August 20, 2010


basic cookies-
3/4 c firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 c sugar
1/2 c softened butter
1/2 c shortening
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 egg
 1 3/4 c all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
 6 oz pkg semi-sweet chocolate chips 
1/2 c chopped nuts --optional

preheat oven to 375*

In large bowl combine first 6 ingredients. blend well. 
Stir in flour, baking soda and salt, blend well. 
Stir in chips.
Drop by rounded teaspoon full, 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake 8-10 minutes or until golden brown
Immediately remove from cookie sheet to cool

for oatmeal meal chocolate chip or raisin cookies-
decrease flour to 1 1/4 c and add 1 c quick-cooking oats or raisins
bake at 375* for 10-12 minutes

for peanut butter chocolate chips- 
decrease butter to 1/4 c, add 1/2 c peanut butter and 2 tbsp milk, 
increase eggs to 2, use self-rising flour, OMIT soda and salt.
bake at 375* for 10-12 minutes

August 19, 2010

new to me

Going through the Shabby Nest Frugal Friday (from last March) I stumbled on this blog.

She has lots of good info on well stocked pantries, menu planning, homeschooling and more. I hope you check out her site :)

August 18, 2010

what do you think?

I saw this at my friend Chas' blog and just had to share. I know so many people that justify reading the books and watching these movies because it "has Christian under tones". WAKE UP!

August 15, 2010

school time :)

Tonight we snagged Switched on School House level 6 (complete 5 subjects) on Ebay.

Subtotal:US $165.00
Shipping & handling:US $5.00
Total:US $170.00

That is well over half off sticker price! 

The seller said it will ship tomorrow. Oh, happy day! We will pick up SOS level 4 (complete 5 subjects) from a friend this week. Throw in Robinson Curriculum for penmanship and "free reading" to round things off nicely for the girls and get the boy started in his McGuffy readers for K-4.

School year 2010-2011 should start in a week :) The girls will begin lessons for bass trombone and clarinet in Beginner's Band at TAFA. Peanut's playing volleyball for a local Christian school that opened its doors to homeschoolers this week. She is loving v-ball so far but thinks it is far harder than being a green belt in karate. LOL! Her first game is in 2 weeks. AWANA and youth at church start soon as well.

Summer is winding down finally and the house should be less chaotic...I hope

Ahh schedules how I loathe thee and love thee
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