Thursday, February 26, 2009

great recipe

I made these no-bake cookies tonight, and they were delicious! They are so fast to throw together with things you usually have on hand. A great thing about them is that unlike most other no-bakes, they don't have peanut butter. So if you have someone in your life with a peanut allergy, you can still whip these babies up! Since I have discovered that nuts trigger headaches for me, I'm trying to steer clear when I can. My other fave part about these is that you can health them up a little and they still taste great. My kids are gobbling them up! I am going to list the recipe below as is, and then list below that the substitutions I made.

2 cups white sugar
3/4 cup butter
2/3 cup milk
1 3.9 ounce package instant pudding mix (any flavor! chocolate, vanilla, butterscotch, lemon, etc. I like that you could make a different flavor any time )
3 3/4 cups quick cooking oats
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

-I used 1.5 cups of sugar instead of the full 2. The cookies were plenty sweet!
-I used the Smart Balance 50/50 butter blend. I think next time I will just use the regular light Smart Balance and see how they do.
-I used skim milk
-I used sugar-free pudding mixes

Mix together the sugar, butter or margarine and the milk in a large pot and bring to a boil. Boil for 3 minutes.
Turn off heat and add in the pudding, oats and vanilla. Mix well and let stand for 5 minutes.
Drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper.

The funny part about the pudding mixes is that I didn't have one of the 3.9 oz. packages, I just had the little 1 oz. packs. But...they were all a different flavor. So my cookies had a butterscotch, a vanilla, and a chocolate in them. Oh they were tasty though! But I am excited to try them as all one flavor. Hope you enjoy!

Monday, February 23, 2009

for Phil

In honor of our 7 year marriage, here are 7 reasons why I love you...even though they are countless.

1. You love me no matter what, all the time. Even when it isn't easy.

2. You are the most amazing father I have ever seen. Wow, our kids are blessed. And so am I, I get a front row seat!

3. You take initiative to lead our family and make us look more like Jesus.

4. You make me laugh every day. I love that we have so much fun together!

5. You are so wonderfully talented. You inspire me with how you are always trying to do better at the things you do best.

6. You think I'm beautiful, even on my worst of days.

7. You take care of us with patience, love, and goodness.

Happy 7 years baby. You're my favorite person on earth. The only one I want.


Thursday, February 19, 2009

dinnertime serenade

Here are the kids singing us songs the other night at dinner. That would explain the grossness on their faces. Sorry. My favorite part of this one is, "How I wonder what you are, YEAH."

I guess Maya still has Christmas on her mind. My favorite part of this one is also her ending. I guess my kids like the big finish. Also pay close attention to the "lmnop" section of the alphabet :)

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

feeling nutty

So I was sitting here eating some peanuts for a little mid-day snack. I could seriously feel myself starting to get a headache. So what do I do? I google it! "Do peanuts give you headaches?". (My husband makes fun of me because my answer for everything is, "google it!") And sure enough, peanuts are a known trigger for headaches. I had no idea! I know that caffeine definitely does it to me, but apparently I need to be steering clear of peanuts now. Who knew? I also apparently should watch out for sauerkraut and pickled herring. Don't think I'll need to worry about that too much...

Monday, February 9, 2009

mmm, citrus

I find it so very adorable that Maya keeps calling "valentine", "clementine".

Friday, February 6, 2009

good stuff!

Missy at itsalmostnaptime put a wonderful charge out a few days ago. She asked some been-there-done-that-moms to write a letter to their younger selves. As a Mom with young children,
these letters are wonderful to read. They are full of so much wisdom. Head on over and read a few!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

sweet prayer

It has been so cool to watch Gibson's prayers evolve. In the last few months, they have gone from the very quick, "ThankyouGodforourfoodAMEN.", to much more heartfelt ones. I think he prayed so fast before because he just wanted to be done and eat already! Here is the prayer he prayed for me the other night, while simultaneously rubbing my arm:

Dear God
I love my mommy.
She's so smart.
I really love my mommy.
I pray you would help her not to get hurt.
Or do dangerous things.
Or trip over things and fall.

And no, I have not gotten hurt, done any "dangerous things" or fallen lately. Maybe he thinks I'm accident prone, I don't know. Thankfully I was safe to laugh since his eyes were so tightly clenched. So cute!
Oh, and I was really fond of that part about me being smart...