Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Having a sick baby in the house is no fun at all!  Poor kid, could barely breath through her stuffy nose.  And when the little one is sick all she wants is mommy, mommy, mommy.  So you can be sure that last night there was no cooking in our household.  But thanks to my loving hubby how gave me a little break from the kitchen to tend to my needy sick child, for picking up some delicious Bahama Breeze.  A little taste of the islands sure helped me forget about the dreary cold weather outside!

I had been debating putting everything off tonight and just trying to go to bed early since my daughter was up most of the night and well into the morning.  Who needs to have a clean house or a home cooked meal when they can hardly keep their eyes open?  But then again if I put this off tonight, I'll just have double the work to do tomorrow and the endless cycle will begin again.  I understand now what my mother always said to me while I was pregnant, "get your rest now because once that baby gets here, forget about getting any sleep!"  A mom's job is never done!

So last night's menu will now be pushed back to tonight.  Since my darling love is working, it'll just be me and my princess.  I'm starting to get the hang of this cooking thing and I'm contemplating using a recipe I stumbled upon for homemade mac and cheese.  Hayden loves mac and cheese so I might just add this to tonight's dinner since I'm not sure how much she'll enjoy stuffing.  She's never tried it before, but then again she surprised me with her love of sauteed spinach (which she calls "pasta", don't ask me why I'm still trying to figure that one out myself) the other night so she could surprise me here too.

I do have to send out a quick shout out to my mother-in-law who's been buying me these awesome KitchenAid cook books to go with my KitchenAid stand up mixer.  I've been going through the recipes and finding so many I want to make.  Lately, Hayden has been utterly addicted to peanut butter (as she calls it "pee pee budder") so this past weekend we tried making peanut butter cookies.  The recipe called for 1 cup of brown sugar, simple, so I thought!  When I pulled out my tub of brown sugar I found that it was no longer soft and moist as it was a few weeks back when I checked on it.  Instead, it was hard as a rock!  So, thanks to my handy dandy iPhone, I was able to look up substitutions for brown sugar... 2 parts molasses and 1 part granulated sugar.  Ok, molasses - check! Granulated sugar - check check!  I was good to go.  We mixed in the rest of the ingredients and proceeded with making our peanut butter cookies.  Hayden loved rolling the cookie dough between her fingers, but I had to constantly remind her not to eat the raw cookie dough.  We had a blast smooshing down the dough and making criss-cross marks with the fork and then placed the cookies in the oven to bake.

Once the cookies were done and cooled, we each took a cookie and began to devour our creation.  Not so good!  I should have know just by the look of things.  I had a feeling that the cookies shouldn't have been so dark!  All you could taste was the molasses, yuck!  Now, if you're a fan of molasses, then this would have been a delicious cookie for you, but I'm not!  I did eventually throw the cookies away, much to Hayden's dismay.  She wasn't really into eating the cookies, she seemed to have the same problem I did with them.  I think it was more the idea of "throwing out cookies" that had her upset.

Since our last cookie disaster, I have paid a little visit to my grocery story, picked up a few essentials (new cookie sheet, cooling rack, and BROWN SUGAR) so we are officially prepared to make peanut butter cookies!  If my princess is feeling up to it tonight, we'll be making cookies and this time I expect a much better outcome!


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