For the Love of Lists – Week 20

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I know, I know.  It’s been more than 20 weeks.  But this is the 20th list, anyhow. 

Last week we were basically storm-stayed all week, plus a bout of the stomach flu through 4/5 of us.  It was a crazy week.  All I wanted was comfort food (MAC AND CHEESE), and warm sweaters.  This week, we’re up in the double-digit temperatures and I’m thinking spring thoughts.  Weather.  Funny how it directs your thoughts, eh?  

This list is going to contain a little of both seasons.  Spring really is coming, maybe sometime soon, maybe not, depending on where you live/what direction the weather decides to take.

  1. Comfort food!  Meatballs.  This recipe is a freezer recipe – great for taking to new moms, or for yourself on a busy weeknight!
  2. Goulash.  I think this should be every kids most favourite food.  It was (and still is) one of mine.  So good.  So easy.  Definitely kid-friendly.
  3. Brown Butter Sugar Cookies.  Because: yum.
  4. I love a long sleeved dress.  Throw on a pair of cute tights or leggings and you are comfy and warm, and look dressed up!  I really kind of like the open-shoulder fad going on right now.  
  5. On the other hand, I also really love a great flowy tank with a sweet print for the feel of spring. 
  6. If anyone is in search of a great pair of winter/rain boots (two-in-one!), you need a pair of Bogs.  The Classic High Insulated boots are amazing.  I’ve had mine for a few years, and they are still in great shape, and keep my feet warm (winter) and dry (winter/spring).  They also have great neutral colours, or amazing patterned boots – depending on your preference.
  7. Any other moms out there have some hard days/weeks every once in awhile?  Give this a read.  Great encouragement.  
  8. Warm Molasses Milk.  Intriguing.  I need to get my hands on some blackstrap molasses so I can try this out.  If you don’t like molasses, try this Hot Sweet Milk.

**Throwback to my sweet little baby girl (who is growing up oh-so fast!)

Dark Chocolate Espresso Shortbreads

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I know, I know!  Christmas is coming and you need some darn-tooting-awesome cookies up in yo mouth.  These are they.  

Chocolate.  Like, very chocolate.  Plus coffee.  Chocolate + Coffee = Love .  Or something like that.  Mostly fireworks on my taste-buds.  So good.

These are sweet as a dream to whip up.  Wooden spoons only, people.  Only a handful of ingredients, and there you have it!  Really great Christmas cookies.  

I’ve used Nescafe for these cookies, because I love it.  And I would definitely recommend using it.  But any other instant coffees or espresso powders would work fine too, I’m sure.  

Just try to make sure your two year old doesn’t get a hold of them right before bed.  They do have coffee in them, and they might make that kid a little bit crazy.  (Take it from me, I’ve been there.)  😉

Dark Chocolate Espresso Shortbreads
A deep chocolate mixed with coffee combo, in a really great, traditional shortbread.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups butter, room temperature
  2. 1 cup brown sugar
  3. 3 cups flour
  4. 1 cup cocoa
  5. 2-3 Tbsp espresso powder, or instant coffee
Instructions
  1. With a wooden spoon, mix together butter and sugar. Add in flour, and cocoa. Rub the coffee between your hands to make it into a powder, and add that too. Mix until everything is combined well.
  2. Preaheat oven to 350.
  3. Roll dough out into a 3/4 inch thick square, on a lightly floured surface. Cut into squares. I used a pizza cutter. You could definitely use a cookie cutter too. Put on a parchment paper lined baking sheet, and prick a few times with a fork (for that traditional shortbread look).
  4. Bake for about 15-20 minutes. The middle should feel soft, but not dent when you touch it lightly.
  5. Let cool on the pan for 5 minutes, and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
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I hope you make these and love them. Try not to eat all of the dough. It’s pretty yummy.

Here are some progress pictures.



For the Love of Lists – Week 16

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I’ve started my Christmas shopping!  Barely, but it’s a start, right?  And I’m slowly starting to pull some decorations/Christmas-themed things out of storage.  We attended Jordan’s staff Christmas dinner this weekend, so we really had to get into a bit of a Christmas mode.  It was really nice.  Good food, loud music (I’m a sucker for a loud bass, believe it or not – ha!), dressing up, great company.  It was pretty great.  

There is a food post on the way this week – I’ve just got to put it together, and finish eating the pan of squares.  

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For the list this week, we’ve got diy, recipes <– of course!, books, clothes, encouraging articles.  A little bit of everything.  Seriously check out the ornaments, they are so great.  And the books would make a great Christmas gift!

  1. I love the style of the pictures on this blog, and I adore her writing.  This White Chocolate Ricotta Cheesecake she’s created takes the cake – it looks amazing!
  2. I found the sweetest diy ornaments EVER.  They’re SO cute!
  3. I love eggnog.  Eggnog fudge?  Sounds amazing!  Somebody make it and give me a piece!  (If I make it, I’ll eat it all.
  4. Currently reading a Nicholas Sparks.  This guy – he pulls me in and I don’t like to put the book down.  Such easy reads, so enticing.  This one it pretty good so far.  I read this one awhile ago – it was a bit different for him, but still really good.  
  5. These pj pants are so comfy-looking, and adorable too!
  6. I made this pulled pork (in the slow cooker!!) recipe for a potluck this weekend.  I’ve made it before.  It’s pretty awesome.  It has jam in it, which gives it a great extra layer of flavour.  
  7. I also made some Cran-Apple Toffee Blondies.  That recipe will be up soon.  Promise.   😉
  8. This is a great MOM post.  “When You Just Want Your Kids to Leave You Alone”  Humbling.  I need to be reminded of this often. 
  9. Some Christmas cookie inspiration.  These are so pretty, and classic.

And there you have it folks!  The list of the week.  

Would you like to see a Christmas baking compilation at some point?  

**A reminder for the week from my chalkboard cupboard

A Month In Pictures – September

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September. 

Where are you?!

I seriously don’t know where it went. 

Wayy too fast, as seems to be my song and dance these days.  The hours, days, weeks, months… years!  They just whiz by me like a bullet.  Light-speed even.  I know I’ve mentioned this before, and will again, but WOW!  I really don’t understand how it happens so fast.  

Sunglasses baby! - September Month In Pictures

My Jude Dude - September Month in Pictures

 

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We started homeschooling, ate many meals, and too many cookies, enjoyed the amazingly warm weather, got to the beach a few final times, appreciated the company of friends and family, and made some new friends!  Park dates, at the house play dates.  The kids definitely had fun. 

And I did too!  A dear friend came for a visit from wayy down in the States, and we got to go out for supper with some other equally dear & amazing friends.  We had visits at the house, and got to go for coffee together.  I love keeping in touch with people.  

Longtime friends - September Month in Pictures

Cookies! - September Month in Pictures

Imagination Station Breakfast - September Month in Pictures

Hubby and a friend of ours started making cheese at home.  They’re starting to get pretty good at it.  

We had 60th wedding anniversary celebrations for a sweet couple in the family.  (60 years!  It’s that crazy!?)

It was a pretty busy month!  (Aren’t they all?)  And it was a beautiful month.  I saw someone recently use the tag #sutumn on a post.  (Summer + Autumn… get it?)  Because it’s now October and it is so nice people are still going for a swim now and then.  I have pulled out some shorts (so great!) on more than one occasion.  

**I bought Briar some shades on clearance.  They are SO funny.  And she rocks them with all she’s got!  She’s really coming into a funny, spitfire personality as she nears on her second birthday.

**Jude generally doesn’t like pictures.  But I grabbed this one, even though it’s blurry.  He has such a sweet smile, it melts Mommy’s heart. 

**My friend from away and Briar Bear!  It is soooo special to me to see my kids connect with friends that are uber important to me.  I’m lucky enough to have some living close by, but this girl is away.  So it was fantastic to see her and Briar together again.

**Girls night out!  So much fun. Great food.  It took us about 45 minutes to order because we couldn’t stop talking long enough to look at the menus.  Ha.  

**We make cookies on a weekly basis-ish.  These were so yummy and cute!  We also cooked up some molasses cookies, and I can’t remember what else!

**Imagination Station: Breakfast Edition.  Jude has the most brilliant imagination!  It’s so fun to watch these two play together (when they aren’t arguing!).  

Canadian Oatmeal Shortbread Cookies

Back again!  And with a recipe at that!  I’ve actually been getting some baking on lately, which has been great.  Feels great, tastes great, love it.  You get the gist.  It feels so good to create good tasting things .

Canadian Oatmeal Shortbread Cookie | Whisks and Wooden Spoons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In other news:

  • My baby is a whole 6 months old already!  She’s such a blessing to us.
  • We’ve been having some pretty great weather, which is helping mightily at keeping me sane.
  • Hubby is still home on parental leave (SCORE!).
  • I’ve started running again for the first time in three years!

That last thing there, let me tell you!  It’s feeling so good.  (I mean, it hurts like heck…  but it feels A-mazing to be running again!)

Hubby being home on parental leave has been such a great thing for us.  Spending every day as a whole family, sometimes is a bit crazy, but is nonetheless wonderful.  Daddy gets to play outside with the boys, while Mommy feeds Briar.  It works great.

Canadian Oatmeal Shortbread Cookie | Whisks and Wooden Spoons

Back to the food ordeal.  I stumbled on this recipe in an old church cookbook.  It’s pretty great, because it’s a shortbread-oatmeal cookie cross.  So, it’s basically fantastic.  If you decide to eat most of the cookies raw, there will be no judging from me.  (I may or may not have done the same thing.)  They are nice and  chewy from the oatmeal, and the perfect sweet from the brown sugar shortbread base.

Cael Approved Canadian Oatmeal Shortbread Cookie | Whisks and Wooden Spoons

Have I ever mentioned that brown sugar, butter, and oats are my greatest weakness?  Because they are.  And I do love them ever so much.

Canadian Oatmeal Shortbread Cookies
Think shortbreads + oatmeal cookies. (Both my faves!)
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
  2. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  3. 1 tsp vanilla
  4. 1 tsp baking soda
  5. 2 cups rolled oats
  6. 1 1/4 cups flour
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Cream butter and sugars. Add vanilla, and beat until fluffy. (Or use a wooden spoon, like me!) Stir in flour, baking soda and oats.
  3. Scoop with a 1 inch cookie scoop or roll into balls, and flatten with a fork.
  4. Bake for 9-11 minutes on parchment paper-lined pans.
Adapted from Canadian Lutheran Ladies, Family Favourites Cookbook
Adapted from Canadian Lutheran Ladies, Family Favourites Cookbook
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Of course, no post is complete without more kid photos.

Three kiddos Cael
Briar

Jude

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

**Three siblings of different sizes
**Cael playing soccer, all handsome
**Jude learning how to ride the scooter
**Little Miss Briar

THE BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies + some crazy life stuff

**Just a warning – this is going to be a llloooonggg post.  But I hope you enjoy it enough to read it all!  :)**

Okay, here’s just how crazy I am.  At the moment, I’m FINALLY uploading my wedding pictures (from June 2010) to be developed…  I don’t have any printed off.  And I’m dead serious.  (Have I mentioned I am the queen of procrastination?  Because that’s true too.)  Not to mention baby pictures.  We have a baby?  You’d never know by my empty photo frames.

Anyhow.  We had a great, crazy, busy weekend.  My grandmother’s party was a hit.  I survived the 5K run.  Mother’s Day has come and gone.  All that in 2 days.  And it just hasn’t seemed to have slowed down very much.  I’ve had time to post, I won’t deny, but I’ve chosen to chillax instead.  Right now, I’m really still chillaxing.

I have to share this picture with you.  I just stumbled on it in choosing what pictures to get printed (this is a most certainly…).

You see, my brother Caleb got the brilliant idea of a turban for Cael a few months ago.  And now I do variations.  How do you like Biker-Cael-with-the-Cheesies?  I think he’s pretty darn cute, to tell the truth.

So!  I thought I’d  let you in on the 75th Birthday Bash.  The cake turned out pretty good (gave me a huge headache, but worth it… right?).  Along with my pan of squares, orange vanilla scones, two batches of shortbread cookies, AND 20 roast beef wraps.  I was flying on Saturday.  Literally, flying.  And slightly scared of crash landing in my mess of an icing-filled kitchen.  Mother’s Day, we went out for breakfast, and then we went for ice cream that evening too.  🙂

How do you like my grandmother’s cake?

Doesn’t she look great for 75?  If I didn’t know it, I would have guessed 65, seriously.

AND NOW…  I’ll share some food with you.

I made and photographed these awhile ago.  They are a standard in every household, but I like to believe that these are the BEST of their kind.  Give it up for Chococlate Chip Cookies!

*Warning – this makes a big batch.  But they go fast, so don’t even worry about it!*

This recipe is from a family friend.  The recipe says that the oatmeal is “optional”, but I would say that it is actually quite MANDATORY.  You choose in the end, but I’d advise adding oatmeal over not.  🙂

Chocolate Chip Cookes
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The best chocolate chip cookies! Chewy and crisp around the edges - absolutely the best!
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Ingredients
  1. 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  2. 2/3 cup margarine, softened
  3. 1 cup sugar
  4. 1 cup brown sugar
  5. 2 eggs
  6. 2 tsp vanilla
  7. 1 tsp salt
  8. 3 cups flour
  9. 1 tsp baking soda
  10. 1/2-1 cup oatmeal (I use almost a cup most of the time)
  11. 2 cups chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F and line cookies sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Cream together the oil, sugars, and butter, until nice and yummy.
  3. Add in those eggs and mix until pale and fluffy. Throw in the salt and vanilla. Stir.
  4. Dump in the flour, baking soda, and oatmeal, and mix until combined.
  5. Add chocolate chips and give a good stir.
  6. Drop onto cookie sheets and bake for 10-11 minutes, or until slightly browned. Let rest on cookies sheets for 2-3 minutes, and then transfer to a cooling rack until completely cooled. (Or just eat them <--- that's what I'd actually suggest.)
Adapted from Family Friend
Adapted from Family Friend
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Mix together fats and sugars.  Add eggs, vanilla, and salt!

The batter will look something like this:

Doesn’t it make you want to lick the beaters?

Next, add the salt, flour and baking soda, and beat until smooth.  Add the oatmeal and chocolate chips.

Bake for about 10 minutes (or until slightly browned).  They are awesome RIGHT out of the oven.  And almost equally awesome days later.

Please enjoy these on this nice spring Victoria Day LONG WEEKEND!  Woot.  Do it up.

A new picture, just because.  

The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

Now if you would be so kind as to not fall asleep while reading these 30 ‘interesting’ things about me!  🙂

30 Day Challenge

Day 6 – Write 30 interesting facts about yourself.

(This could be hard…  But here goes!)

1)  I love baking, but never follow a recipe exactly

2)  I work best under pressure (ie – ‘Queen of Procrastination’)

3)  I took Tourism and Hospitality Management at university

4)  I love doing cross words (but usually end up cheating for a word or two)

5)  Puzzles are awesome

6)  I study best at Starbucks

7)  My favourite thing to drink at Starbucks is a Skinny Caramel Macchiato

8)  There are three books I have read about 10 times each (and would still re-read) – they are all by Eva Ibbotson

9)  I have read through the entire Bible once, and am currently trying to do it again

10)  I married my high school sweetheart

11)  I am so glad I did

12)  I have the cutest little boy in the world, who laughs when he burps or farts (quite a boy, huh?)

13)  This summer will be the first time I’ve ever stood in a wedding other than my own

14)  I have an addiction to mustard coloured things

15)  I love my middle name

16)  I love wearing dresses, but I also love jeans – it’s a toss-up

17)  I love reasons to dress up

18)  I love kissing my hubby

19)  I love taking university courses (it makes me feel successful)

20)  I haven’t weighed myself since the day before I gave birth to my son

21)  I own a TON of Coke Cola memorabilia, but rarely drink the beverage

22)  I no longer have an appendix

23)  I was born with a cleft palate in my soft palate

24)  I have had the same group of 4 friends since grade 5

25)  I love to drive.  Like, I REALLY love to drive.

26)  Road trips are my dream vacation (well, other than touring France, England, and Italy)

27)  One of my favourite foods are Ribbits (Which are really bad for you, and you’ve probably never heard of them, but you should really try to find them, BBQ them, and eat them.)

28)  I love superhero movies

29)  Ice cream is one of many of my all-time favourites

30)  I am a firm believer in the death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  He is my Saviour.

There you have it guys.  You should know me a lot better now.  If I’m ever sad, or grumpy, buy me some ice cream or a Skinny Caramel Macchiato, and I’m good to go.

What do you think?  What did you find ‘interesting’?  Whatcha doin’ for the long weekend?

Peanut Butter Cream’wiches

Can I just say that I have a lot on my mind?  Because I completely forgot to do the 30 day challenge on my last post.  So I figured I’d better post sooner to make up for it (and to share more food because, you know, I bake WAYY too much and am WAYY behind in my posting, so I’ve given up taking photos of a lot because there’s just so much!)  Wow.  That was a mouthful.  Or an eyeful…  whatever.

30 Day Challenge

Day 5 – A time you thought about ending your own life.

I’ll have to give you the truth.  This is not life shattering, and not interesting in the least…  But I can’t say I’ve ever thought about that.  Ever.  Honestly.  Life is great.  Even when it’s not, I don’t think it’s smart to ‘play God’, if you know what I mean.  It’s not really our choice to end our lives.  Yes, they are our lives, but God has given them to us, and He’ll take them away soon enough, when He deems the time is right.

And now I’ll get to the rest of the crazy.  First of all, it’s 10:30pm and I’m still baking.  A cake to be precise.  A cake with 8 eggs and 8 cups of flour (ie – a BIG cake!).  The reason for this cake, is that my grandmother is turning 75.  And we’re throwing a party for her.  A big party.  That’s right, the cake needs to be bigger, so onto the chocolate layer I go.  (Well, after this post.)

Second of all, I have a zillion other things to bake tomorrow, plus decorate the cake.  Decorating cakes for me, is a time when everyone should probably stay out of the house kitchen.  I get kind of tense.  I hate to admit it, but it’s true.  Like, don’t look at me, don’t watch me, don’t speak to me, don’t even breathe around me.  Please.  (My poor, poor hubby…)

Thirdly, on Saturday, there is a 5k run/walk, and I’m registering… right now for it.  Kicking myself in the head, really a race?  Man.  I need to get back in shape.  I’m petrified…  But hopefully I’m still alive afterwards, because that’s also the day of the party for my grandmother, AND I have to make sandwich-type food that day too.  Hopefully there’s an urn of strong coffee somewhere in my travels that day.  An urn.  Not a mug.  Not a cup.  A 20 cup urn.  And chocolate.  And ice cream.  Okay, I’m getting in way over my head now (or I’m just over-tired and actually sharing with you what’s going through my brain).

Okay, and now, I’ve just spent half and hour trying to find a recipe that I made (I DID make it…  it DID exist at some point, somewhere) without success.

 

Nix that!!  I just found it!  Okay folks.  Let the recipe sharing begin.  I found this recipe on the Novice Chef, and made a few changes.

Peanut Butter Cream’wiches  (The EGG-LESS version – not on purpose)

1 cup shortening

1 cup sugar

1 cup brown sugar

1 Tbsp vanilla

1 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup water

3 cups flour

2.5 tsp baking soda

Preheat oven to 350.  Cream together shortening, and sugars.  Mix in vanilla, peanut butter and water.  Add flour, and baking soda and mix until well combined.

Roll into 1 inch balls and then roll into white sugar.  Place on cookie sheet and press with a fork.

Bake for about 8 minutes.  Cool, and then fill with Peanut Butter Filling!

Peanut Butter Filling

1 1/2 cups peanut butter

1/2 cup margarine, softened

1 cup icing sugar

1 Tbsp vanilla

1 tsp salt

Cream all ingredients together, until smooth.

Fill those cookie cream’wiches!  (Remember – wait until they are cooled first, or you’ll have peanut butter soup between two cookies.)

**NOTE:  The first thing I baked in my own house, and I was pumped to make them.  New house, peanut butter cookies with PEANUT BUTTER FILLING?!  Who wouldn’t be pumped?  Anyhow, I started putting things together in a mixing bowl, and discovered there were no eggs.  Devastated, or what?  I decided to improvise…  So that’s how the recipe changes came about.  If you want your cookies too look as pretty as the Novice Chefs, use eggs.  Just thought you should know.

In ending this post tonight, I just wanted to share a passage with you guys.  I read it yesterday, and I found it really encouraging.  You’ll find it in the Psalms.

“Make me to know your ways, O LORD;  teach me your paths.
Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.”
Psalm 25:4-5 ESV

The whole chapter is really great, but these two verses just really stood out to me the other morning.  Teach me, lead me.  That is what I want.

Have a great Friday, and weekend following!

Date Oatmeal-Goodness Cookie Sandwiches

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Ever had one of those weeks?  You know, the ones where you feel like PMS is a permanent illness?  Because that’s just about how I felt this week.  Man.  It was bad.  Talk about mood swings, and chocolate cravings…  haha.

I did a ton of baking and cooking the last of the week, but have no pictures to prove it.  I WILL take pictures.  I WILL get the camera out.  I WILL.  I WILL.  (I’m going to keep chanting that until it happens, okay?)

Thursday was baking day, for the most part, and Friday cooking.  Jeudi consisted of raisin bran muffins, Nanny’s Cinnamon Rolls, garlic croutons, and cooked chicken.  Vendredi was stuffed potatoes (best kind ever – I vow to share this recipe with you in due time), chicken quesadillas, garden salad, and blueberry pie.  Whew.

{I just HAD to include this photo – he’s being such a goose here, and he’s just TOO cute!}

By the time Friday was over, all I wanted to do was eat and sit down, and eat, and sleep, and… eat.  So eat I did.  And do I ever feel gross today.  Totally worth it though, I must say.

And!  Kudos to Second Cup.  They have new Maple Lattes out, and they are all kinds of amazing!  I could have had about 5 today.  I remained slightly not content with one…

So in my first post on cookies, I mentioned these as one of the kinds of cookies that I really enjoy.

Date Oatmeal Cookie Sandwich

1/2 cup margarine, softened

1/2 cup lard

1 1/2 cups brown sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

2 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

Pinch salt

3 cups quick cooking oatmeal

Preheat your oven to 350F.

Cream together margarine, lard, and brown sugar.  Blend in  eggs and vanilla.  Add in flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Mix in oatmeal, until combined.

Next, roll the dough out, about a 1/4 inch thick.  Cut with a circle cookie-cutter.

WARNING – Cookie cutters are dangerous!  Mine broke on me, and give me a nice little cut on my finger.  Ow.

But I kept at it.  Bake these cookies for about 10 -12 minutes.  Give or take a little.

Let the cookies cool, then they’re ready for some filling.  As you may have noticed, I didn’t stick to date filling for all of these.  My brothers are averse to dates, or so it seems.  So I did them a favour, and filled half of my sandwiches with white buttercream icing.  I’d much rather the dates, but hey, that’s preference for you.

Date Filling

2 cups chopped dates

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 cup water

1/4 cup orange juice

Cook about 10 minutes, until thickened.  Cool.  Easy peasy,

*Just a note – You will have dates leftover.  I would just use them in a second batch (you can refrigerate them for quite awhile), or eat them on your oatmeal for breakfast – they are SO good.*

30 Day Challenge

Day 3 – Your views on drugs and alcohol

Now for me, this one is pretty easy.  No, and… no!  🙂

I’m not your average 20-something year old gal.  I avoid both of these entirely, unless you count the alcohol in vanilla extract that I use in baking.

I see no point in destroying my body, or losing control to a substance.  I can also have plenty of fun – sober.  I don’t believe that we should let things control us.

“And do not get drunk on wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit.”  Ephesians 5:18 (ESV)

I think it would be much more constructive to pray, read the Bible, and live the life described there – to be filled with the Holy Spirit – than to be filled with spirits and not able to control myself.  I want to know what I’m doing, not forget whole evenings.  I don’t enjoy being sick either, so count me out of being hung over.  Please.

I know many people will not agree with me on this topic.  But these are my views, I’m just sharing.  Think it over.  🙂

What is your favourite kind of cookie?

Peanut Butter Cookies

Squares and Cookies | March 15, 2012 | By

Guess what?  This past weekend was really great.  I got some things done.  Hung out a bit.  Y’know.

But it was also….  Well, let’s just say you are about to see how clumsy I am/how a LOT of my days turn out in the end.  I took most of the afternoon on Saturday to make some baby food.  Cael is an eater.  I mean, he eats.  And eats.  And eats….  Get the picture?  (But still no teeth!)  Anyway.  I had to make him some food.  And I was feeling really good about it.  A real domestic thing to do.  Get the picture?  La-ti-da, cooking and blending away.  I made him some date oatmeal, carrots, and corn.  They looked SO pretty – the colours are great.

Nice, right?  Not for long…

And then, I went to put them in the freezer.  If you’ve ever been in our home, you might understand.  For those of you who haven’t, let me explain.  The freezer is like a time bomb.  It ticks, and the trigger is someone who’s in a hurry (ME?!), trying to shove something in the zero space that remains.  It’s like trying to fit a 13th muffin in a 12-cup muffin tin.  Or maybe a 13th AND 14th.    Either way.  This is what happens.  Regularly.

Except normally, things aren’t still runny.  And don’t spill all over the floor.

Sigh.  All my work.  Oh well, I suppose.  Ever had these moments?

Back to the baking…  So, I got another request.  This time – Peanut butter chocolate chip cookies “that stay nice and moist”.  Now I must say, I LOVE the peanut butter/chocolate combo.  But.  When it comes to cookies, they need to be strictly peanut butter.  So I always use peanut butter chips.  Chocolate chips can be substituted easily though.  Definitely.  (Really though,  I guess I could do chocolate chip peanut butter cookies… 😉  )

Anyhow…  I love peanut butter cookies.  But the thing is – I hardly ever get to make them BECAUSE of silly allergy rules in the schools.  Cookies are such a great snack in lunches.  My brothers take cookies to school all the time (SOMEBODY’S gotta eat all those cookies we’re making!), but they can’t take peanut butter cookies.  So.  Solution is to bake them on weekends, or extended breaks.  This week is March break, problem solved.  (Not that I don’t eat a ton of them too, I’m addicted.)  Again, they don’t look perfect.  I don’t use a proportioned scoop (I have that gripe… remember?), but you totally could if you want (I know some people just can’t help it, I understand…).  🙂

Peanut Butter Cookies

1/2 cup margarine, softened

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1 1/4 cup flour

3/4 tsp baking soda

Pinch salt

1 bag peanut butter chips (or chocolate)

Preheat oven to 350F.  Mix together the margarine, peanut butter, and sugars.

Add egg and salt, mix.  Mix in flour, and baking soda.  Should look something like this:

Now’s the time to add the peanut butter (chocolate) chips!  I drop these cookies by the spoonful, but they can be rolled into balls too and pressed with a fork if you want.

Bake for about 10-12 minutes (they should be just brown around the edges).

These cookies stay awesomely chewy [and yummy] stored in an airtight container.

Hope you enjoy!  Bon appetit!

How was your weekend?

Dad’s Molasses Cookies

My dad eats almost anything.  Actually, he WILL eat anything.  But there are a few things he doesn’t like.  One of those things is celery – weird eh?  But there are many things that he does like.  And one of those things is Molasses Cookies.  When I was little, he was a stay-at-home dad for a few years.  And this was one of his specialties.  Surprised?  My dad can cook, AND bake.  He’s really good at it, actually.  Anyways, he used to make these for me all the time.  He even wrote by the recipe, “Kayleigh likes these”, to help him remember which recipe it was he used.  Now, he runs his own business, and doesn’t have near as much time on his hands to bake.  So, I make them.  For him.  I love baking when people love to eat my food.  🙂

Anyhow.  These cookies are the perfect cookie.  They are nice and moist and chewy, and stay that way for about a week (not that they last that long normally…).  I used to hate to make these (when I was 12 or so), because they are rolled cookies, and I though they took too long.  But now, I really don’t mind making them.  They are so good, and really don’t take that long [at all].  We found the recipe in an old hospital cookbook, but we made some changes to it (and they’re wayyy better now).

Dad’s Molasses Cookies

3/4 cup shortening

1 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1/2 cup molasses

2 1/4 cup flour

2 tsp baking soda

2 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp ginger

1 tsp cloves

Pinch salt

So – First, preheat oven to 350 F.  Then mix together the shortening, molasses, and brown sugar.

And now, add that egg and beat it in.  Then, add your flour, baking soda, and spices.  Mix well.

Then comes the rolling part that I used to hate so bad (but really, truly thoroughly enjoy now).  Roll into 1 1/2 inch balls (or smaller if you like smaller cookies).  After you roll them into balls, roll them into white sugar so that they’re evenly coated.

So yummy.

Next, press with a fork, and throw into the oven for about 10 minutes (truthfully, I put mine in for 11, and they are perfect, but it depends on the oven).

You will know they are done when they look dry.  Not dry but not wet… get what I mean?  This is about what they look like:

Yummy.

Cael can pull himself up to standing now – all by himself.  I turned around the other day, and he was using the laundry basket as a stabilizer, just standing there.  He scared me half to death.  I can’t believe he’s doing that already.  He just started crawling this past week!  Ohmydear.  How fast they do grow… !  I really have to keep a close eye on him now.

Keep checking, because soon I’ll be posting a red velvet adventure, and some peanut butter love too.  🙂  Oh!  And linzer cookies too!  My mother-in-law bought me some heart cutters to make some (as I’ve never tried), and I really want to try them out!

Oh.  And I have joined Facebook too.  Check me out at www.facebook.com/foreverfaithandfood/  !! www.facebook.com/whisksandwoodenspoons.

(Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.  They just looked SO good.  And it was.)

Are there any foods that always remind you of your childhood?  Fond memories?