I have decided that people who don’t have babies who need naps can be surprisingly smug.
It’s like they forget where they came from, honestly.
They’re all, “wanna do lunch?” and I’m all, “Cantsies, the baby naps at 11:30″ and I swear they look at me like I grew two heads.
(which incidentally, there are times I believe I might be SMART enough to need housing for two brains, but that’s a whole other post)
Helllooooo…baby naps are a thing.
THE MOST IMPORTANT THING. They trump lunches, trips to the mall, play dates, hurricanes or serial killers on the loose.
Baby Napping > ALLTHETHINGS
Today at dinner we were talking about hobbies and my husband was like, “you don’t really do things outside the house”.
Like I’m a Hobbit or something? Or maybe that’s a hermit because Hobbits have A LIFE.
Anyways. I was all, “What do you mean?? I have TONS of hobbies. At home. BECAUSE THE BABY NEEDS NAPS.”
People just don’t get it. Even when they LIVE with the baby, they don’t get it.
If the baby doesn’t nap, she hates her life.
If she hates her life, I hate my life.
Very simple math. I don’t get what is SO HARD.
Wanna know what IS hard?
Adding up all the minutes that it takes to drive to my errands, do the errands, get home, feed the baby, and lay her down so that it totals no more than three hours, maximum.
THAT IS A LOT OF NAP MATH.
And if we are being honest, I have been known to drop the least important errands from the list when things were taking longer than planned (now you know why I never have stamps). See? Who says I’m not flexible!!
Also, sometimes babies think that ten minutes of dozing in the car counts as a nap and that is the WORST THING EVER.
TEN MINUTE CAR CATNAP > ALLTHEBADTHINGS
This is why errands have to be executed quickly and with flawless precision — go one minute over and you are facing the catnap that will destroy your entire day.
YOUR ENTIRE WEEK!!
Okay not really.
Anyways, naps are important. I don’t go places. Sue me. The end.
I DO, however, do a ton of baking (one of those “at home” hobbies my husband was referring to).
One of my very most favorite cookies has always been Oatmeal Butterscotch. I’ve been trying to come up with a way to put a fun twist on them for FOREVERRRR and I finally found it!!
I added toasted coconut to chewy oatmeal cookies and filled them with butterscotch frosting.
The frosting is made with butterscotch chips and sets up with a fudge-like consistency, so they are great for packing in lunches — no mess.
These are seriously some of my favorite cookies ever and SO perfect and cozy for Fall!!
- 14 TBS (1 3/4 stick) salted butter, slightly softened
- 1 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 3 cups quick oats
- 2 cups sweetened shredded coconut, toasted and cooled (see notes)
- 11 oz bag butterscotch chips
- 6 TBS salted butter
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 4-5 cups powdered sugar
- In a large bowl, combine oatmeal, flour and baking soda. Set aside.
- In the bowl of your mixer, beat butter and dark brown sugar on high speed until fluffy, 2 minutes. On medium speed add eggs, one at a time, beating after each and scraping sides of bowl as needed. Add vanilla. With the mixer on low, slowly add flour/oat mixture until blended. Using a large wooden spoon, fold in toasted coconut. Cover bowl and let dough chill -- preferably overnight, but at least a few hours so the dark brown sugar and toasted coconut flavors can mingle ;)
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Using a large cookie scoop, scoop dough 2 inches apart. Bake for about 10 minutes or until edges of cookies just start to turn golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool on baking sheet for a couple of minutes before removing to rack to cool completely.
- Prepare frosting:
- In a large microwave safe bowl, heat butterscotch chips and butter, stopping to stir every 20 seconds until melted and smooth. Scrape mixture into mixing bowl and beat with heavy cream on medium high speed until smooth and combined. With the mixer on low, slowly add FOUR cups of the powdered sugar -- you want the frosting smooth and spreadable but NOT runny. If not thick enough, add the rest of the frosting 1/4 cup at a time until desired consistency is reached.
- ALTERNATELY -- if frosting appears too THICK, add a bit of cream, 1 TBS at a time until desired consistency is reached (smooth and spreadable but NOT runny).
- Spread flat side of cookie generously with frosting and top with flat side of another cookie.
- If frosting starts to set in the bowl, give it a few stirs and it will be fine.
Makes about 15 large sandwich cookies
To toast coconut, place in a cold pan on the stovetop. Turn burner heat to medium low and stir coconut constantly until golden brown. Remove from heat and place on a large plate to cool.
I hope you love these — they taste so cozy like Fall!!
Enjoy and have a great Monday!!