Happy Birthday, Brandon!

Friday was my husband’s birthday. Smile

When I asked him what fabulous dinner he would like me to make to celebrate, he shocked me with his request for Orange Chicken

Orange Chicken.  A meal made with chicken and the contents of a box bought at Walmart.  I couldn’t decide if his request was sweet because it meant less work for me … or offensive because he chose a meal from a box over all of my other meals … ?

But I know that my husband loves my cooking, so I chose to think it was sweet. Winking smile  Plus I gotta say, the Orange Chicken really is tasty.  You should check it out … it could rival any Chinese takeout I’ve ever eaten!

For dessert, my husband requested his mom’s Oatmeal Cookies.  When he was growing up, Cheri (Brandon’s mom) always made him oatmeal cookies for his birthday, rather than a normal birthday cake.  So now birthdays = oatmeal cookies in Brandon’s mind! Smile

So I got the recipe from Cheri and followed it to the letter … or so I thought …

On Thursday night, I made my first batch.  Brandon wanted to bring them in to work the next day, but he also wanted his own batch of cookies (neither of us like to share our food Smile with tongue out).  So I figured Thursday’s batch could be my “trial” batch (sorry, Brandon’s co-workers), and then if things didn’t go as planned, I could tweak my plan for batch #2. 

So I mixed my batter …


… and added the oats.


Before spooning the dough onto cookie sheets, I froze it for 10 minutes, per Cheri’s instructions.

I baked the cookies for about 13 minutes, and this was the final product:


Um, yeah, Cheri’s don’t usually look like that. Annoyed


They tasted really good, but they spread out big time and got really thin.

Fortunately, some of them still looked good …


… so Brandon’s co-workers still got to enjoy a birthday treat. Winking smile  And they must have liked them, because the plate came home empty!

The next morning, after doing a little research online, I made a couple of slight changes. 


First of all, I was careful not to overbeat the margarine.  I think on Thursday night, I was overly worried that my margarine hadn’t mixed properly with the sugar … so I beat it a little too much.


I also stuck the dough in the refrigerator for two hours.  I went to the gym and did a Bible study while the dough spent plenty of time firming up in the fridge!

The result?


Ah … now that’s better!! Thumbs up


These cookies turned out so good.  Sweet and soft and just like Cheri makes. 

Mission accomplished.

So now you want the recipe, right?  Well you’ll just have to come back tomorrow for it. Smile with tongue out  I know … I’m such a cookie tease! Winking smile

When Brandon got home on Friday night, he found this:


I don’t know which he was more excited about … the cookies or the gifts! Winking smile


His first gift was a new golf hat.  He’s been saying he needed a new one for a while now, so I actually had my mom get him this hat for his birthday.  He really seemed to like it!


His next gift was running socks.  Kinda boring, but also necessary!


He really took his time opening his last gift …


… he was really milking it, huh? Winking smile


I actually tricked him by putting his real gift in an envelope in one of my old shoeboxes.


He was pretty excited about this gift … 2 Ohio State football tickets plus a parking pass.  Am I an awesome wife, or what? Winking smile  We’re both excited to go to this game in a few weeks!

Further evidence that I deserve “Wife of the Year” (joking, of course) … Brandon woke up on Saturday to this:


It was “Sweetest Day,” so I thought he deserved something sweet!! Open-mouthed smile

What’s that?  You’ve never heard of “Sweetest Day?”  Well you aren’t alone … I hadn’t heard of it until I started dating Brandon.

According to Wikipedia: “Sweetest Day is an observance celebrated primarily in the Great Lakes region, and parts of the Northeast United States, on the third Saturday in October.[1] It is described by Retail Confectioners International as an ‘occasion which offers all of us an opportunity to remember our wife, husbands, girlfriends, boyfriends, the sick, aged and orphaned, but also friends, relatives and associates whose helpfulness and kindness we have enjoyed.’ “

I don’t really take this day seriously or consider it a real holiday, but I’m up for any excuse to buy more candy! Winking smile


Question for ya …

What did you do this weekend?

Brandon and I ran 11 miles on Saturday morning, followed by lots of college football and relaxing!

Have you ever heard of “Sweetest Day?”  Do you celebrate it?

What’s your favorite kind of candy?

As you can see from this post, some of Brandon’s favorite are Snickers, Starbursts, and Sour Patch Kids.  I love Snickers, Reese’s Cups, and Jelly Belly! Thumbs up

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11 Responses to Happy Birthday, Brandon!

  1. Kiah

    I actually made oatmeal chocolate chip cookies this weekend…they came out similarly to your first batch. I’m not dedicated enough (or just lazy!) to re-do them after researching the problem…very impressive :-)
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    • notsodomesticated

      Haha I wouldn’t have done them a second time, if it wasn’t for the fact that they were for his birthday! ;)

  2. Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health

    Aw you are so cute!! Brandon is one lucky man :) . And I cannot wait for that cookie recipe…those look awesome! I have heard of sweetest day! But I always forget about it haha.
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  3. Janelle

    You guys are too cute! Those tix are such an AMAZING gift! And 11 miles?? Way to go!
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  4. Sam

    happy birthday to your hubs!! i don’t celebrate sweetest day (although i love the sound of it!). fave candy would be anything chocolate or starbursts.
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  5. Ashley @ Good Taste Healthy Me

    You guys are so cute! Love it!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Haha thanks, Ashley!

  6. janae jacobs

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO BRANDON!! You two are adorable and once again your blog made me hungry! Great job on your awesome run!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Thanks, Janae!!! :)

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