sweet summertime

Cookies! Never disappointing, are they? Actually, that’s not true. I’ve been disappointed by cookies before. But not by these!

That’s right, people. Peanut butter and jelly cookies. They rocked. here’s the recipe.

I did make a few alterations:

1) I used  only creamy peanut butter.  It worked fine, but I think chunky would have added a little something. The oats add a ton of texture, though.

2) As I took these to a family get-together, I let everyone make their own little cookie sandwhich! It was so fun.  I just set up a little buffet: first, the cookies, followed by the peanut butter spread (so delicious!) and gloriously concluded by an array of different types of jam/preserves/jellies. It was so nice for everyone to be involved with the baking process. I’m all about hands-on culinary experiences. I think i just realized that as I typed it.

Moving along, I took a trip to Half-Price Books yesterday. That’s another thing I’m rarely disappointed by.  Book stores. Books themselves, on the other hand, are a different story. I’ve read my share of shabby books, but there’s just something about a book store, I think. Something a little musty, magical, even. Seeing as it’s summer and I have the freedom to read whatever I want (I can’t tell you how excited I am about this, I sang a song to by dog this morning about it, if that gives you any idea), I took the liberty of treating myself to a little childhood indulgence. I bought some of the chapter books I never got to read. Here they are:

1) Matilda – I loved this movie growing up. Not to mention, I adored anything Dahl. BFG, anyone? obsessed.

2) Fantastic Mr. Fox – another Dahl gem.  I didn’t know about this story until Wes Anderson turned it into a claymation masterpiece, absolutely one of my favorite movies of all time.  When I saw this little guy on the shelf, you’d better believe I pounced.

3) The Secret Garden – confession #1: my first imaginary friend was the boy in the wheelchair from this movie. confession #2: he was also my first imaginary kiss, at the top of the stairs.

4) The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – I’m not sure how I missed this one growing up. Better late than never.

5) Pride and Prejudice – I get it, this isn’t a “kids book”.  Whatever. I got it anyway.

I’m also on a literary journey through the classics with the ever-handsome David Noble this summer.  I started Catcher in the Rye a few nights ago.  I read it in high school, but it’s been so fun to relive the life of Holden Caulfield again without the impending test over the details of the novel.

So here’s to summer! Baking, reading, writing, laying in the grass, getting kicked out of Pencey, fireflies and sweet tea! Cheers!

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