Silver Lining: 15 minutes of calm (+ yummy cookies)

November 17, 2016

15 minutes of calm (+ yummy cookies)

Do you ever feel like you're just a circus master watching the chaos erupt around you in your own home? No, it's just me and my crazy kids? Okay then. Never mind.

We're all alive and well - it's just been a chaotic week with lots of crazy things popping up. Last night I ended up at urgent care with my daughter who had a jelly bean stuck up her nose. I just had to laugh. Kids, man. They don't stick to the master plan.

So here are some pictures from fifteen minutes that were very calm and happy this week. These days, my toddler is happy whenever she gets to help me cook, and the twins are happy whenever they get to sit in their little seats and look around. We've been making lots of simple yummy recipes lately (we're talking this level of simple), and it's fun to get my daughter involved.

Shown here are some sugar cookies and the yummiest salted caramel cookies I've had in a long while. In case you also have fifteen minutes and love everything salted caramel:


1 pouch Betty Crocker Salted Caramel Cookie Mix
1 egg
1 stick butter, softened but not melted
1 package caramels, unwrapped
decorative sugar crystals

1. Preheat the oven to 375.
2. Mix the cookie mix, egg, and softened butter in a bowl.
3. Fold 2Tbsp cookie dough around a caramel to form a ball. Place on greased cookie sheet 2 inches apart.
4. Bake for 9-12 minutes, or until edges are barely starting to brown. Remove from cookie sheet immediately.
5. Add sprinkle of decorative sugar crystals on top. Enjoy!

We got the cookie mixes at Walmart, and at only two bucks each, we consider it well worth our pennies. One day I'll make time for recipes that require sifting flour and clarifying liquids, but for now, these are a great easy treat our family loves.

Please tell me I'm not the only one who's had a crazy week. Good thing we have a nice long holiday weekend coming up! I am SO excited for a few days with no work or school (we'll probably make more cookies).

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