Cinnamon Banana Oatmeal Cookies
After a wonderful week off from school, I am back to the daily grind. During a normal school week, I rarely have time to myself between teaching, working out, and being a barista. By the time Friday comes around, all I want to do is binge watch Orange is the New Black and dip chocolate-covered pretzel sticks in peanut butter. I know that I am lucky to have two jobs, my health, and a supportive boyfriend who keeps me from crumbling into a messy, sobbing pile on the kitchen floor. Between you and me, I work well under pressure and enjoy a challenging routine despite the stress it sometimes causes. So here I am, straddled between teaching, running, and family time; I’m trying hard to enjoy every single minute of it! All I can do is try.
Every week my cousin, Liza, and her baby girl, Amaya, come over for dinner. I love having them over because we get to catch up on the week’s events, and I get to see Amaya’s personality growing week-by-week. She is almost ten months old and her little teeth are starting to emerge. I really can’t handle the cuteness. The best part about their visits is enjoying a meal together as a family. Last night, Liza and Amaya stopped for dinner as I was preparing photos and recipes for the week ahead. Did I mention that I had pies to bake and syrups boiling on the stove? Plus, my mother was trying to get dinner ready. We really need a bigger kitchen! Anyways, I didn’t get the opportunity to share these banana cookies with Liza, but I’m planning on freezing some and saving them for next week.
Cinnamon Banana Oatmeal Cookies–the ultimate comfort food to survive the next few months before spring arrives. These are perfect for sharing and will be gone in the blink of an eye. I’ll mash up some extra banana so Amaya can enjoy this treat with us.
Today is also my favorite Australian Shepherd’s birthday! My baby is two today. I cannot believe how fast the time has gone by. He’s getting very stir crazy inside. It’s difficult to go for a run with Cabott in this cold because 1) I’ll fall on my butt and 2) it’s freezing.
In my defense, I did spoil him with a new bone and toy today. He’s running around the house parading his gifts. My kitchen smells wonderfully comforting as I bake these banana cookies; it’s almost enough to help me forget how cold it is outside.