Monday, September 25, 2017

Cookie Baking Night 09/25/17

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Allison, Rylar, and Enzo.
Tonight we made pumpkin bars. 






Uncle Greg came home just as we were finishing up our Bible time. We were all eager to see him. 


Tonight we finished our book God's Names by Sally Michael. 
We reviewed all the names of God that we learned: 

Elohim: Strong Creator
Yahweh: Self-Existent, Unchanging
El Shaddai: God Almighty
El Elyon: The Most High
El Kana: Jealous God
Jehovah El Emeth: The LORD God of Truth
Adoni: Lord
El Roi: The God Who Sees
Jehovah Shammah: The LORD is There
A Strong Tower
Jehovah-Sabaoth: The LORD of Hosts
Jehovah-Jireh: The LORD Will Provide
Jehova-Or: The LORD is Light
Judge of the Whole Earth
Jehovah-Maginnenu: The LORE is Our Defense
Jehova-Rohi: The Lord is My Shepherd
Father
Lamb of God, Savior
Messiah, Christ
Helper
Coming King
Overcomer

The author reminded us that "God's names are more than just names. They tell us what God is like. Knowing God's names is a good way to understand who God is. And understanding who God is can help us to trust Him. But just knowing God's names doesn't make us a child of God. You can know all about God but not love Him or His commands." We read about Paul in the book of Acts. He knew about God, but it wasn't until he met Jesus and had his sins forgiven that he truly knew and worshiped God. 


It was a fitting way to end tonight's Cookie Baking Night. 
As usual, a fun time was had by all. 




Monday, September 11, 2017

Cookie Baking Night 09/11/17

Tonight was cookie baking night. In attendance this evening: Allison, Rylar, and Enzo.
Tonight was Aunt Katrina's birthday choice. For supper she chose: Tacos and fruit salad. For her cookie she chose: 7 layer bars.


Before supper, we went out to the backyard garden and everyone picked a few tomatoes to go with our tacos. 




Uncle Greg was able to join us tonight. We love him so much. 


First thing we had to do was scrape the frosting off of the chocolate cookies to make the crust for our 7 layer bars. 


Allison took a very orderly approach to this job. 


Once we crushed up the cookies to make a crust, we added coconut, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, mixed nuts, and sweetened condensed milk. Yum!



It was too nice of a night not to enjoy a walk.
Okay, can I hear a collective "Awww" for this scene. 


Treats and smiles all around. 

As usual, a fun time was had by all. 

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. 

Cookie Baking Night 09/25/17

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Allison, Rylar, and Enzo. Tonight we made pumpkin bars.  ...