Wednesday, January 25, 2012

stained glass cookies

many people have asked us about our stained glass cookies,
so here are all the "secrets"!

first you get a hard candy and break it into little pieces.
we used jolly ranchers this year, and did not separate the colors.

you pick out your favorite [large] cookie cutters
and a couple small ones for the stained glass area.
get your rolling pins ready!

you make a basic rolled sugar cookie dough,
(i'd imagine you can even use store bought if you wanted)
and roll it out.
you cut a large cookie, and then in that a smaller one.
ie: we loved little hearts in our ginger bread men.

you put a heap of the candies into the cut out spot

we learned our lesson the hard way-
bake the normal time & temp!

the boys came out a little messier then the ones i did alone,
but they had a BLAST helping make them!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

trailside oatmeal cookies


1/2 C butter, softened
1 C sugar
1 C b. sugar
1/2 C peanut butter
1 t b. soda
1/2 t salt
2 eggs
1/4 C milk
1 t vanilla
1 1/2 C flour
2 1/2 C oats
2 1/2 "fixings"
*suggested fixings are p. butter chips, chopped nuts, chocolate chips, raisins, coconut

beat butter, sugars, p. butter, b/ soda & salt until well combined. beat in eggs, milk & vanilla. beat in flour then oats. stir in "fixings"

drop by spoonfuls onto baking sheets. bake at 375 for 8-10 min. makes 60 cookies.

we used butterscotch chips, mini choco chips, coconut, raisens, and our peanut butter was chunky for the nuts. SOOO good! we also made a pan of cookie bars. i imagine any assortment that makes you think of trailmix would be good -seeds, m&m's, etc. this may need to be tweaked for african lifestyle, but i think we'll be making these for many years to come!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

have you ever felt like the life you are living is straight out of a horror film?

there are moments i think this...deja'vu, several days with no sleep, repeating the same thing over and over, etc.

this morning especially sent shivers down my spine:
it was about 5 am and i heard this squeaking outside of the door of the room i was sleeping in. it wasn't a cute squeak, like a mouse, but more of an eerie one. it was actually the sound of aidens hands dragging on the hall mirror.

with it came a monotone chanting, "poopie! poopie! poopie!" picture the little boy in the shining - "REDRUM! REDRUM!". yeah, now you know what i'm thinking!

i was waiting for a little head to pop through the wall with bulging eyes saying, "here's aiden!"

Sunday, January 8, 2012

remembering times apart :(

when joe and i were dating, i happened to go away a few times. the first time was for about 3 weeks.

we were newly dating and i wanted to be a good girlfriend, so i made him an envelope for each day. that's a lot of work. i was proud of myself!

when i returned home, it wasn't long after that joe's family let me in on his little secret -HE OPENED THEM ALL THE FIRST DAY! like a child eating candy, the excitement was too much for him, and in prob less than an hour, he threw all my work out the window and enjoyed every little note/gift in one sitting.

i learned a valuable lesson here, and the next time i went away i 1) only made 1 gift/week -it was a 6 wk trip and that was too many days to try and 2) i made him come pick it up from someone i trusted to only give him one week at a time. silly boy.

well, joe is about to leave us for 2 whole weeks to do some intensives for school, and i [quickly] pondered the thought of making him little notes for each day...than i remembered his history with this (oh, and the fact that i don't have time to make all those little notes with 3 littles).

i made him 1 card he can look at every day! i thought he would enjoy looking at our smiling faces. i am actually quite surprised at how it turned out as i was i the midst of helping 2 little men make cards as well. thought i'd share just a little bit of the fun...

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

meet einstein

before bed tonight, joe was reading a story about talking animals to the boys. at the end, he mentioned there really are talking parrots. owen found this hilarious.

joe showed them a video as evidence and o insisted it was fake...he even insisted, "the microphone is a brownie"!

so joe persisted, calling several people until someone answered. aunt adrian was the lucky winner. she also tried to explain to o that birds can talk. when even she couldn't convince him, she reminded him of big bird.

now he was sure he was being fooled!

you know your son is growing up when using [talking] big bird proves the case that birds can't really talk b/c "big bird isn't real!".

{insert the "my son is growing up WAY too fast" sad face}

meet einstein:

the video is a little long, but even i was impressed with what this bird can do!!!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012


pondering seasons...
the literal summer, autumn, winter & spring
as we embrace our last year of them,
but also spiritual seasons.

praying for "spring" in my life:

everything that's new has bravely surfaced
teaching us to breathe
what was frozen through is newly purposed
turning all things green
so it is with you
and how you make me new
with every season's change
and so it will be
as you are re-creating me

praying that the old things that were frozen through
would be newly purposed,
making me new & re-created!!!

Leviticus 26:4 I will send you the seasonal rains. The land will then yield its crops, and the trees of the field will produce their fruit.

jesus, our superhero!

this morning we watched a little clip on youtube
for a song called "one way, jesus!"
it goes along with our verse "verily verily i say to you that he who believes in me will have everlasting life" john 6:47.
after you watch a video on youtube,
suggestions come up for more videos to watch.
you can only imagine the battle to keep the boys attention from that point on when they saw this shot as a suggested video:

needless to say, we quickly wrapped up school and watched.
now, all morning long, we've been singing a catchy little tune

"jesus, you're my SUPERHERO!"

some of our favorite shots from the video were
"better than spiderman"
than batman"
& of course, we had to pick "better than barbie"
for soph!

thanks hillsong for bursting into the hearts
of my little men with your superhero son

Monday, January 2, 2012


with a new year usually comes new things.
we've decided to give our kids new names...

o will now be referred to as slowpoke,
and his mascot will be slowpoke rodriguez (the cousin to speedy gonzales):

aiden will now be called hungry,
as he walks around ALL DAY complaining "i hun-gee!".
i actually started replying with,
"hi hungry, i'm mama. nice to meet you!"
which backfired as now he yells at us, "i not a-en [aiden], i hun-gee!"
his mascot is, quite appropiately, this little caveman:

now soph, she was a little harder to find a mascot for!
we started by calling her pretty girl.
i just didn't even want to search google for an image of that.
then we decided she needed to be called miss refuses to sleep,
as she seemingly cries through the night:

now i'm leaning towards de vil,
as she is the most chipper and adorable little girl during the day
then turns into a blood thirsty [ok, prob milk thirsty, but...]monster at night
-draining the life out of us slowly:

there you have it.
btw, please pray that we get some sleep soon,
or joe and i might be getting nicknames too....