Monday, June 25, 2018

Cookie Baking Night 06/25/18

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Ethan, Carissa, and Enzo (Allison and Rylar were attending a birthday party elsewhere tonight--even the little ones are growing up).

We had an unusually long break between Cookie Baking Nights this time, and I was ready to get back into the swing of things. I missed our time together.

Tonight was Uncle Greg's birthday choice. For supper, he chose cheese dreams (toasted English muffins with tomato, bacon, and cheese), pears, and corn chips. For his cookie, he chose peanut butter cookies ("with the fork prints").







A little post cookie baking clean up (the sugar overflow)


As part of Uncle Greg's birthday choice, we made a trip to the local gas station for a treat. 


The gas station/convenience store has anticipated our little Monday night trips and conveniently placed a picnic table outside for us--very kind of them. 






This evening Enzo brought his "video" game with him (or as he says it "bideo game" - I'm a little partial to that pronunciation myself). You might recognize this state of the art technology from your youth. He passed it around for all to play and explained it to us in great detail. I don't want to brag here, but I did make it to the "dinosaur level" without any assistance. 

Another Cookie Baking Night has come and gone and, as usual, a fun time was had by all. 


Monday, May 14, 2018

Cookie Baking Night 05/14/18

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Carissa, Allison, Rylar, and Enzo.

We decorated sugar cookies in the shape of spring flowers.











All the personalities came out in these cookies tonight. As usual, a fun time was had by all. 

Monday, April 30, 2018

Cookie Baking Night 04/30/18

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Allison, Rylar, Enzo, and Carissa (Carissa had play practice tonight but really wanted to be at Cookie Baking Night, so she came over a little later).

We made No-bake Monster Cookie Balls. Yummy.

Ingredients
2-1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup creamy or crunchy peanut butter
½ cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup mini chocolate chips
½ cup mini M&M candies








Carissa arrived after the "cookie baking" part was over. She joined us just as we were arriving home from a walk in the neighborhood. We all played in the yard for awhile enjoying the warm spring evening. 





As usual, a fun time was had by all. 

Monday, April 2, 2018

Cookie Baking Night 04/02/18

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Carissa, Allison, Rylar, and Enzo.


It was a snowy April night, but it looked like spring inside the kitchen. 



We made M&M cookies with spring-colored M&Ms



The secret to a good M&M cookie is very few M&Ms in the cookie dough and lots of M&Ms on the outside of the dough once you scoop them onto the pan. That way the M&Ms are visible on the outside of the cookie, and they don't cook into the dough. 





See, I told ya. 


Tonight we read lesson 11 from Leading Little Ones to God. The lesson was titled "God is Holy". The lesson was taken from Isaiah chapter 6. We learned about the seraphim, described as "shining heavenly creatures". They had six wings. With two wings, they covered their face, with two wings they covered their feet, and they used two wings to fly. One said, "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of  His glory." The other answered, "Holy, holy, holy." It was an amazing picture that caused our imagination to wonder about these creatures devoted solely to praising God. It was hard not to ponder God's holiness when thinking of such a scene. 

Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at his holy mountain; 
for the LORD our God is holy! Psalm 99:9

Amen!

Another Cookie Baking Night has come and gone and, as usual, a fun time was had by all. 

Monday, March 19, 2018

Cookie Baking Night 03/19/18

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Carissa, Allison, Rylar, and Enzo.



We switched up our order of events this evening. On this eve of the first day of spring, we decided to go for our first walk of the season before the sun went down. Uncle Greg was able to join us, and that was a treat. 


Greg picked up a very long stick and put it in the back of his coat. It looked like he had an antler coming of out of his head. 



This inspired the whole gang (especially the boys) to pick up sticks for the rest of the walk. 




Eventually Enzo had so many sticks, it took two hands to carry them. But, carry them, he did. He carried them on his shoulder for about a half mile. 


He said he was going to "put them in the campfire".


When we got to the house, Greg kept walking past the door. He said in a loud voice, "Everyone with sticks, follow me." 

And follow they did. 


He marched them back to the fire pit, which we could not see because it was covered in snow. Greg later confessed that he completely guessed at its location. He guessed with such confidence, no one was the wiser. 


Enzo was quite pleased with his accomplishment. Greg told him that sometime in the summer, we'll make a campfire in the backyard and roast marshmallows (okay, I added the marshmallow part, but I think that's a given). 




Once we got back home, we made our traditional "spring bird nests" with chow mien noodles, chocolate & peanut butter, and candy eggs. 



Clearly, Uncle Greg was the star of the evening. Truly, it's hard not to love him. I can see their point. 



As usual, a fun time was had by all (possibly even more fun than usual, if you can believe that). 

Monday, February 19, 2018

Cookie Baking Night 02/19/18

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Ethan, Carissa, Allison, Rylar, and Enzo. After a few schedule conflicts, we finally celebrated Ethan's birthday (he turned 15 years old in the middle of January). For his birthday choice he wanted cheese pizza (with jalapenos) and peaches for supper. For his baking choice: Chocolate Chip Cookies







Since the Winter Olympics are going on right now (Peoyong Chang, South Korea), we had our own version. We called it the Cookie Baking Winter Olympics. There was snowboarding (races with white rolled up socks balanced on a cutting board), speed skating (paper plates on the our feet made pretty good skates on the carpet), and the biathlon (scooting around on a rolling chair and taking three shots to make a basket at the end of the course--the fastest time won). 


There was a medal ceremony at the end. In this picture Ethan was awarded the gold (Twix candy bar), Carissa the silver (Three Muskateers candy bar), and Rylar the bronze (Snickers/peanut butter candy bar). 

As usual, a fun time was had by all. 

Cookie Baking Night 06/25/18

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Ethan, Carissa, and Enzo (Allison and Rylar were attending a birthday party els...