Our first few years of marriage were absolutely crazy. In the first three years we had 2 kids, moved 4 times, and Mark alone had 4 different jobs. Within two more years we added another out-of-state move, chronic health issues, food allergies/sensitivities, a few more jobs (including a second lay off) and another kid. Did I also mention that when I got married I went from living with my loud crazy huge home school family, in the middle of a super tiny town to living with my husband in a decent sized city in another state? The closest I had ever been to being away from my family previously was visiting my grandmother for a week. Talk about shock mode.
But, there isn’t anything much better at helping you mature than having a major life change every 2 1/2 months on average for the first 5 years of being an adult. The last year has been a bit of a struggle for me because I have not needed to be in survival mode, and so trying to be mom/adult/wife in a different “mode” than I learned to be has been a surprising challenge.
All that aside, the thing that I was really unprepared for though was the decisions. Decisions about everything. How do we budget our money? And what is up with having more than $20/week to my name? When do we want kids? How many kids do we want? I was completely unprepared for how many decisions went into day to day life: managing finances, a home, our time, and being a mother.
Thankfully, I am far more used to the decisions day in, and day out. I am even starting to get used to the decisions involved in starting a home business. But, seriously, sometimes I don’t want to have to decide. This can be a bad thing. Like not deciding what I need at the store before I go. But other times decisions are way over rated. Such as deciding between good things. Somehow, although I have not figured out how, I will be able to wake up early to blog and exercise and still have a snuggly morning in bed with the kids. When I figure this out, I will let you know.
Until then, I can share something that is perfect when I am being indecisive + want it all.
Obviously these do not have it all all. Mint peanut butter ginger snap cookies sounds a bit odd, no? But, they are a combination of my three favorite cookies oatmeal raisin, chocolate chip, and peanut butter. And yes, they were born out of me not wanting to decide between the three.
Peanut butter cookies are fantastic but have the misfortune of not containing chocolate. Oatmeal raisin cookies have the misfortune of looking to much like chocolate chip cookies, which means that the delicious raisins and chewy oatmeal are always a disappointment to me. Chocolate chip cookies have the misfortune of…just about nothing, but they scare me. I just do not know how to make them tasty without butter, eggs and wheat. So, I mixed the three together.
Cookies that are a combo of my three favorites, and saving my decision for more important things.
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- ½ cup low sodium or salt free peanut butter
- ¼ cup arrowroot powder or tapioca starch
- 2 tablespoons golden flax, ground
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 cup gluten free old fashion rolled oats
- ⅓ cup oat flour (grind gluten free oats in coffee/spice grinder, then measure)
- ½ cup plus 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar or sucanat
- 1 tablespoon water
- ⅓ cup raisins
- ½ cup chocolate chips
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- ⅛ teaspoon + a pinch salt (if using salt free peanut butter)
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
- Mix everything together. Use a medium size cookie scoop or tablespoon to scoop out about 18 cookies onto a prepared cookie tray. (I used one ½ size sheet pan + ¼ size).
- Bake the cookies for 10-11 minutes, the outsides should be set.
- Let cool at least a few minutes before eating.
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