It’s almost the weekend… and Brown Sugar Cocoa Cookies

I mentioned in my “about” section that I work with teenagers.  Most of the time this is really great because they’re amazing and funny and wonderful.  The part I didn’t share is that all the teenagers I work with also have behavioral concerns… and I am the Behavior Specialist.

Some weeks are more challenging than others.  The past two, or three, weeks have been the more challenging side of things.   This has led me to have dreams about living at work, all the kids houses have suddenly moved into my neighborhood and surround my house, and having the kids pop up anywhere I am on my days off.  This is typically a good sign to take a day off.  Hopefully I can schedule one soon.

Anyway, today was no exception to the past couple weeks and I felt every ounce of my patience being utilized.  You can’t work in this field without having an extremely calm head and visceral reactions to keep your mouth shut and look completely unaffected by anything.  I know that in a couple weeks all will likely go back to normal, first just need to get through this little moment.

So tonight I thought I would utilize my off night from the gym to have a relaxing dinner, a glass of wine, and a nothing but silence until NBC Thursday!

Dinner consisted of a spinach salad with bell pepper, olives, sliced almonds, parmesan cheese and homemade vinaigrette dressing.  I also made some garlic olive oil and bought my favorite type of bread [Ciabatta].  Paired all that with a nice red wine the sommelier helped me pick out.

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For dessert I had a cookie that I made recently (I’ve been in quite the cookie mood) and it was definitely an enjoyable evening.

Now it’s time to sit back, read a book, and wait for TV shows.  Yep, I’m going to go ahead and spend the night watching TV, which is something I rarely do.  Sometimes you just need to have nothing but watch frivolous TV and do nothing.

 

 Brown Sugar and Cocoa cookies

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup (salted) butter
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp unsweetened cocoa
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ cup (plus a bit more for good measure) white flour
  • ½ cup oats
  • ¼ cup whole almonds (then chopped)
  • 1 scoop whey protein isolate, plain (optional)

Directions: Heat oven to 375degF Cream together the brown sugar, butter and vanilla.  Once that’s mixed beat in the egg until well mixed.  Add the cocoa powder, baking soda, and flour.  Mix together and then mix in the oats and almonds.  Spoon onto cookie sheet and bake for 6 minutes.

These cookies are VERY moist so you can cook them a bit longer if you want.  Though something about them being super chewy is quite wonderful.

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