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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies

It seems the older I get the stranger my grocery shopping cart items seem to get.  I just got back from the store and I not only picked up silken tofu (YUCK) for a recipe; I grabbed 2 because they were on sale. What is wrong with me??? Now not only do I hope the dessert I want to make with it tastes good, it better be good enough to make/eat two of them. Or I will have to find something else out there to make with the other container.
IMG_5473 (2)I have been doing pretty good watching what I have been eating lately; I have also been reading labels a heck of a lot more than I have ever done in the past. The one thing I have been craving is baked goods. I thought chips were my downfall but I am starting to think it is cookies, pies  and cakes basically anything with flour, sugar, butter and eggs throw in some chocolate or peanut butter and I am one happy camper.
IMG_5467 (2)Don’t get me wrong if I want one I have been having ONE and it’s totally fine but So I have been trying to find SOMETHING – ANYTHING where I can maybe have TWO of something. Well I am still looking 🙂 I can appreciate more protein, less fat and carbs is probably a better way of living healthier but when did all purpose flour go wrong. Don’t worry I will never leave you behind; even if you are bad for my behind wink wink.
IMG_5468My girlfriend had bought some Peanut Powder pretty foreign to both of us. I was given the task to figure out what the heck to do with it. So today I spent sometime online looking for something to make with it; I failed but I did come across a funky peanut butter cookie recipe that looked promising and it was probably the easiest cookie I have ever made and they taste great.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

½ cup vanilla protein powder
1 cup peanut butter
1 lg egg
½ cup sugar in the raw
Pinch of salt
¼ cup mini chocolate chips – not needed but a nice touch

Put all ingredients in a bowl and stir till everything comes together. It will be the consistency of a regular cookie
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Use either a tablespoon scoop or do you best to make 12 same size ball. Press in a crosshatch pattern and bake in a pre-heated 350’F oven for about 12 minutes.

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Let them cool on the sheet tray for about 10 minutes till they set up. Once completely cooled store in an airtight container. They also freeze well!

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Makes 12 cookies – serving size 1 cookie

170 Calories
8.3 Carbs
12.2 Fat
9.4 Protein

I know they are still high in fat but they also add some protein and are lower in carbs than some other peanut butter chocolate chip cookies…
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Recipe – dailyburn website

8 hours cooking/baking

Since my daughter is home from Japan for a short visit we had friends and family over this weekend.  I took Friday off from work and cooked up a storm.  I spent 8 hours making dishes and desserts enough to feed anywhere from 10 to 20 people.  Since we had family from as far away as Virginia to a few that live right up the road I decided to just have an open house. Come as early as you want and leave as late as you want. Lunch would be served at 1 and dinner at 6 and whoever was here in between would not go hungry. At my house no one ever goes hungry!

 

White Chocolate Craisin and Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies

White Chocolate Craisin and Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies

Chicken Rice Soup

Lunch Menu: 4 Bean Chili, Corn Bread and Pulled Pork with Cole Slaw Sandwiches, Clam Chowder and Cookies

Dinner Menu: Ham, homemade beans, Macaroni & Cheese, Chicken Soup and Texas Sheet Cake

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When I know I need to feed this many people; I need to be very organized.  Thursday night I did all my grocery shopping so I could wake up in the morning and get going.  I envy the well-stocked kitchen & pantry on these types of occasions.  I have a large and a medium sized crockpot but could have used 2-3 more.  I have 2 large pots but could have used 4-5 more.  Unfortunately if I buy anymore cookware, dishes, glasses or utensils; my son will pitch a fit.  You see he does the majority of the dishes in the house and is running out of places to store all my treasures.  I kind of see what he means but I can’t help myself I need and use every item I bring home.  I have been using my class as an excuse to why a new sauté pan shows up or why I have a new Le Creuset in the cupboard. On occasion I do take inventory and clean out my stash, don’t tell Alex it’s just to make room for more.

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Make this cake – Trust me it is delicious and easy!!!

I got this recipe from a friend, I am not sure why it is called this but I really really like it.

Texas Sheet Cake

Add to Sauce Pan

1 Stick of Butter

½ Cup Vegetable Oil

4 TBS Cocoa

1 Cup Water

Boil the above in a pan for 2-3 minutes

Sift together

2 Cups Flour

2 Cups Sugar

Pour over chocolate sauce and mix well

Add to the above

½ Cup Buttermilk

1 tsp Baking Soda

2 Eggs

1 tsp Vanilla

Mix well and pour into greased jelly roll pan

Cook at 400’ for 20 minutes

Frosting to be added to hot cake

Add to Sauce Pan (you can use the same one; I cleaned mine when the cake was in the oven)

1 Stick Butter

1/3 Cup Buttermilk

4 TBS Cocoa

Bring to a boil

Add the following

1 Box of Confectioner’s Sugar (roughly 2 ¾ Cup)

½ tsp Salt

1 tsp Vanilla

¾ Cup Chopped Walnuts (I added after so I could make ½ sheet without – work fast as the frosting hardens quickly)

Once cooled – slice into whatever size pieces you would like and store in airtight container – they don’t stick too bad so you can stack

Sometimes the best food comes from unexpected places

Spent a long weekend in Millinocket ME, had a wonderful time and some great food.  I was unable to blog yesterday as there was no WiFi.  Thought it was pretty comical I had no problem blogging from Cancun Mexico but Northern Maine not going to happen.  I was told the next time I go up there will be. I am sure if I tried a lot harder I could have figured out a way to get it done, but we were so busy with playing and eating. We logged over 120 miles on snowmobiles; which is saying a lot since I have not been on a sled in 10+ years.  It is just like riding a bike – well at least I picked it up again pretty quickly.  Did you know that new sleds have heated hand, feet and butt warmers – Brilliant!!!!

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Mt. Katahdin this morning – view from my friends camp

The sled I borrowed for the weekend

 

 

Sunday we had plans to meet my girlfriends’ nephew and friends for lunch out of the trails then later back at her place for Sunday dinner; there were 9 of us in total.  We brought the turkey from home as they could not get one locally. There was a very lengthy discussion as to when to put the bird in the oven, at what temp, and when we HAD to be back to take it out.  There was a lot of doubt that we would be eating a moist bird.  Our back of plan was lots of gravy and plenty of wine. Well our precise planning worked; dinner was excellent, the bird was juciy and everyone was thrilled. Dessert were very yummy soft peanut butter cookies. Try them if you can.

1 Cup peanut butter

¾ Cup butter

¾ Cup Sugar

¾ Cup Brown Sugar

1 tsp Vanilla

2 Eggs

2 Cups Flour

1 Tsp Soda

Add a handful or two of Chocolate Chips if you want – we did

Cream butters & sugars, stir in vanilla and eggs; add flour and soda till combined.  Either use a cookie scoop or just place about a golf ball size of the dough about 3 inches apart on an ungreased pan or sheet. Cook at 375’ for 10 minutes till slightly brown, do not overcook.  Leave on the ungreased pan for a minute or two till set.  Makes approx. 36 cookies

There are times when no planning garners some pretty amazing results.  On the way home we wanted to stop for a bite to eat.  We ended up down in the Old Port area of Portland.  We saw a place parked and started walking got to the one we saw originally and it just didn’t look right.  My husband said he saw a café a few storefronts back that looked pretty good, at least there were people sitting, eating and smiling; that was his deciding criteria.

olive cafe pizza

What a delightful gem Olive Café turned out to be.  It’s a cozy little Mediterranean Restaurant, great atmosphere and wonderful food.  We each had a salad which were both wonderful and split a pizza.  I was slightly afraid of the ingredients on the pizza but just had to try it.

Chicken Shawarma Pizza – Marinated Grilled Chicken, Garlic Sauce, Chopped Tomatoes, Chopped Parsley, Chopped Pickles, Mozzarella & Feta Cheeses and Sumac garnished with Tahini sauce on a thin crispy crust that was cracker like.  First time ever having pickles on a pizza have no idea was sumac is and don’t recall ever having tahini sauce – it was excellent we ate the whole thing!