It was Superbowl day after all! 

This is probably the 5th time I’ve made these Confetti Cookies. First time they haven’t been flat and crispy though. *high five* So they’re just your basic vanilla cookie but they’re rolled in a ton of sprinkles before you bake them. They are officially my favorite. I’d love them even if they didn’t have sprinkles all over them. 

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It’s OREO Cookie Balls season!

Also known as, my favorite time of year!

You guys, I love the fact that no matter where the Christmas party is or who’s invited, I know that someone will be showing up with OREO Cookie Balls. And I also know that I’ll be strategically positioning myself as close to them as possible.

‘Tis the season!

I remember the exact moment I tried an OREO Cookie Ball. I can tell you exactly where I was standing in my grandparents’ house and what kind of Christmas tin the OREO Cookie Balls were in. That probably sounds weird to those of you who aren’t obsessed with food but for me, that just means that it’s true love between me and the OREO Cookie Balls. 

I picked up a couple packs of OREO Cookies while perusing the holiday section of Walmart. Which is my current favorite hobby. I picked up a pack of Mint OREO Cookies for these Peppermint Oreo Cookie Balls and then picked up a package of the winter ones because both the baby (who’s not a baby) and I started shrieking “SNOWMAN OREO!” as soon as we spotted the package. 

I cannot resist the red filling of the winter ones. Ugh, so good. 

Anyway, to make these I followed the traditional OREO Cookie Balls recipe except I used the mint ones instead of the regular ones and then I used white almond bark in place of the semisweet chocolate. Finally, I crushed a couple candy canes and sprinkled the dust on top. I love how broken candy cane pieces look, especially on top of the white almond bark. So pretty – just begging to be eaten! 

Check out the #OREOCookieBall Pinterest party taking place on Pinterest on Saturday, December 6 at 12pm ET. It should be lots of fun!

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