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. 

Cookie Baking Night 02/05/2018

Tonight was our first Cookie Baking Night of this year. In attendance this evening: Allison, Rylar, and Enzo. With Valentine's Da...