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Showing posts from August, 2014

Just for Fun 08/26/14

My favorite thing about summertime in Minnesota is cheap Farmer's Market flower bouquets ($7 thank you, very much). I love arranging them. 
It's a brilliant God who created the beautiful flower. 

Cookie Baking Night 08/18/14

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Emily, Ethan, Carissa, and Alli. Alli turns 4 years old in a few days and tonight was her birthday choice. For supper she chose corn dogs, french fries, and blueberries. For her birthday cookie she chose the ever-so-popular blueberry cookie (I tried really hard to talk her out of this decision but she was having none of it).

I told Emily about Alli's birthday choice and we threw around a few ideas, but nothing brilliant came to mind. When we were on our way back from our Iowa road trip last week, Emily and I stopped at our favorite chocolate shop, The Droolin' Moose, and we came across this little treat (pictured above). That's right, chocolate covered blueberries that look exactly like the real thing. Emily said, "Why don't we use these for the blueberry cookie and make them like we do when we make M&M cookies (w/ sugar cookie dough)?" I said, "That's a great idea!" And a containe…

Road Trip Musings (Iowa) 2014

My husband, Greg, is in the profession of audio-visual production and one of the jobs his company does is provide video for the grandstand events during the Iowa State Fair. It's fair time, so last weekend my niece, Emily, and I made our annual (third time now) trip to Iowa for the weekend to see Greg and to enjoy the sites.

If you've followed this blog for very long, you've probably picked up by now that I enjoy a good road trip because "real life happens on the road trip."

On Saturday morning, we checked out the Des Moines Farmer's Market, which is like a mini state fair in itself (it stretches for 5 blocks)

In the afternoon, we visited family. (Emily is pictured here with my cousin Sandy). 

My Aunt (Wanda) and Uncle (Arnie), pictured above, celebrated 50 years of marriage the day before we arrived, and we were able to drop in on a little family summer birthday/anniversary celebration taking place at a cousin's home.

These are my identical twin aunts, B…

Cookie Baking Musings 08/10/14

In Cookie Baking News, our youngest nephew, Enzo, turns 1 year old at the end of this week. We're saving a spot for you, little guy. Should the Lord allow, we'll see you at Cookie Baking Night in two years.

Cookie Baking Night 08/04/14

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Alli.

I'm always looking for treats in the summertime that don't involve turning on an oven in order to make them. And this tasty little treat fit that criteria perfectly.

Peanut Butter Bars
1-1/2 sticks (12 Tbls) butter, melted
2 cups pretzel sticks
1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 1/4 cups peanut butter
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup butterscotch chips

First, Alli used a rolling pin to crush the pretzels into fine crumbs. 

Then she measured out the peanut butter 

And the powdered sugar

I added the melted butter, and Alli stirred it all together. 

Alli pushed the mixture into a 9 x 13 pan and then we melted the chocolate mixture and spread it over the top. It makes a nice little salty/sweet treat. 

Since it was just the two of us this evening, we took a little walk up to the local gas station for an ice cream treat. Alli chose the biggest freezie pop she could find. 

The walk home presented a few challenges as it is ever s…