Chewy Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies

What cookie takes you on a trip back to childhood?  

What cookie whisks you back to flour coated faces, sticky fingers, and snatching barely cooled straight-out-of-the-oven-still-too-hot-to-eat cookies?

butterscotch oatmeal cookies

One bite of an Oatmeal Scotchie sends me straight back to my Granny’s kitchen.  Straight back to fighting with my brothers over pouring, stirring, mixing, spoon licking, and being Granny’s favorite.  Straight back to the sound of my parents contented laughter floating in from the family room, the smell of Granddaddy’s favorite burnt toast and buttermilk breakfast,  the sound of the cuckoo clock whirring and clicking, and the feeling of home.

What you have to understand here, is that I’m not looking for the perfect oatmeal cookie.  I don’t want fluffy, beautiful perfection.  I don’t care about golden, fluffy, pretty, chewy, oatmeal cookie perfection.

I want the cookie of my childhood; the cookie of perfect afternoons, of hazy golden memories.  The cookie that the 5 year old, 12 year old, 16 year old, 25 year old, 36 year old me remembers, craves, and knows.  The cookie that is perfection because of it’s imperfection.  It is deliciousness personified with it’s crisp caramelized edges, the chewy exterior, the soft butterscotch filled, vanilla tinted, brown sugar infused cookie of years past.
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fajita grilled chicken with buttermilk avocado ranch dressing

Homemade Avocado Ranch Dressing {and a salad to go with it}

Have you ever been out to eat, tasted something, and decided it’s absolutely something you must have in your life – as often as possible? That’s how it was for us the first time we had the Avocado Ranch Dressing. There’s something about avocado ranch.. it’s creamy, rich, cool, tangy.. it’s not your typical ranch,… 

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Being throw in the pool

Mouthwatering Mondays {Week 55}

Happy Monday! Did you have a wonderful weekend? Ours was filled with friends, frivolity, and water! Did you eat anything delicious this week?  I’d love to hear about it, and if you’re looking for inspiration… look no further…

camp invention patent

The Proof is in the Afterwards

Monkey and Princess had a blast at Camp Invention last week. Here’s Monkey getting his very own patent certificate on the last day of Camp Invention. They looked forward to camp every day, they talked about what they would do, what they did, and what they thought they’d invent. They couldn’t wait to tell me… 

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Southern Crawfish Boil

Mouthwatering Mondays {Week 54}

Happy Monday, y’all! Did you have a nice weekend?  We had Laura and her family with us this weekend.  We went to a Crawfish Boil,  ate a LOT of Crawfish, sausage, potatoes, and corn. YUM   Sunday, I introduced them to the Coffee Malt, and while Laura and I sat working on our computers and… 

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My Taste in Music on Pinterest

This Week in Happiness {Week 19}

It’s a new week, let’s talk Happiness! This pin describes my taste in music exactly, and it makes me smile each time I see it.   So much happiness to share with y’all this week. FIRST!  June 6th marked ONE YEAR since my mom finished Chemo & Radiation.  Monday, my mom had surgery for a… 

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Camp Invention Summer Camp Day 1

Summer Camp {Invention}

For my whole life, getting ready for summer camp has meant sunscreen, bug spray, and swimsuits. Not a one of those came in to play while getting my kids ready for Summer Camp this past weekend. We did, however, poll the neighbors asking if they had any electronics that the kids could cut the cords… 

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Honey Lime Glazed Fruit Salad | Honest and Truly

Mouthwatering Mondays {Week 53}

Happy Monday, y’all! Our 2013/2014 School Year ended on Thursday, so it’s officially SUMMER!!!!! The kids start a new camp today, one that involves them taking broken bits and pieces of electronics  with them.  A camp that involves them seeing bits of trash as something with potential.  I can’t wait to see what they come… 

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The first kiss

Mouthwatering Mondays {Week 52}

  Happy Monday, y’all! Nathan and I are celebrating THIRTEEN years of marriage today!   I swear it’s gone by in a blink!!! We have celebrated our anniversary by having lunch at Chipotle, buying Monkey a new bat and special catcher’s mitt, and we’ll cap it off tonight at the baseball field cheering Monkey’s team… 

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Avocado and Caprese Fixings for stuffed Avocados

Caprese Stuffed Avocados with Spicy Balsamic Glaze

What do you do when you have a fresh shipment of California Avocados, some delicious mozzarella, a bursting basil plant, some fresh tomatoes and a craving for something easy and delicious?   You make the most delicious Caprese Stuffed Avocados with a spicy balsamic drizzle, of course!

Camp Invention

Camp Invention Summer Camp Giveaway

With 6 1/2 days of school left – most of the conversations I hear when around other parents start with: “What are y’all doing this summer?”  What Camps are your kids going to this summer?”  “Holy cow I have to plan something for my kids this summer!” The lazy days of summer are all well… 

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The Stars at Night are Big and Bright

Mouthwatering Mondays {Week 51}

Happy Monday, y’all. God Bless and Thank You to each and every one of you who has served our country, loved someone who has served, and to each who has lost someone who has given their life in that service. Thank you.

cooking t'mates on the grill for salsa

This Week in Happiness {Week 18}

“Be an encourager.  The World has enough critics already” ~ Dave Willis One of my favorite things happening this past week has been my delivery of more del campo t’mates {for whom I am a recipe developer}.  I have been blistering and blackening them on my grill for the most ridiculously mouth-wateringly, deliciously, rich, smoky,… 

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Toasted Bacon, Guacamole, Tomato Sandwich on Asiago Cheese Bread

The Ultimate B.G.T {Bacon Guacamole Tomato} Sandwich

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monkey rides a dirtbike

Mouthwatering Mondays {Week 50}

Happy Monday, y’all. Hope you had a tremendous weekend!  Ours was filled with the best volleyball games that Princess has played to date, a volleyball team party, Monkey’s first umpired baseball game, Goonies on the house, burgers on the grill, dirtbike riding, sleepovers, homemade buttercream (adapted from and inspired by I Am Baker’s back to… 

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