Monthly Archives: June 2012

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Cookie DoughIt’s too hot to bake but you’re still craving chocolate chip cookie dough.

‘Fess up now.

I know that craving. I’m sure I’m not the only one that eats more cookies in dough form than I do the baked ones!

Sometimes I bake cookies just so I can eat the dough.

So why bake the cookies at all?

Why not just whip up some dough – without eggs – and indulge?

It’s okay.  Really.

If it makes you feel better – I guess you could call it chocolate chip cookie dough dip – although the only thing we dip in it is our fingers and spoons!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough (Dip?)
(Recipe from my beautiful niece Sarah)

1 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1-1/4 cup flour
3/4 cup oatmeal
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups chocolate chips

Cream together the butter, white sugar, brown sugar and vanilla.

Add the flour, oatmeal, salt and chocolate chips. Mix.


If you want to get fancy  – I’m sure you could dip fruit slices in it, or pretzels, or or graham crackers.

But fingers work just fine.


Folks – We Have a Problem

Folks we have a problem.

ALL of these shoes….


…need to fit in these buckets. Buckets Somehow I have the feeling it ain’t a’gonna happen.

It’s like putting “2 ton of fertilizer in a 1 ton truck”

I don’t honestly know where all these shoes came from.

Do you think that shoes can have babies when left unworn for a period of time?

I know socks can’t – they just run away from home.

Or maybe we have extra kids hanging around that I haven’t noticed. (Hey Cinnamon – have you done a head count recently? Do you have everybody?)

Maybe it’s time to play Cinderella and find the shoes that fit the kid – and make a large donation of the extras!

Shoes that is.

Not kids.

Jolly Old England

So how is Matt doing over across the pond in England?

Jolly good! Thanks for asking!

Communication has been tough – since his cell phone doesn’t have an international plan and the internet in his flat is too sketchy for Skype.

And then there’s the time difference. (We keep one clock in the house set to “Matt time”!)

But thanks to Facebook – we know he’s alive and well and having the time of his life!

OxfordBut that’s to be expected – he’s in Oxford after all – soaking in the history!

He stood in the dining room where Lawrence of Arabia ate.

He meet C.S. Lewis’s personal secretary – in person – and talked to him.

Windsor CastleHe toured Windsor Castle – while the queen was in residence – but didn’t get an audience with her majesty.

archers hole windsor castleOf course – after reading many Henty books and playing endless hours of Age of Empires in his youth – he would notice and take a picture of the archer’s hole in the castle wall.

I wonder if it looked like he imagined it would?
Roman Baths It still amazes me to know he can hop on a bus or train and spend the day at the Roman Baths in Bath, Somerset.

But I know he’s still my son –

oxford book storeSince he immediately found the book store!

That’s my boy!

Iced Mocha

So what does a coffeeIced Mocha addict do when the temperatures hit the 90’s, the humidity is soaring – and they need their coffee fix?

They head to Pinterest and find a recipe for Iced Mocha!

That’s just what Dagmar – our resident coffee aficionado – did.

She made it – fell in love with it – and the girls have been indulging ever since!

(Please note that I said the girls – that does not include me! I have never tasted this recipe – nor do I plan to – ever! You all know my thoughts on that stuff! And to think – they actually wasted good chocolate in it!  I shudder.)

But anyway –

It starts with frozen coffee ice cubes, so now they keep an ice cube tray of coffee in the freezer just in case a craving hits.

Which it does. Daily.

Iced Mocha

2 cups cold coffee (try different flavors for a twist)
1 tray of coffee ice cubes
1/2 whole milk (or coffee creamer – especially flavored!)
1 ounce chocolate syrup

Throw everything in the blender and whiz.

Pour it into a fancy glass and top with whipped cream and a drizzle of chocolate syrup!

This can serve up to four – if you share.


Home School Conference Time

By the time you are reading this – I will be  immersed in the unique world of the the yearly NICHE home school conference.

And I’m so excited!

Jan and I look forward to this weekend all year! Two wonderful days together!

We’ll walk hand in hand through the curriculum hall – drooling over books and resources. Debating over purchases. Adding to our extensive library.

Running into friends and family in the hallways between sessions, laughing and catching up with life.

Sitting side by side during keynotes – gleaning wisdom and encouragement from the speakers.

Having deep conversations over our picnic lunches.

Honing, refining our vision for our family.

Sharing our thoughts, our convictions, our dreams, our realities.

Making life-changing decisions. (Was it just a year ago that we heard John Stonestreet speak and sent Matt to Summit, which lead to his semester in Colorado, which lead to Oxford?)

Alone, together, surrounded by thousands of people, but belonging to each other.

A team.

On the same page.


I can’t wait!