Friday was my husband’s birthday.
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. 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!
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 ). 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.
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. 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!
Ah … now that’s better!!
These cookies turned out so good. Sweet and soft and just like Cheri makes.
So now you want the recipe, right? Well you’ll just have to come back tomorrow for it. I know … I’m such a cookie tease!
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!
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?
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? 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!!
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. 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!
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!