First off thank you all so much for the comments on my cookie post!

It was a lot of work, but a lot of fun! I forgot how much I enjoyed baking.

I had a few requests for the recipe for the Peanut Butter Cookie with the Reese’s Cups so I thought I would post it.

(Modified from Iowa Girl Eats)

Her recipe called for cookie butter and trust me if all the Trader Joe’s weren’t sold out of it I would have used it too.

No really. I called 4 Trader Joes. All out. So you know the stuff is good!

So I ended up buying a new peanut butter to use and experiment with. It was an organic chunky peanut butter made with flax seeds.

And it may not have been as good as if I used cookie butter, but it sure was good.

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Peanut Butter Cup Peanut Butter Cookies

(Makes 20-25 cookies)

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter (I used Earth Balance)

1/2 cup Trader Joe’s Flax seed Chunky Peanut Butter (or feel free to sub whatever peanut butter or nut butter you have/want)

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/4 cups all purpose flour

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

20-25 Reese’s miniature peanut butter cups

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cream together butter, peanut butter, sugars, egg and vanilla until light and creamy. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking soda and salt. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients in 3 batches, mixing until just incorporated before adding the next batch.

2. Spray a mini muffin tin very well with non-stick spray. Add 1 Tablespoon cookie dough into each cup. Bake for 8 minutes exactly. Unwrap peanut butter cups while the cookies bake.

3. Once the cookies have been removed from the oven, immediately push one peanut butter cup into the center of each cookie. Cool in mini muffin tin completely before removing.

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Seriously these cookies are to die for.

Happy baking!

(let me know if any of you make these and how they turned out)

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Remember when I said since I had time off from school I would be spending more time in the kitchen? Well. Let’s say meals haven’t really turned out that way.

Let’s just say my new rut has been simplicity.  But not because of laziness or lack of time. It’s been what I’ve been craving.  And you know me and going with my cravings. I feel like you should. And I have. So yes my meals may be a bit boring this time around, but they have really hit the spot.

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My breakfast started out, you guessed it. Super simple.

simple toast with trader joe’s fig butter (♥) on one half and crofter’s jam on the other.

Ok, so I know bread is bread, but I found this amazing new bread at Sprouts.  It’s actually Sprouts brand and it’s an organic whole wheat/oatmeal bread. It is amazing.  Again, I know. Just bread. But it is so thick and just super tasty. I’m in love.

on the side some banana and greek yogurt sprinkled with some cookies and cream protein powder and cinnamon.

Sometimes simple is satisfying. And this was. I was actually full, content, and happy. All good things if you ask me.

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Hey guess what lunch was? Super simple.

turkey panini with a side of trader joe’s roasted red pepper soup.

I usually get Pacific’s roasted red pepper soup, but it is just so expensive.  I saw Trader Joe’s had their own, and we all know my love for all of their products so I thought I would give it a shot.  Surprise? Amazing.

again something so satisfying from a simple panini.

But I do always say anything made into a panini is delicious. And it is.

(as we can see my phone is still not fixed. grr)

My soup almost looks neon.

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On to dinner.

It was pretty…dun dun dun.

Simple.

black bean quesadilla.sans cheese. with of course some salsa on the side.

I am seriously so simple at times, I bore myself.

I hope I am not boring you all too much.

i have been on a huge bean “quesadilla” kick lately. i don’t know what it is, but they have just really been hitting the spot lately.

Since I don’t use cheese, I try to add some sort of substance along with the beans.  Sometimes it’s pumpkin, sometimes it’s Trader Joe’s black bean dip and honestly sometimes it’s just beans.

-yawn- Boring.

I know.

I warned you.

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So let me try and spice things up a bit.

Maybe give you all a bit of a laugh.

You know how I always post about this cute face?

aw. look how precious she is ♥

Now let’s take a look at what that super cute face can do.

not so cute anymore huh?

Coming home to this is not fun by the way.

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Do you ever have a day of simple meals? Do you mind?

Are you done Christmas shopping yet?

How mad could you really be at that face?