Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Okay, I'm already in the Christmas mood. Since I now have more time, I'm planning on making lots of cookies for Christmas this year. I need your help in creating the best of the best cookie collection. I would love to hear what your favorite holiday cookies are? Which cookies do you have to make each year?? Or is there a special candy or fudge that you make. I would love to see your recipes. Every year, my husband begs me to make his favorite cookie. I've been making these for him for since 1992 when I found this recipe in a Family Circle magazine which featured the best cookie recipe between Barbara Bush and Hilary Clinton. Wow, that was a long time ago!
Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
1 1/2 cups unsifted all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup solid vegetable shortening (I use Crisco)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1 oz bags of semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat over to 350 degrees. Combine flour, salt, and baking soda and set aside. Beat together shortening, sugars, and vanilla until creamy. Add eggs, beating until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in flour mixture and rolled oats. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop batter by well-rounded teaspoonfuls (I use the small Pampered Chef scoop) onto cookie sheets (or baking stones). Bake 8 to 10 mins or until cookies are done. Cool cookies on sheets for 2 minutes before placing them on wire rack for further cooling. Yield 7 1/2 dozen.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
S had so much fun yesterday, that this morning she went up to her room and feel asleep. She is still sleeping as I write this and that was 2 hours ago!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
If you love Halloween, check out these awesome Halloween accessories here. This very creative blogger has great ideas for your home and yard sale finds! I now have a few ideas to decorate my house and most of you know that my house is sooo plain! I'm off to check out the craft stores tomorrow when the kids go back to school. Maybe when you come over next time, you will see some new decorations/accessories.
If you love purses, check this one out! I love the black one!
S would be one of the following:
- Koala (she made sure to tell me that Koala's are not bears; thanks to the education from the S.D. Zoo:)
T would be 1 of the following:
Since I got into the conversation, here is what I would be:
What would you be??
Saturday, October 4, 2008
My kids have the luxury of having both sets of their grandparents only 30 minutes away. This week we saw both sets of grandparents in back to back days. On Thursday, we had lunch at our favorite restaurant with M's parents. M was even able to get away from work for a bit to have lunch with us. On Friday, we went miniature golf with my parents. I'm very happy that my kids are close to their grandparents and get to see them on a regular basis. I'm glad my kids really know their grandparents and know little details about their favorite things. I only had this experience with one of my grandparents growing up. M & I just recently lost our last grandparents this year and it makes me want to cherish my time with our parents/the kid's grandparents more because life is short!
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
- The top 3 flavors are very cherry, buttered popcorn (see I'm not weird after all), and licorice
- They invented blueberry just for Ronald Regan so that he could have a collection of red, white and blue for his election
- They built a special holder for a jar of jelly bellies in Air Force One that is still used from the 80's.
After the tour, we were able to sample all of the flavors of jelly bellies. The kids had a great time doing this. All 3 of us loved the new Cold Stone flavors especially the Mint Mint Chocolate Chip one. We purchased some jelly flops (jelly belly rejects) and we headed home and out to lunch. After eating a lot of candy, I could feel the sugar rush!