Monday, August 28, 2017

Cookie Baking Night 08/28/17

Tonight is Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Allison, Rylar, and Enzo. Just the four of us tonight. Clara has taken ill with an infection and has been spending some time in a Rehab Center, recovering and regaining her strength. Larry is there visiting her tonight. Greg is working at the MN Fair. Ethan and Carissa are attending an open house for school. And Emily is out being a 16 year old with one week of summer vacation left. We had to cancel last Cookie Baking Night because of Clara's illness, so tonight we combined two birthday choice nights. Enzo turned 4 years old on the 15th, and Allison turned 7 years old on the 20th. For supper, Allison chose blueberry pancakes with whipped cream and strawberries, bananas, and stawberry milkshakes. Enzo chose "fishies" aka cheese fish crackers. For Allison's cookie, she chose "blueberry cookies" and Enzo chose "yellow cookies".


For the "blueberry cookie" we used sugar cookie dough and added chocolate covered blueberries to the mix. 



For the "yellow cookie" we made sugar cookies, and Enzo used yellow food coloring to turn the frosting yellow. 




For our Bible lesson tonight, we read from our old favorite "Leading Little Ones to God" by Marian Schoolland. We read lesson #52 titled God's Children are New Creatures, taken from 2 Corinthians 5:17 "If any man be in Christ, he is a new creation". We talked about what it means to have a clean heart and how we can have that through Jesus Christ. 


As part of the birthday choice, we also walked to the local gas station for a treat. 


As usual, a fun time was had by all. 


Monday, July 31, 2017

Cookie Baking Night 07/31/17

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Ethan, Carissa, Allison, Rylar, and Enzo (and Larry, Clara, and Greg). Tonight was Larry's birthday choice. For supper, he chose scrambled eggs, toast, bacon, and peaches (this was probably an all-time hit for everyone as choices go). For his "cookie" he chose haystacks (aka bird nests without the eggs, aka chow mein noodles, chocolate/butterscotch, and peanut butter--Larry's favorite treat hands down).



After supper, Enzo hitched a ride to the kitchen




There is too little summer weather in Minnesota to waste it indoors. We took a walk to the local gas station for a summer time treat. 


Aww. Cousins helping cousins. 


On the way back, some walked on the brick wall, some walked on the path. 



Some danced. 

I like to call this one "graduation picture board"

It was a lovely evening and a fun Cookie Baking Night, and, as usual, a good time was had by all. 


Monday, July 17, 2017

Cookie Baking Night 07/17/17

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Ethan, Carissa, Allison, Rylar, and Enzo (and let's not forget Larry and Clara). Tonight was Clara's birthday choice. For supper, she chose french toast (her favorite), bacon, and strawberries. For her cookie, she chose oatmeal cookies.



We were so busy tonight, I didn't take many pictures. 

For our Bible lesson tonight we read from the book "God's Names" by Sally Michael. Our lesson tonight was the name Helper. We learned about God the Holy Spirit in this lesson. 

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. John 14:26

We talked about the part that the Holy Spirit plays in our lives.

"Neverthless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away. for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment." John 16:7-8

Good Bible lesson, and a fun time was had by all. 

Monday, July 3, 2017

Cookie Baking Night 07/03/17

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Ethan, Carissa, Allison, Rylar, and Enzo. Tonight was Carissa's birthday choice. She turned 12 years old just a couple days ago. For supper, she chose macaroni and cheese, tator tots, strawberries, and peaches. For her "cookie" she chose dirt cups (chocolate pudding, cookie crumbs, and gummy worms - mmm).


While I was putting the finishing touches on supper the kids (and Clara) colored flowers to use as decorations in the dirt cups.




The finished product. Pretty cute. 


In honor of Carissa's birthday, we walked to the local gas station for a treat. Uncle Greg joined us for the trip. 


We took the long way back and walked along the brick wall for a ways. 



It was a night full of activity and, as usual, a fun time was had by all. 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Cookie Baking Night 06/19/17

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Emily, Ethan, and Carissa. Tonight was Uncle Greg's birthday choice. He chose lasagna for supper and peanut butter cookies for his cookie choice.



Smaller crowd tonight as Cookie Baking Nights go, and that meant we all fit around the table without the assistance of a card table at the end. 


Greg said he wanted peanut butter cookies, "the kind where you use a fork", in other words nothing fancy, I'll take the classic. 



We walked to the local gas station for a treat


And played board games for ages 7 and up. It was a rollicking good time. And, as usual, a fun time was had by all. 

Monday, June 5, 2017

Cookie Baking Night 06/05/17

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Ethan, Carissa, Allison, Rylar, and Enzo. Tonight we made "chocolate pretzels" As far as I can tell, this treat really doesn't have a name, but most of us have seen them around Christmas time. It's the pretzel, Hershey Kiss, M&M treat.


Here's how we did it. We unwrapped a bunch of Hershey Kisses and Hugs.


Then we placed the candy on top of a pretzel twist. 


We placed them in a 350-degree oven for about 3 minutes (just until the chocolate was shiny and melty). Then we took them out of the oven and placed an M&M on top of each one. 


And Voila! A tasty pretzel treat. 


The weather was beautiful this evening. We walked to the local gas station for an ice cream treat. Uncle Greg was able to join us. 




After the walk we spent a little time rolling down the hill in the backyard. The boys (and girls) were fascinated by the culvert at the bottom of the hill. The repeated question was "why does it have a grate over the top of it?" I asked Rylar, "What would you do if that grate wasn't there?" He said, "Crawl inside." I said, "That's why it's there." 



The lilac tree in the backyard is in full bloom, and it lasts about a week, so we thought we'd seize the moment for a lilttle photo op. 

We spent more time outside than inside tonight but we did make time for a Bible lesson from the "God's Names" book by Sally Michael, Tonight we learned the name "Father" and talked about God is our Father and what that means. To illustrate the lesson of a good and kind father, the book pointed us to the story of the "the prodigal son" in the Bible (Luke 15:11-32). 

Another beautiful almost-summer Cookie Baking Night has come and gone. As usual, a fun time was had by all. 






Thursday, May 11, 2017

Cookie Baking Night 08/28/17

Tonight is Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Allison, Rylar, and Enzo. Just the four of us tonight. Clara has taken ill with ...