Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Whole Wheat Brownies

Let's talk about whole wheat flours. There are 3 different kinds: Hard White Wheat, Hard Red Wheat and Soft Wheat. In this picture I have wheat berries (those are what you mill up to make flour) of each of the 3 types.

Hard Red Wheat: This is the flour that you think of when you hear whole wheat. Some people think it has a slightly bitter taste (I am one of them), it has been the reason for many a baker to abandon whole wheat bread baking.

Hard White Wheat:  Sometimes called "hard white spring wheat", white whole wheat has the same nutritional values as hard red wheat, but is missing the coloring in the outer shell. Since this can be where the bitter flavors come from, white whole wheat is both lighter in color and sweeter than hard red wheat. White wheat is perfect for bread making and can be used with some success for making things like cookies or brownies, although I prefer soft wheat for those.

Soft Wheat: Soft wheat is less gluten forming and is better suited for baking that does not require the formation of gluten like bread does. Soft wheat is my wheat berry of choice to grind for cakes, cookies, pastries, brownies, muffins, quick breads and biscuits.

When I first started out on my whole grain baking adventures I had no idea that there were different kinds of flours. I would pick up a bag of generic whole wheat, make some cookies and be so disappointed when they would turn out like bricks. Oh how things have changed!

I soon came to realize that there must be something wrong. I read everything I could find on the internet about whole wheat baking and I came up with my list of do's and don'ts.

  • DO try to buy organic wheat berries to grind yourself. The nutritional content of freshly ground flour is so much better than what you can buy in the store. You can grind it as you need it and use it immediately.
  • DO buy organic flour from a trusted source if you cannot mill your own berries. I think King Arthur Flour does a wonderful job with their flours as does Prairie Gold flours. My local stores carry both of these brands, as well as our own Oregon milled Bob's Red Mill flours.
  • DO experiment with recipes. Not all recipes easily convert to whole wheat and may take some tinkering with. 
  • DON'T get frustrated if something doesn't turn out. Search online for a recipe that is already adapted for whole wheat and try it. If it isn't exactly what you are looking for, tweak it until it is.
  • DON'T expect things to taste exactly like the store bought version. A whole wheat homemade Twinkie is not going to taste like the preservative filled alternative.
  • DON'T give up! You can't get better unless you try, try and try again. Practice makes perfect.
Now with all of that said, go mill some flour so we can make brownies. Go on, I'll wait here for you.

Done? Me too! Let's get baking. 

Now I can make some brownies!

Whole Wheat Brownies

2/3 cup shortening (I used 1/2 black bean puree this time)
1/2 cup cocoa
2 cups sugar 
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups soft wheat flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla

Melt the shortening and cocoa together and pour into a bowl. Add in the bean puree (if using), and stir in the sugar. Add the eggs one at a time, stirring well in between each egg. Add in salt, baking soda and flour. Stir until just combined. Pour into a greased 9x13 inch pan and bake for 20-25 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting. 

These are not only tasty, they are fairly healthy for you. Sometime I'm going to try them out with bean puree and coconut oil for the shortening and see how they work out. Who knows, it could be my next best recipe!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Personalized Wedding Hangers {Giveaway}

Ok, so I am obviously NOT Mrs. Callahan (I'm Mrs. Cooke if you didn't know). But my sister will be Mrs. Callahan shortly. One of my good blogging buddies sent me a link to these hangers. The seller (Wish Upon Starfish) and I agreed to do a review/giveaway.

Now, besides being so incredibly nice, Nila is talented with a capitol "T"! Look at these adorable Baby's First Christmas hangers, or these pretty Bridal Fascinators. Also, if you check out her Facebook fan page, you can see some beautiful sashes that she will be adding to her shop soon.

Now getting back to the review of the hanger. It got here fast, it was in perfect shape, it was just what I expected and it looks adorable! I even got out my wedding dress (Oh, if I could fit in that again.....) to use in the pictures.

These hangers can be personalized with your new last name, Bride, I Do, Love or anything else that you would want. Wouldn't these make a fantastic photo op with your wedding dress, your new name in wire? How pretty! Or, you could have custom ones made for your whole bridal party and give them to them as a gift at your shower. "Bridesmaid", "Mother of the Bride", "Flower Girl" and on and on!

I don't think this is just limited to Brides or a Bridal party though, what about you photographers? Wouldn't this be a fun prop to have in your arsenal  You could create some seriously beautiful wedding dress shots that the bride may not have thought of!

I think there are so many things you could do. You could have one made for a new mom or mom-to-be and give it to her with a shadow box to preserve baby's coming home outfit forever? How sweet! If you can dream it, I bet Nila can create it.

I'm just in love with these and I could NOT be happier to be working with this lovely lady to give one of you the chance to win a personalized hanger of your very own! How exciting is that?!

Before we get to the giveaway, I want to remind you that you can find Wish Upon Starfish on Etsy and on Facebook!

I was sent a hanger to review and keep, but the opinions in this post are honest and always my own!

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Tutu Dress DIY

So, my sister (pictured here with her fiance) is getting married next month. My oldest 2 kidlets are going to be flower girl and ring bearer the day of the blessed event. I saw a really cute picture of a tutu dress on Pinterest and sent it off to sister. The idea for the little dresses was born!

We made them last night, so I thought I would take you through how we did it. It's really pretty easy, as long as you can sew a tiny bit.

First, measure your wee one around the chest under the armpits. You want it to be snug, but not tight. Next, cut a piece of elastic (we used 1 inch wide) 3 inches SMALLER than the measurement that you made around the chest of the child. Why? Because when you put all of the tulle on the elastic, it's going to stretch. You want it to stretch to where you need it to measure and not bigger than you wanted.

Next, you need to measure your kid from chest to where you want the dress bottom to fall. After that start cutting pieces of tulle DOUBLE that length. For example if your measurement is 30 inches, you'll want to cut your pieces of tulle 60 inches long. Make it easy on yourself and buy the spools of tulle that are 6 inches wide so you don't have to cut tulle off the bolt into length AND width. Live and learn my friends, live and learn.

Ok, so now you have a pile of tulle cut for length and width. You want to stretch your elastic around something to make it easier to work with. We used the back on a dining room chair. Fold the strips of tulle in half, pass them under the elastic and thread the ends through the loop at the top. Gently pull down and move on to the next one, keeping the tulle knots very close together, like this:

Go all the way around like this. We found that we liked the backs of the dresses with about 8 inches of the elastic uncovered. It made the backs of the little girls dresses look like the backs of the bridesmaids dresses. So, we wrapped he exposed piece of elastic with a piece of tulle and when we tied the dress in the back with a ribbon it looked like this:

I sewed on 4 pieces of wide satin ribbon; 2 on the front and 2 on the back for ties to help hold the dress up. Alternately you could just sew 2 on the front and then tie it around the neck (we did one like this for our smaller flower girl).

The front looks like this:

Cute, yes? So very easy and it was a LOT less expensive than buying flower girl dresses!

This would be a great way to make a princess dress for Halloween or maybe a really cute Christmas dress? Whatever you make it for, it will be super cute!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Honey Dinner Buns

I'm going to apologize and tell you that I didn't take any process photos or anything special for this recipe. Heck, this picture was taken at dinner time in my poorly lit kitchen because I was just so excited at how they turned out.

The recipe is simple and in fact, I mixed it and let it go through the first rise in the bread machine while I was busy doing other things. While I was waiting for them to raise, I mixed up some honey butter, because what is a hot, fresh dinner roll without honey butter? Or maybe we are the only people who enjoy their bread that way. I don't know. What I do know is that while I was mixing it I got the most wonderful idea.

What if I put the honey butter ON the dinner roll and baked it on? Think of what that could be like....the butter pooling in melted puddles around the buns spilling down the sides. The honey would get slightly crystallized and crisp on top. No too much, just a little something extra. 

I couldn't hold myself back. When the rolls were browned, I took them out and spread them with honey butter. Back into the oven they went for a few minutes until they achieved a mahogany sheen. It was perfection.
My family loved these little suckers so much that they have demanded them for Thanksgiving dinner! I'll be happy to oblige, they were fantastic!

The recipe is here, on The Baking Banter, at King Arthur Flour. They do a far better job of explaining it and showing you how it is done. Follow their directions up to the part where they take the dinner rolls out. Then come back here for further instruction.

Go ahead, I'll be waiting.

So the dinner rolls are out and golden brown now? Ok, here's your next step. Mix up some honey butter by smooshing together 4 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoons honey with the tiniest pinch of salt. Slather that mixture all over the top of the rolls and stick them back in the oven. Watch them closely, they will burn after a while. I let mine go for another 10-15 minutes. I didn't time it (see paragraph 1 for my explanation why), just watched them until they were deeply browned. Let them cool for a few minutes and use any extra honey butter for buttering up your delicious rolls.

I wonder if there are any leftover still......writing this out made me hungry!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Chicken Tortilla Chili Soup

This is what it looks like outside:

There was snow capping our nearby mountains this morning and the weather has made for cozy days INSIDE the house. I wanted to make soup for dinner, but was missing an ingredient or 2 from each of my choices. Then I got the brilliant idea to combine the two and BOOM! magic was being made in my crockpot. 

Since I showed you what it's like outside, I thought I would show you what's going on inside the house too :)

Cozy blankets are being cuddled by humans and dogs alike. As a matter of fact, the younger 2 girls are at nap right now and the older 2 are having quiet reading time under this very blanket. 

When I'm done on this post, this is what I'll be doing. Working with my yarn and reading my new Martha Stewart Living magazine. That purple yarn is by far the most expensive yarn I have ever purchased. It's angora and so soft! The picture doesn't do it justice, but it has this really pretty iridescent sheen to it. I'm in love!

And then there's the fire....oh how nice it is to have a roaring fire in the hearth. The kettle of bubbling apples, cinnamon and orange slices on top is making the house smell amazing.

And now, onto the recipe:

Chicken Tortilla Chili Soup

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 bag (10  oz) frozen corn
  • 1 can of chili beans in mild sauce
  • 1 (mine was 10 oz) can of enchilada sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons taco seasoning (homemade or packaged)
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 small can diced green chilies
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 can refreid beans
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
In the crockpot, place the chicken breasts (uncooked). Pour everything else over the top and cook on low for 8 hours. Take the chicken out, shred it and put it aside. Whisk the re-fried beans into the liquid mixture and add the chicken. Cook for 30 more minutes, or until it's heated through. Serve garnished with shredded cheese, sour cream, onions, tomatoes, avocado chunks, green onion, olives, crispy tortilla strips or anything that you want. 

I don't usually cook with so many canned ingredients, but it is nice to have some on hand for busy or lazy days when you just want to make something fast or need something easy to make. This soup was well received by all members of my house hold, even the kids. 

It was a nice way to end our chilly day!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Rustic Cupcake Stand {Review and Giveaway}

I was browsing through Etsy one day and came across this cute cupcake stand. I loved it's rustic, woodsy feel and immediately fell in love with it. One thing led to another and I ended up having a wonderful conversation with Erin of SadyLadyCrafts.

I thought you guys would love this too, so I twisted her arm and got her to send one to me to review! Woohoo! How exciting is that??!!

Now, I know that how I have it decorated is probably not what Erin and her husband had envisioned when they developed this cake stand. I'm sure that they meant it for weddings, but when I looked at it I saw so many good ideas. I chose to decorate it up Halloween style because that is creeping up on us. I could see this loaded with cupcakes at your party, maybe even with a little bowl of dry ice in the middle to cause an eerie fog.

This stand can be used for so many ways other than a wedding. Here are some of my ideas:

  1. Fairy Party- vines and leaves around the pedestals  clip on cute little butterflies, make some adorable flower cupcakes and have a party!
  2. Wine and cheese party- put your tasty cheeses, fruits and nuts on the trays and lend a natural feel to your next cocktail party.
  3. Party Platter- Use it to pile up party foods. It would be perfect for mini quiche or pizza, crostini or other small grab and go items. 
  4. Holiday Decorations-  it would make a FABULOUS stand for special holiday decor. Display your Old World Santa's, Nutcrackers or lighted houses.
  5. Use it as a centerpiece for a boy (or outdoorsy themed) baby shower. Cupcakes or even favors could be put on top. 

Think outside of the box! I had to fight my parents off because they wanted to use it to display Christmas things at their house. I cannot say enough about how cute and sturdy this stand is. 

Not only is it really adorable, it goes together in no time (literally less than 3 minutes) and stays put! THe craftsmanship is outstanding. 

You can visit SadyLadyCrafts on Etsy and on Facebook.

Now the really exciting part.....I get to offer one of you, my lucky readers, the chance to win one of these for your very own! Awesome!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Our Frugal Tips

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I religiously read Rural Revolution and have found so many things to ponder, try and wish I could do. Well, Patrice has me thinking about something again. She just posted her List of Frugal Tips and it got me to wondering if I anyone would find my tips helpful.

I'm going to put my list here and then send it off to Patrice so she can link it up on her blog as well. Not all of these will be for you and some of them might not seem like that big of a deal, but this is how we have 5 kids in the house and I stay at home to keep the homefires burning.

  1. Homeschool~ even with the cost of our curriculum we spend way less by not sending our kids to public school. The cost of public school can add up and not just in the ways that you might think. School lunches, school clothes and supplies, getting them to school and back everyday. This all cost money. Not to mention that they are then influenced by kids who have everything, or at least more than your kids do, and then they will want more stuff too. Class parties, field trips, etc all add up.
  2. I don't work~ the cost of daycare and gas, clothing and other upkeep to keep me going to work would cost us far more than I am going to be able to make in our particular area. I'm also not tempted to bring home take out or fast food when it's been a particularly busy day or to shop convenience foods in the supermarket.  Me staying home saves us big money.
  3. We pack lunches and eat out only very ocassionally~ nearly every meal we consume is made at home from scratch. I plan out our meals a month at a time and shop the sales for what we don't buy from a bulk foods or resturant supply house. 
  4. I'm crafty~ this saves us money too. I make almost all of our gift needs for the year. A large portion of our family recieves jams, jellies, other canned goods or items handcrafted by me in some way. We've found that grandma often enjoys a couple dozen of her most favorite cookies for her birthday along with a card made by the kids more than an item that she will have to dust or find a place for later on. 
  5. Christmas is minimal~ We adopted the "wear it, need it, want it, read it" philosophy to Christmas a few years ago and our girls love it. They were being overwhelmed with gifts and sometimes would stop unwrapping to play with something because their interest had waned. This completely took care of that problem and it makes Christmas time much less stressful. Since we know what we'll be shopping for we can shop all year and pick up the best deals possible.
  6. We buy used cars. Pretty much sums it up right there! 
  7. We garden and put up the produce that we grow. What I can't grow, my parents or my grandma and uncle often have extra of and I can get from them. Canning, dehydrating and freezing are important skills to learn if you really want to see your dollars stretch, in my opinion.
  8. We have a milk cow. Well, actually we have 2 but only one is milking at the moment. It has more than paid for us to buy the cow because we have gotten so much from her. Not just milk, cheese, yogurt and many other dairy products but also meat. She produces a calf every year (hopefully) and we can feed that calf for our freezer in 15-18 months time. The first year you won't benefit from this, but after that you can have a beef coming up for the freezer every year if you so desire.
  9. Learn to be happy at home. We had a hard time learning this when we were newly married, but we now far prefer being at home than to out and about. If you can't learn to be happy at home, you will always find an excuse to need to go somewhere, or need this or that and make quick trips near and far. Embrace your home and all that it holds. Enjoy a slow evening and a good book, bake cookies with the kids or your spouse, cultivate a garden you enjoy to tend, take walks around your neighborhood. Less with more often leads to more with less if you can be truly happy where you are.
  10. Budget. Even if you think you have budgeted to the last penny, take a look again. Can you cut out anything? Can you up your insurance deductible to make your monthly premium go down? Can you drop home phone and only use a cell phone? Every couple of months we take a look at our budget to be sure there aren't things that have cropped up that we can't somehow get rid of. Get rid of cable or satellite and go to services like Netflix or watch shows on YouTube (you would be amazed at some of the amazing programs we have viewed on YouTube).
  11. If you think you need something, wait a week before you decide to buy it or not, unless it's an absolute necessity to life. We have found that this is our greatest tactic to saving money.  Often, the longer you think about it, the less you will need or want it.
  12. Try to use things that wear out in one application in another. You can re-purpose so many things into useful and beautiful items. Look at something twice before throwing it out. I've made some really lovely gifts and decor items using things that were bound for the dump
  13. In our very wooded Southern Oregon it makes sense to heat with wood. We can get most of our wood for free or nearly free just for going out and getting it. This saves us piles of cash in the winter.
  14. Save all of your errands in town for one trip. It might make for a long day but it saves on gas, time and it keeps you out of stores more often. The temptation to buy will only increase if you expose yourself to items for sale frequently. 
  15. Let your friends and family know you are watching your pennies. They can be the key to you being successful by being supportive. It might be hard to be honest about your finances, but if they are aware it makes it easier for them not to expect you to want to go out for that dinner every week or out for drinks after work. It's helped us tremendously. 
Be sure to go over to Rural Revolution to see the other great tips that are sure to be linked up!

Soft Pretzel Rolls

I'm going to go ahead and admit that I had NEVER tasted a pretzel roll until about 2 weeks ago. It was soft, warm, pretzel-y and delicious slathered with cream cheese. Like all things store bought, I knew if I looked around and got creative I could make these at home for a fraction of the cost. I'm also not afraid to admit that I'm cheap like that. We're working with this new grocery budget ya'll...I gotta make the dollars stretch!

Anyhoo, I looked around the internet and saw many, many, MANY recipes for pretzel rolls. I chose this recipe from Alton Brown because, well because I trust AB. He's never let me down with a recipe yet and we have made a ton of his stuff. I have confidence in the guy and once again his recipe was more than I had imagined. These rolls tasted exactly like the ones I had tasted and they were so easy to boot. Win-win.

Don't let the steps discourage you. This is just like making any other yeast bread, with the extra poaching step in there. Really, really simple. Also, I made these in my bread machine and the dough was wayyyyyy too sticky. You need a really nice firm dough here so I would recommend making them in a stand mixer and finishing the kneading by hand.

Soft Pretzel Rolls

  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 package (2 1/4 teaspoons) yeast
  • 4 1/2 cups flour
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 10 cups water
  • 2/3 cup baking soda
  • pretzel or kosher salt for the tops
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon water
In the bowl of your stand mixer, mix together the water, sugar, salt and yeast. Let it sit for 5 minutes. Add the flour and butter and mix with a dough hook until well combined. You an either 1) put your mixer on medium speed and mix until very smooth and elastic or 2) take it out of the bowl and onto a floured counter to knead until it is smooth and elastic. Make sure the dough is not sticky at all by this point. Put into a greased bowl and let raise until double, about 1 hour. 

When the dough has risen, punch down and divide into 18 pieces. Shape each piece into a ball and place onto a greased or non-stick sprayed cookie sheet. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let the dough rise until doubled, about 30 minutes. In a large pot, add the water and baking soda. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to about medium. You still want the water to be gently boiling. Add in 3-4 of the dough balls and let them poach 30 seconds on one side, flip over and poach another 30 seconds on the other side. Remove from the water with a slotted spoon, being sure to drain off all of the water. Place back on the cookie sheet and repeat until all of the rolls are done. Beat the egg yolk and water together; brush the rolls and sprinkle on the salt. Bake in a 450 degree oven for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool on a cooling rack at least 5 minutes before serving.

That is it! Lovely, delicious pretzel rolls can be yours in just about 2 hours. You should make them. You really, really should :)

I've linked this recipe to Little House Living's Old Fashioned Recipe Exchange and Fresh Eggs Daily Farm Girl Friday Blog Fest

Sunday, October 14, 2012

German Puff Pancake with Lucky Leaf Peach Topping

Sunday morning is slow, sometimes even lazy. We take our time, we plan out our day, we talk and laugh and enjoy our family time. We make a big pot of coffee. We eat. Not just to feed our bodies, but to feed our souls as well. We feed on the togetherness. We feed on the family time. We soak up the memories.

On Sunday mornings, I try to make something a little special and maybe just a tad easier so we can spend more time together. Puff pancakes fit those requirements perfectly. Simple, everyday ingredients combine to make a rich, heavenly custard-like slice of pancake. Heavy in eggs and milk, this pancake isn't what you are used to. It had a deeper flavor and is just right for any morning of the week. To make them extra special, my family enjoys them topped with pie filling (Lucky Leaf is my pie filling of choice. Just so we're clear on that!). Today I made a peach variety. Every time I use a new kind of pie filling topping, the kids say this is their favorite. So today peach is their FAVORITE topping flavor to go with a puff pancake.

German Puff Pancake

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 8 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup half and half (or use all milk)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 can pie filling, your choice ( I used Lucky Leaf Premium Peach Pie Filling)
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Put butter in a 12 inch cast iron pan and place in the oven to melt. The pan needs to be screaming hot, so this is an important step. Don't skip it! While the butter melts mix everything else together. When the butter is melted in the pan, take it out and pour the batter in. Place it back into the oven and let it bake 18-20 minutes. While the pancake is baking, warm your pie filling in a small saucepan. Spread over the pancake as soon as it comes out of the oven.

This recipe comes from my Treasury of Mennonite Recipes Cookbook. I use this book so much, I wish I could tell you where to buy it but I have never seen one online. I just keep sharing the recipes here so that you can at least get a sampling of the amazing recipes these women submitted. Some of the best food I make comes from this cookbook.

Make a puff pancake soon. They are so simple and delicious and yet they look so complicated and fancy. Oh, and little kids LOVE to watch them puff up in the oven. Ok, big kids love to watch them puff up in the oven too! ;)

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Fun Pit Stop

Yesterday we left our little southern Oregon home to drive to Prineville, Or to do some work related stuff for my husband. On the way home we took a scenic (read very narrow and winding) route from Sisters, Or to Eugene, Or. The little strip of road is the part of the McKenzie Highway that closes during the winter. It's very narrow and kind of treacherous in places, so they don't sand or plow it. You can't take a trailer or bus down it, so you are just left with motorcycles, cars and trucks. There were a ton of really cute camping places but what we loved was the Dee Wright Observatory. You can read more about it here.

It's an observatory built out of lava rocks, on a lava flow. It is amazing! There is a paved trail all through the lava flows with signs telling you what you are seeing, how the certain types of lava formations ended up where they are and a ton of other really interesting tidbits. The road that you drive up on was originally a wagon trail that they improved and paved at a much later date.

But the thing that gets you is coming around the corner and seeing this castle looking structure on the skyline. We had to stop, and it was a nice place to let the kids out and stretch their legs. Kevin and I both found it odd that we didn't know it even existed, but are we ever glad that we stopped to look.

The trail is an easy 1/2 mile loop and all of our kids did it with no problem. I would highly recommend stopping and taking a look around or making this stop part of your Eastern/Central Oregon vacation plans. We are already planning a trip back next summer to look at this again and to see a few of the other places between LaPine and Prineville that we had to drive by because of our time constraints.

The girls loved this stop and there was a ton of information about volcanoes, lava and the living history of the area to make it a really educational stop as well. It's worth the hour that you are going to be there!

Monday, October 1, 2012

4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies {Flourless}

These cookies have been making the ROUNDS on the internet and Pinterest especially. I wasn't all that excited to try them because I have a fantastic peanut butter cookie recipe that I love and cherish, but I needed a snack for the kids today and I'm out of flour. I KNOW! How can I be out of flour? It amazes me too.

I looked up the recipe and used this one from Joy The Baker.

They are very tasty and so simple that my 8 year old made them, with a little help form me getting them out of the oven for her. (Side note: how nice is it when our kids start to get old enough to really want to do things by themselves? I get so much pleasure out of seeing them learn that they can do it! It's amazing.)

The recipe is simple:

1 cup peanut butter (I used Walmart brand, and it worked out perfectly)
1 cup sugar (I used 1/2 white 1/2 brown)
1 egg
1 teaspoon baking soda

Mix it all up, make some dough balls, press them down with a fork and bake at 350 degrees until they are slightly brown.

BOOM! That's it.

Please excuse the little piece of kitchen towel fuzz on my cooling rack. I didn't even see it until now!

You know you want to make some, so go ahead. I'll be waiting for you to come back and tell me how good they are :)