Yes, we’ve reached the ‘end of the week’ (for those of you who work a Mon-Fri. job). For me, it’s a kind of ‘catch-up and get ready for the weekend’ day. Catch-up/clean up is more like the way it’s going today; middle son is away for the weekend, youngest has a half day of school (end of exam week) and, to my amazement… my husband is home – again. I say ‘to my amazement’ because I didn’t even know he was here until I happened upon him at his computer in the back bedroom a good hour after I got up! (He was very quietly, happily playing one of his on-line games and chuckled pleasantly when seeing my amazement. “I KNEW you’d figure it out – eventually!” During this time of year his work load is lighter and he was able to take another ‘paid’ day off, which is nice for him. I just read in our local newspaper that this coming February is supposed to rival two other Februarys in history as ‘the coldest on record’ . . . oh, goodie.
Babysat my young grandson yesterday and, of course, he wore me out. He’s one busy bundle of energy and lately his one, constant word is: “Why?” Yes, I remember my early childhood development college classes (back when I was going for a degree in that area and running my own infant/toddler daycare) WHY is the one word they love to wear out. I’ve taken to doing what I did with my boys when they went through that stage: simply repeat the request that I made to them, ignoring the ‘why’. That totally confused him. For example, one of the dissertations yesterday went like this: “Kaden, let’s pick up these toys on the floor.” . . . “WHY?” (repeat request), repeat “Why?” “What did I just ask you to do?” (long pause then answer) “Pick up the toys” . . . they got picked up. I’m getting a little old for trying to remember all the little ‘tricks’ I used to know ‘back in the days of toddlers’… sigh.
Tonight is my Special Needs group’s “Gym Night”. That finds me rushing to church to begin cooking 80 hot dogs, then stuffing the buns before everyone arrives. It’s a fun night, it goes by really quickly (at least to me) from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. We usually have around 30 ‘kids’ and some caregivers; dinner is hot dogs and corn chips & cheese sauce. (probably some raw veggies and maybe cookies for dessert . . . I didn’t plan the menu.) Our kids love getting together for these; we have dinner first, then a short devotion time, then they are free to either play basketball, play a bean bag toss game or (our new) plastic horseshoe toss game, color coloring pages, work simple jigsaw puzzles or just sit and chat. We hold these once a month during the winter.
Recently saw two ‘simple looking’ cookie recipes on several of my ‘recipe lists’ which take advantage of a pre-made or ‘mix’ item:
Fancy Sugar Cookie Bars
1 tube (16 1/2 ozs.) refrigerated sugar cookie dough
1 C. semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 C. flaked coconut
1/4 C. chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Let dough stand at room temperature for 5-10 minutes to soften. Press into an ungreased 13 x 9 inch baking pan. Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Sprinkle with the chocolate chips, coconut and pecans. Bake for 10-12 minutes longer or until golden brown. Cool on wire rack. Makes 2 dozen bars
1 pkg. fudge brownie mix
(13 x 9 inch pan size)
1 cup flour
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup canola oil
1 cup (6 oz.) semisweet
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl, combine brownie mix, flour, egg, water, and oil. Mix well; stir in chocolate chips. Place confectioners’ sugar in a shallow dish and drop dough by tablespoonfuls into the sugar then roll to coat. Place 2 inches apart on greased baking sheets. Bake 8-10 minutes or until set. Remove to wire racks to cool. Makes 4 1/2 dozen
It’s another lovely, sunny day outside (albeit very cold). Even with the cold, as long as I can see some sunshine, I’m happy; it lifts my spirits! Enjoy your day as best you can; try to remember to smile and find something that makes YOU happy!
ps: Am almost to the end of the first ‘huge’ skein of yarn (1,020 yards) on the baby afghan. Managed to get another ‘Ghana Project/Key of Hope” afghan finished yesterday – that makes #226 done and began another one (just so I don’t feel totally guilty because I’m working on the baby afghan instead…gotta ‘psych’ myself out sometimes!)