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Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies... and Good News!

Posted May 22 2011 12:53pm
Remember how I told you guys I have some exciting news to share with you?  I mentioned it here and here .    

Well, the big news is that I found a NEW JOB, not just any job, but a job that I’m actually happy with.  I’ve been contracting with this firm for about a month now and just last week they approached me about hiring me fulltime.  Open-mouthed smile
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Of course I accepted and this Monday will officially be my first day! 
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Now if you have been following my blog all along, I’m sure you remember how unhappy I was at my last gig that I abruptly quit one day.  Advice for you guys – DON’T DO THAT!  

At the time I questioned myself and wondered if I made the right decision, but deep down I knew that was the right decision for me because it wasn’t the way I wanted to live my life.  I was merely living to work, NOT working to live.  See the difference?  
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The reason I advise you not to abruptly quit is because it is brutal out there.  The Corporate America workforce is not a pretty place for those who want to get back.  I was asked all types of questions by companies and recruiters, such as, why would you quit a firm like that?  You quit without having a backup, why would you do that in this economy?  What have you been doing these past few months?  Do you have any kids?  How are you keeping up with your skills?  You can’t be too picky about location because you don’t have a job! 
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Oh yeah, I was interrogated!  The questions, the remarks, the judgment, the accusations were not easy to hear!  I was hanging out at home, blogging part-time without really making any money, without any kids, or any other major responsibility, so yeah, I was JUDGED by everyone, not just the recruiters, by everyone. 
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Did I care?  Of course, maybe a little, but other times I would shrug it off and be like, “whatever, they are just jealous!”  I’d say that just to make myself feel better.  Surprisingly so, while I was home for 6 months, I barely watched any TV, except maybe Oprah and Ellen during the daytime.  I actually spent a good portion of my time looking for a job, meeting recruiters, improving my blog, cooking, baking, and writing blog posts.  The key was I kept myself busy at least 8 hours a day.
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So if you are thinking about leaving that dreaded job you hate, take it from someone who has been there and done that, you should take some time off for yourself, however make sure you have something lined up before you do cause it ain't easy.  And if you do really want to quit the workforce, make sure you have something productive to do… pursue a passion, go back to school, raise a family, travel, something, because you will be questioned and you better have answers ready.
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As I sit here and reflect back on the last 6 months, I have my husband to thank for the immense support he has given me.  Each weekday he would wake up at 6:30 AM, get ready, and go to work, while I would sleep in till 10 AM, sometimes 11 AM, and well, sometimes even 12 PM!  Yes, I loved my life, and enjoyed every sleeping minute of it.  Smile
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He provided for me while I pursued my passion - blogging.  What I appreciated most was he believed in me when I doubted myself.  He encouraged me on days when those “mean” recruiters would tear me apart.  There were days I left some "Wall Street Technical Interviews" in tears because they made me feel inadequate.

And every time on my way home I would buy myself a pretty cupcake from a NYC bakery in the hopes of consoling myself temporarily, but it was my husband who did the real consoling.  He told me it was okay to not know something, to just brush up on those skills, to turn it around and tell them what I DO know, and be CONFIDENT.  Many times the name of the game is confidence, it's not what you know or don’t know.
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Regardless of what I do know or don’t know, I’ll tell you this, I am very fortunate to have had 6 months off and was able to pursue a passion of mine.  By doing so I realized blogging is a very fulfilling hobby of mine, but I honestly missed my career in technology.  In the meantime, I want to work, I want to earn my own money until my blog becomes a realistic career, and I want the social interaction.
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I’m also very fortunate to have found a job in this economy, not just any job, but a job with a fun and vibrant company.  A company whose philosophy is living life rather than simply existing.  Getting to this destination definitely took a lot of work, effort, tears, and cupcakes on my part.  Smile  Luckily though, I didn’t put on more than a couple pounds. 
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And a big thanks to my hubby, VS, for his love and support, and for whom I baked these Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies without nuts, he hates nuts!
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NUTRITION: Although these cookies are high in fat, they do contain high amounts of Protein from the Peanut Butter and Whole Wheat Flour/Oats.  They also contain Omega 3 Fatty Acids which is coming from the Ground Flaxseed.  Lastly, these cookies contain Fiber which comes from the Whole Wheat Flour and Oatmeal.      

  • This is an original recipe.  The cookies aren’t necessarily healthy, but I did trim down the butter compared to other Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies. 
  • I did use 1/2 cup of peanut butter to compensate for the missing fat. 
  • In addition, I used milk for the extra moistness.

  • Calories: 210 cals
  • Fat: 10.8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.6 g
  • Carbs: 29 g
  • Protein: 4.8 g
  • Fiber: 1.7 g

~ yields x @ 350 degrees using a flat baking tray
~ fat and calories were reduced in this recipe by toning down the butter amount. 

  • Unsalted Butter – 2 tbsp (room temperature)
  • Whole Foods 365 Everyday Value Peanut Butter (no sugar) – 1/2 cup
  • Reduced Fat 2% Milk – 1/4 cup
  • Egg – 1
  • Vanilla Extract – 1/2 tsp
  • Light Brown Sugar – 1/4 cup
  • White Sugar – 1/4 cup
  • Quaker Old-Fashioned Oats – 1 cup
  • King Arthur Whole Wheat Flour – 1/2 cup
  • Baking Soda – 1/2 tsp
  • Ground Flaxseed Meal – 1 tbsp
  • Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate Chips – 1 cup  (preferable to use Semisweet Chocolate Chips, I just didn’t have any on hand)

1. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
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2. Cream the butter and peanut butter together.
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3. Blend well for about 2 minutes.
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4. Add the egg, vanilla extract, milk, brown sugar, and white sugar.
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5. Blend for 2 minutes.
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6. Add the wheat flour, oats, baking soda, and ground flaxseed meal. 
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7. Blend until well incorporated, do not overmix.
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8. Add the chocolate chips.
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9. Mix, but do not overmix.
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10. Using a mini-scoop, line the cookies on the baking tray.
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11. Using a fork, gently press down over each cookie.
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12. Into the oven for 10-12 minutes.
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13. Delish!  These cookies will be super soft.
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OVERALL RATING: 4.5 / 5 cookies 073
These cookies were awesome!  The only reason I didn’t give them a perfect score is because the texture was too soft.  Next time, I plan on using 2 tbsp of milk, instead of 4 tbsp (1/4 cup).  In addition, I will cut back on 1 tbsp of butter.  Regardless, considering how much butter and sugar these cookies have, I think they turned out fantastic.  Please leave your feedback if you do make these.

TELL ME: Have you quit your job and tried to get back into the workforce?  What are some of the challenges you faced?

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