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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Did you ever have to make something special, for someone special, for a mistake you made? If so, these classic Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies are the way to go! They will turn that “make-up” or “I’m sorry” sting into pure sweetness for everyone!

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

For me, it was one of those mornings…my hubby had been asking me all week to help him with a proposal, and of course after working long hours, playing mom, wife and cook, sometimes I just don’t have the energy on a week night to do one more thing! So, I decided to get up extra early that Thursday morning so I could surprise him and edit the document.

I sleepily walked to my office, woke up my MAC and proceeded to opened up his email draft. In order for me to edit and format this all-important proposal, I needed to bring it into Word where I could work my magic. This would be a simple task, one that I have done hundreds of times before. I quickly opened Word, toggled back to the email and with my tired fingers I highlighted all of the text, then I did the keyboard shortcut to copy. But for some unknown reason I accidentally did the shortcut to paste.

Yikes! In an instant all the text was replaced my last known paste. Out of my half-sleep state I went into a panic. Help! What do I need to do? As quick as I could (which mind you was not so quick at 5AM) I attempted to exit the email, but unfortunately it auto saved! I tried to “undo”, plus a few other keyboard tricks, but nothing worked. I was left there sitting at a blank screen and my heart sank. All I could think was, “boy, I am in big trouble…and I was just trying to help.”

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

I then had the daunting task of walking downstairs to tell my hubby that all the work he had done on the proposal was lost. The only good thing I could think of was that he is super understanding and does not get all crazy when things go awry. I could barely get the words out of my mouth, and when I did, he proceeded to tell me, “that’s ok, I’m sure it’s there somewhere.” Nope. Not here or there or anywhere. It’s gone! I felt so bad — and not a good way to start the day!

And then I stated, “well, at least you have the hand written version.” Wrong. He had decided to be all “high-techy” on me and actually only used the computer to input his thoughts! Oh no!

#amistupidorwhat #idiotwife #onlytryingtohelp #doghouse

As he handed me a freshly brewed cappuccino, I gazed over to him and apologized over and over again. He remained, calm and cool and told me not to worry about it. How did I get so lucky? He is the most understanding person I know.

Throughout the day I thought about what I could do for him to let him know how sorry I was. Then it came to me. I would make his favorite Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies when I got home. Now mind you, baking cookies after a long day at work is not something I normally do. But for him, and because of my terrible mistake, there was no question, this is what I would do.

This traditional cookie has just the right amount of softness and firmness to tantalize your taste buds and the incredible flavor combination of nutty oatmeal surrounded by sweet smooth milk chocolate chips can melt your heart. My hubby loved these — especially right out of the oven as the warm chocolate gently oozed out with every bite! In my home, deliciously sweet fresh baked goods make everyone feel comforted and satisfied and bring lots of happiness.

After making these heart-warming cookies, I took his re-written proposal — yes, this time it was done on lined paper and began the process of taking is well thought out words and turning them into the perfect proposal. Yep, it was a long night, but in the end, all was good on the home front!

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups Old Fashioned Oats
2 cups milk chocolate chips

Heat your oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium bowl add the flour and baking soda and stir to combine. Set aside until ready to use.

In a large bowl of an electric stand mixer with the paddle attachment , add the butter and sugars and mix until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, incorporating after each addition. Then add the vanilla and combine. With the mixer on low, slowly add the flour mixture until just combined. Remove the bowl from the stand and add the oatmeal and stir with a spoon or spatula until combined. Then fold in the chocolate chips and stir until incorporated.

Using a 1-inch cookie scoop, place the cookie dough on your cookie sheets, placing about 2-inches apart. Bake for 12-14 minutes until they begin to brown. Cool slightly on a wire rack before serving. Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

These traditionally scrumptious Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies will turn a bad situation into a good one in no time. And your home and hearts with be filled with an amazing aroma of sweetness — something we can all use a little more of these days!

Sheila


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Lemonhead Lemonies

Pure pucker power! One bite of these zingy Lemonhead Lemonies and you’ll be hooked! And what is a lemonie you ask? Well, it’s like a rich decadent brownie but instead of chocolate you use fresh lemons. Some people even call them lemon brownies!

Lemonhead Lemonies

Ever hear of them?

I had actually never heard of these tangy treats before until a couple of weeks ago. You see, one of my co-workers sent me an email with a recipe attached for lemon brownies. She said this dessert sounded like something I would enjoy and asked if I would consider baking these bars for her.

Well, when have I ever turned down making something for someone, especially if it includes lemon?

That would be never?

I quickly read through the recipe, which sounded easy and interesting. I was astonished that I had never come across this wonderful creation before. Since if you know me, you know how I love me some lemons. This I thought would be a match made in heaven.

Then as I imagined what these bars would taste like, the brownie like texture only in a citrus version, I immediately thought of incorporating Lemonhead candies. Just the thought of the light sweet base along with an extra crunch of tartness bursting with every bite just about drove me crazy. Because for me, nothing can be too lemony!

Lemonhead Lemonies

These Lemonhead Lemonies start with a soft lemon base which are then smothered with a lemony glaze and topped with crushed Lemonhead candies. And yes, they are super easy to make — which is always a plus in my book.

Need I say more?

These were definitely a dream come true for me! And for my co-worker, she loved these sweet and tart treats as well — she enjoyed passing them out to everyone who walked by her office! They are great for an afternoon sugar fix or perfect for a picnic or after dinner with a cup of coffee. My hubby also raved about them, so you know they are a keeper!

Lemonhead Lemonies

Lemonhead Lemonies

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
4 large eggs
4 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 teaspoons lemon zest

Heat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9×13-inch pan with aluminum foil then lightly butter and set aside.

In a large bowl of an electric stand mixer with the paddle attachment mix the flour, sugar, salt and butter on low-speed mix until just combined.

In a small bowl, add the eggs, lemon juice and lemon zest and whisk until combined. Then add to the large bowl and mix on low-speed until smooth.

Pour mixture into prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes, the edges will be slightly browned. Cool completely on a wire rack before you top with the glaze.

For the glaze:
1 cup confectioners sugar
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
Garnish: 1/2 cup crushed Lemonhead candies

Mix the sugar and lemon juice until it reaches the consistency you like. If you like thicker use more confectioners sugar, if you like thinner use more lemon juice. Add the lemon zest and stir, then pour over the cooled lemonies and spread with a spatula. Sprinkle the top with the crushed Lemonhead candies. When completely set, using the sides of the aluminum foil, lift the lemonies out of the pan and remove foil. Cut into squares. Store in an airtight container (if they last that long).

Lemonhead Lemonies

Yep, I’ve definitely got a crush on these Lemonhead Lemonies! Now these candied bars I will make, eat and repeat over and over again! And I hope you will too!

Sheila

 

{recipe adapted from Rita’s Recipes}


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Easy Caramel Sauce

Are you craving something sinfully rich, hot and delicious to pour generously over your lonely bowl of ice cream? If so, get ready for this super quick and devilishly good Easy Caramel Sauce. And be warned, it will be gone before you know it – so be sure to make a double batch!

Easy Caramel Sauce

Really, nothing is easier and nothing tastes better than homemade caramel sauce. Yes, I love caramel and can smother it pretty much over any dessert! I was super surprised and delighted to learn how easy this addicting stuff is to make! And believe me, once you make it, you will never buy it at the store again!

This lip-smacking sauce will bring new life to your favorite bowl of ice cream — I especially love to pour mine over smooth vanilla ice cream. I love the texture combination of the cool, creamy frozen ice cream downed in the rich decadent hot sauce. What kind of stuff do you like your caramel sauce on?

Yes, I prefer my caramel heated, what about you? But it does not matter, hot or cold it’s still amazingly good and satisfying.

So with only 5 ingredients and just about 5 minutes you will be able create a sensational caramel sauce that will impress your family and friends alike.

Just gather some butter, brown sugar, heavy cream, vanilla and salt, and no thermometer needed, you’ll have a hot topping that will make your desserts smile. Ok, and your heart and tummy too!

As this cooks on your stove top your home will be filled with a sweet aroma and once the sauce is done, you’ll be tempted to take a spoonful…but be careful, this caramel sauce will be hot!

Easy Caramel Suace

Easy Caramel Sauce

1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Pinch of coarse salt

Over medium heat, add the sugar, heavy cream, butter and salt to a medium saucepan. Whisk occasionally while it cooks and becomes thick (about 4 minutes). Slowly stir in the vanilla and let it cook for about 1 more minute. Remove from head and let cool slightly. Pour into a jar. Use immediately or cool completely then store in the refrigerator until ready to use. When ready to use, heat in microwave. You can serve at room temperature or warm.

Easy Caramel Sauce

Come on now, give your ice cream some lovin’ with this deliciously Easy Caramel Sauce!
Sheila

 

{recipe adapted from Pretty.Simple.Sweet.} 

 


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Cotton Candy Daiquiri

Hey — do you know what today is? It’s National Daiquiri Day! So to honor this classic cocktail I created a fun and refreshing Cotton Candy Daiquiri to share with you!

Cotton Candy Daiquiri

Cotton candy in a cocktail? Oh yes.

I decided to put my spin on this drink by celebrating both National Daiquiri Day and the 161st anniversary of the California State Fair.  You see, the fair is going on right now in Sacramento and cotton candy always reminds me of this annual event. And oh, how I love cotton candy and the way it amazingly melts in your mouth. YUM!

However, I did not get to indulge in any of this sweet stuff on my visit earlier this week as one of the kids that came with us got really sick. I unexpectedly had to leave to bring the sick girl home. My hubby, son, and the other kids stayed to enjoy the rides, food and I picked them all up at the end of the night. It was truly an exhausting and long day.

#momoftheyearaward. #responsibleparent.

And can you believe that I did not get to eat one single gooey, greasy or sweet thing there? Oh well, maybe that was a good thing!

As well, fond memories of cotton candy fill my head as I think back to high school. I worked at the local roller rink and making cotton candy was one of my favorite jobs there! Ah, how I adored the sweet aroma of heated pink sugar being spun around on a paper stick as my arm got wrapped in the sticky and delicious stuff. It was a super fun job and I especially liked giving my friends some freshly made cotton candy! Yes, I was a popular girl!

So I thought, why not incorporate some of this sweet spun sugar into this traditional cocktail and turn it into a whimsical drinkMay sound weird, but the result is tantalizing!

Cotton Candy Daiquiri

Cotton Candy Daiquiri

3/4 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 oz. light rum
Ice
handful of pink cotton candy

In a shaker, add lime juice and sugar. Stir until dissolved. Fill up the shaker with ice. Add the rum and shake vigorously for about 30 seconds. In a glass add the cotton candy then strain the daiquiri over the cotton candy. The cotton candy will dissolve to create a delicate flavor to the daiquiri. Drink immediately.

So raise your glass of Cotton Candy Daiquiri and cheer the fair, the classic cocktail, and childhood memories!

Sheila

{recipe adapted from Epicurious}

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