So, we are now less than three weeks away from when Clint leaves for boot camp. I'm not going to lie, I have some crazy pregnant woman kind of mixed emotions right now. I am going to miss him so much and I'm really sad that he'll miss the last trimester of our first baby but I am thrilled to death about this new journey in our life! Not to mention extremely honored to be able to hold the new title "Military Wife". There is a poem that someone wrote called "The Military Wife". I posted it on my facebook several months ago and "tagged" all my friends who are military wives. I think my favorite part of the whole entire thing is where it says this...
"You may think she has lost her mind. But actually it is because she has lost her heart. It was stolen from her by a man, Who puts duty first, Who longs to deploy, Who salutes the flag, And whose boots in the doorway remind her that as long as he is her Military Husband, She will remain his military wife. And would have it no other way."
It is a huge honor to have a husband with so much strength and courage. To even think about the training he's about to go through makes me cringe sometimes. We've heard that boot camp is a breeze compared to Aircrew Candidate School, which is right after boot. I can't imagine all the shots and physicals and yelling and lack of sleep... I need my sleep!!!! The respect level for not only my husband, but for all military personnel made a huge jump lately. They're a special breed and it takes a very special person to do what they do!
SO!!! Without further tears and typing, these recipes are two of Clint's favorites!! The peanut butter cookies are for sure his favorite!! Put peanut butter on just about anything and I'm sure he'll say it's his favorite!! I can't make these for him anytime soon because he's on a strict diet until he ships out but I can guarantee you that even if I have to make these two things while I'm in labor, he will have these when he comes home to meet his baby girl!!! Enjoy!!
Side Note: This peanut butter cookie recipe was NOT created by me, it's just one of Clint's favorites!!!
Peanut Butter Cookies
2c. Peanut Butter (Creamy or Crunchy)
Preheat oven to 350. Combine all ingredients and roll in a small ball (with your hands lightly brushed with sugar). Place on a greased cookie sheet and flatten just slightly. Bake for 9-12 minutes or until desired gooiness or crunch!! (Clint likes them gooey and my dad likes them crunchy)
1 box of GF Brownie mix (make as per directions on package)
2c. Chopped pecans
1 bag of Kraft Caramel Chews (the square ones are the BEST!!!)
Add 1c. of chopped pecans to the brownie mix you have already prepared. Bake as per directions. Unwrap all of the caramels and melt in the microwave. Follow the directions on the package because you need to add just a slight touch of water so the caramel doesn't burn and is easier to stir.
Let brownies cool slightly and while they are still warm pour the melted caramel on top. Before the caramel dries (preferably immediately after you put the caramel on the brownies) pour the remainder of the chopped pecans on top. Push them down into the caramel just a little bit, but make sure that they're not completely covered. Let brownies set (I put them in the refrigerator for a couple of hours) and serve.
We like to enjoy these with ice cream... Go big or go home right?!? Mmmmm...