Have you ever noticed that one of the first questions people ask upon meeting for the first time is “What do you do?” Most of us spend more than half of our time at work, so I suppose it makes sense that we all seem to be so interested in others’ jobs. I used to think this is a question we asked only as adults because work is such a center of adult life. However, looking back, I can remember “what we do” defining us even in childhood. Growing up, I was always “the girl who sang.” Church choir, show choir, my parents back yard, you name the place, I was probably singing. This is funny to me now because the girl I am today barely even sings in the shower. But back then, singing was an integral part of who I was, yet today it is kind of a distant memory. Later on I became “the girl who runs” thanks to the many miles I logged and the number of times I heard “hey! I saw you running yesterday…” And though I still love to run, I have cut back a bit on the miles I log each week. But the identity that I have carried around with me the longest is “the girl who bakes.” Baking has been something I have loved for as long as I can remember, but my love of baking has evolved over the years. The other day at the gym, someone came up to me and asked if I was “the girl from the cooking website.” This stranger had somehow stumbled upon this little blog of mine and recognized me. I responded rather awkwardly, as it is still hard to believe that anyone besides my own mother even reads this site. Yet there I was, talking to someone who happened upon one of my recipes from a few years back. It startled me a bit because I haven’t really been “the girl who blogs” in a while. It’s been a while since I’ve felt the urge to write on my little space on the internet. And though I still identify as “the girl who bakes” it has been a while since I’ve had the time. And I miss it dearly. I miss covering my kitchen in butter and flour and sharing the delightful result with my loved ones. I miss the look my husband gives me when he is tasting a recipe that he deems “a keeper.” And though I may not have as much time to devote to this little blog as I did back in college, I miss sharing my kitchen mishaps and triumphs. So even though it’s been a while…I’d like to think I’m still “the girl who blogs”. Even though I’ve had a long absence from my little space on the internet, I hope to share more recipes and stories going forward.
Below is one of my favorite new recipes for a quick and healthy snack. I typically make a batch of these on Sunday afternoons to pack in lunches throughout the week. Enjoy!
Ingredients: Makes 18 cookies
- 1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter (I used Meijer Brand Natural Crunchy PB)
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup raisins
- Place all ingredients in a large bowl and mix until well combined
- Place tablespoons on a lightly greased cookie sheet
- Bake t 350 for 10-15 minutes (cookies should be dry to the touch)