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Quick and easy cookies

21 Jul

I needed to make cookies for church tomorrow. If I was going to turn on the oven and heat up the house, I was going to make it worth it. This is my riff on a recipe I found online.

In an enormous bowl, mix 2 packages cake mix( I used 1 chocolate, 1 yellow), 2/3 of a 26 oz jar of peanut butter, 1 cup of vegetable oil, and 4 eggs. Mix well with a wooden spoon. Your arm WILL get tired. You could probably use a mixer if you have one, but I don’t, so I get muscles. I added a 1/4 water near the end because it just wouldn’t combine well by hand.

Then drop by tablespoons onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Easy clean up, DUH! And you don’t need to grease the cookie sheets. If you don’t have parchment, you definitely want to grease pans. Bake for 7-9 minutes, or until set and the bottoms start to brown. Remember that MY oven sucks, so you might want to watch yours closely. The original recipe said 8-10 minutes. This made 5 dozen +1 cookie. Yes, I know! I was lazy by the time I got to the bottom of the bowl. And they’ve all been successfully distributed away from THIS house. I DID eat a couple and they were too yummy to stay around here.

  • I’m grateful to still be able to experiment in the kitchen. I’m grateful the neighborhood guinea pigs are happy. I’m grateful to be done before it got way to hot to have the oven on.

Night all. LOVES


Remember who you are

18 Jul

I watched a video this morning,, about the miracle of finding happiness after tragedy. Losing a child is the hardest thing EVER to go through, but KNOWING that she is in excellent day care with our Savior and Heavenly Father makes it bearable most of the time. I NEEDED to be REMINDED of THIS today! I KNOW my Heavenly Father loves me and HE never gives me more than HE knows I can handle at THAT moment with what I have available to me at the time. Even when live seems so hard and I think I’ll never get through this trial I’m going through at the time, remembering what I’ve already been through and knowing that I have survived, helps me to keep swimming and to remember to breathe. As long as I’m breathing, there is hope and promise.

  • I’m grateful today for the reminders, large and small, that let me know I am not in this alone. I’m grateful for my faith in my Heavenly Father to know that he will always be ready to help me when I ask. I’m grateful to know that even when I forget to ask, I will get the nudge to remember who I am and what is available for me.

Night all. LOVES

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

18 Jul

Another day of gratitude.

  • I’m grateful for all my fans working because the humidity is really making me miss my air conditioner. I’m grateful a box of mac & cheese is quick and easy for my child’s dinner. I’m grateful its supposed to rain overnight. At least then the humidity will be worth it.

Night all. LOVES

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

17 Jul

Trying to carry on when life seems hard. I was doing well until I received some sobering news this evening. Just a reminder that life is unknown.

  • I’m grateful my dinner went well. I made cheese crisps. (Baked cheese!) I’m grateful to sit in my chair watching the sunset. It lets me know the earth still goes around. I’m grateful to hear the wind in the trees. It reminds me that wonderful things aren’t always seen.

Night all. LOVES

More acceptance

14 Jul

Have you ever noticed that when things need to change, you fight it tooth and nail? But as soon as it is changed, it turns out it wasn’t so bad. I think that’s where I am today. I’ve been fighting the changes in my circumstances lately. LOTS! Then I reminded myself that  I needed to find gratitude in ALL things. Now I’m finding acceptance is the next step. The more I find it, the more peaceful I feel. Go figure.

  • I’m grateful to get to church today. It’s been a couple of weeks. I’m grateful for peaceful feelings when I practice gratitude and acceptance. I’m grateful to be sitting in front of a fan.

Night all. LOVES

Gratitude in adversity

12 Jul

I’m always going on about finding gratitude in all I do, but lately I’ve been complaining. About everything and anything. Today during my scripture study, the subject of gratitude during adversity came up several times. Alright, I’m listening. I need to work on being truly grateful and believing it and not just giving it lip service.

  • I know my life isn’t perfect, it isn’t even very great at the moment. But it IS life! I’m grateful to he breathing today. I’m grateful to be on public transportation going to a therapy appointment. I’m grateful to the promptings of the Holy Ghost and my Heavenly Father and tlmy ability to eventually listen and understand what I’m being told.

Night all. LOVES


11 Jul

I love my child! I love my child! I love my child! A therapist told me that I should say that when I’m frustrated with parenthood. Today is one of those days. Yesterday I had to drag my child out of bed to get him to HIS therapy appointment. When we got home at 3 he went back to sleep. I was looking forward to an early bedtime at 9, but he wakes up and wants something to eat. I finally fall asleep about midnight. He wakes me up at 3 saying he doesn’t feel good. So I’ve been awake since 3 am! I think I’ve gotten about 4 hours sleep. Every time I lay down, he comes in and wants something. I just need to remember to breathe.

  • I’m grateful I can be a hands on parent today. I’m grateful he can be a great kid to hold me over when I’m annoyed. I’m grateful that eventually we will go to sleep again!

Night all. LOVES