PB & J Thumbprint Cookies with NaturallySweet California Raisins

{Disclosure: The following post is a part of a paid promotion between The Healthy Aperture Blogger Network and California Raisins. I did receive California Raisins for recipe development.  Opinions expressed are my own.}

It’s a beautiful thing when the PB&J sandwich goes all cookie on us.

PB&J Thumbprint Cookies-4
I really think cookies are the real identity for the PB&J combo.  Sandwich-Smamwich.  It just took PB&J a while to find itself.  But now it has and it’s never looked better.  You can’t look bad as a cookie.  You just can’t.

I think everyone goes through a phase after elementary/middle/high school where they are completely burnt out on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  One too many soggy school lunch sandwiches.  I gave myself a palate cleanse from the nutty & sweet sandwiches for about 8 years after high school.  Now I’m like bring me all the gourmet-style peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  I want fancy, whole grain bread with fancy, no sugar added nut butter and fancy, cherry jelly. 

And I don’t want a little tiny scoop of nut butter on the sandwich either…there needs to be a healthy slather.  And that is the ultimate key to creating a PB&J sandwich that completely crushes it…. 

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Minty Kale Limemade Mocktail-13

Minty Kale Limeade Mocktails

{Disclaimer: This post was written for Williams-Sonoma Juice Week.  I was not compensated for my time and do not benefit from you buying a juicer.} I made us a wannabe boozy drink with kale. I’ve never really been that big on juicing.  Occasionally I’ll pick up an $8 cold-pressed juice from here, being sure to… 

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Homemade Sprinkles

Homemade Sprinkles with Fruit & Veggie-based Food Coloring

I’m here to bring funfetti to every part of your life.  Sprinkles bring sparkle to life.  Truth. So obvi I’m attracted to anything that says ‘funfetti.’  Because I want a sparkly life.  I have this whole list of things I can’t wait to funfetti-ize.  First up were funfetti deep dish chocolate chip cookies.  But then… 

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What I Ate This Week.

This was our first full week back after vacation.  After being away and eating vacation food, I feel like I have to wean myself off wanting to eat out every single night.  To cope, I’ve been chai tea-ing so hard lately.  Can’t get enough! Monday: Breakfast for dinner! Scrambled ricotta eggs with roasted brussels and… 

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Spinach & Tomato Lasagna

I love food with layers. Especially cheesy food with layers.  GIMME.  But I’m also up for some chocolate filled layered granola bars. I made this lasagna last Sunday night and was super pumped that it made a ton.  I figured we could eat it for dinner at least twice during the week which meant one… 

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Asparagus Toast-5

Asparagus Gruyere Toasts with Crispy Leeks & Poached Eggs

Today we eat fancy toast. It’s still just toast though, so eating with your hands is encouraged.  There are some things that are just wrong to eat with a fork.  Toast is one of them.  Pizza is the other. So I’m developing quite a thing for asparagus.  I even ate it for lunch this week… 

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Chewy Coconut Oat Granola Bars Stuffed with Chocolate Date Caramel

It’s like a granola cookie sandwich stuffed with chocolate caramel.  Oh so reminiscent of an ice cream sandwich, except minus the ice cream and cookies.  But the sandwich part is dead on.  It’s the granola bar of all granola bars.  And it’s chewy, which is the mark of anything delicious.  Except for like crispy, fried… 

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Rehoboth Vacation 2014-2

Vacation (…via iphone)

We spent last week in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.  Andrew’s grandparents built a house there in the 70s.  Growing up Andrew’s family would go visit every year…so now I get to go.  Yay marriage. Mornings typically stated off with a light breakfast of toast topped with nut butter (cashew or almond) and banana slices or a… 

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Homemade Chai Tea Latte-4

Homemade Chai Tea Latte

This is Christmas in a cup. But it’s only August…which makes this drink untimely.  Whatevs. I was still surprised when I tried this and it actually tasted like a chai tea latte.  It tasted like I had just gone through the Starbuck drive-thru…but I hadn’t.  All I had to do was seep some spices, most… 

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