Peanut Butter!

I LOVE to bake.  Ask anyone I spend time with, and you are bound to hear about how I am constantly in the kitchen concocting some treat (and most I don’t even enjoy eating!)  It is a soothing, almost therapeutic quality about it, and I feel so happy feeding my goods to my friends! Know any great, yummy recipes? Please, share!

Many of you have asked about my recipe for Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, so here it is:

1 cup butter

1 cup white sugar

2/3 cup brown sugar

1 cup peanut butter

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 eggs

2 cups flour

2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

2 cups rolled oats

1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream together butter, and white and brown sugar. Add peanut butter, eggs and vanilla until creamy. Combine flour, baking soda and salt.  Add oats and chocolate chips. (Dough should be slightly sticky.) Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheet. Press down slightly with fork and bake 12-14 minutes or until just browning on edges.  Enjoy!



And, on a heavier note, I had a wonderful conversation with a great friend of mine recently. We talked about my “January 22”, and how most of us in our lives are waiting. Waiting on something to happen: results, events, projects, plans.  We are just waiting. And while being patient is definitely important, and learning to wait on God is something we all need to learn to do better, I think He calls us to action, too. So, after much thought and prayer, Joel and I are going to move forward in action.  In the end of January, Joel and I are going to start the licensing process to become Foster Parents. So many children are born into homes where, for whatever reason, their parents are unable to take care of them and God’s word calls us to take care of the orphaned, needy and the widowed. So, that is what we are going to do. And, while we are still going to wait patiently on God to bless us with our own family, we are going to take care of those that are unable to care for themselves. This is a very exciting and scary time for us, so your prayers will be greatly appreciated!


2 responses to this post.

  1. What an exciting adventure you’re about to begin! The world needs more couples like you, willing to take on the chaotic lives of children in need. I hope down the road to be able to foster, or even adopt, an older child or two that need someone’s love and guidance.

    As for the pain of your loss, I am sorry to say it will take a while yet to heal. Every now and again, nearly 6 years after our first miscarriage, I think to myself “What would this day have been like had this baby been born?” and I still cry on occasion, and that’s perfectly okay. Even our son’s birthday is bittersweet because he was born on the due date of the baby we conceived and lost after our daughter was born and it’s something we will never forget. Though I am not religious I am very spiritual and just knowing that this is the path my life is meant for brings me a bit of peace that grows as I grow and learn to accept. I hope you find peace soon and I will be thinking about you over the next couple weeks.


  2. Posted by Meg on January 11, 2011 at 2:09 am

    Love that – “I think He calls us to action, too.” 🙂


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