Oatmeal Apple Spice Cookies

We are officially in fall! While I am beyond excited, I am wondering if Mother Nature has gotten the memo yet! Just yesterday it was 90° outside…in Michigan! I really wish it would start to cool down. However, while I wait for the weather to get with the program, I will start making all my favorite fall foods like this broccoli cheddar soup recipe! Fall just screams delicious soups, chili’s and stews! Besides soups, anything and everything apple flavored is a must have! Just like this yummy oatmeal apple spice cookie recipe!

oatmeal apple spice

Oatmeal Apple Spice Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 C Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 2/3 C Brown Sugar, packed
  • 1/4 C White Sugar
  • 1/4 C Unsalted Butter, room temp
  • 3/4 C Apple Butter
  • 1 egg, room temp
  • 2 TBSP Whole Milk
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 3 C Quaker Oats, uncooked

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350° and line your cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine the flour, baking soda and cinnamon in a mixing bowl and mix well. Set aside.
  3. Beat both sugars with the butter until blended.
  4. Once the sugar and butter are creamed, add the apple butter, egg, whole milk and vanilla, beating until combined.
  5. Next, slowly add the dry mix a tablespoon at a time and continue to mix until well blended.
  6. Lastly, add the oats a little at a time until all ingredients are well blended.
  7. Using a small cookie scoop like the OXO Good Grips Cookie Scoopoatmeal apple spice (my favorite!), drop your cookie dough on the lined cookie sheets. Press with a fork to flatten.
  8. Bake at 350° for 12 minutes, or until the edges of the cookies turns slightly brown.
  9. Allow the cookies to cool on the cookie sheet briefly and then transfer to a wirerakc until completely cooled.

oatmeal apple spice

Don’t they sound good?!? They are perfect for the fall or anytime of the year! If you really want to wow your family and friends, make these oatmeal apple spice cookies and these pumpkin spice peanut butter cookies! They will be the hit of any get together!!

What’s your favorite thing about fall?

Party Planning Printable

Once I started having kids, I began to really love party planning. I would start planning their birthday parties months in advance so I could figure every single little detail. For my sons first birthday, I knew I wanted to have an Elmo themed party. He was obsessed with Elmo at the time, so it seemed like the perfect theme for a first birthday party. For my daughter, it was only a given that I did a princess themed party. She was the first daughter and first granddaughter. It’s a good thing I picked that theme because my little princess now hates everything pink or anything that has to do with princesses!

One of the most important things I’ve found when party planning is to write things down. I’d love to say I have a great memory, but I’m so busy all the time that I tend to forget  things. So I write it down. However, if you are like me, you then end up with a bunch of scrap papers with details written down. See where this is going? You are back to forgetting because you’ve lost the little scrap pieces of paper!

Until now!

Party Planning Printable

For all you wonderful people that like to plan parties like I do, I’ve created this free party planning printable! Print it out and start planning away!

party planning

Print your FREE Party Planning Printable HERE!

Like this printable? Then be sure to check out some of my other FREE printables! Enjoy! I hope you find this printable as useful as I do! Please leave me a comment and tell me about your favorite party you planned! I have my husbands 40th birthday coming up and, if possible, I’d love to plan an epic party for him! That and decorate the outside of our house all obnoxious like with 40 flamingos, a sign on the garage, etc!

Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter Cookies

I am anxiously awaiting our fall weather. It’s coming. We had a tiny preview this weekend. It was glorious! Pretty soon the leaves will be changing all sorts of colors, and let me tell you, if you’ve not been to Michigan during the fall season, plan a trip. It’s the most spectacular thing you will ever see! Besides the beautiful scenery this time of year, you also have the start of football season, which I very much enjoy and everything becomes pumpkin flavored! Including these pumpkin spice peanut butter cookies! You have to make these!

pumpkin spice peanut butter

Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 C Unsalted Butter, room temp.
  • 2 Eggs, room temp.
  • 1 C Peanut Butter
  • 1 TBSP Vanilla
  • 2 1/2 C Flour
  • 2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 2 TBSP Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 C Sugar
  • 1 C Brown Sugar

Directions

  1. Line the cookie sheets with parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 375°.
  2. Add the flour, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice and salt to a mixing bowl and set aside.
  3. Using a second mixing bowl, add the brown sugar with the white sugar. On low-medium speed, add the butter to the combined sugars and beat until the mixture is creamy.
  4. In a small bowl, whip the eggs. Slowly pour the eggs into the butter and sugar mixture and beat together until they are well blended.
  5. Now mix in the peanut butter and vanilla until it is completely incorporated.
  6. Slowly begin to scoop in the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Mix until all is thoroughly blended.
  7. Cover the bowl of cookie dough with cling wrap and place it in the refrigerator for a half hour.
  8. Using a small ice cream scoop, make small dough balls and place them on the parchment paper lined cookie sheets, making sure to space them out at least 2 inches away from each other. Dip a fork into a bowl of sugar and flatten each dough ball, making a crisscross pattern.
  9. Bake the cookies for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and sprinkle white sugar on top of each cookie. Allow the cookies to cool slightly on the cookie sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

pumpkin spice peanut butter

Don’t they sound delicious?!? I don’t know about you, but anything peanut butter sounds good to me. For my gluten free friends, please try this recipe with my favorite gluten free flourpumpkin spice peanut butter. You simply substitute it in place of regular flour that a recipe calls for. My kids, who don’t have to eat gluten free, prefer when I make things with the gluten free flour!

What’s your favorite thing about the fall season?

Homework Daily Planner Printable

With a son in middle school, I think I spent the entire year, last year, trying to get him to write down his assignments and not try to rely on his memory. The school gives the kids an assignment book, but he never used it. I don’t think he liked pulling the actual book out. So I vowed that this year I was not going to hound him to write in something that he wasn’t ever planning on writing in. Plus, the teachers don’t force or teach them to write in them, so it was really just a waste of time for me to hound him. Instead, I created the free homework daily planner printable below.

homework daily planner

Download the FREE Homework Daily Planner HERE

With this sheet, my son can punch holes in the side and put it in the front of his zippered binder. This way, as he’s putting his homework and/or notes away, he can quickly write down the assignment and be on his way! We are just finishing up our first week of school and I am optimistic that this homework daily planner printable will help my son stay on track and allow me to NOT hound him all year long!

Oh and by the way, this is the zippered binderhomework daily planner my son has. It is really nice and since they are not allowed to carry backpacks around school, this zippered binder allows him to keep all of his things contained. I highly recommend it!!

Before you go, be sure to check out some of the other amazing printables I have! You can also follow me on Pinterest for more great and free printables!

Please…leave a comment with a tip to surviving the middle school years! These are some CRAZY years we’ve started! I look forward to your tips!

Mexican Hummus Dip Appetizer

When I met my husband, he introduced me to a lot of different Arabic foods. Some I liked, some I didn’t (like grape leaves…I just don’t like grape leaves). However, one thing I really like is hummus. I miss not being able to dip pita bread in it! Besides Arabic food, I also really like Mexican food. This recipe for Mexican hummus combines both of my favorite cuisines, making the perfect appetizer for any kind of get together!

mexican hummus

Mexican Hummus Dip

Ingredients

  • 1 -15 oz. can Chickpeas, reserve the liquid
  • 1 large Lemon, juiced
  • 1/4 C Tahini
  • 1/2 tsp. Minced Garlic
  • 2 TBSP Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp. Ground Cumin
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1/2 C Roasted Red Peppers
  • 1 small can Diced Jalapenos, set aside half of the can for garnish
  • 1 bottle Tabasco Sauce

Directions

  1. Add the Tahini and lemon juice to your food processor and process twice for 30 seconds, until it has a whipped texture.
  2. Drizzle the olive oil into the food processor while also adding the minced garlic, roasted red peppers, cumin and a dash of salt. Process for 30 seconds, or until well blended.
  3. Add in the jalapenos and process until blended.
  4. Rinse the chickpeas before adding them to the processor. Scoop in 1/2 of the chickpeas at a time and as needed, pour in the reserved liquid. Continue to process until it has a thick, yet smooth consistency.
  5. Scoop into a bowl.

For garish: add the remaining diced jalapenos to the center of the serving bowl and drizzle Tabasco sauce in a circle onto the hummus.

Mexican hummus

Doesn’t this look good?!? My daughter is having a “taco party” for her 10th birthday. We will be having lots of tacos, walking tacos, nachos and cheese and I may make this Mexican Hummus too! I think everyone will like it!

What’s your favorite appetizer to make or bring to a get together?