Monday, March 31, 2014

Monster Cookies

These cookies have become one of our new favorites in the Peterson house!  I must admit I am a sucker for peanut butter and chocolate mixed together and that is exactly what these cookies are.  They are a delicious mix of peanut butter chocolaty goodness. 

I must admit that I love a cookies recipe where you can put all the ingredients in the kitchen aid and let it do the work for you.  The recipe comes from Recipe Girl.  The only thing I have changed about the recipe is that we use natural peanut butter.  I have made this recipe a few times now and this was the first time I used M&M's in them.  Other times I use chocolate chips and white chips.  I have even done chocolate chips with peanut butter chips.

This recipe makes a very large batch.  I am pretty sure I got 50 cookies out of it.  Its more than enough to fill up the cookie jar and put some away in the freezer for those times you just need a cookie... which reminds me :) 

Here is the recipe

1 1/2 cups creamy or chunky natural peanut butter
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup granulated white sugar
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
4 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup M&M's plain chocolate candies

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl, combine the peanut butter with the sugars and butter, mix until well combined. Mix in the eggs and vanilla. Mix in the oats and baking soda. Then stir in the chips and M&M's.

3. Drop the cookies by heaping spoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheets. .

4. Bake 10 to 12 minutes. Do not overbake. Cool for 5 minutes on cookie sheets until cookies are set. Transfer to wire racks; cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Long winter

These past 10 weeks (since the new baby came) have seem to have flown by and at the same time its been a really LONG winter.  Even though the calendar says its Spring; we are still feeling cabin fever with crazy blizzards that just keep coming. 

Since I haven't been in the kitchen too much over these past couple of months due to adjusting to life with 4 little ones.  Here are some things that we have been doing. 

Eben had a chance to do ski school this winter and enjoying learning how to down hill ski.  

Jaelyn enjoyed taking dance class and being in her first dance recital.  It is such a blessing to have a wonderful women teach her how to worship Jesus with dance.  There were 20+ 3 and 4 year old in her class and they did a great job.  It was special to see so many daddy's there with flowers for their daughters.  J got a beautiful pink Gerber daisy. 

Every day is an adventure around here while we try at stay warm inside.  Our days are filled with school time, creative play and reading.  I really love how Eben enjoys reading aloud to his siblings. 

Jaelyn has become a great mommy helper with her little brother.  She is such a loving servant who is always hugging and kisses Isaiah.   Over March break we had some family visit for the first time to meet the baby which was fun for the kids.  Grampy has made a few trip out to bring us pizza for lunch and to play Yahtzee with the kids.  And to keep busy while Eben is in school Abraham has learned to build train tracks. 

We are hoping that the spring weather comes soon so we can get outside and play.  How have you been dealing with this LONG winter. 

Friday, March 28, 2014

Peterson Love Day

This year we started our LOVE festivities off with a home-school valentines social.  The social committee who planned the event did a great job with games, crafts, snacks and this awesome photo booth they put together. 

There were so many great props there I decided to make my husband a valentines card this way!  

Every year for Love day we let the kids pick a restaurant theme and a meal they want to enjoy.  The past two years Eben got to pick the restaurant and it has been some video game theme.  This year since Jaelyn is older now she got to pick the theme.  I loved having a girl theme with her!  

Welcome to our Strawberry Shortcake Waffle Cafe

First off to go to a fancy restaurant you have to be dressed up.  So the kids got into their finest clothes. 

Then we made some decorations for our restaurant.

For our waffle bar we made a double batch of waffles and had all kinds of toppings for them.  Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries (see the theme), bananas, whip cream, chocolate sauce and of course chocolate kisses.   The kids got to dress up their waffles however they wanted.

When daddy got home from work he had two roses.  A beautiful blue rose for Lady J and a pretty white and pink rose for mama.  Along with our roses he had two funny cards for us gals.   Eben was lucky that night and got a free stay up late card to hang out with us when the little ones went to bed. 

We also had valentines for each other in our LOVE boxes.  Jaelyn's valentine to daddy brought tears to his eyes!! hehehe. 

Monday, February 10, 2014

White Chocolate Valentines Day Popcorn

Love month is by far my most favorite holiday (next to Christmas that is)!!  Many of you readers already know but we welcomed our 4th bundle of joy to our family just 3 weeks ago so this year we aren't going all out as usual but we are still doing some fun things to celebrate.  

You can check out some of my past LOVE month blogs.  Why not start by decorating your house with some Heart Garland, family photos and scrabble pieces 

Have a  love party with some friends and don't forget to have some photo booth fun

You need something to put those awesome Valentines in why not make a monster box with the kids.   And don't skip out on the chocolate goodness.  Try these delicious chocolate brownies.

Once again this year we will be dressing up the family to share in our Peterson Love day feast  in our own family restaurant.  This year Lady J gets to pick so we are going Strawberry Short Cakes Cafe and enjoying a waffle bar. 

I do have something new to share with you for this year that is a delicious snack and could even be packed in your kids school lunches some time this week as a extra special treat. 

This snack is so simple to make.  All you need is air popped popcorn, white chocolate (melted) and some valentines sprinkles.

While popcorn is popping melt your white chocolate in the microwave.  When popcorn finishes place in a bowl and drizzle with melted white chocolate.  Sprinkle your valentines sprinkles over the popcorn and shake or stir until coated.  Then spread your popcorn on a cookie sheet that has been lined with parchment paper and wait for it to cool.

Once its cool I put it into our little snowman cups and serve :)

Everyone enjoyed this delicious treat very much.  This week we will try to celebrate LOVE month as much as possible.  For more ideas you can check out my pinterest board and just for laughs here is the valentines mad lib we did in school today!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Christmas Chalk Board

I want to share with you readers one of my new favourite pass times!  Yes chalk board art :)  I got this little chalk from my dad to go along with the desk that he made for him and after reading this awesome tutorial I have really been enjoying changing it for the seasons. 

This is the one I did yesterday for the Christmas season. 

I think I will get some coloured chalk and start incorporating that into my designs but for now I will enjoy my simple black and white. 

Sunday, December 15, 2013

December Photo Challenge

Here is my part 2 of the December photo challenge.  I am very impressed that this week I was able to capture all the moments in the challenge!

 9th: Decorated
10th: Stripes (candy cane on mug)
11th: On the shelf
12: Sweet (Ebens cookie or the whip cream on his lips)
13th: Tis the season (our school room chalk board)
14th: Black and white (ornaments I made
15th: Something Yum (chocolate covered pretzels) 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Christmas Cookies

Every year our family enjoys making Christmas cookies together.  This is usually an all day process starting with mama mixing the dough, letting it chill out in the fridge, daddy rolling out the dough when he gets home from work,  the kids cutting out the shapes, decorating them and of course eating them!!!  

This year with the kids getting older and with their love for helping out in the kitchen we did a BIG chunk of the work yesterday morning...but we saved some for daddy to do when he got home from work as well. 

This year I bought the kids new Christmas aprons to wear in the kitchen with me while they did some Christmas baking. 

The first thing they did was mix the dough.  I love the kitchen aid for baking with kids.  Seriously just add the ingredients and turn it on. 

Peterson Sugar Cookies

1 cup butter
1 1/2 cup icing sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 almond extract
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp soda
1 tsp cream of tartar

1.  Beat first 5 ingredients together until creamy.
2. Blend together the dry ingredients and add to mixer. 
3. With hands form the dough into two dough balls, wrap in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for 15 minutes.
4. Roll the dough out on a well floured surface. 
5. Cut with cookie cutters.
6. Bake in pre heated oven (350) for 7-8 minutes.
7.  Let cool on a cooling rack before decorating. 

Of course baking with kids (or anyone who LOVES eating cookie dough) can be a challenge but we have a rule when we are baking if they keep their hands away from their mouths they will always be rewarded for it at the end with a little bit of the dough.  

When we finished making our dough into balls for the fridge I caught lady J getting her little sample. 

As we waited for the dough to chill in the fridge I thought it was a great opportunity to have a cookies and milk party with them.  They each got to choose a Christmas treat to enjoy with their chocolate milk. 

I love how they think they are so funny!

Next was time to roll out the dough and bake some cookies. 

Eben was brave enough to learn how to put the cookie pans into the oven and take them out all by himself.  Here they are happy with the out come of their cookies. 

After work when daddy got home it was time to decorate.  This year I decided to try out Royal Icing.  I am not sure that I am fan of it or not yet.  Maybe I will need to try different recipes to find one that I really like. 

We let each of the kids decorate 5 cookies...cause really who can eat cookies with that much icing and sprinkles??? 

Abraham really wanted to get in on the action so we let him have his own container of icing and just one cookie to decorate.  He was so happy to be at the table with his siblings taking part in what we were doing almost as much as he enjoyed eating the goods. 

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