Thursday, April 28, 2011

Little Dippers ~ Coconut Chocolate Chip and Nut Cookies

Do you remember when you were a kid, or maybe you still do this, sitting at the kitchen table with a stack of homemade cookies dipping them into a glass of milk until just soft enough to take a big bite?

I remember my grandma making these little crispy cookies that I couldn't wait to dip into a glass of milk.  They were filled with chocolate chips, coconut and pecans.

This was my Grandma's version of the recipe....



Oh my!



See...all healthy stuff!


   Pull out the mixer and mix the butter with the sugars, egg and vanilla. 


Mix until creamy.


Slowly add the flour, baking soda and salt.


Add the coconut flakes.


Add the semi-sweet chocolate chips.


 Add the pecans.


With a spoon, form batter into small round balls and place on cookie sheet.
Bake for 10 to 12 mins. or until golden brown.


Place cookies on a wire rack or on parchment paper to cool.


Get the milk!






INGREDIENTS

  • 1 CUP AND 2 TABLESPOONS FLOUR (All-Purpose)
  • 1/2 TEASPOON BAKING SODA
  • 1/2 TEASPOON SALT
  • 1/2 CUP SUGAR
  • 1/4 CUP BROWN SUGAR
  • 1/2 CUP BUTTER (1 STICK)
  • 1/2 TEASPOON VANILLA
  • 1 EGG
  • 1 CUP SEMI-SWEET CHOCOLATE CHIPS
  • 1 CUP COCONUT FLAKES
  • 1/3 CUP PECAN PIECES
YIELD:
  • 3 DOZEN COOKIES (36)


DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In separate bowl add flour, baking soda, salt and set aside.

In mixing bowl, mix softened butter, white sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla until creamy. Add egg then slowly add flour until fully combined. Fold in coconut, chocolate chips and pecans.

With a spoon, create small rounded balls and place on cookie sheet.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Allow cookies to cool on wire rack or parchment paper.  

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Ranch Project


Teaching Daisy's calf, Daisy May, to love "people" is a project of mine.


I asked Vic if we could build some small corrals to put Daisy and her calf in so that it would be easy for me to work with the new calf and get her used to people.

This is how it went....




Vic decided the new corrals would be placed between two pastures and under the old cottonwood trees for shade.


The holes were dug for the main structure.


Not much room left in the stroller for Sophi but she was happy to be on a walk to check out what was going on with her dad and the cowboys.


Vic planned out the details of the corrals so the cowboys could get the posts cemented in.


Remember those holes? They are all filled in and the corrals are done.



Vic built two large corrals that feed into two smaller stalls where I can have easy access and easy reach to Daisy and her calf.  Since Daisy loves having her ears and back scratched, my plan is to have her calf in the stall next to Daisy where it can get used to interacting with me.


We'll see how it goes.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter Happenings

We had a great Easter yesterday filled with family, candy, food, egg coloring, great conversation, kids running around everywhere and sweet treats that we all swore we wouldn't eat for fear of wrecking our diets...but we did anyways.

My Easter morning started with the sweets sounds of Sophi saying "wake up mommy-wake up!"  Shortly thereafter my lovely Grams, who spent the night with us, woke up and came out to the kitchen to greet us with her sweet smile.  She was happy to have had an opportunity to come up to the ranch, at 87 years old you never know when it's your last time for something she always says.

I planned on taking some great family photos with my Grams but the wind was pretty feirce and the cold was too much for her. Plus I didn't think the black ear-muffs she was wearing would look to hot in the photos!

The big girls weren't interested in pictures either, instead they decided to share their sisterly love and spring into an argument amongst one another over a belt one of them was wearing without asking the other! 


Uggg, are you kidding me...on Easter and in front of your GREAT-Grandmother? 

After that episode, I didn't want to take any pictures of them! So there girls! 20 years from now you are going to wonder where your 2011 Easter pictures are and I will remind you of your battle, if I remember. 

How old will I be in 20 years? Lets not go there.

Sophi was a good girl so she got some photos!


She loved her Easter basket.


Still in her PJ's and happy as can be with her basket.
"why egg in gra (grass) mommy?" She wondered why there were eggs hidden around the front yard? 


At the Easter party the kids colored some eggs together.






My mom made her famous green chili burros.





We worked together assembly-line-style and made about 48 for my mom's little family get together.




One of the best parts of our Easter party was the delicious handmade treasures my sister, Heather, made for all of us to enjoy!  They were so beautiful it was hard to bite into one. She is so talented at making cookies for any occasion, go check out her vintage inspired cookie blog.

Friday, April 22, 2011

HAPPY EASTER




Wishing everyone a great Easter weekend!


We have a busy weekend planned. 


 We will be enjoying a family lunch together on Easter Sunday after church.

I'm excited to spend time with my two brothers, sister and their families, my mom and my "sweet-as-can-be" 87 year old Grams.


Easter Bunny Cupcakes...

I made these cute guys with.... shhhh....a box cake mix and vanilla frosting. I toasted coconut shavings in order to look like hay or grass and topped the cupcakes with a PEEP chick. I also made some without the PEEP chicks and added 3 little Jelly Beans in the center to look like eggs in a nest.  I didn't get a picture, but you can get the idea.


  

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Eggs and Bubbles


I surprised Sophi with an Easter Egg PAAS coloring set.
Of coarse she had no idea what it was for but she liked it none the less.

This is how it went.... 


I love those little hands, they make my heart melt.

Oh, back to our day....

We started with brown hard-boiled eggs, never tried brown before, but that's all I had on hand.


I like these plastic-pool-like egg cups they didn't tip with a two year old hands reaching in and out.


I ran into the house to get something and when I came back out, Kingo, our attention starved dog, came to see what was going on at our table for two.

It's probably just me, because I'm the parent, but I can't get over how cute this is with her hand gently holding his face.


Sophi mesmerized him into plopping right down next to her and she continued the pets with her foot. 

This picture is priceless, to me.


OK, back to the egg coloring once and for all...already!

The wire egg dipper was pretty useless but she had fun trying to fish the egg out.


I cant get enough of her!



We are done with the Camo dye, they don't really look too Camouflagey.

She counted them, 1,2,3,7,13, then moved on to her bubbles.

We are still learning our numbers.


Bubbles are a big business....when are they going to make some that BLOW everytime?  Ours even said SUPER MAGIC BUBBLES.
Took me forever to get them to work!



Keep Trying!


They finally worked!

The end to a perfect day.

John Deer Makes Debut

Oh MacDonald Had A Farm
E-I-E-I-O
Farmer Vic is a happy Chick!

Farmer Vic got his old John Deere up and running.

Remember I told you about Vic having a dream of growing his own alfalfa for our cows and horses? He found the equipment, prepped a test-field and planted the alfalfa...

Today his John Deere Swather was fired up and the alfalfa had its first cutting.

This is a quick view of how it went....




Funny what makes a man happy. mmmnn.

(This picture makes me happy.)


I'm not an expert in tractors, alfalfa, hay, cuttings and such...
ask me about hair products for curly hair, or about teenagers, or 2 year olds, or  cooking, cleaning, laundry, shopping, makeup, nail-care, then I can give you my opinion.


I'm not an expert, but what I can say about this is....here's a pile of cut alfalfa mixed with some weeds. Now we are all educated.


 And here's the alfalfa after the swather "swathered" it. Is swathered a word?




And....here's a picture of the side of a swather! 

Cool.....

.....if you are a guy, or a farmer, or someone who really digs equipment.

So there you have it, Vic's really cool swather worked and he's happy so I'm happy.











Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Disneyland Adventures


Disneyland is the happiest place on earth.

I still believe that. 

Even though there are 2 hour lines for a 5 minute ride,

and millions of people to maneuver through,

seeing the magic of Disney through your kids eyes brings joy to your heart and a kick to your step.  

(You need the kick to your step so that you can hurry and get to the next ride to wait 2 more hours in line.)

This is how our 2 day Disney visit went...


We spent most of our time in the little kids area for Sophi and let the big kids pack together and run themselves ragged until the end of the night.



Somehow Vic was able to crank his body around to snap a picture of us in our Hot Pink Dumbo flying around in circles. Lucky for me... this ride is slow enough that it didn't put me in a car-sick-mode.


I know we've all seen it...a bunch of pictures of families at Disneyland on each ride, boring right? 

I think when you are the parent and you have experienced such happiness seeing "your" kid(s) have smiles and jumps for joy at each ride that you think you are entitled to share these moments with others.

So there you have it, you're stuck seeing my pictures at each ride!

At least I didn't take a picture of every time we stopped at the Churro Cart!


I resisted, I didn't buy it! 


I wanted to buy one of these though! Sophi LOVED the "horeee ride" as she called it.


We went, a lot, on this ride.


 Uggg, just looking at the picture makes me car-sick! 


Thanks for blowing me a kiss! I caught it.


Here are the cute little Tea-Cups...that I couldn't take her on because the sight of them makes my head spin.



Okay, I know this is really boring but isn't it pretty!


I love flowers! 


Sophia and her new friend-for-the-day, Peri. Oh Peri was so cute! She was 4, Sophi 2 1/2 they were instant friends.


Why did she have a friend-for-the-day? Our friend's family met us at Disney for the day, it worked out so well that Sophi had a little girl to run around with.


I was so grateful.


The two munch-kins waited patiently for the Winnie-The-Pooh ride.



Sophia is winding down by this point. I gave her rocks and rubber snakes to play with, what was I thinking!


Waiting for everyone to meet up after the rides proved to be trying for a tired 2 year old.
We resorted to trying on Indiana Jones hats to kill time.


A little food, cookie sharing and some fun talk is all these girls needed to have a good time.



The big kids found us!


Back to the "horeee ride" with big sis.


Sophi has her fake smile down!


Pointing out the important details of the "horeee."


Megan's friends, Morgan and Lexi, never too old to ride.


Sophi had to see what was "down there."

Baby ducklings of coarse!


Our friends, Adam and Heide.


Our Disney Pals.


Snack time!

Hey where are the Churros and Corn Dogs?

This is all healthy stuff!



The "big" kids found us again!




Hailey gives her sister a little attention...

"Wherr beennn Hal-legh" as Sophi says it.


Perfect ending to a perfect day at Disneyland.



We went to Cheesecake Factory, yum, the last day.

Why is this so important? 
It's not, but as I sat there enjoying a mid-afternoon cup of coffee in my favorite-clear-glass-coffee-mug-because-I'm-a-visual-type-of person,
I suddenly felt something very warm under my right leg.

What could that sensation be? Was it the coffee warming and energizing my oh so tired body? 

No...

You see that cute little pacifier sucking 2 year old nuzzled up to me?

She pee'd, in the booster chair and on my leg!

That's a first for me.

Luckily our waitress had radar or antennas on her head and sensed something was wrong when I stood up in a panic. She had to have seen my antennas sticking straight out of my head panning the room for the sign that said BATHROOMS HERE.

She was super cool when I said "we have a problem!"

"Oh did your little one throw up?" she said. 

"No, pee'd. We need some sanitation at our booth, I'm so sorry." I said.



Lucky for me everything was all cleaned up when we got back to the table. 


Smile girls and pretend like you are having a fabulous lunch!


The end!


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