WARNING: Do NOT cook this!

You win some, you lose some.

You win some, you lose some.

One of my favorite things about being a stay-at-home mom is that it affords me opportunities to learn some new skills and do special things for my family. Before I left the professional world, I was a pretty lousy cook. If you ever ate something I made between 2005-2012, I sincerely apologize. Now I’m a relatively mediocre cook but expert recipe-follower. Baking {desserts} is really my forte.

Unfortunately, for the last 4 months that I have been pregnant, I have also been extremely tired and had trouble getting motivated to cook. We’re all getting pretty tired of spaghetti and baked chicken. The last few weeks, though, my husband has been particularly awesome. I mean, he’s always great, but he has gone above and beyond at home, at work, with the kids, springtime yard work, taking care of me when I’m wiped out… Yesterday I decided that he deserved to be celebrated!

I went grocery shopping yesterday and decided to make something a little special and try out some new recipes to let him know I tried. And BONUS! I got dressed before 9 am today! Usually it’s closer to… 4 pm when hubs is on his way home. I made some tacos and quesadillas to ensure the kids would eat, and I wanted to add a unique and healthy Mexican-style vegetable to spice things up.

I found a recipe on Pinterest for “Mexican Cauliflower Rice.” Interesting… The idea is that you chop up cauliflower in the food processor and add Mexican spices to substitute it for rice. My daughter really likes cauliflower, so I gave it a shot. As usual, I followed the recipe to a T, and my final product ended up looking exactly like the picture! That never happens!

I am NOT going to share that recipe, though, because it was horrible. Literally the worst thing I have ever put in my mouth. My sweet husband ate all that I served him because did I mention he is amazing?? But I’m honestly shocked he didn’t spit any out. It is the first time in parenting history that I have not forced my children to eat at least one bite of their vegetables. Sweet Lord it was awful.

Thankfully those baking skills paid off and I was able to *Lloyd Christmas voice* totally redeem myself! with dessert. My husband loves cereal, and given the choice would probably eat cereal for dinner more often than normal food. Although his healthier 30-something self sticks with whole grain cereals now, his inner child is still addicted to Fruity Pebbles. We may have bought Fruity Pebbles once or twice in our 10 years of marriage, but none since the kids were born because then we’d have to share! When I saw this recipe for Fruity Pebbles cookies on Facebook, I knew it was the perfect treat for my man.

Here’s the recipe, shared from Renee Furman on Facebook:

Fruity Pebbles Cookies

yummm

yummm

1 (3.4 oz) package instant vanilla pudding mix
1 ½ sticks butter
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
2 cups Fruity Pebbles cereal
1 cup of white chocolate chips
2-1/4 cups flour

Preheat oven to 350°. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
Whisk together baking soda and flour and set aside.
Cream together butter and sugars. Add the pudding package and beat until well blended. Add eggs and vanilla extract. Slowly add the flour and mix until just combined. Stir in Fruity Pebbles and white chocolate chips.
Scoop 1” balls and place on your cookie sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

The moral of the story is, if you want to celebrate someone special in your life, but you fail miserably on the first dish, don’t give up! Dessert is just around the corner. 🙂

*For more reciepes from Renee Furman (who is a complete stranger to me) and others, go to: www.facebook.com/groups/recipesanmore

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