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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

What good is a delicious dinner without a delicious dessert?!  I let Craig choose Saturday’s dessert, and he chose peanut butter chocolate chip cookies.  A great choice, I must say!

As someone who absolutely LOVES any chocolate and peanut butter combination, I think it’s pretty dang hard to go wrong with any peanut butter chocolate chip cookie recipe.  Still, this is the one I used, and they turned out spectacularly!

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or marine, softened
1/2 cup chunky or smooth peanut butter (I went with smooth since the chocolate chips would add texture, anyway.)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1 egg
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375°.  Cream the butter, peanut butter, and sugars until light.  Add the egg, and mix until fluffy.  Blend the flower, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together.  Mix these dry ingredients into the butter mixture.  Mix in the chocolate chips.  Drop cookie dough by overflowing teaspoons onto a lightly greased cookie sheet.  Bake for 9-12 minutes at 375°.  Let them cool long enough that you won’t scald your mouth, and enjoy!




Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken

To my excitement, this weekend was one of very few since Craig’s and my marriage that it was really just us and Jada.  No company in town and no traveling.  While we love seeing our family and friends, it’s nice to get a little down time every now and then so we can take a deep breath and simply enjoy each other’s company.  Of course, a weekend alone never really means a weekend alone, as Craig’s med school studies are absolutely determined to be our third wheel everywhere we go, but we know that’s just the way it’s going to be for quite some time.

Craig had to be up before 7:00am on Saturday to get an early start on studying before the Gamecocks game, so I decided to get up with him and make myself productive, as well.  While I did not get nearly as much cleaning done as I had hoped, I did get the chance to try a new slow cooker recipe: Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken!

I found one version of this recipe at Slow and Simple, and I think what made me want to try it is the interesting combination of ingredients.  I really did not know what to expect, but I was excited to try something new!  I made a few changes based on reviews and to suit Craig’s and my taste.  Craig and I both thought it was pretty good.  We enjoyed this chicken over rice and with some broccoli on the side.  It has a bit of a tangy taste to it, and maybe a tiny bit of a kick.

2-4 chicken breasts – whatever suits your family’s needs (We used 4 so we could have leftovers.)
1 cup packed brown sugar
2/3 cup vinegar
1/4 cup lemon-lime soda (We used Sprite.)
2-3 Tbls minced garlic
2 Tbls soy sauce
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1+ cups cornstarch

Place chicken in crock pot.  Combine everything else, except the corn starch.  Mix well, and then poor over chicken.  Cover crock pot and cook on low for 6-7 hours.  I cooked it for 6 1/2 hours and then turned the crock pot to warm while I prepared everything else.  I’ll probably try to cook it for closer to 6 hours next time.  Remove the chicken and add cornstarch crock pot to thicken the juices to your liking.  Mix well, and then poor the juice over the chicken and rice (if you have it with rice) and enjoy!

Now all I have to do is wait!

Dinner time!

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