Jase has always been the baker (working at Paradise Bakery as a teen makes him the pro) and I love being the cook in our family. I don’t like baking all that much, I’m too impatient for it. I love oatmeal cookies without the raisins but once the raisins are taken out, they’re lacking in something. I also love peanut butter. A lot. So, months ago, I started a craving: a Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie. I’d never seen one but I knew it would be magnificent if I ever had a chance to try one.

Yesterday I googled a recipe for it but I couldn’t wait to let the “Baker” come home to make it tonight, so the kids and I made them. These cookies are fantastic! I LOVE them. They are my favorite.


  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups peanut butter
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Cream butter and brown sugar. Add eggs, vanilla and peanut butter. Add dry ingredents. Roll by tablespoon-full into balls.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Enjoy!

Jase and I shared about 8 cups of apple cider yesterday. We would have probably shared 20 cups if I had made that much. It was so dang good, I thought I’d post the recipe here, to all of my… one reader (Hi Erin!).


  • 6 cups apple cider
  • 1/4 cup real maple syrup
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 6 whole allspice berries
  • 1 orange peel, cut into strips
  • 1 lemon peel, cut into strips
  • Cheesecloth & string


  1. Pour the apple cider and maple syrup into a large stainless steel saucepan.
  2. Place the cinnamon sticks, cloves, allspice berries, orange peel and lemon peel in the center of a washed square of cheesecloth; fold up the sides of the cheesecloth to enclose the bundle, then tie it up with a length of kitchen string. Drop the spice bundle into the cider mixture.
  3. Place the saucepan over moderate heat for 5 to 10 minutes, or until the cider is very hot but not boiling.
  4. Remove the cider from the heat. Discard the spice bundle. Ladle the cider into big cups or mugs, adding a fresh cinnamon stick to each serving if desired.