Happiness Is…SUMMER BREAK! – Recipe: Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

Happiness is the last day of school.

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The boys were so excited.

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Gabriel wore his class shirt that his class tie-dyed together.

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Ethan wore his Sharpie shirt that I made for him.

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They looked adorable!

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There was sadness, yes.  But, there was so much more joy.

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Ethan’s teacher is such a part of the family now that we know we will see her over the summer break.  Watching what all she has done for my boys just fills my heart with complete joy.  She is truly amazing.  She was meant to be a teacher, and it has been a huge blessing having her in our lives.

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Gabriel’s teacher has a heart of gold.  I just cannot put into words how much she has helped develop our oldest boy into a confident, strong little man.  And, as an added bonus, she is moving to 4th grade next year, so, whether we are lucky enough to get her again or not, we will still be blessed with knowing that she can keep a watchful eye on Gabriel each day.  I honestly cannot describe just how peaceful that makes me feel, as my oldest is making the giant leap up the big stairs next year.

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Ethan’s special education teacher is a neighbor and a friend.  Her house is literally within walking distance, so we know that we will see her this summer, too.

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All of this to say, it was not a day full of good-byes.  It was a day filled with thank-yous, instead.  Thank you for teaching my boys. Thank you for loving my boys.  Thank you for being you.

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As we were making one last celebratory trip down the long hall, the day ended perfectly when we ran into one of my favorite people, Gabriel’s 2nd grade teacher.  We needed just one last picture of a special teacher with a former student….and hopefully a future one, too.

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We ended the day with a little Welcome to Summer party.  As a last minute treat, one of Gabriel’s friends came home with us to celebrate.

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I had them run through the sign to welcome them into our summer journey.

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We had a little picnic, complete with sweet Jenny at Picky Palate’s Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies.  If you have not tried them, you should.  I packaged them up for the teachers, and they loved them.  The boys loved them, too – a perfect treat for a perfect day.

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I am not kidding when I say that these cookies result in complete happiness.  For the recipe, click here.

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It was a great way to begin our next 12 weeks of fun.  What an amazing adventure I hope it will be!

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Happiness Is…Recipe: Reese’s Pieces Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Happiness is Friday.  Always.

Happiness is 8 1/2 more day of school until Summer Break.

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Happiness is making our Summer Fun List.  I have started a Pinterest board, and I plan to make a complete list this weekend.

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Happiness is a colorful playscape.

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Happiness is watching my littles at the lake/tank.

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Happiness is cookies, especially when it is a good combination of chocolate chip, peanut butter, and Reese’s Pieces candy.

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When I saw this recipe by Brown Eyed Baker, I could not quit thinking about them all day. By mid-afternoon, I had sent Michelle a tweet letting her know that my cookies were in the oven.  For the recipe, jump on over to Brown Eyed Baker.  Needless to say, these cookies made us all so very happy.

Have a happy weekend!

I linked up at the following:

TidyMom for I’m Lovin’ It

Alli ‘n Sons for Sweet Tooth Friday

 

 

Happiness Is…Recipe: Peanut Butter S’Mores Cookies

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Happiness is Friday.  After a week of state assessment tests for my oldest boy, getting up earlier to cook a real breakfast, and worrying about making sure that he was not worried about anything, I am so ready to rest and unwind this weekend.

Happiness is watching my oldest boy play his last soccer game of the season on Saturday.

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Happiness is watching my littles enjoy some milk and cookies after school.

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Happiness is watching my littles catch butterflies.

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Happiness is getting ready for Cinco de Mayo next weekend.  Yes, we celebrate it.  It is a tradition, and we love it.

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Happiness is looking at delicious food on Pinterest and then realizing that I wanted to create something of my own after seeing so many amazing s’mores recipes this week.  For some reason, it occurred to me that peanut butter would be a perfect addition to a s’more.  So, I decided to use that idea and create Peanut Butter S’Mores Cookies using my favorite Peanut Butter Cookie recipe.  The result….amazing deliciousness.  They were a little bit crunchy, a little bit chewy, a little bit chocolatey, and a lot peanut buttery.  We had them Thursday after school, and I can honestly say that they made us very, very happy.

Peanut Butter S’Mores Cookies

Peanut Butter S’Mores Cookies

Ingredients

1/2 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

1/2 tsp vanilla

1 1/4 cups flour

3/4 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

8 graham crackers

1 cup marshmallows

1/4 cup chocolate chips

20 Hershey's Kisses

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Prepare cookie sheet by lining it with parchment paper.
  3. Cream butter and sugars.
  4. Mix in the peanut butter.
  5. Add the egg and vanilla, continuing to mix together.
  6. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt.
  7. Slowly add the flour mixture to the peanut butter mixture, until combined.
  8. Add the graham crackers, and mix until crushed into the dough mixture.
  9. Add the marshmallows, chocolate chips, and Hershey's Kisses, and gently mix until just combined.
  10. Using a cookie scoop, scoop out a small scoop, roll into a ball, and gently push down onto the cookie sheet. This dough is slightly crumbly, so you will want to make sure that you slightly pack the dough into a ball before pushing it down, to make sure that the cookie stays together well.
  11. Bake for 10 minutes.
  12. Remove from oven and allow to cool on the cookie sheet before moving to a wire rack to finish cooling.
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Have a happy weekend!

I have linked up at the following:

Cookies & Cups for S’Mores Week Round-Up

Alli ‘n Sons for Sweet Tooth Friday

Tidy Mom for I’m Lovin’ It

Dwell on Joy for Dwell on Friday

30 Days for Pity Party

Whipperberry for Friday Flair