Positivity

When I first started this blog I promised myself I would never write a post that wasn’t positive or a post that I wouldn’t enjoy reading if I found it on someone else’s blog. Well I will tell you this past week I was not in a very positive mood, I even typed up posts but could not bring myself to post them, they were just negative and I didn’t even enjoy reading over them, why would I expect you to enjoy reading them? They were not really me, they were just a reflection of the negativity I was feeling last week. However the good news of my hiatus from the blog means I have several recipes to share over the next posts!

Recently I started following a blog called National Day Calendar every day has multiple National events, for instance October 2 was National Name Your Car Day and October 3 was World Smile Day. Well according to this blog today is National Do Something Nice Day, when I read that I loved the idea so much, I try to do nice things for others all the time but an actual day for it…that sounds like a fabulous idea! Well I woke up a little early this morning (not before Zach though) and made Zach’s favorite blueberry muffins…no not from scratch, it was the Jiffy brand in the little box, it is Zach’s favorite. Originally I wanted to get up early and make them and wake him up with them, but somebody was up extra early this morning. He was still happy I made him muffins and he thoroughly enjoyed them!

Since I was making a conscious effort to do something nice today it made me notice other nice things, it was fun, I noticed Zach took the time when he was rearranging some things in our living room to stop and play with our kitty because she was curious about what he was doing, she very much enjoyed play time. Not only did it make Toews happy, but it made me happy watching the two of them and Zach seemed to enjoy teasing her.

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This week had to start on the right foot so I wanted to make some cookies! I know I have mentioned it before but chocolate chip cookies always make me feel better, and baking always relaxing me so I decided to try a different recipe for chocolate chips cookies. Not to worry faithful readers, I am not abandoning my chocolate chip cookie recipe I posted back in July, I just wanted to try a different way of making my favorite cookie. Zach has given me the task of making a giant chocolate chip cookie for a future blog, with surprisingly specific requests, I will keep you guys updated!

Bisquick Cookies 1

For this recipe you will need butter, brown sugar, vanilla, egg, Bisquick and chocolate chips (I used a combination of milk chocolate and mini chocolate chips).

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In a large bowl mix softened butter, sugar, vanilla and egg.

(I was too impatient to wait for my butter to soften so I used my trick to grate the butter to speed up the softening, if you are wondering why it look a little different, but it works!)

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Stir in Bisquick and chocolate chips.

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Drop by rounded spoonful onto ungreased baking sheet, I used my cookie scoop. Flatten slightly, I just used my fingers (don’t worry when I bake I am constantly washing my hands).

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Bake 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from baking sheet to cooling rack.

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Enjoy!

Bisquick Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 2 3/4 cup Bisquick baking mix
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375.

In a large bowl combine butter, sugar, vanilla and egg. Stir in Bisquick and chocolate chips. Drop by rounded spoonful onto ungreased baking sheet, flatten slightly. Bake 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from baking sheet to cooling rack.

I definitely ate like six while they were cooling. These were so simple, who would have thought I could find an even easier recipe for chocolate chip cookies?

So now my question for you, What was something nice you did today?

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Lazy Night

The title tells you so much about my day doesn’t it? I was not feeling making much of anything, so I decided to let someone else take care of that, but more on that later.

I am so excited to share some blog related news with you guys! The blog has a new home: koalafiedwife.com! Everything has been transferred and if you visit the koalafiedcl.wordpress.com it should automatically forward you here. This was a big decision for me to purchase this domain name and I am so excited about it! Please let me know if you experience any problems and I will try to fix them.

After work today I was talking with one of my coworkers, I was telling her how I had no desire to make anything tonight even though I had a great idea for this post. So stay turned this weekend for that idea! Anyway she suggested that I blog about how sometimes you just don’t feel like cooking and I thought that was a fantastic idea. Thanks Mary Kay!

I had the day off on Monday and ended up at the dentist because of some issues that were causing me problems all last week, don’t worry all is good and my dentist was optimistic. I don’t know about you guys but I am never particularly excited to go to the dentist, so I decided to reward myself for going to the dentist I would go to Panera, well actually my dad treated me to lunch since he gave me a gift card there, thanks Dad! I went through the new drive thru and accidentally ended up without two of my items, it was no big deal, who hasn’t had this happen? So I ran inside to get the items I missed and I was blown away by the service, they insisted on refunding me for the items I didn’t get at the drive through and they replaced them, I could not believe it!

I quickly came home and emailed Panera to let them know how much I appreciated the service, I thought they really went above and beyond.

Well tonight I was thinking I needed some pasta and since Panera has some delicious selections so I ended up at Panera, I had to go back after my superb service on Monday.

First I ordered a frozen caramel, which as someone who doesn’t really like coffee, I can’t get enough of these!

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Look at that deliciousness! (Don’t worry I wasn’t driving, I was sitting in the drive through.)

To go with my dose of caffeine I ordered mac and cheese and tortellini with alfredo, I couldn’t decide between the two, I figured Zach can have leftovers when he gets home from work or I can have leftovers later.

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Oh I was in pasta heaven!!

When I finally got my order the girl working the window apologized for the wait, I wasn’t in a hurry so it didn’t bother me in the least, and even if I had been it wasn’t too bad of a wait. I thanked her and put the bag next to me when I heard someone say hold on, I turned back to the window and a manager handed me a bag and again apologized for the wait, I told him it really wasn’t necessary, but he insisted. I called Zach and told him Panera is my new favorite restaurant, when I got home I looked in my little bag and found this huge cinnamon roll!

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Guess what I am having for breakfast in the morning! I can’t wait.

Hold on, it doesn’t end there, when I opened my large bag with my pastas, I found another little something, I laughed to myself and took a picture that I immediately sent to Zach.

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That’s right an oatmeal raisin cookie! I told Zach they must have known and gave him a little something too, you know since I refuse to put raisins in the cookies I make.

These days I don’t think we do enough to appreciate when we have a positive experience, I hear way more about negative experiences, so I think when you have an exceptional experience, like I did, it should be acknowledged. Thank you Panera!

Wow this was a long post just to say I got take out for dinner because I felt lazy but I just had to gush about how awesome Panera is, seriously if you are in the DeKalb and are hungry, I can’t say enough good things about our Panera. Now I guess I better go do something productive and finish up some laundry.

Where is the last place you had fantastic service at?

On a side note today is someone special’s birthday! Happy Birthday Judge Brady! I have clerked for Judge Brady since I first started my job 7 years ago and he also is the one who officiated Zach and my wedding last year!

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip

Last year when Zach and I were planning our wedding celebration we were talking to a close friend who’s family owns a bakery and was going to provide the sweets for our party. We of course had to have cookies and he asked us what kinds we wanted, now as a cookie lover there aren’t many cookies that I don’t enjoy, except oatmeal raisin. When I said everything but oatmeal raisin Zach looked at me and said well what if I wanted oatmeal raisin, I laughed, thinking he was joking with me, he wasn’t. I was shocked to find out I did not know that apparently my husband likes oatmeal raisin cookies. Now cookies have never been at the top of his list if he wanted something homemade, funfetti cupcakes, brownies, Jiffy blueberry muffins, rice crispy treats, have all been requested over the years but never oatmeal raisin cookies.

In my opinion raisins have no place in a cookie, but after our party that was the only cookie we didn’t have leftovers of, so I guess I am in the minority. Now craisins in a cookie with white chocolate chips, that is fantastic. When I was trying to decide what to make today I came to the conclusion that I would compromise with Zach, I still can’t bring myself to voluntarily put raisins in a cookie but I could attempt to make oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, a compromise, and isn’t that what marriage is all about?

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies 1

For this recipe you will need butter, light brown sugar, white sugar, eggs, vanilla, flour, baking soda, salt, oats and chocolate chips.

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In a large bowl cream together butter and sugars until smooth.

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beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in vanilla.

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Combine flour, baking soda and salt; stir into creamed mixture until just blended.

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Mix in oats and chocolate chips.

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Drop by heaping spoonfuls on to ungreased baking sheet. (I used my cookie scoop then flattened the cookies a bit before baking)

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Bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown on the edges. Allow to cool for 5 minutes on sheets before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

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Enjoy!

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups oats
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (I omitted)

Preheat oven to 325

In a large bowl cream together butter and sugars until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; stir into creamed mixture until just blended. Mix in quick oats, nuts and chocolate chips. Drop by heaping spoonful on to ungreased baking sheets.

Bake for 12 minutes. Allow to cool for 5 minutes on sheets before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

As you can tell baking is much easier for me to attempt. As I am holding the plate to offer Zach a cookie he says to me I’m not really an oatmeal fan.  WHAT? Apparently it’s the raisins in the cookies that he likes so much. Oh well at least he was a good sport and still ate a few. Thanks Baby!

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How do you feel about raisins in your cookies? Love them or leave them.