Before my sister had kids she would always say that she couldn’t WAIT to have kids so that she could “just sit on the couch all day eating bonbons” instead of having to go to work everyday.

I didn’t even go there. I knew that anything I tried to say to convince her that bonbon popping wasn’t really what it’s all about, would be greeted with deaf ears.

So I waited…patiently…until she got married and had her first kid.

And then I waited until she had two.

Then I said, “Um…so how are those bonbons?”

By that point she couldn’t eat bonbons because her mouth was too full eating her own words.

Although motherhood is hard, I love the flexibility of doing whatever activities that I, CEO of  Mommydom, decide to do each day.

Here’s how a not-eating kind of bonbon day I had yesterday…

  • Took the kids to the gym and then to swimming lessons.
  • Headed to the doctor with all four kids so that I could get diagnosed with a sinus infection and get put on antibiotics. Promised the kids if they were good we would go grasshopper hunting.
  • Went grasshopper hunting since the kids were good. There’s a spot that I run by every morning that is filled with loads of huge grasshoppers and I knew they would love it. We walked away successful. Isn’t he pretty?
  • Went geocaching which is real life treasure hunting made easy with a free app on my phone. My kids are still mad that I’ve known about this treasure hunting for years and am just now telling them about it.
  • Found a hill so my son could go skateboarding. Sounds easy but the tallest hill in Florida is 19 feet and happens to be a landfill. So finding a hill is quite the task.
  • Made dinner…yada, yada, yada.

What do you guys think? I think there are hard things about both. For those of you who have worked full-time or have been at home full-time, which is harder to you?

The coolest thing about motherhood is that I can make these cookies in the middle of the day with my kids just because…

I’ve had my eye on these cookies from Tracey’s Culinary Adventures and apparently others did too because Fake Ginger posted them today as well! They were perfectly chewy and stayed soft because of the addition of cream cheese to the batter. I think these will be my go to for plain chewy sugar cookies from now on.

Something draws kids to M&M cookies. If you put these on a plate with any other cookie, I guarantee your kid will choose this one.

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Chewy M&M Sugar Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar plus 1/3 cup for rolling
  • 2 oz cream cheese cut into 8 pieces
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter melted and still warm
  • 1/3 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 large egg at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-1 1/4 cups M&M's

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Combine 1 1/2 cups of sugar and cream cheese in a large bowl (no need to stir them together yet). Put the remaining 1/3 cup sugar in a pie plate and set aside. Pour the warm butter over the cream cheese mixture and whisk to combine - the mixture won't be completely smooth yet, that's fine. Whisk in the oil then the egg, milk and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth.
  4. Use a rubber spatula to start folding the dry ingredients into the wet. When the dry ingredients are partially incorporated, add 3/4 cup of the M&M's to the dough. Continue mixing until a soft dough comes together. (Don't wait to add the M&M's until the dry ingredients are completely incorporated - you'll end up overmixing.)
  5. Portion the dough onto the prepared baking sheets with a cookie scoop, using about 2 tablespoons for each cookie. Working quickly (if you handle the dough too much you're more likely to wind up with flat cookies), roll the dough into a ball with your hands then roll in the sugar set aside in the pie plate previously. Repeat until you've used all of the dough, placing 12 cookies on each baking sheet. Use the bottom of a glass to flatten the dough balls into discs that are about 2 inches in diameter. Gently press 3 more M&M's into the top of each cookie. NOTE: Your M&Ms on top will crack from the heat while baking so I wait to put the M&Ms on top of the cookie until right after they come out of the oven. Just press how ever many your want on top right when they come out and they won't crack!
  6. Bake the cookies, 1 tray at a time, for about 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are set. Remove from oven and press the M&Ms on top if you haven't already put them on top. The tops of the cookies will be puffy and slightly cracked. Transfer the baking sheet to a wire rack and let the cookies cool on the sheet for 5 minutes then transfer them to the rack to cool completely.
  7. Makes about 24 cookies.

Recipe Notes

Source: Tracey's Culinary Adventures