Kitchen Remodel Update:
Two nights in a row last month, I laid awake in my bed, long past when I should have been asleep, thinking about which new kitchen cabinet was going to be the best place to store my rolling pins. 🤦🏻♀️ I think I have a problem. 😅 It's the seemingly obvious and simple decisions about our kitchen remodel that have caused me the most anxiety. The custom cabinets, the custom built island and the new flooring were all fairly easy choices for me to make. Rolling pin storage - threw me for a loop.🤷🏻♀️
Choosing lighting for our new space was another decision that really caught me off guard. As of today, I've ordered and returned 3 set of lights for our new space. 😬(Please help a girl out and and send me your kitchen light suggestions - clearly, I need some assistance with this decision.) 😅 In the greater scope of our entire kitchen remodel, this is not a major decision but for some reason, I feel completely incompetent when it comes to choosing lights.
Before I started this remodel process - I had no idea what a monster undertaking this was going to be. (You see where I'm going with this. Don't you?) 🤣 Seriously though - so many decisions to make. My fear is that once I choose light fixtures, the decisions have just begun. There are heights to be determined, switches, lightbulbs, dimmers and wattage choices to make. 😬 It might be time to bring in a professional. 💡
When I start to feel overwhelmed with kitchen decisions - I bake. It seems counterproductive, but it works for me. 🤷🏻♀️ Baking cookies are my favorite way to forget about the stresses of our remodeling project and Monster Cookies are the perfect choice because there are fewer decisions to make. I just add everything that I have in my pantry at the time.
I don't have any idea how these cookies ever became known as "Monster Cookies" but if I were to venture a guess, I suspect that it has something to do with the beloved blue Sesame Street character affectionately known as cookie monster. Everyone's favorite, googgly eyed, blue character that enthusiastically consumes anything and everything within his reach. That's how I feel when I was gathering up the ingredients for these cookies. 😂Peanut butter, oats, M&M's, chocolate chips - all the sweets that are in my house. And together - they are delicious!!!
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1 large egg, at room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 and 1/4 cups flour
1/2 cup quick oats
3/4 cup M&Ms (any size or variety)
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Bake 11-13 minutes at 350.
These Monster cookies were a hit with everyone who managed to pry one out of my hands. 😂 Seriously though - I recommend that you gather up whatever yummy goodness in your house right now and turn it into your own version of a "Monster Cookie."
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