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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies - so soft and chewy!

Baking cookies in a brand new oven is pretty amazing. I don't have to rotate my pans half way through baking anymore and all the cookies look the same.

And these cookies are pretty amazing. They are so chewy from the oats and peanut butter. I had peanut butter chips leftover from another recipe and they add the perfect extra yum. These baked up really thick - I think that's because I used cold butter instead of waiting for it to soften.

Monday, May 2, 2016

My kitchen needs some TLC

I'm so excited to kick off a four-part series today! I'm teaming up with Nebraska Furniture Mart and Whirlpool to share my kitchen makeover (#wmnKitchenMakeover).

Obviously as a food blogger I spend a lot of time in my kitchen. When we bought our home five years ago we were lucky to have appliances included. Those appliances have served us well but we are ready for an upgrade.

The biggest problem is our refrigerator. The previous owners of our home had to have brought it with them; our home was built in 2001 and the refrigerator is from the 1990's. Don't get me wrong - it keeps stuff cold, as Jacob says, but it's really starting to rust and the ice maker stopped working a few months back.

Jacob "offered" to paint it to hide the rust. I lovingly said "no way".

The stove, microwave and dishwasher are all Whirlpool and are all still in working order but I knew I wanted a "set" of matching appliances.

I started my research online to get a feel for styles, features, colors and prices. There are so many options it's easy to get a little overwhelmed but looking at a wide range of products helped me figure out what I did and didn't want. I also read a lot of reviews to see what consumers thought.

After that initially research, Jacob and I measured our space to further narrow down what would fit. This really is an important step and I love that Nebraska Furniture Mart puts space planning resources on each product.

Now for the fun part - Jacob and I went to the Nebraska Furniture Mart here in Kansas City to actually see the appliances. On the website, it does show what is "in store" so we knew we'd be able to see a similar, if not the same, product.

If you've never been to NFM it's an experience. It's massive and has a ton of products to choose from. The appliance section alone probably has 150+ refrigerators on display. They have great employees to answer questions at a moments notice. But, they let you look without pressuring you.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Strawberry Popsicles with a Little Booze

Strawberry Popsicles with a Little Booze
I think these might be the best popsciles I've ever had. And it's not because I put a little peach schnapps in them, but I do think that kept them a little icy verses frozen solid.

They are packed with strawberry flavor and make a perfect treat on these warm spring days.

After this experiment I think I'm going to invest in some nicer molds. My Dollar Tree find worked, but it was a little tough removing from the mold. If you don't have molds, you could opt to use paper or plastic cups instead.

I'm super excited - this time next week I'll be kicking off a fun series. I can't wait to share!

Strawberry Popsicles with a Little Booze

Strawberry Popsicles with a Little Booze

Strawberry Popsicles with a Little Booze

Strawberry Popsicles with a Little Booze