September 10, 2011

Family Reunion + Easy Dinner

by Ashley

Hope you’re all having a fabulous Saturday so far!  We spent the afternoon at a park for a family reunion.  Cody’s aunt and uncle planned it, and it was a great time!  Not to mention, the weather was absolutely perfect.  It was a pretty small group, but nonetheless was a fun day.  Unfortunately, I didn’t capture any photos… I know, absolutely uncalled for! 😉  I think I was too preoccupied with all the cute kids, good food, and playing volleyball!  Regardless of whether I have photos or not, I still feel as though I need to share how it all went! 

We all were asked to bring either a dessert or side dish, and Cody’s aunt and uncle provided sub sandwiches.  I’ve never seen a bigger sub sandwich in my life!  I think it was something like 4.5 feet?!  She said it was from Subway, and it was quite delicious!  We had some cherry tomatoes, Doritos, and watermelon on the side.  I cannot get enough of tomatoes these days.  They’re SO good!  Everyone and their mother (except us) grows them around here too, so they’re all over the place.  I am surely not complaining about it though!  There was some sort of fruit and cream dessert, mini eclairs, donut holes, and my trail mix cookies for dessert.  I enjoyed a small spoonful of the fruit and cream dessert and a donut hole.  (I had plenty of the trail mix cookies yesterday as I was baking them…oops. 😉 ) 

Cody and I had a really enjoyable time getting to visit with family we don’t get to see very often.  Some of Cody’s cousins have kids, and they’re all so adorable.  We also started a round of volleyball which was definitely one of my favorite parts of the afternoon!  I played volleyball in high school and intramural volleyball in college, so I miss it a lot.  When I get a chance to play now, I’ll jump on it.  For the amount of time I haven’t played, I thought I did pretty decent.  I kind of surprised myself! 

We came home, and I was planning on an easy dinner for the evening.  BLTs and sweet potato fries it was!  Delicious + healthy + easy = perfect for tonight.  I used turkey bacon instead of regular bacon, and I used spinach leaves instead of regular lettuce on whole wheat bread.  It was quite yummy and still satisfied us like a good ol’ traditional BLT would. 

For the sweet potato fries, I chopped sweet potatoes into “fries”, placed them on a cookie sheet, sprayed some cooking spray and sprinkled some cinnamon on them, and baked them in the oven for about 30 minutes at 400 degrees.  (I didn’t realize cinnamon could burn, so beware!)   

Obviously I’m still not off of my sweet potato kick… I don’t know if I will ever actually get off of this kick, but that’s okay by me.  🙂 

Good night ya’ll!

September 10, 2011

Trail Mix Cookies

by Ashley

Remember these from yesterday?

Well, as promised, I am going to give you the recipe for these delicious “Trail Mix Cookies” this morning.  Like I said in yesterday’s post, we were asked to bring a dessert to a family reunion picnic today.  I had no idea what to bring to a family reunion picnic!  I was tossing all of these ideas around my head such as a pie, cake, brownies, bars, cookies…  I settled on cookies, but then I couldn’t decide what kind of cookies!  Desserts are always hard for me to just choose one because there’s so many that sound good to me.  (Thanks a lot, sweet tooth.) 

As I was looking in the pantry to figure out which ingredients I already had, I realized we had the basics (flour, sugar, vanilla, etc.) and also raisins, slivered almonds, and peanuts.  I immediately thought of a trail mix combination cookie.  I just needed some M & M’s to add some chocolate and make them look a little colorful.  The end result?  YUM!

Trail Mix Cookies


1 cup (2 sticks) butter – the real stuff!

1 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 eggs

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup M & Ms

1/4 cup slivered almonds

1/4 cup peanuts


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cream softened butter and sugars together.  Add eggs and vanilla; stir well.  In a different bowl, mix together dry ingredients.  Add the dry ingredients to the other mixture; mix well.  Fold in raisins, M & Ms, almonds, and peanuts.  Grease a cookie sheet.  Roll dough in about 1 1/2 inch balls and place on cookie sheet.  Bake for 8-9 minutes.  Makes about 3-4 dozen.

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