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Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Chewies


I know.  You’ve already been to the Well Fed Network.  You’ve scanned the five contendahs in the Best Food Blog: Humor category and you immediately see me.  And then you think, “Wait.  What the heck is she doing there?” and I’d say, “Exactly.”

Because there’s a pretty famous person on that list.  Okay, so even he isn’t winning.  But still.

I’m thinking I can bribe you with cookies — especially because I’m behind on that semi-sort of kind of resolution thing I never really made but have found myself roped in to.  Just because you haven’t seen a cookie here in more than a week doesn’t mean I’ve given up. Oh no.  I’m ready and have cookies waiting in the wings.

I can tell you already, though, that making cookies for my son’s lunch isn’t saving me money.  The routine goes something like this:  It’s Sunday evening (which means last minute, right?) and I think about what ye ol’ larder holds, peruse the unruly contents, then flip open the big cookie book and desperately look for a recipe that doesn’t need butter.  I’m exaggerating a bit, but it has happened, and yes, there are cookie recipes that don’t include butter.  Can you even imagine?  Completely sacrilegious if you ask me.

If I choose the recipe first and then go to the store to shop for the ingredients, I come home with enough groceries to feed half the neighborhood.  This is not cheap. There will never be a day when I “run” to the store only for a pound of butter.  I mean, come on — the grocery store is a far too glittery place. So lunch cookies end up costing a bundle and I might as well get back to purchasing Little Debbies for his lunch.

So I bring you cookies today — cookies made without a trip to the grocery store.  Cookies that didn’t cost me an arm and a leg.  Cookies I’m willing to share to squeeze votes from you, your mailman, your UPS driver, and your distant relatives.


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Banana Chocolate Chip Bars


Somehow, it seems I’ve gotten myself into what appears to be a New Year’s resolution.  Since I’m not one to make resolutions, I guess it chose me by default.  In my attempt to use what we had on hand to cook and bake as much as possible this month, I decided to bake my son some treats to pack in his lunch for school.  My pantry is stuffed, so the possibilities are endless.

If you saw his lunch, you’d argue with me about whether it actually resembled what you or I might call a standard lunch, but it helps put calories in his tall lanky frame until he can come home in the early afternoon to eat another meal before dinner.

He’s fairly accommodating and knew I was going to be cutting back on my habitual trips to the grocery store, so readily agreed to go along with what looks like may become a Monday ritual.  Since I have absolutely no rituals, this should be interesting.

But I’m thinking about it, and like the idea:  1)  I can try many new recipes; 2) I know what ingredients are going into his treats since they’re coming out of my pantry; 3)  it will keep my pantry under control; and 4) I’d like to think it will save some money, but I truly wonder about it.  I’ll have to get out my calculator once in a while to figure it out.

With two weeks down and about 37 to go, I’m two for two, so can’t call my new practice a success yet, but I’ll keep you posted as the year unfolds.

Last week, the Resident Teen enjoyed a batch of Banana Chocolate Chip Bars.  I had some rather sad looking bananas sitting around and instead of putting them in the freezer for another day (and most likely trash day because months would go by before I used them…) I decided they’d go to good use as a lunch treat. 

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