Thursday, April 28, 2011

Cowboy Cookies

What's my favorite desert recipe??? COWBOY COOKIES!!!  There's not even a question.  Once I introduced Brian to my favorite treat, they've worked their way to a high spot on his list as well.  I love these cookies so much that I gave them (and the recipe) as favors to the out-of-town guests who came to our wedding.  One of Brian's aunts even brought me some in the hospital after my brain surgery.  They tasted just like home.

Like most of the best things in life these cookies have a story.  I can't say where this recipe originally came from, but I know that my family got it from my very first school.  This was a little old country elemetry school with 180 students K thru 8th grade.  We had a tiny lunchroom with just 2 or 3 ladies who fed all the students and teachers.  These ladies were by far the best part of going to the school.  Our meals tasted like home cooking and were made with love.  And occasionally, we got wonderful fresh baked treats, like cowboy cookies! I don't know where those wonderful ladies got the recipe, but since I was a kid, they've been my favorite.  They were also probably the first thing I ever baked on my own.  It's a simple recipe that (in my later years) I've made a few of my own adaptations to based on my mood.  Regardless of which variety I make, they are always a hit. 

Cowboy Cookies

1/2 lb Butter
2 eggs
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 heaping cup Brown Sugar
1 cup White Sugar
2 cup Flour
2 1/2 cup Oats
1 cup mini chocolate chips

Mix all ingredients. Drop onto a lightly greased cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 for 10-13 minutes.  They should look a little raw in the middle when you pull them out of the oven.  Place on wax paper and let cool for a few minutes or until you just can't take it any more!

Going into the oven.

Options!!! Sometimes instead of 1 cup of chocolate chips, I use 2 cups of raisins.  Today, I made them with 2/3 cup of chocolate chips and 2/3 cup of peanut butter chips.  You could add nuts, any variey of baking chips (caramel, butterscotch, etc.) Mmmmmm I could just die thinking of new ways to make these.  Go crazy and feel free to suit your own taste. 

Coming out of the oven, these cookies still look raw in the middle and
just about perfect around the edges.  Once they cool, they'll be perfectly
browned and wonderfully soft and gooey.  Cookie heaven.

Monday, April 25, 2011

The Easter Bunny is Real!!!

Friday night we had our first annual Easter party at Joey's house.  All the kiddos had a blast dying, eating, and hunting eggs.  We went through 4 dozen eggs.  Most of them were used for dying but a few were lost to the mouths of some hungry kiddos.  All in all, everyone had a blast.  I took lots of photos.  I'll post a few here, but they can all be seen by clicking here.

Brady loved dying eggs.
Kylie looked so pretty with those curls framing her face.

Caden's Lightning McQueen Face

After the egg dying, we played some Easter games.

Lane found his fair share of eggs.
Caden loves to watch Brady and do everything he does.

Kylie found some eggs too!

Lane had to check out his find.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Check Out Our New Page

I've added a new page to our little site.  Click on our Adventures page to read some of our favorite unbelieveable stories. 

The Family Keeps Growing

In the last couple of weeks we've had some wonderful news.  Brian and I are going to be getting a new niece or nephew in November.  We are thrilled for my sister, Stacy, and her husband, Scott.  This will put the nieces/nephews total at 8 (if I'm remembering everybody).  Congrats to you and to Brady, who will be an interesting big brother to watch.  I just hope Brady waits a few years before he "improvises" (i.e. sits on) the new baby. 

It is officially spring and Easter weekend.  The yard and the family is growing like weeds.  Every time we see the kiddos it looks like they've grown a foot and are showing signs that they are growing into "big boys and girls".  For a long while the kiddos really weren't too sure about 'Uncle Brian'. Kylie would scream when he came near her and the others simply ignored him.  Well that has all changed in the last couple of months. 

I think things started to turn around at Christmas when 'Uncle Brian' showed the whole crew how to have fun playing in the box that one of the bigger toys came in.  4 kiddos were in the box, throwing out all the paper and whatnot piled in it while 'Uncle Brian' threw the paper back in on top of them and tried to close the box.  It was completely wild and crazy and hilarious.  Since then, the kiddos have had way more fun playing with 'Uncle Brian'. 

Brady, who was traumatized at an early age by Spankie, has also warmed up to our doggies.  Ever since Spankie jumped over the back seat of the car and landed on Brady a few years ago, Brady has wanted nothing to do with either of our doggies.  That all changed the other day as well.  I think he finally realized that he was big enough that they couldn't run over him.  Now he likes to try to ride them like a bucking bronco. 

We haven't seen Lane and Kylie or Caden in a while, but we are looking forward to seeing them tonight and doing some Easter Egg hunting.  I just hope Spankie and Rocky don't decide that they want to play too.  If they do, we may end up doing more Easter Egg fetching than hunting.