Book Update: I completely finished “Happy Money” and thought it was a worthwhile read. Although the jokes were… odd… for an academic book. It almost made me wish I had rethought Christmas presents. One of the main points of the book was to spend more money towards experiences rather than “things”. Why is this? We adapt well to our “new things” that would make us think we would be happier. Not that we have more money – but to redirect it towards shared experiences and memories. Easier said than done when you have a limited budget, but something to keep in mind.
Our Book Club book this month is “The Book Thief” which is also a movie right now. I started reading this book while on vacation in Punta Cana. I stopped after several chapters…. probably because well… it isn’t exactly a beach bum book. So, I will try reading it again and I’m sure I will enjoy much more.
Recipe Update: These were so good! Anyone who loves chocolate, peanut butter or oats will love these cookies. My friend made them with coconut oil instead of butter and they were awesome, too! They are slightly chewy, chunky with the chips, and great flavor.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
about 2-3 dozen
1/2 cup butter or coconut oil, softened
1 and 1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/3 cup peanut butter
1 egg and 1 egg yolk
2 tsp. vanilla
1 and 1/4 cup AP flour
1 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 cup chocolate chips
1. Let’s do the cookie method! In a great big bowl: Cream/beat the butter and sugars. Add the peanut butter. Add the eggs. Scrape the bowl and beat until combined. Add the vanilla.
2. Now, add the dry stuff: flour, oats and baking soda. Stir in the chocolate chips.
3. Cover and put in the fridge for 1-2 hours – until chilled. My dough always does better when it is cold.
4. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Bake them for 10-12 minutes – check the middle. Some of mine took a little longer. Cool on a wire rack.
Recipe from Averie Cooks