Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Coldy, coldy, coldy

I was sooooooo cold today. I walked up to the PX to pick up Rx, then went to commisary for a few things, & even though it was really cool out, I still got over heated as usual. Then once I got home & realaxed for a sec, I was COLD!!! It's too warm & stuffy in the house w/ the windows closed, but we get awfully chilly w/ them open. No win situation. I've been really scatter brained lately, hard to focus. I feel like a squirrel w/ ADHD. yikes. Anywho, spent the a.m. going through my stacks of accumulated stuff. It's amazing how much little junk drifts into piles & boxes & then the stuff falls in love & multiplies, so when I look at it again, it is an over whelming mess. Then every time I get one pile sorted, I find another 2 - ARGH!!! Talked to Rob a bit early today, he has a morning meeting tomorrow, so wanted to get in an early night. The kids were really cute & sweet today. Got progress reports on them all by today, (for some reason, they keep emailing Zach's to Rob only, even though they also have my e-mail.) They are doing really well this year. Makes me very proud. They drive me nuts at times, but they really are very good kids, (that includes the little furry one too.)

Had figured last night after the corn bread had been a bust, (not bad, just blah,) & I still had a fair amount of bean paste (sweet, but workable,) that needed to be eaten & a bunch of rice, that I'd make a casserole out of all the left overs. Ended up with a really tastey mexican casserole. yum, yum. I cooked up some burger, mixed in taco seasoning. Then refried the beans w/ burrito seasoning, threw in the rice, some salsa & a cpl of cans of corn. Then mixed up the corn bread to crumbs, added some eggs, milk & cheese, topped the rest & baked it. It came out even better than I expected.

While making dinner I got the crazy idea that cookies sounded really good. In particular these really good ones I got out of a storybook yeeeeaaaaaarrrrrrrssssss ago. But really good cookies. Didn't actually get any finished photos, but at least here's the raw ones. They really are good.

So here's the yummy recipe. See if you can find the book too, very cute, but really hard to find. "Cory's Prize-Winning Chocolate Chip Cookies"
2 sticks (1 cup) butter or margarine (let soften at room temp for an hour or 2 before mixing to make creaming easier.)
1/2 cup peanut butter, smooth or chunky
1 cup brown sugar (packed)
1/2 c. white sugar
2 eggs
2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 c. oatmeal (quick-cooking or old-fashioned)
1/2 c. chopped walnuts
1/2 c. raisins
6 oz. chocolate chips (1 sm. bag or 1/2 lg. bag)
1/2 c. coconut flakes
1 lg. pizza pan or 1 lg. cookie sheet, measuring 14 1/2 inches across
1 lg. mixing bowl
2 med. bowls
Egg beater or fork
Flour sifter
Measuring cups and spoons
Lg. mixing spoon
First, assemble all ingredients and utensils, then wash your hands (even if they're not dirty). Grease pizza pan or cookie sheet and set aside. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. You may need a grown-ups help with this.
Cream butter, peanut butter, and sugars in large bowl. Stir until well mixed and smooth. Break 2 eggs into medium bowl and beat until foamy, using egg beater or fork. Pour into large bowl and use spoon to blend beaten eggs into creamy mixture.
Sift flour and baking soda into second medium bowl. Add half to dough and stir gently. Then add the rest and blend well. Add oatmeal and stir gently until well mixed. Add walnuts, raisins, and chocolate chips, again stirring gently.
Use mixing spoon to scrape dough from bowl onto pizza pan. Pat out dough with clean hands until it evenly covers entire pan. (If using cookie sheet, spread dough into circle about 14 1/2 inches across and 1/2 inch deep.)
Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle coconut on top of dough, patting it down with back of spoon. Continue baking for another 15 minutes (wash bowls and beaters and things while you wait) or until the cookie is firm and golden brown.
Allow cookie to cool slightly; slice pizza style.
To make Kevin's cookies, drop dough by heaping teaspoons onto greased cookie sheet. Bake 10 minutes or until golden brown.
Recipe makes 1 cookie pizza or about 5 dozen drop cookies.

That's it. For the life of me, I can't find the book listed anywhere & it has been a looooooooong time since I read the book. But the name of the book was same as recipe if I remember right. I'd list the author also if I knew who it was. yikes. Oh well. It is now VERY late & I still have to finish kids lunches, but one last thing. My sister is AWESOME!!! She has been nominated as teacher of the year & would post it on here if I could figure it out, but am tired enough to have NO idea how to do it. But Katie is the winner of teacher of the year in my book already. Next time have to figure out how to add my brothers winning movie trailer thingy too. Night all.

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