Friday, October 2, 2015

Friday thoughts. . .

Fall activities involve high school football homecoming this week.
And this beautiful is a homecoming queen candidate.  Oh my.  Fun stuff!

All the king and queen candidates.  

And a goofy shoot for fun!

Sure love this girl of mine!  How can she already be a senior???!!!

And also wanted to share my favorite fall snack--oh my!

and we got pumpkins on the front porch.  Fall is officially here!  Wish us good luck this weekend!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

What's up Wednesday--spicy oatmeal raisin cookies

These were our Sunday cookies this week, and these have been a family favorite since 2002.  Yum!  These are the absolute best oatmeal raisin cookies.  They make your kitchen smell so good when you are cooking them.  These freeze well if you have any leftovers, which we seldom do, so enjoy!
Spicy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup butter flavored shortening
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups rolled oats
 1 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 350.  In a large bowl cream together butter, shortening, brown sugar, sugar eggs and vanilla until smooth.  Add the four, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt into sugar mixture and mix well.  Stir in the oats and raisins.  Drop by tablespoons full--I always use my medium cookie scoop from Pampered Chef for cookies--onto ungreased cookie sheet.  

Bake for 10-12 minutes until light and golden but do not overbake.  Let them cool for 2 minutes before removing from cookie sheets to cool completely.  


Monday, September 28, 2015

2015 Blue Jeans Week 39

A good week. Lots of cookie making going on here. Another successful cross country race under our belts and a very relaxing and enjoyable  weekend--away football games are so nice :).  Take a look at our week.. .
Miss E working on our Sunday cookies.  They are the chocolate mint cookies I posted last week on Wednesday.  Yummy!

People ask me how things are going as I serve on the Board of Education now.  Well, so far it has been making lots, and lots, and lots of cookies :)  I have visited each of the 5 schools in our district and wanted to bring a treat for the teachers, so lots of cookies.  I am really enjoying my service on the board and learning a lot.  It is going to be a good 4 years!

Our cross country meet for the week was at home.  How nice!  Miss O rockin' it in her race!

And Miss A also rockin' in hers!  So proud of these girls!  They are running a 5 K--3.1 miles.  A very long race on a very hot day!  We need fall temps now not summer!  Ugh!  Wish these girls would have a nice cool day to run their races on!

Miss O in her race that day.  Middle school runs 2 miles.  She did a great job!  So proud of her!

Relaxing this weekend.  Mr J and Ben working on his Spirograph kit.  Lots of fun!

Thanks for visiting.  Pretty crazy week this next week--homecoming and Miss A is a homecoming queen candidate!  Crazy here we come!  Hope we can make it through in one piece!  Wish us luck!  Come back soon!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Friday Thoughts---family pictures

We had family pictures taken in August along with Miss A's senior pictures which I will try to share next week.  We LOVED them!  A sweet sister missionary that served in our area about 2 years ago came back to visit us and took them for us.  She is amazing!  Love you Jenna!  Loved how they turned out.  Take a look. . .

Lots of fun!  Sure love my family!  Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

What's up Wednesday--chocolate mint cookies

I think I have mentioned before that once school started we had the goal to make a different type of cookie each Sunday.  Some are old favorites, and  some are brand new.  This past Sunday we did brand new ones.  These chocolate mint cookies use a cake mix as the base, so they are super easy.  We doubled the recipe because one  recipe doesn't make a whole lot, and we like lots of cookies at our house.

These are the Andes mint baking chips we used.  Enjoy! 

Chocolate Mint Cookies

1 box chocolate cake--devil's food, German chocolate or regular is fine
1/3 cup oil
1 Tablespoon vanilla
2 eggs

Mix all of the above together well.  It will be a thick batter.  Add in 1 cup of the Andes mint baking chips.

Roll into balls--or we use our medium cookie scoop to place on ungreased cookie sheets.  Bake 350 for 8 minutes.  When they come out of the oven, move to cooling rack and sprinkle with powdered sugar.  


Monday, September 21, 2015

2015 Blue Jeans Week 38

A good week for us this week.  Having the girls all in the same sport really does save my sanity.  Sad moments as I think "This is Miss A's last. . . "  having a senior is crazy!  Ben had some work meetings this past weekend at a little town in Iowa, so I tagged along and had a great time.  Nice to get away just the two of us!  So, here is a look at our week. . .
Love that my Mr J still loves his trains!  Sunday afternoon he made an awesome track in the living room.  

When Miss O and Miss A came down for school they both had their hair in cute buns, so I had to get a picture--twin hair day :) Love their goofy expressions

If my kids need help with English homework, they ask me.  If they need help with math, they know to ask their amazing dad because their mom has no clue :)  So Ben was helping Miss O with her college algebra tonight.  Fun stuff!

Kind of a blurry picture, but for youth group tonight they played ultimate Frisbee.  Miss A on the right and Miss E in the back and white.  They had fun!  Sadly Miss O was not feeling well and was home sick.

Cross Country race for the week--and Miss O was still sick, so she missed it. Miss A and her teammate stuck together through most of the race and both medaled and did awesome!  It was just way too hot still--over 90 and really humid.  We need fall!

So we drove many hours to get to Ben's work meetings, and they were in this beautiful part of Iowa where the fields looked like this.  I loved it! 

While Ben was in meetings the little town we stayed in was having an Antique Festival which I got to walk around and enjoy.  Lots of fun!

Thanks for visiting!  Come back Wednesday for a yummy and super easy cookie recipe we made Sunday.  We try to make a new cookie recipe each Sunday.  This one is good!  

Have a great week!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Friday thoughts. . .

If you don't know this about me already, I love Christmas.  love, Love, LOVE it!  I start getting ready way too early and love the countdowns and things like that.  I LOVE Organized Christmas which has a 6 week countdown I have done since 2002 I think?  Anyway, love it.

This year they are doing 101 Days until Christmas, and it just started 3 days ago.  Today is 98 Days until Christmas.  The website is here.  They just give one little thing to do or think about that day to be ready for Christmas.

Time flies by and this is my oldest daughter's senior year.  Over the years I feel like if I can get Christmas done before December I am a happier person and can enjoy it more.  Ben agrees, and he helps me quite a bit too which is nice.  I really want to try to enjoy things more this year since it is her last year home.  Sob, cry, groan, gulp. . .  ok, I am better now.

So if you want to be ahead of the game, check these out.

I also like their House and Holiday plan which is only on week 3, so if you want to catch up on that you can join me.  I don't do everything, but I like to do a lot of the things.  Go through rooms and get organized and clean things out.  It is nice to do that.  Working on my master bedroom this week.  Getting rid of lots of stuff.  Love it!

Anyway, just some early get ready for Christmas tips if anyone is interested because that is really my thing :)

Have a great weekend!