on cooking

so despite my self-professed dislike of all things kitchen, today i found myself in a foodie mood, so i made several dishes that all turned out delicious! i thought i'd share.

first, for breakfast, pumpkin oatmeal, from my sister-in-law shelley. scrumptious!
to a bowl of hot oatmeal add a heaping spoonful of pumpkin puree and top with brown sugar, pecans and milk. very, very easy and so delicious!

for lunch, chicken salad, recipe courtesy of my friend bekah.
i shredded two cooked chicken breasts and added mayo, diced celery and red onion, chopped apple, dried cranberries, chopped pecans, garlic powder and salt. YUMMO! i have been singlehandedly working my way through the leftovers (and a container of lemon hummus, what can i say) throughout the day today.

this afternoon i made peanut butter balls with the kids from a recipe i made as a kid out of a really old kids' cookbook! the fact that i find them as addicting as the kids is probably not a good thing.
mix 1/2 c. peanut butter, 1/4 c. coconut, 2.5 tbsp. dry milk, 2 tbsp. raisins, and 2 tbsp. honey in a bowl. form into balls and roll in wheat germ or sesame seeds and refrigerate. seriously? these are really good. it may be partly due to the fact that i made and ate them a lot growing up, so.... you like what you grew up on, right? anyway, whatever it is, they are scrumptious.

and when i was done with the pb balls i decided since i had the coconut and sesame seeds out i should whip up a big batch of granola. i LOVE homemade granola! so that's in the oven now, and i'll probably be eating it for dinner (i'm making omelets for the kids; dan has a late meeting tonight.)

hmm. i'm thinking maybe i should reconsider my dislike of cooking? it's just so... annoying... to have to cook dinner, every night. year after year after year. not that i'm complaining, cause seriously, i never do (not about having to cook at least!) i'm just thinking that it might account for my dislike of it.

anyway, let me know if you try any of these recipes, and what you think! <3


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