Aug 03 2015

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Fresh out-of-the-oven Homemade M&M Cookies

There is something comforting about walking into the house and the smell of freshly baked cookies.  It is welcoming, not to mention the delicious taste when you sink your teeth into a warm fresh cookie as it melts in your mouth.  I remember as a kid when we would get off the school bus sometimes my Mom would be pulling a fresh batch of cookies out of the oven for us to enjoy.  No matter how crazy school had been that day you knew you would feel better after Mom’s homemade cookies!

Our kids don’t ride the school bus so they don’t get to experience that “get off the school bus and encounter freshly baked cookies sensation” however, I do try to bring them homemade cookies, send it with them in their lunches, or make them at times when they are home.  It is nice to surprise them with a special treat every once in awhile.  Sometimes if they are playing outside I will make up a quick batch and the next time they come inside they get to sink their teeth into the hot cookies.

M&M Cookie Recipe:

  •  2/3 cup Margarine
  • 2/3 cup Butter Flavored Crisco
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon imitation Rum Extract
  • 3 cups Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 package Chocolate Chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Mix the margarine, crisco, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, rum and eggs together.  Then add the dry ingredients (flour, salt, and baking soda) and mix.  Fold in the M&M’s.  Grease the baking sheet.  Drop by small spoonfuls onto the baking sheet.  Bake for 9 to 11 minutes depending on the oven.  Serves 3 to 4 dozen.

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Another batch ready to go into the oven!  The house is smelling good….

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Aug 01 2015

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Jul 31 2015

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Brina and Karlie were fascinated by the cool new toy on the floor.

Today we flashback to Jake’s birthday July 2005 when the girls were five months old.  It was his first time celebrating a birthday with two little munchkins with us.  They made the day quite entertaining.  They enjoyed the new things to explore and see throughout the day from birthday banners to candles to rice krispie treats and more.

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Jake with his two girls on his birthday.  They were intrigued by the candles, but didn’t touch them.  Pretty sure they didn’t help blow them out either.

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This is cool new mat to lay around sucking our fingers on….

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Brina sitting at the kitchen counter.  So Mom…..I hear their might be some kind of special treat for Dad’s birthday, can I try it first, pretty please!?

Brina spit up and is proud of it, Karlie is just laying there looking at it thinking how grateful she is that it wasn't her this timec

Oh no….too much excitement for someone.  Who did it this time!?  Brina is feeling better now and Karlie is thankful it wasn’t her this time around.

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Daddy’s giggling girls helping him celebrate his birthday.

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Our little rolly pollies saying “Happy Birthday Daddy! We LOVE You!”

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Jul 30 2015

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Messy dresser top

There comes a point when certain areas start to accumulate too many random items that they need to be cleaned.  For some reason in our house any available flat surface becomes possible game for these types of items – from the kitchen counter tops, dresser tops, table tops, the floor, and more.  I am hoping this is somewhat normal for most houses and if anyone finds an airtight solution to this problem please let me know.  After awhile the little things piling up on flat surfaces really starts to bother me whether it is in the kitchen, bedroom, or somewhere else in the house.  Honestly, I lose track of how many times a week (or a day) I clean off the kitchen counter tops and other places.

In the bedrooms the big spot for these types of items to accumulate is on the kids dressers.  I want them to be able to keep their treasures, decorate, or show off special items, but at some point it needs to be cleaned and organized.  Sometimes a lot of the clutter items are just things that are not put away in their proper place.  Instead of putting them away they just lay on the dresser top for awhile.  Other times it is some fun trinkets they got at a party, won, or received.  No matter what it is or why it is there the chore of keeping the dresser tops clean, organized, and dusted pops up quite frequently around our house.

While the kids room is the one I am talking about today I have to admit our dresser tends to get hit with these items as well.  Jake and I are as guilty as the kids in loading up the dresser top with items that do not belong on it.  Even though this area tends to get messy more quickly if you clean it off regularly it won’t take very long before it is looking good again.

Cleaning off the dresser is quick, easy, and makes the room look so much cleaner:

  1. Take everything off the dresser
  2. Dust the dresser off
  3. Put away the items that did not belong on the dresser
  4. Straightened up the special treasures you decide to keep or that belong on the top of the dresser

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Looking good Karlie!  It always makes me smile to see what special items they specifically choose to keep on top of their dressers.

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Jul 29 2015

We all have crazy schedules.  Sometimes it is hard to “be still” long enough to communicate with our Savior.  There is always more to do, people to help, or something pulling our attention away.  It is easy to be distracted.  Make a point to focus on being still for a few minutes to worship and pray today.

Hide me now
Under Your wings
Cover me
Within Your mighty hand

When the oceans rise and thunders roar
I will soar with You above the storm
Father you are King over the flood
I will be still, know You are God

Find rest my soul
In Christ alone
Know His power
In quietness and trust

When the oceans rise and thunders roar
I will soar with You above the storm
Father You are king over the flood
I will be still, know You are God

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