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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Kids Cookbook Cookies

This week I was craving cookies. Ok I'll be honest I have been craving nothing but comfort food the last 2 weeks. That's just what happens when you don't feel good... and the weather's rainy... or sunny... or... ok they're all just excuses to bake some cookies!
So I pulled out an old recipe from a kids cookbook I used to love to bake out of. The name of these cookies is long but true. The batter is super tasty.
I substitute chopped almonds when I make these because I have a ton of almonds around my house and I like to support the almond industry since that's what my family farms!
Hope you try them and enjoy!

Darrell’s Forget the Cookies Just Give Me That Batter Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1 1/8 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 bag chocolate chips (6 oz)
1/2 cup walnuts (optional)

Directions:
1. In a small bowl, melt the butter. While it’s hot, add both sugars. Stir, then let cool a bit.
2. While the butter mixture is cooling, mix the flour, soda, and salt in the mixing bowl
3.In a small bowl, beat the egg lightly with a fork. Then add the egg and vanilla to the butter mixture. Stir.
4. Now add the butter, egg, and vanilla to the flour mixture in the mixing bowl. Stir again, then add chocolate chips and nuts if you want them.
5. Stir everything until it’s all mixed up well and put the bowl in the refrigerator for about an hour to cool.
5.5 Turn oven to 375 degrees 10 min before you take the cookies out of the oven.
6. When time is up, get your cookie sheet – don’t grease it. Roll the dough into walnut sized balls , put them on the cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Don’t overcook! You want your cookies to be moist and chewy. Take them off the cookie sheet carefully with your spatula and let them cool.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Lips




















I just love Sam's little lips. They are so sweet and girlie. We're having so much fun taking pictures with the new camera!

Sunday





































On Sunday morning we went up to Bill and Michelle's for breakfast. We got some cute pics of Jet and Samantha. She just stared at him while he talked. At one point he leaned over like he was gonna tell her a secret. I'm sure they will have lots of secrets as they grow up together! We attempted a picture with all 3 kids for grandma Lebda, but Coop was just too crazy to sit and smile for us. We'll keep trying. In the mean time enjoy the pics of the babies!

Saturday




We had a fun weekend. On Sat. morning the kids got to go to Breakfast with the Animals at the zoo. That afternoon we took Coop to the park and let him play on the slide.

Sickies

I have been sick for almost 2 weeks now. I went to the Dr. last week and she said it was allergies... I don't know it doesn't feel like allergies. I had body aches, a sore throat, coughing and a runny nose. (No sneezing, watery eyes like you would think with allergies). Anyway I have been down and out. We watched a lot of movies last week and I really felt like a dead beat mom. I haven't been to the gym and I just feel off! So I'm finally feeling better and I was ready to get back to our routine this week and Cooper wasn't feeling well yesterday. I was really worried about him yesterday morning because I just couldn't tell what was going on. He kept saying "owie" and pointing to his head. Last night he had a fever of 102 but I think we finally figured it out. I think it's his 2 year molars causing all the problems. He deffinately has them coming in and I'm certain they would make his head hurt. This morning he told me "teeth owie". He was mostly himself today, although I can tell when the Tylenol wears off. Hopefully he'll be better soon and we can get back to normal life around here.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Ski Day
















On Sunday we had our annual Bar B Q Ski Day at Sierra Summit. Cooper had lots of fun. He was all bundled up in his snow suit so he just ran around all day. Poor little Sammy didn't have such a good day. She got a little car sick on the way up there and then she had to stay bundled up and I don't think she liked the cold snow at all. Maybe next year when she can run around with brother?

Cookie Thursday
















Last Thurs. Cooper and I baked spring cookies. The weather was keeping us inside so we had to do something fun. He loves when I pull the chair up to the kitchen island. He knows we're going to make something yummy. He just likes to lick the spoon and taste the final product.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

When mom's away...

video

Last Thurs. I got an evening to myself to go to the mall and spend some of my birthday money. Well apparently this is what goes on when I'm away....

Easter 2010





























So Sunday morning Coop found the candy from the Easter bunny and brought it upstairs before we even made it down. He didn't care about anything else in his baskets except for the "cany". We tried really hard but didn't quite make it to church, which we found out was packed anyway. So maybe God wanted us to leave seats for visitors anyway. We loaded in the car (since we were ready to go) and got Starbucks and drove around for an hour. The kids were occupied in the backseat and Dave and I got to share with each other what God had done in our lives over the week. Then we headed out to Kerman for 2 family lunches. Coop really got the hunting for eggs concept this year as soon as he figured out there was candy in them. It was like Christmas for Coop. My family spoiled him with lots of toys and candy. We came home with new trucks, books, and lots of bubble toys. It was a fun day! Hope yours was too.

Hoppy Easter


Thought this pic of Sam on Easter was cute and thought I'd share it!

Family Traditions
















Last Wed. the kids and I went out to my grandma's in Kerman and made Sweet Bread. My Aunt and cousins met us there. It's a family recipe made the old fashion way... that's right you have to let the dough rise! It's so good and it reminds us all of our child hood. So my aunt has been passing on the family tradition and making the bread with us the last couple of years. She's making sure we do it ourselves and learn how everything should look through the whole process. It's an all day affair but worth it when we take home bags of fresh baked, melt in your mouth, taste of childhood, delicious bread. I took some pics of Cooper, Sam and Teah playing while we waited for the dough to rise.