Simplicity makes me smile!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Awesome Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

See my easy Step by step directions!

Step by Step Directions and Ingredients for Oatmeal Cookies

 Directions for a double recipe!

1. Cream Butter or Crisco Sticks
 with electric mixer for about
 2 minutes. I usually use crisco sticks
 instead of butter. 
2. Add brown sugar and continue mixing for 3 to 4 minutes until light and fluffy.
3. Add eggs and blend.
4. Add maple syrup and blend.
5. Add Vanilla and blend.
6. Add cinnamon, salt and baking soda and blend.
7. Add coconut and blend.
8. Add flour 
9.  Blend until  just incorporated. Do not over beat.
10. Add oatmeal and beat until combined.
11. Scoop onto parchment lined cookie sheet.
12. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes. I take them out when they are just slightly brown on edges. This keeps the cookies chewy. 
Don't let the coconut turn you off. I have served these to many a non-coconut lover and they didn't even know coconut was there. Really, my son Austin loves them and really dislikes coconut. 
Now a coconut allergy is another story. 

My Fabulous Birthday Weekend!

Look at their Beautiful Garden 

I ♥ Hydrangas

This child is so photogenic!

Getting Dirty a favorite!

Love seeing Ben smile ♥
Sutton is all smiles too!

Fun weekend with my Family! 


My beautiful baby! 
Gosh! I really feel loved. I have the sweetest family ever. My Birthday was so nice. Landon made me a picture and tied a Christmas Ribbon around it. So Sweet!
Bill had a sweet note stuck to my coffee cup Saturday morning. He is so good to me.
Aubrey had her dance on Friday. I had a great time fixing her hair and putting her make up on.
Bill took me out for a nice dinner on Saturday night. Japanese my favorite!
Sunday after Church we went to Mom's for Brunch! It was delicious. She's the best cook.
All of my family came with the kids and we played outside in the freezing cold. I took some great pics of everyone. I love photographing the kids playing.
Monday morning I am back on the eating heathy wagon. The sun is shining FINALLY after 5 days of gloom. I'm going to the track to run! Breathe in some fresh air and get sun on my face. I need that sun for energy! Makes me feel good. ♥ Me

Friday, March 25, 2011

Nanner Puddin' Cupcakes

Bradford Pear in Full Bloom

Bradford Pear in Full Bloom


Landon ADORES his cousin Lars!
When they get together they do not stop playing.
We can't even get them to sit down to eat dinner.
But they are making wonderful memories and a friend for life. Love seeing the smiles on their faces.

Spring Line for Wood Wick......I am loving it ♥

Fresh and Clean Smelling

Spring Break College Tours

So we had a great time taking Austin on his college tours.
We liked both schools a lot. 
One may be a better fit for Austin but he will need to make that decision. We will wait and see who gives him the most $$$!!=)
He is an awesome student and will do great wherever he goes. He is very disciplined in his studies and is able to prioritize his time really well!
Proud Mom!!
Here is something fun! My dad whipped this sign up in his wood shop and I painted it for our yard. 
So the guys know not to mow where I just planted new grass!
Love it!♥
Thanks dad ♥ you!

Ames turns TWO!

Happy Birthday Buddy!
He was ALL Smiles!

Baking Baking Baking


Quiz Time...Good Luck!

My Sweet Girl

She is the best girl. I love my Baby. She is growing into a beautiful young lady. I am so lucky to have her! 

Monday, March 7, 2011

Kale is the new Spinach and it CAN Carry a Meal!

Usually when a meal is this pretty you don't want to eat it but I couldn't wait. I bought the Russian Kale, Broccolini and the Butternut Squash at the Organic Farmers Market on Saturday.
It was very easy to wash and chop the greens. I then put them in a large skillet with a lug of olive oil, salt, pepper and chopped garlic. It takes not even three minutes to get these cooked down to where they are still crunchy. I like the crunch so I don't cook them to death. Plus you save a lot of the wonderful nutrients. 

The butternut squash baked in the oven for about one hour at 350 degrees. I slice the ends off. Cut it in half. Lay it face down on a foil covered baking sheet. That's it! When it is done I scoop the seeds out and sprinkle salt and pepper on it to taste. 

The chicken breasts were sprinkled with cajun seasoning. Place in foil and folded up. Put in the oven for about 35 minutes at 350 degrees. Tender moist and juicy! 
It was so good!!


I love to use fresh herbs when I cook. I find that the best way to get herbs in the winter months is to buy the entire plant. Publix always has herbs in their produce section. Most always 2/$4.00. way cheaper than buying them in that little package for 3.99, all wilted. 
Snack Ideas we sometimes forget about. Apples with peanut butter, crunchy sweet veggies, like sugar snap peas and sweet mini peppers. 
BLT RE-Done- on a bagel flat with turkey bacon. It was good! Especially with the BIG UGLY tomato I bought for a million dollars. But it was sooo worth in in the middle of winter to have a great tasting tomato.

Fudge Cookies with Peanut Butter Chips

These cookies are delicious!

Shower Cupcakes

These Cupcakes turned out so FUN!!

Time Sure does Fly!

Landon, just over one year old 2005
Landon 6 years old

It makes my heart ache that my baby is getting so big. He is such a sweet boy. What am I going to do when he doesn't want to cuddle anymore? I can't keep having babies.