What a few weeks we’ve had. I haven’t shared much on the day to day & I’ll get back in that habit soon. But, for now I’ll make a short list.
1. we met some friends
at the Zoo for a great day. Even at 18months Leviah seemed to really enjoy seeing all the animals, of course Lion, Elephant, Ostrich–they’re all puppies. & Naomi’s favorite event was seeing this ostrich with an egg:
2. We’ve had friends
of days-gone-by visiting this season. What a joy it is to catch up & find out that though years have soared by we still have many things in common. The downside? The longer you’ve known someone the older you are & farther from the youthful days of Summer Camp & Youth Group, & now even college campus adventures seem long ago.
3. We’ve been looking hard. Our search for our ‘land’ feels like the Oregon trail. No, we haven’t hunted wild Bison or forded rushing rivers, but there is something very draining about hoping & having to move on. But, even yesterday we hiked a property with great potential, is it the one we were dreaming about last month? no, but there are new & different possibilities here…
4. We’ve been outside. Whether driving in the country or maintaining the garden beds, swinging on the swing set or exploring lands that could be ours, we have been soaking up countless amounts of sunshine & blue skies. It’s as if rain doesn’t exist & the scorching days of July & August plan to take it easy this year. I’ll take cool mornings & medium afternoons that frame evening bonfires perfectly any time of year.
5. We’ve been learning. While formal study time has taken a back seat to just being out doors, visiting the zoo, independent exploration & imagination, we have been baking a lot. We made Roly Poly Pudding
according to our curriculum & to go along with this story
. (more accurately they’d be described as personal pies). & over the weekend we whipped up some cookies a-la what we had. They’re not healthy, but they are delicious & because the recipe has been requested I’m adding it here.
Chocolate Cookies with Peanut Butter Chips:
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 1 package peanut butter chips
- 3/4 cup dutch press cocoa powder
oven to 330° F. (we use convection, so without make it 350)
COMBINE flour, baking soda, cocoa and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in peanut butter chips. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.
BAKE for 7 to 9 minutes (I undercook all cookies. They continue baking on the pan & I like them soft). Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; cool & enjoy! (great for dipping in coffee or milk!)