Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Life is starting to slow down a bit, and I’m absolutely loving it. We finally got moved to our sweet cottage in the country. I couldn’t be happier. The views and quietness are perfect.



These pictures are from my front door. Gorgeous right? Anyway, to break in our cozy place of course I had to bake something. It had to be comforting, soft and chewy. So I whipped out my family cookbook and went to town on the first cookie recipe I could find.

These are sooo good. I may have had my share already…

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies


1/4 cup softened butter
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 tsp baking soda
1 cup peanut butter
3 cups instant oats
1 to 1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350* In a mixer combine sugars and butter and beat until creamy. Add eggs, vanilla and baking soda. Mix well. Add peanut butter and chocolate chips and mix. Finally add oats and mix until incorporated. Bake for 13 minutes or until lightly brown around the edges.

These would be excellent with a tall glass of milk and your best buddy by your side. I’m waiting for mine to come home from chores!

Love to all- Nicole

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I’m a Basket-case Wife.

You know that moment where you’re so busy and scatter brained that you forget to turn your oven off and it runs all night long? — ooh, that’s just me.

Life has been absolutely crazy. I travel for my town job mostly up to 4 or 5 days at a time, and I’ve been doing that pretty frequently lately.

Wife traveling + Husband harvesting + late harvest + moving to a new house= busy, stressed out family = cry baby Nicole (pssst. That’s me!)

I cry for stupid reasons when I get stressed out. I become the biggest whiner and complainer and cryer. If you see my husband, make sure you give him condolences for having to deal with a basket -case for the past couple days.

Anyway.. We’re moving to the country! I’ve been living in town for almost 4 years now and for me, that’s long enough. I’m ready to get out to some fresh air, quiet, and open sky’s.

There are a few barns on this old farmstead so I’m hoping we can get some laying chickens and some broilers this spring. Also.. I’m thinking we need a dog. :) So, if you know of someone who wants to give a dog a great home to a basket -case wife and a calm, collected husband who live on a farm call me up!

When I was in college and still single I felt like I had it all together. I’ve always been a pretty organized person, always have had all my ducks in a row and if I didn’t I would slightly freak out. By slightly I mean have a full out panic attack and eat a package of Oreos. And lay in bed.

But since I’ve been married I’ve lost it all. My sense of organization has fallen to the wayside and I don’t have panic attacks about it. Or eat a package of Oreos. Or lay in bed. Mostly because I don’t have time to do any of that.

Anyway, I’m not sure what I was planning on writing here. I think I wanted to tell you about us moving because I told you I would earlier.


We finally got back in the field after a week of having to take a break due to rain. Andrew is harvesting soybeans here.

Pictures and moments like this remind me of how blessed I am, aside from the craziness.

How do you handle stress?

Have a good weekend!

Love to all- Nicole

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