What says cozy autumn day more than fresh baked cookies? Nothing is more inviting than coming home to a plate of fresh baked cookies!! What about if those cookies had an added twist? Here is my latest conundrum: I love peanut butter cookies, my husband…meh, he will eat them because he would eat anything, but he prefers a cookie with more “oomph” so, I decided to go to the recipe gods (my zillions of cookbooks), and make a cookie that will please us both. The outcome? Peanut Butter, Rolled Oats, and Butterscotch Cookies! These went over AMAZINGLY, and I only tweaked the recipe a bit. One thing I always do is increase the peanut butter and reduce the oil….substantially This removes a lot of bad fat and increases the good fat. Remember you an always add a few drops of water here and there to make the dough stick together. Then I added 1/4 cup butterscotch chips and 1/2 cup rolled oats. The old standard is now heartier, and has that extra zing that my darling other half requires! Bon Appetit!

World of Waffles

One of the things I struggle with is pre-packaged items, particularly if these items are already cooked. Waffles, EGOs, I guess are the real culprit. They are an easy fix and they keep in the freezer for quite some time. I started buying the multigrain variety, feeling like I was feeding my husband something wholesone and I read the package never do this unless you plan on doing something about it Just as you would imagine, lots of bad stuff. So, I pulled out no less than 5 cookbooks and put together my version of waffles. They include whole wheat flour, rolled oats, peanut butter (instead of oil) and egg and vanilla. I mixed for all I was worth, heated up the iron, and cooked away. They were amazing! I have served them twice this week – here are some tips 1. Make them on Sunday when you can stand there and wait until the perfect time to pull them out of the iron 2. Allow them to totally cool off before bagging htem up and putting them into the freezer (no ice crystals that way). 3. Toast them in the toaster oven. Toaster ovens are GOLD. Serve withe REAL maple syrup and enjoy – the review was 2 thumbs up! Leave me a response if you want me to post the recipe! If you want to “health-ify” a recipe, I suggest you review at least 4 different recispes, then write your own out. Write it because you will NOT remember….trust me here! Happy Autumn-y Thursday!

Chicken, Brown Rice & Veggie Dinner

I love grains and vegetables, and I also love my husband. His palate requires a not-too-exotic menu…..it is always a challenge balancing his simple tastes and the desire to cook crazy recipes. I am working on building a treasure chest of healthy meals that we both enjoy, don’t pack on the pounds and is packable for said hubby’s lunches!

Tonight: Long Grain Brown Rice & Pearled Barley Pilaf with steamed Veggies and Orange Roasted Chicken Breast with Cherry Tomatoes….verdict? Empty plate!!!

Introduction…"Hi, I am Missy….."

Well, I refuse to write yet another blog about infertility but I am dealing with it, and I feel like I want to have a place to write….but NOT about that stuff. I love to cook. I love to bake. Sundays are spent in my kitchen cooking and baking and being happy. So, join me on my little journey as I show you how we do things at our house. I work in an office as a catering director Mon-Friday, and my husband is a high school teacher and basketball coach. We eat home cooked meals 75% of the time and I think that is an amazing accomplishment for a couple with no children. I like challenges as well, so please tell me if you want me to try a recipe…..I wont fail you, and I will take pictures along the way (budding photographer)…yippeee! Lets do this!

I talk about, write about, and eat a lot of food. Radio personality, wife and mother of twins.