Wednesday, November 25, 2009

My Little Man

Mint Chocolate Cookies (Toll House Recipe)


2 cups all-purpose flour

2/3 cup Nestle Baking Cocoa

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

2/3 cup granulated sugar

2/3 cup packed brown sugar

1 tsp. Vanilla extract
2 large eggs

1 2/3 cups Nestle Dark Chocolate and Mint morsels

Preheat oven to 325 degrees

Combine: flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt in a small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels. Drop by well-rounded tablespoon onto ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake: 11-13 minutes or until cookies are puffed and centers are set. Cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes, then move to wire rack to cool completely.

Monday, November 23, 2009

I'm Not a Professional, But This Is Fun!


How to build a fire if you have a wood stove and your house is freezing:

1. Crumple up five pages of yesterday's newspaper (or today's if you are finished reading it)

2. Tear up a small cardboard box (preferably a non-shiny box, such as the box from the zip lock bags you just finished using for leftovers at dinner), and place the pieces strategically on and around the newspaper crumples.

3. Place 10-15 twigs or small sticks on top of the newspaper and cardboard mixture, in a criss-cross pattern so air can flow underneath the sticks

4. Use a lighter to light the newspaper in several places

5. After the small sticks have started to burn, place a few slightly larger sticks on top of the burning pile.

6. When the entire pile is burning nicely, add a small log, and when that is burning nicely, add a larger log.

7. Sit back and be nice and toasty. Add logs as the old ones burn down.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

More Pics

Mommy's Birthday

Yay for my birthday :)

And yay for my new camera :)

It has been a long time since I have been able to take any pictures, besides the ones I take on my phone. A phone is not really conducive to great pictures of a two year old, however, so I have been hoping for a decent camera.

Thank you, my darling husband!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Peanut and Daddy

It's Been A While...

Since I have been over here. Life gets overwhelming sometimes, and one tends to shy away from the day versus restate it for everyone. Things have gotten better (not that they were ever bad, just busy), and we are ready to share our growing up again.
Peanut is all potty trained. It was much easier than expected and the last few months without diapers has been wonderful!
Peanut has also developed quite the personality. He is like a real live little man. He can hold a decent conversation with you, and he has the best manners. The best part of Peanut is that he is always happy and loves to laugh. It brings me such joy just to see him! But, of course, all Moms know the feeling :)
My camera is broken, but I will hopefully be getting a new one for my birthday so I can get back to posting with some fun pictures.
Until then...