Now that I’m a mother of four one of the most common questions is, “How is life with four kids?” My answer changes depending on the day and sometimes the hour. Some days I feel like I have it together and other days I feel like a mad woman pulled in all directions losing my mind.
Last week I was feeling awful. I had severe fever and chills and my whole body ached. My OB told me to come in if I ever had those symptoms since it could be a sign of infection. So I grabbed the last appointment of the day and with all FOUR kids in tow, hurried to his office.
Turns out I just had the flu. After a lecture from my doctor about doing too much and stern instructions to take it easy, he asked, “Do you have help or a nanny at home?”
It was all I could do to not laugh out loud. I was thinking the obvious. If I had a nanny at home, do you think I would be at the gynecologist with four kids?
They say the “Joy is in the Journey”. I know that’s true and I’m reminded daily by the funny things my kids say and the kisses they give me. But sometimes I feel like I’m on a journey to Crazy Town.
People always ask how I find time to bake. I think we all find time for the things we love whether it be reading, running, or Pinterest . Baking is therapeutic to me. It relaxes me and it’s something my kids and I can do together.
Sunday nights always draw me into the kitchen begging me to make some cookies. Usually it’s these cookies but last night I needed peanut butter and chocolate. Peanut butter and chocolate are like my own personal Xanax. These cookies have oatmeal, peanut butter, and chocolate chips which makes for some dangerous dough.
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
2. Whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
3. On medium speed, cream together the butter, peanut butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract, about 3 minutes. Add the egg and beat to combine. On low speed, gradually add the flour until just combined. Stir in the oats, and then the chocolate chips.
4. Use a large cookie scoop (3 tablespoons) and drop dough onto prepared baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Bake for 9-10 minutes, or until the cookies are lightly golden. Cool completely on the baking sheet and then store in an airtight container at room temperature. Makes 16 cookies.