Sunday, October 4, 2015

Mom's Chocolate Chip Cookies

My MIL makes the best chocolate chip cookies. I don't know where she got the recipe from or how old it is. She's been making these cookies since the Man was just a little punkin.

J and K asked, or rather pleaded, with me to make cookies today. I like to bake in the fall and had some time this afternoon so I agreed. It was rough. Since I don't bake very much they hovered around, sneaking bits and pieces of cookie dough as I was mixing it.  I think they ate half the batch of dough before I could get them into the oven. I didn't fuss at them too much - more playful fussing than anything. It was nice to have "kids" so excited about me baking something again. It's been a while since that happened.

Oy vey. Maybe I need to bake more so it's not some sort of national celebration when I do.

Mom's Chocolate Chip Cookies (printable recipe)

1½ cups Crisco
1 cup sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
3 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
12 oz chocolate chips

Heat oven to 375°. Mix shortening, sugars, eggs, and vanilla thoroughly. Stir dry ingredients together; blend in to shortening mixture. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop rounded teaspoonfuls of dough about 2" apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 8-10 minutes or until delicately browned (cookies should still be soft). Cool slightly before removing from pan. Makes about 8-10 dozen small-med cookies or 4-5 med-large cookies.


After they came out of the oven, they swooped in and half a dozen cookies disappeared very fast. Kate wanted to know if Grandma invented chocolate chip cookies. 

Then she said, "They taste like happiness and rainbows."

Yes, they do, K. 

Yes, they do.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Playing With a New App

Found this super cool phone app for the iPhone today, Stateframe. The blogger who was writing about it used it for so many different travel and vacation scrapbook pages featuring her kids and husband.

The app has the outline of the United States and each individual state, plus Canada and the Canadian provinces. 
I had limited photos to practice with since I just cleaned out my iPhone. Can't wait to try it with some more state specific images.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Apple Love

So many apples this year.

We have been eating quite a few off the trees in the backyard. And people have been bringing them in to church to share with others. The trees were laden with apples up North a few weeks ago. 

Every time I turn around, I see apples.

{Love}ly, bright red, shiny apples.


Apples are part of the rose family. That may explain why our roses had such a great year too.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

A Busy Night Sky

My feeble attempts at lunar photography.

Super high tech over here. The Man had his fancy schmancy telescope out to view the lunar eclipse. I put my iPhone over the eye piece and found the moon. 

I need a bigger lens for my camera. I'm obsessed with moon photos now.
We were all out watching the lunar eclipse a couple nights ago. Our neighbor came out and stood in his front yard, looking through his binoculars.

"Come on over!" we shouted to him. He came over to look through the telescope. And stayed for about an hour.

We had great fun talking with him and taking turns looking at the moon. We could hear neighbors outside, talking and laughing, up and down the street.  It was almost like a block party.

Millions of stars were scattered all over the night sky and easy to see without residual light from the moon. While I was watching the eclipse, I saw a shooting star zip across the atmosphere.

It was quite a busy night sky.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Sun Kissed Blooms

The Man transplanted all the marigolds we had ringing the garden this summer and put them in pots around the patio and the barn.


Saved us about forty dollars in chrysanthemums. And the color is perfect for fall.
Enjoying these last few days of warmth and sunshine. 

Summer is hanging out and hanging on.


weighty orange blooms
with frilly sun kissed petals -
cool nights lay to rest.

an attempt at haiku

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Out from Behind the Lens

I don't come out from behind the camera too often. My niece E had my camera last night and took some photos of K and I.

We were both rolling our eyes. We were trying to teach E how to do it. She cannot roll her eyes. She tries but they end up going cross-eyed. K told her E to follow her pointer finger and she made a rainbow shape in front of E's eyes. She could sort of roll them that way. 

But not very effective for an eye roll. No attitude. No sass.

We had her practice over and over. Finally, she said, "I don't think Mom's going like it that you're teaching me how to roll my eyes."

Considering that she's in middle school, prime eye rolling years, she has a valid point.

Er, oops. Sorry, Sissy.

Good for the soul.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Photobombing Sissy

An outtake.

I let one of my nieces loose with my camera tonight. She was snapping away, taking pics of K and I rolling our eyes at each other, when her sissy photobombed her.

Excellent expression on D's face.