Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies with Chocolate Chips

I developed this recipe for peanut butter oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, because basically, it combines all of my favorite cookies into one, which makes things a little easier on an indecisive person like myself sometimes.  To me, they are the perfect oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, with a hint of peanut butter - love them!!

You can make these with the same method found in my Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies tutorial.  Just make sure you add the oatmeal in at the same time you add the flour.  I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

Click here for a printable version of this recipe

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies with Chocolate Chips

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 Tbsp. oil
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/4 cup flour
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Combine together all ingredients except the flour, oatmeal, and chocolate chips.  Beat together for at least 5 minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl occasionally, to allow the sugars to begin to dissolve into the butters.  Add flour and oats and mix well.  Add chocolate chips and stir until incorporated throughout the dough.  Drop by tsp onto ungreased baking sheets and bake at 375 F for about 10 minutes until the edges are lightly browned.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Etched Toothbrush & Toothpaste Holders

I recently made my  two oldest boys some personalized toothbrush and toothpaste holders for their bathroom.  I have found that whenever I personalize something for them, they seem to get more of a sense of ownership over it and tend to do a lot better about putting things back in their proper places.  So, when I was completely frustrated with toothbrushes and toothpaste being constantly strewn all over the bathroom, I decided a little personalization might be in order.

I picked up some of these square class containers at the dollar store and etched them with their initials.  Glass etching is really easy, but if you have never tried it, this is a good tutorial to get you started. 

I was initially worried about glass containers in a kids bathroom, but so far, so good.

I love how it is simple and subtle, but still easy for the boys to tell where to return their toothpaste and toothbrush when they are finished.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Super Easy Magnetic Chalkboard Tutorial

Today, I am going to share the easiest method, ever, for making a cute magnetic chalkboard. This process, is pretty self-explanatory, but I snapped a few pictures along the way, just in case there were any questions.

First, you need the following:

Magnet Board (I used this one from Ikea)

Painters Tape

Chalkboard Spray Paint - I am including an affiliate link below to the product I used.

Line up the edge of the painters tape, along the edge of the magnet board and apply on all edges.

Then cover the exposed sides with more painters tape to protect from overspray.

Press the edge of the tape down on the magnet board with your fingers and then run the back of a spoon along the edge to seal it as well as possible.

Take the prepared board outside, or to a well-ventilated area and spray paint it with the chalkboard paint.  Follow the directions on the can for best results.  I needed to do three coats for even coverage.

Let the paint dry and then remove the painters tape.  Now you have a nice little frame around the chalkboard surface.  Resist the urge to start using your chalkboard right away.  Let the paint cure for 24 hours.

Now, prime the chalkboard surface by running the edge of a piece of chalk over the entire surface.  Then erase the chalk and your chalkboard is ready for use.

I also used this method to make a magnetic chalkboard menu for my kitchen.

The only difference is I used one of the silver magnet boards and wider painters tape to make the frame.  Then I added white vinyl lettering.  It turned out cute and is such a nice addition to our kitchen, that we are all enjoying.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

The Basket Case Quilt - At Last

I am finally producing the pictures of my finished Basket Case quilt.  I kept forgetting to have my husband hold it up for me when he was around, so I could get a picture. Today, I finally just had my nine-year-old hold it.  Therefore, these aren't the best pictures, but they give you the basic idea.  I think it turned out sooooo cute.

I used the Basket Case Pattern from Cluck Cluck Sew.  I love Allison's blog and all of her patterns.  I have already made several, I have one in progress, and I have a few more of her patterns, just waiting for me to get around to making them.  I think what I love most about Allison's patterns is that most of them are boy friendly, and that can be hard to find.  They are also super easy to read, and most of them come together quickly.

One more plug for Allison - she is sooooo nice.  The first time I ordered a pattern from her, there was a problem with the delivery (which was 100% my fault).  I was so nervous about contacting her for help, since I felt so stupid about my mistake, but she could not have been nicer.  She helped me out right away and made me feel like she had done the same kind of thing tons of times - even though I am sure she hadn't.

The fabric is a Ruby (by Bonnie & Camille) jelly roll that I had purchased on clearance at a fabric store that was going out of business. (How totally lucky is that?!!)  I love all of the fabrics and I love how it turned out.

Monday, July 1, 2013


I have been absent from blogland for the past couple of weeks, due to the fact that we took a trip to see my family that lives 10 hours away.   It was so great to get back to my hometown and to see my parents and siblings, some extended family, my 94-year-old grandmother, and some dear high school friends again.

While I was there I had my latest quilt quilted.  It is soooo cute.  I will get it bound and show it off in its entirety soon.

Until then, I have a lot of unpacking and laundry to do.
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