Archive | June, 2012

Ooey Gooey

28 Jun

I found a delicious recipe on Pinterest for these yummy little cookies.  The original post is here.  I didn’t change anything from the recipe, except I didn’t have baking powder.  So I combined 1 teaspoon of cream of tartar with 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda.  And used 1 teaspoon of the mixture for the baking powder.

The dough for this was delicious!  I may try the dough in homemade ice cream.  I’ll let you know how it turns out!  Enjoy!

Gooey S’mores Cookies

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/3 cups flour
3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs (7 full graham cracker sheets)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup Mini Hershey’s Kisses (or chocolate chips/chunks)
1 cup Jet Puffed Mallow Bits

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray. Using a mixer, cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and beat for an additional 2 minutes.

Meanwhile, use a food processor or blender to crush 7 graham cracker sheets into 3/4 cup fine crumbs. In a separate bowl, whisk together the graham cracker crumbs, flour, baking powder, and salt. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, and mix on low speed until the dough just comes together. Add the chocolate and marshmallows and stir to combine.

Place 1.5 tablespoon sized scoops of dough onto the prepared cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes.

Makes 2 dozen cookies.

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I’m still here!

26 Jun

Hello again!  I’m still here!  The last few weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind.  We’ve been staying in many places and are finally mostly settled in at our new house.  Some highlights of the past few weeks…

  • We got to stay with Eric’s family for a couple of weeks until we could move into our house.  It was great to stay with family and get to know them more!  We’re not far from them or my parents and I hope we get to see them on a more regular basis.
  • We moved into our new house!  It’s huge!!  There’s actually more space than we know what to do with right now.  But we’re working our way through ideas.  We’ve unpacked most of our stuff, but there are still a few boxes without a home.
  • Eric’s family came down for Father’s day and got a tour of camp.  It was fun to host a nice lunch and show off camp.
  • We were in Dubuque, IA for a family reunion on my mom’s side.  There were about 130 of us there, my family made up 75 of those people.  Yeah, we’re awesome! 🙂
  • Eric started his new job yesterday.  He’s so excited about it and I love hearing all the things he gets to do.  We’re very blessed to be where we are!
  • We got internet!  We’ve had limited internet over the past weeks and we’re finally up and running again!  It’s amazing how dependent we are on our technology.  And I can finally pin again!  Working on getting satellite TV today.

Now we’re onto the fun stuff of living in a new house.  We get to put our own personal touches into the house.  On the docket: taking down wallpaper and borders, painting, decorating, and getting furniture.  But we I have to remember one thing at a time.  First up, removing wallpaper.  I better get a move on!

A Little of This

9 Jun

We made it!  Well, we made it almost a week ago.  I can’t believe that a week ago we were driving through Montana, into North Dakota, and down to Aberdeen, South Dakota.  And so much has happened since we’ve been back…

On Tuesday we drove down to Eric’s potential new job.  I was asked to come down and check it out and get a feel for what it would be.  And I LOVED it!  It’s in a great location – an hour from Madison and Milwaukee and about an hour and a half from Chicago.  We’d be living on a lake again.  We’d have a house!  A real 4 bedroom, 1 1/2 bathroom house.  It got even better when Eric was offered the job and accepted.  Life is good!  God is good!

We’re not sure when we’ll be moving in, but there is so much potential with the house and the job.  Eric is going to grow so much with it and he’s so excited!  And I probably get to take some time off and enjoy the summer.  I can’t wait to start taking down wallpaper and painting and landscaping and planting a garden and Aaahhh!!!  My head is going in so many directions.  We’ll definitely need to prioritize and make lists…I love lists!

Half Way Home

3 Jun

It’s 7:30 am Central Standard Time.  That’s right, we’re finally in the Central Time Zone!  But I can’t help but think what time it is back in Idaho and that I’d hopefully still be sleeping there.  It’s also going to take some getting used to the fact that I’m no longer 3 hours behind friends in Maryland, 2 hours behind family in the Midwest and 1 hour behind my brother in New Mexico.  I LOVE being in Central Time!

We had a bit of a rough start to our journey.  We had planned to leave at 7:00 am on June 1.  We didn’t roll out of camp until 10:00 am; at least we made it out on June 1 (it was iffy for a while).  First, we didn’t have everything packed yet.  Most everything was in boxes, but not in the moving truck.  And we still had to clean.  I’ll miss our 432 square foot cabin for this reason – it takes no time to clean!  And then, there’s the trailer for our truck…

Eric didn’t think it would take long to get the truck on the trailer.  And it shouldn’t have taken long.  He knew exactly what needed to be done.  And he did.  The stupid trailer wouldn’t cooperate.

First, our truck is a little finicky.  But he got it most of the way on the trailer and only needed to go about 10 more inches, when CRASH!  A ramp fell out from under one side of the truck.  Holy *&$#!  The truck was fine and lucky for us we had some friends helping who jumped right in and got the ramp back under the truck.  We got it situated and were putting the ratchet straps around the tires and discovered they were too small.  You’ve got to be kidding me!  We started letting air out of the front tires and the straps finally went around.  Needless to say, we were totally stressed and I was at a breaking point.  But Eric got us going and we made it to Billings, MT our first day.  Exactly where we were going.

Nothing major happened on our drive yesterday.  It was actually very relaxing until we were about 2 hours from our destination and I was exhausted!  I had a few moments of, what the hell are we doing?  Why did we decide to do this?  What happens when we get to WI?  Eric was again on calming-me-down duty and we made it to Aberdeen, SD.  Exactly where we were going.

It’s now almost 8:00 am, and we have a much shorter day today.  We’re only going about 200 miles.  My cousin graduates and we get to see family!  It’ll be a great stopping point today.  And then off we go to WI tomorrow.  Stay tuned to see if we make! :o)

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