Thursday, August 21, 2014

Apple Peanut Butter Cookies

Classic peanut butter cookies get an apple twist! Perfect for the lunch box or to dip in your morning coffee!





Apples dipped in peanut butter. Whoever thought of that combination was a genius right there! Apples have the right flavor and are sturdy enough to dip into thick peanut butter. Such a great snack!

I remember a while ago, I was in the supermarket with Silas and in the produce section near the bagged salad, they had these snack packs for $1. One kind was sliced apples and a small container of caramel, and the other was sliced apples and a small container of peanut butter. Silas BEGGED me to get him one, and as opposed to something sugary at the register, I gave in and got both him and Wesley one.

Well, when we got home you would have thought I had prepared the most delicious dessert for them - they were raving about the apples and peanut butter. It finally dawned on me: this food blogger mom and NEVER given these boys apple slices with peanut butter to dip! Mommy fail, am I right?! 





Needless to say ever since then, most days alongside their sandwich for lunch, they'll have apple slices and a big mound of peanut butter. Sometimes, Wesley doesn't even touch his sandwich and just levels the apples - I'm ok with that!! 

These cookies though? Apples and peanut butter in cookie form, I'm telling you! They're really simple to make and the little apple chunks keep the cookies semi-moist. Your kids will love finding these in their lunch box and you will love dipping them in your coffee while they're at school, haha!


Apple Peanut Butter Cookies
makes about 2 dozen

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup diced apple 


In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and both sugars. Add in egg and vanilla extract and beat well. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Gradually add flour mixture to stand mixer while it's turned on low speed. Stir in diced apple. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Press a criss-cross pattern on the tops with a fork, if desired, and bake at 375 for 12-14 minutes. Cook on wire racks and store in an airtight container. *Recipe adapted from Taste of Home.





These cookies were pretty much leveled by our family and our neighbor's family in just about one afternoon! Such a great way to welcome fall and apple season, too!


Here are some more of my favorite apple treats:


Cake Mix Caramel Apple Cake




Autumn Cheesecake Dip




Caramel Apple Shortcake




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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Show & Share Wednesday #92



Hello everyone! I'm SO sorry there was no link party posted last week - my family and I were away on a short impromptu vacation that had literally NO internet access whatsoever! Even on our phones, people. I found out that I'm both miserable without the internet, and absolutely useless haha! We were at a lakehouse in the mountains of Pennsylvania and it took us probably triple the amount of time to figure out where we were going with maps and all, I clearly use my phone GPS WAY too much!



Anyway, I have a flash giveaway going on at the Mostly Homemade Mom Facebook fan page - we hit 10,000 likes last night - WOO HOO! Because you guys are such amazing and supportive (and understanding, haha) readers, hop on over to the Facebook page and enter - there's a $15 Dunkin Donuts gift card up for grabs! Let your next iced coffee and treat be on me. ;)

Ok, let's take a look at the features from our last party:


Peach Pie Overnight Oats - What the Fork Food Blog







Southwestern Pork Tostadas - Leapfrog and Lipgloss







Chocolate Pudding Trifle - A Mom's Take







Copycat Sonic Ocean Water - My Frugal Adventures







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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Cheesy Chicken Parmesan Panini - with Lipton Iced Tea!


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Thick french bread slices, a mayo pesto spread, grilled chicken, sauce, and cheese grilled to perfection and paired with a refreshing Lipton iced tea - the perfect summer lunch! #TEArifficPairs #CollectiveBias





In the summer, I honestly don't remember a time when my grandmother didn't have a pitcher of iced tea in her fridge. She still uses that frosted clear Tupperware pitcher, with the button on the lid, do you remember that one? It's amazing how certain objects bring back you childhood!

Grandmom's iced tea is not that super sugary stuff that you scoop from the can. Nope, her iced tea is the real deal - I remember her having that pitcher on the counter with the Lipton tea bag tags hanging over the side as it steeps. Dark iced tea with just enough sugar to take the bitterness away. 





We were just there a few weeks ago for a last minute visit with the boys. One of them must have asked me for a drink and of course as soon as I opened that fridge, there was that familiar pitcher. Loving the old memories and the new memories our family is making. :)





This Cheesy Chicken Parmesan Panini is the perfect sandwich to go with that iced cold glass of Lipton iced tea, from the Lipton 100 count box of tea bags. The pesto mayo spread gives the sandwich an amazing garlic punch and of course the sandwich gets grilled and toasted for an amazing texture. No need to heat up the big outside grill, use your panini press or your indoor tabletop grill - easy kitchen clean up, too!


Cheesy Chicken Parmesan Panini
Makes 4-6 sandwiches

1 cup Hellmann's mayonnaise
1/4 cup prepared pesto
8-12 thick french bread slices
9 oz package pre-cooked grilled chicken strips, Italian style
6 slices mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup pasta sauce
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese


In a small bowl, stir together mayo and pesto. Spread generous amount over one side of two slices french bread. Assemble sandwich with chicken strips, 1 tablespoon pasta sauce, sprinkling of Parmesan cheese, and one slice mozzarella cheese. Top with second slice of french bread. Repeat for remaining sandwiches. Grill sandwiches on tabletop grill or griddle for 4-5 minutes on each side, flipping if you don't have a two sided grill. Allow sandwiches to sit for 5 minutes before slicing. Serve with an ice cold Lipton iced tea!





Hellmann's Mayonnaise and Lipton 100 count tea bags. Seriously, these two guys were made to go together! Even better, they were super easy to find in my local Walmart - I love being able to go to one store and find all the ingredients I need for a great family meal. 





For more info and lots of recipe ideas, visit Walmart's Lipton site and the Lipton site as well.

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