Sunday, January 24, 2010

Crisp Oatmeal Cookies for A Chilly Winter Day

I got this yummy cookie recipe from my cousin Amy and had a hankering to make them on this cold day. Everybody in the house likes them. Can’t think of a better way to chase the chill away than with warm cookies and hot chocolate.

Here’s the recipe – yummy! xo – Em


Crisp Oatmeal Cookies

Cream together:

1 cup margarine or 1 cup shortening (I use 1/2 C of each)

1 cup white sugar

1 cup brown sugar

Add 2 eggs, beaten

3/4-1 cup flour

3 cups oatmeal (I use quick oats – not the old-fashioned kind)

1 cup coconut

1 cup nuts (optional)

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

Mix together then bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes (my oven cooks hot so I usually bake them for 10-12 min.)

Sometimes I mix in chocolate chips before baking, but these cookies are very sweet so you’d want to use the semi-sweet.





Sweetened Coconut Flakes


Cookies waiting to be baked  :)


The finished product – crispy cookies.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Gotta love Lisa Leonard and her uber-cool jewelry

Sunday, January 17, 2010

He loves his music




Taylor loves his music – especially classic rock. His fave band is Pink Floyd. I love my boy!

“Something delicious…with a hint of pineapple…”




I had nothing planned for dinner this past Thursday. Rang home and asked my son what he would like for dinner. “Something delicious!” Oh really, I’m thinking, my regular meals aren’t delish?I ask him what he has in mind: “chicken and pineapple kabobs, something with a hint of pineapple.” I’m thinking to myself that I probably won’t find kabobs at my favorite meat counter since it’s the dead of winter. Not to mention that my barbecue is on the back deck that is still covered with several inches of snow.

No worries though, at my favorite grocery store Fareway, I told the young guy behind the meat counter what I was looking for. He kind of laughed and asked if it was my son’s birthday or a special occasion. “No, obviously he has too much time on his hands,” I replied. To which he said, “He much be watching the Food Network. That’s always on in my room when I’m at my parent’s house.” He was serious! What a sweetie! No kabobs, but he suggested chicken breasts topped with pineapple salsa.

We feasted on fresh chicken tenders topped with salsa and pineapple chunks, smoked salmon fillets, and shrimp. Yum-O! Taylor said our dinner Thursday evening was delicious. I would have to agree. 

Thursday, January 7, 2010

365 Day 7 - More Snow and High Winds - about one foot of fresh snow!

We live in Joetown (the Village of Joetown) and here's a shot of Angle Rd. from inside my car on my way home from work. The County was pulling the plows off the roads because the wind speed was over 20 mph. At this time, the roads weren't drifted over but I'm sure they are now. There is two feet of snow on my back deck. I'm soooo over winter!

365 - Day 6

Sparkly snow!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

January 2, 2010

Project 365

My daughter, Analise, and I are going to do a 365 days photo project and choose a word for 2010. Our inspiration comes from the following uber-talented and amazing chicks: Ali Edwards, Lisa Leonard, and Shutter Sisters. I know it's already January 1, 2010 and I still don't have my word yet! I'm working on it and will be inspired no later than tomorrow, I'm sure of it! Analise and I agreed we'd have our "word" to share tomorrow.

I did take some pics today - but I'm not thrilled with any of them but I'm going to try not to obsess over perfection. Aaarrrrggghhhh... I did have a productive day though - I took down and put away the Christmas tree and decorations. I always feel bittersweet about doing so. On one hand, I'm happy to have the house neat and tidy again but I miss the charm and sweetness the twinkly lights and festive decorations bring. Thank you Taylor and Breanna for taking the totes downstairs and putting them away!