Kitchen Sink Oatmeal Cookies – oatmeal cookies filled with everything but the kitchen sink! Chocolate chunks, white chocolate chips, cinnamon chips, walnuts, raisins, and coconut!

When we moved I realized I had a lot of mostly empty bags of chocolate chips.

A lot.

Same goes for pecans, shredded coconut, almond meal, bottles of vanilla, all the stuff I always think I’m out of when I’m out the store and apparently am never actually out of it.

Plus, 15 packages of almond bark even though I only use almond bark once a year for crockpot candy…? I don’t know, guys.

I guess everyone I know is getting crockpot candy for Christmas next year.

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Carrot Apple Salad is the perfect quick, healthy side dish! It’s a kid favorite and so easy to put together. Thinly sliced carrots and apples with raisins in a creamy sweet and tangy dressing. 

Carrot Apple Salad - sliced carrots and apples with raisins in a sweet and tangy dressing! So easy and so delicious! My kids love this!

You guuuuys.

It’s finally the first day of school around here!

Y’all know I love summer but man, this was a long one. This was the first summer in years that we didn’t take several roadtrips so it was just me and 3 boys.

All summer.

In central Texas. Where from the hours of 9 am to 7 pm, it’s too hot to play outside most days.

ANYWAY.

So now we’re transitioning to school and soccer and football and whatever else the boys plan on getting into. I’m anticipating a very busy fall.

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Monster Trail Mix - the ultimate roadtrip snack mix! Pretzels, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, raisins, peanuts, and M&Ms!

Are you loving summer?

I’m loving summer. This has been the best summer of my life and we’re only a few weeks in. My kids are all at really good ages for outdoorsy things right now and we’re just really loving everything central Texas has to offer.

Plus, we’re counting down the days to our next roadtrip!

Wait. Another roadtrip with 3 boys and a dog?

Amanda, are you crazy?

Maybe.

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This post originally published on March 14, 2011. Photos updated on March 1, 2016. 

I avoid the Irish soda bread trend every Saint Patrick’s Day. Partly because I’m a party pooper and only do themed posts for the super important holidays but mostly because every other food blogger has a post about soda bread going up about this time. Plus bread with raisins? That doesn’t even have yeast? Not my thing.

As I mentioned in my recent post about pasta with raisins, I’m trying to be more open-minded with food and even though I was convinced this was going to come out as a hard disk filled with sugary-sweet raisins, I forged ahead. (It’s also a good idea to ask someone you really trust for a recipe!)

I cannot tell you how shocked I am! This bread reminds me of something, maybe a biscuit? It’s soft and fluffy inside with little pockets of sweetness from the raisins and richness from the butter. I’m not sure you could make a better bread, to be completely honest. And I threw it all together in about 15 minutes! Seriously.

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The BEST Irish Soda Bread recipe! So easy and so delicious!

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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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