I made a perfect cup of coffee and got to my practicum early, so I filled my car with gas and cleaned out my car to get ready for our super-fast road trip home tomorrow. Then at LHI, I attended a really amazing training on HIV. It made me realize just how much I am learning this year.
This week I also got the practicum of my dreams for next year at a middle school special education department. Next week is our spring break, so I'm headed home for the weekend to get my car checked out and then visit a possible new addition to my family. The boyfriend and I are moving in together in July, so we are getting a fur-baby to keep us company from Ayres Memorial Animal Shelter. Next week Jay and I are touring apartments, I'm picking up shifts at work, catching up with some friends, attending a conference on Autism and Asperger's with Temple Grandin.
And tonight, as I realize just how sweet my life is, we are headed to Shabbat at the Schwacobson's to share delicious food and wine (and of course a few rounds of Cards Against Humanity) with some of our dearest friends. To mirror my newfound appreciation for life's sweetness I decided to make these for Shabbat tonight:
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies (dairy-free)
Recipe Adapted from Scientifically Sweet
Yield: 2 dozen cookies
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
6 Tbs Earth Balance (room temperature)
2/3 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup natural peanut butter
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cup rolled oats (not quick oats)
1/2 cup mini dairy-free chocolate chips
|Ingredients (missing a few things)|
|Whisk together the dry ingredients. Set aside.|
|Cream together Earth Balance and sugars until smooth.|
|Stir in peanut butter on medium speed until smooth.|
|Add egg and vanilla just until combined.|
|Stir in flour mixture and oats until incorporated.|
|Stir in chocolate chips by hand.|
|Roll teaspoonfuls of dough and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Gently smush them with your hand to flatten them slightly.|
These were by far the most amazing cookies I have made in a very long time. They may even rival my Coconut Dark Chocolate Chunk cookies... and that is really saying something. They are gorgeous, sweet, salty, complex, chewy, and absolutely perfect. I guess I did a pretty good job trying to reflect my life in a cookie.
Have a great spring break, all my MSPP friends. Here's to the sweet life.
Love and cookies,