Sunday, January 22, 2012

So how has your weekend been so far??? Mine has been wet! It rained all day yesterday, and there are more showers expected for today! I got drenched yesterday shopping, and today I'm going to be staying inside working on a few different things. Unfortunately, cleaning will be one of them. But the last few days have just been hectic fun. I have been making a dress for Kathryn (my daughter). Dress making is a lot of work! I don't think anyone ever gives people that design clothes and sew them together enough credit! Whew!! It's coming along though. I will post a picture when it's finished. At first when I started I wasn't going to line the dress, because it was just for play, but I'm starting to think I'm going to have to put a lining in, because I want this dress to last. With this much work going into it, it needs to last! Yesterday though was for shopping. I didn't buy much of anything, but it was a girls day out for my Mom, Sister, Daughter, and me. It was fun, and exhausting! We went and registered my sister for her baby. I'm getting really excited, and its not even my baby! This is sure to be one spoiled little boy! She has the sweetest name picked out, and I have the most adorable things planned for her baby shower! Right now it is Safari themed to match her nursery, but if something cuter comes along that she likes better, we will go with that. Whatever the mom-to-be wants is what she will get.  Well I guess it's time to get up and start cleaning.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Today started off a little rough. I have trouble sleeping anyway ever since having kids, as I'm sure most Moms do. But last night I was riddled with dreams that I can't remember, and at 6:23am I woke up to the kids screaming. I jumped up and ran to their rooms to check and make sure they were ok only to find them playing with the dollhouse. I was so upset. Angry really, because I think I have asked them 100 times that if they are going to get up at an early time to please play quietly. I'm not a morning person, and being woken up this way just makes it super hard for me to get going. After getting back in bed and rolling around a bit I decided to get up. I was in such a grumpy mood that I needed some way to snap me out of it. And one way to do that is COOKIES! Yup, yummy, warm, soft, cookies! Who doesn't love cookies. So I decided to get my butt in gear and get to baking!

So I gathered my ingredients. Flour, oats, raisins, butter, sugar, vanilla, egg, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon.

Then I got to work beating the butter and sugars together until they were creamy! 

Doesn't that just look like the beginning of something wonderful and magical?

Added in my egg and vanilla. 
And mixed those together to yummy goodness! My mouth is already watering! 
Add in my flour, salt, soda, and cinnamon.   

Mix those well!! And it's coming together!!

Add in my oats and raisins! Mix those in too!  And now I'm starting to get excited!

Now I'm going to take a moment to just send a thanks to whomever created this deliciousness!

Can we say DROOL??

All I need is a spoon, and a quiet corner where my kids wont find me....oh wait, I'm making these for the kids...right, yeah, we'll go with that...

Put them on your pan and bake for 10 to 12 minutes.

I baked mine for eleven, and it was the longest eleven minutes ever!

Once they come out, let them cool. You're supposed to anyway. But who's going to know if you sneak one (or two) off the cooling rack?? Surely you wont tell!

Then all you have to do now is enjoy!!   Not like sneaking at all, you can actually share these with your kids, spouse, friend, or keep them all to yourself!! YUMMY!!!

So after making two dozen of these my day really did get better. I guess that's all anyone ever needs to make their day better. Warm cookies right out the oven with a glass of cold milk. Sure made me feel loads better. Oh and the kids enjoyed them too! Especially since they had never had oatmeal raisin cookies before now. So the next time you wake up grumpy and have the time, make a batch of these, super easy, and super quick!! Wonder what I'll do tomorrow???

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Here I Am!

Well, I did it. I finally figured out how to make a blog. Isn't that awful?? Oh well. That's life! And my life is hectic, chaotic, and perfect! I wouldn't have it any other way! Well except for a few things anyhow. But for the most part, my life is exactly how it should be, if not the way I planned it. I am a stay at home mom, and while I love to bake, I hate the clean up afterwards! I enjoy cooking mostly, and I love creating! I had started a cookbook until my computer crashed and I lost about 50 recipes. I never re-started that. Huge regret there, and I don't have many regrets in life. But right now, I am currently trying to figure out how to sew. Kathryn, my daughter who just turned 5, wants to be a fashion designer. I know that she will probably change her mind next week, but for now, why not nourish her dream? So I had to figure out how to sew these creations together. The first few turned out laughable, but she loves them! And isn't that what it's all about anyhow?? I think so. I'm learning, and she's growing, hopefully. And in doing this for her, I found that I totally enjoy it! I didn't think I would, but I can spend hours just sitting in front of a sewing machine and make something, rip the seams and re-make it, because it didn't turn out the first 10 times! I never get bored with it. Maybe one day I will actually be good at it!