My mom and I differ in many ways, but she inspires me. Though I want to be just like her…I also want to be me. I want to take the things she’s taught me and apply it to my life in a way that works for me and who I am. I was a lucky little girl growing up because my mom stayed home and took care of the home and us kids and I know I’ve said this a million times, but I appreciate the acts she did for us growing up more now than I did then. Before, I didn’t have a clue what it meant to be a mother. How could I? I was just a kid. But now, I’m in the same shoes she was in 20 years ago and I’m glad the things she did have stuck with me because I think they drive me to become a better wife to my husband.
One of the things my mom did always very diligently was make a lunch for my dad every night before bed. My dad was a sheet metal worker and because it was such a blue collar job, they had short lunches, early in the day. The work was hard and stressful on the body. But I’m not sure I ever heard my dad complain. He knew that this was the job he chose, he knew he did his job well and someday, he would retire. Until then, complaining wouldn’t get him far. So my mom would make things easy on him, by packing him a lunch. A filling sandwich, chips, maybe fruit…like grapes, and a snack. Generally the snack consisted of something homemade that my mom would of made…like cookies. Once we kids got older, she would occasionally pass the job onto us. Hahaha, my poor dad…I think he dreaded those lunches because we didn’t put the same love and care into them that she did. We just wanted to get the chore over and done with so we could hurry up and get back to what we were doing. You see as kids…you get the mentality that it’s always about you. I wish I could go back now and refix my dad a good lunch. I would take out the yucky cheese and mayo sandwich ( raises hand…yes I did that to my father) and replace it with a hearty turkey sandwich with fresh lettuce and perfectly sliced cheese, with sliced apples and his favorite chips ( BBQ) and of made some cookies just for him…another favorite ( Chocolate Chip Cookies).
I confess that to this day, I still struggle with the whole packed lunches thing. I don’t make them as often as I should, which leaves my husband…who fortunately doesn’t have to work a labor intensive job to walk across the street and get some form of fast food.
This is an area as a wife I need to grow in. It’s not healthy for my husband to have to turn to these establishments sometimes daily, but almost weekly. And it’s not cheap. How much money could we save if I could just remember to make them or stop being lazy about it.
One of my husbands complaints about his packed lunches, ( I can’t really call it a complaint though, because he isn’t complaining) but one of the things he has mentioned is he doesn’t always get full. We don’t generally keep chips in the home because I think they are incredibly unhealthy…but I think a small handful every day, probably won’t hurt him as much as the fast food is. His sandwiches are almost always of the deli meat variety… Tuna fish gives him fish breathe which he can’t have when he’s working with the public, face to face. And his lunch never has a snack unless I make cookies or have some of those puddings you buy at the store in the house. And now that I’m reading everything I’m writing…it’s rather strange to me that he really never does complain. Did I marry an awesome man or what?!
So, my goal in my quest to always improve upon being a Proverbs 31 Woman/wife/mother is to make my husbands lunch every day with love and I’m going to start by always trying to have some homemade cookies in the house for his lunches. So yesterday, I made Peanut Butter Cookies for Josh.
I’ve never made peanut butter cookies before so this was fun for me. I started by pre-heating the oven to 375 degrees and letting 1/2 cup of butter come to room temperature and I measured out 1/2 cup of creamy peanut butter.
Then I added some sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, and baking powder and mixed it all together with my mixer.
After that was combined, I added some vanilla + extra, and 1 egg and beat it until it was combined.
Then I added in 1 1/4 cups of flour, and combined it.
When the dough was all mixed perfectly together, I started shaping the dough into little balls and rolling them around in sugar before placing them on my greased cookie sheets. When all the balls were lined up evenly, I took the tines or prongs ( whatever you call them) of the fork and flattened the cookies with crisscross marks.
And then I popped them into the oven for about 6-7 minutes. 6 minutes on my oven was perfect, 7 minutes got them a little more browned on the bottom than I like. But you know your oven better than I do, so cook them for whatever time floats your boat…but cook them. You don’t want to be eating uncooked peanut butter cookies. It might taste good, but I don’t know if it would be worth getting your stomach pumped over ;)
These cookies were a hit in the house last night. After dinner, we just kept eating them…but I wasn’t feeling any guilt ( even though I roasted marshmallows yesterday at my mom’s house) because these cookies only have 87 calories in them-BOOYA! I will also say that these are probably some of the easiest cookies to make. I made them about 90 minutes before I had to leave to take Grace to her guitar lesson and they were all out of the oven, with even time to spare so I could go get out of my house clothes and get into some real grown up clothes ;)
Peanut Butter Cookies
adapted from The Better Homes and Garden Cookbook
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter, creamy
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar or 1/4 cup honey
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp vanilla—I added an extra tsp =)
1 1/4 cups AP Flour
granulated sugar for rolling in the dough :)
In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and peanut butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 secs. Add the sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, and baking powder. Beat until combined, scraping the sides of the bowl occasionally. Beat in egg and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in remaining flour. If you need too, you can chill the dough so it’s easier to work with.
Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in additional sugar to coat. Place 2 inches apart on cookie sheets. Flatten by making crisscross marks with the tines of a fork. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 6-9 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. Transfer to wire rack and let cool.
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