First Week of School Cookies

Well, we have almost made it through our first week of middle school.  Eeeekkkk!  How did he get so big?  Each year, we make cookies for the first week of school.  It is a welcomed treat after the first day of school.  Nothing says welcome home like warm cookies and cold milk.  This gives me time to talk about his day and hear about all his adventures.  Also, my kid likes to bring his lunch.  He enjoys having his first week of school cookies in his lunch box.

This year we tried to cram all his favorites into one cookie.  Chocolate chips, M&Ms, peanut butter, and oatmeal made these cookies extra yummy.  Simple and tasted amazing.

Here’s to a great school year and lots of singing and dancing in the kitchen!

Looking Forward,


First Day of School Cookies

½ cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup light brown sugar
½ cup creamy peanut butter
1 t vanilla extract
1 whole egg
¾ cup all purpose flour
¼ t salt
1 t baking soda
1½ cups old fashioned oats
1 cup M & M’s
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a mixer cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Then add in peanut butter.   Add in vanilla and egg. Mix until combined.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt and baking soda.  Add the dry ingredients to the batter.  Mix for a little less than a minute. Do not over mix.  Fold in old fashioned oats, M & M’s and chocolate chips.

Make teaspoons of dough and place on prepared cookie sheets.  I prepare my cookie sheets with parchment paper.   Bake cookies for 11ish minutes or until lightly golden brown and firm on the edges.  Remove from the oven and let set for 3-4 minutes.
Transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
Once completely cooked, keep cookies in an airtight container.  Cookies  (if not all eaten) will last up to a week.



And the class lists are posted….

It is that time of year again. We are rushing around to find that every thing on our school supply lists. Wondering if 4 glue sticks will even last one week? Spending our last days soaking up the end of the summer and getting ready for this year. I wrote this entry last year and it still is so true. As we are preparing for middle school and Mom’s Morning Out (fingers crossed but not holding my breath), I recognize the importance of seeing class lists and teacher assignment’s from all angles.

Sing and Dance in the Kitchen

I was born wanting to be a teacher. By second grade, it was clear that I would teach elementary children. I taught my Cabbage Patch Kids every day after school. That Christmas I asked Santa for a chalkboard, a lesson plan book, real workbooks, and a stool to sit on. (My favorite teacher, Mrs. Thornton, had a stool.)

It was not that long ago, I waited in anticipation for my class list. All of these names with no faces yet. I wrote their sweet names over thirty times all over our classroom. Would they like me? Would I be enough for them? Was I prepared to teach them everything they needed to know?

I had worked all summer preparing our classroom. Spent so much of my own money to get all the final touches my room needed. I wanted my students to love it. This was their home away from…

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