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Chewiest Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies EVER!

One thing we love is trying new cookie recipes. We have tried many different ones over the years, but this is still my favourite go to for a delicious, chewy oatmeal chocolate chip cookie! They are always a huge hit wherever we take them and I'm always being asked for the recipe... so here it is for me to share with you! 

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This recipe is great for the kids to help out with and I love taking the cookies camping, to parties and picnics and I've made them for birthday parties and playdates with my kids and also for a great afternoon snack. Ok...I'm not going to lie either, but I've made them for a late night snack too when I've been craving them. Believe me when you make these you will totally understand! 

We enjoy them the best with the milk chocolate chips, but you could make them with the dark ones or the white ones and they would be great! I've also debated on trying them with raisins or craisins but I'm afraid to play around with the recipe too much. lol. 

Here's what you need to make them:

  • 1 cup of butter
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 3 cups of oats 
  • 1 1/2 cups f sliced almonds
  • 1 bag of chocolate chips
  • 1/2 bag of sliced almonds 

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. 

First thing you will need to do is cream together the butter and the sugars. We use our Kitchenmaid mixer as the kids really like to use it, but you can just use a hand beater as well. 

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Then add your eggs and vanilla and mix them in until creamy and mixed in completely. 

In a separate bowl, sift the flour, salt and baking soda. Add to the creamed mixture and mix completely. 

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Then add your chocolate chips and any other ingredients you want to add (i.e. craisins, raisins, etc.)  and your almonds. 

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The trick to these cookies is when you go to place them on the cookies sheet. They are gooey and messy and can be a bit tricky to place. I typically like using a spoon and "plopping" them on the tray. I have tried rolling them and they don't work out as nicely.  

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Cook in the oven for 8-10 minutes. 

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Make sure you take them out when they are light brown and not dark brown as they will become too hard if they are overcooked. 

Let cool and enjoy! If you're looking for other recipes, check out our Baking section HERE

Easy to Make, Chewy Chocolate Chip Squares

This time of year is so busy and let's be honest, we don't have a ton of time to do hours and hours of baking. This year, my mom and I did our annual baking and I thought I would try a new recipe that turned out AMAZING! 

Chewy Chocolate Chip Squares

Here's what you need:

  • 1 (6 ounce) package Skor English toffee bits
  • 1 box of Ritz crackers 
  • 1 (14 fluid ounce) can Eagle Brand Condensed Milk
  • 1 cup chocolate chips or pecans (for topping)

This recipe calls for you to make it in a small 8 or 9" glass pan, but I decided to make it on a cookie sheet and spread it out and was I ever glad I did! They turned out so chewy and gooey good! Here's how to make them:

  1. Crush the Ritz into fine crumbs and put in mixing bowl.
  2. Add 3/4 of the Skor bits and the can of Eagle Bran milk.
  3. Mix well.
  4. Spray cookie sheet with Pam. Spread mixture onto the cookie sheet.
  5. Cook at 350 degrees for 8 minutes (no more).
  6. Sprinkle the remaining Skor bits and whatever topping you choose (I used chocolate chips but not too many of them) 
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7. Make sure you cool off completely before cutting into squares or they will fall apart.

They are SO yummy! Do you have a favourite recipe? Head on over to our Facebook page and let us know what it is. 

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Reindeer Treats - Perfect for a Class or Christmas Party

Last year we made these adorable Christmas treats for my son's classroom! They were easy to make, the boys enjoyed helping and let's face it...they are simply adorable!

Here's what you will need:

  • Square Pretzels
  • Regular Pretzels
  • Rolo Candys
  • Red and Green Smarties (or M & M's)
  • Candy Eyes
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Place parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Lay out the square pretzels and place two roles on top of them. 

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Place them in the oven on broil and watch them as they get soft and melted just a LITTLE! Make sure you watch them and don't overcook them. Take them out of the oven.

Before they cool completely, place the normal pretzel on top of the rolos and push them down so as the chocolate hardens, it will hold the pretzel in place. Then push the Smartie down as well so it makes the reindeer's nose. 

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Next add the eyes but be sure not to push them down to hard or they will get covered in chocolate...speaking from experience on that one! ;) 

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These are perfect for a class party, a Christmas potluck, staff party's or the bus driver! Put them in a tin or a fun Christmas bag and they are super cute.  I can't wait to share with you what we have up our sleeves this year! 

Monkey'in Around

Here are some fun ideas on how to incorporate a full theme into your weekend fun and what better theme than monkeys?!

 
 

I thought it would be fun to have a full theme so that you can incorporate some crafting, games, a recipe and a printable!  

 
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Such a fun little craft to do on a rainy day!

Materials required:

  • - toilet paper tube
  • - brown paper
  • - beige paper
  • - yellow paper
  • - pipe cleaner
  • - glue
  • - scissors

 Here's how to make this cute little craft:
1.  Wrap the toilet paper roll in brown paper and glue. Cut out legs and arms in strips of brown paper. Accordion fold them. Glue them to the back of the body.
2. Cut out mouth, eyes, ears and tummy in beige paper.
Draw eyes, nostrils and mouth.
3. Cut out banana and glue to one hand.
4. Curl pipe cleaner and glue to the back of the body.

 
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Monkey Banana Bread Recipe

This is a family favourite with my little monkeys!
Items Required:

- 1 ¾ cup flour

- 2 tsp. baking powder

- ¼ tsp baking soda

- ½ tsp salt

- 1/3 cup butter

- 2/3 cup sugar

- 2 eggs (1 at a time)

- 1 1/2 cup bananas (4 bananas)

Combine dry ingredients in one bowl. Mix well. Mash bananas in another bowl. Combine butter, sugar, eggs with the bananas. Add dry mix. Mix well. Bake at 350 for 55-60mins.

Activity:

Monkey See, Monkey Do...Everything I do, You Do Too Activity!

This is a game for 3 or more players. But the more players you have, the more funny and exciting it is to play!

Here's how to play the game:

One player is the guesser, one is the monkey and the rest follow the monkey.

Decide which player will be the guesser. That player leaves the room.

Have the guesser leave the room. The remaining players then decide who will be the monkey.

The other players have to do whatever the monkey does. If she scratches her head, the rest of the players have to scratch their heads. The guesser tries to figure out who is the monkey. The monkey should try not to get caught changing the action. If the monkey gets caught, then she becomes the next guesser.

Here's another fun little acticity for your little one to enjoy! Click on the photo and download the file or right click on the photo and print! 

Best Ever....Banana Crumble Muffins

Who doesn't love Banana muffins?! Not only are they a great snack but they are an easy school lunch option as well. I love making this recipe as mini muffins as the kids can't get enough!  Here is my recipe for Banana Crumble Muffins!

What you will need:

-1 1/2 cup All purpose flour

-1/3 cup Butter (salted or unsalted - also melted)

-1 tsp Baking Soda

-1 tsp Baking Powder

-1/2 tsp Salt

-2 Bananas Mashed

-3/4 Sugar

-1 egg lightly beaten

Streusel:

-1/3 cup brown Sugar

-2 tbsp flour

- 1/8 tablespoon

-1 tbsp butter

 

Instructions:

Mix Flour (1 1/2 cup), baking sod and baking powder and salt.

 

 

In another bowl mix bananas, sugar, egg and butter (melted).

 
 

Mix together.

 

Spoon into cups then mix streusel and sprinkle!

 

I promise you the kids will keep coming back for more!! Enjoy! :) 

 

Now, the key is to grab one,  make yourself a coffee and enjoy!!!