Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Monster Cookies

I LOVE to watch PIONEER WOMAN on the Food Network. I would love to go visit her !! The other day when I watched the show she made these great Monster Cookies. So I wrote down the recipe and made them.Turned out pretty good I thought. They have lots of yummy stuff in them . Like M & M's , oats , chocolate chips , nuts and you also add some Rice Krispies. Here is the recipe: 375 for 12 minutes 2 sticks butter, softened 1/2 c. white sugar 1 1/2 c. brown sugar 2 eggs 1 T . vanilla 1 1/2 c flour 1/2 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. baking powder 2 tsp salt 1 1/2 c oats 1/2 c ( or more ! ) M & M's 3/4 c (or more ! ) choc. chips 1/2 c chopped nuts 2 1/4 c Rice Krispies Cream together the butter and sugar til fluffy. Add the eggs , one at a time , beating after each egg.Add vanilla and beat. Combine the flour, baking powder , baking soda and salt . Add to the bowl and mix well. Then start adding the goodies ... choc chips, oats, etc. Add the Rice Krispies last and mix til just combined. Use a scoop to scoop balls of dough on the cookie sheet . I used parchment paper on my cookie sheets. Bake til golden brown and enjoy !!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Loading Hay is GOOD Exercise !

We are slowly getting rid of the hay in our hay mow. We have sold some to different farmer neighbors. On Saturday a local Fire Co was having a consignment auction. So we decided to take some of our hay down . Friday morning Jim and I loaded 60 bales of hay on the old dump truck. I pulled the hay from the hay mow with the curved pitchfork. Then threw them up to my husband on the truck. I just kept thinking " you are working a lot of muscles doing this " ... this is great exercise for you ! We ended up taking down 2 truck loads. We got a good price for the hay, so even better. We think we will also advertise in the Lancaster Farming paper. This summer we will bale more hay .. more great exercise unloading hay !

Saturday, March 16, 2013

The Notebook Soundtrack - Allie returns

I have probably seen THE NOTEBOOK at least 50 times ! I just LOVE this movie  and the music! And every time I watch it I cry and cry . It is one of my very, very favorite movies. It touches your heart .When James Garner and Gena Rowlands play their scenes ...wonderful ! And I think I cry the hardest when they show them together in bed and holding each other forever.

Michael row the boat ashore - The X-Files

The X Files was one of my very favorite shows ! I never missed a show. I love this song , but every time I hear it I cry ! The saddest show ever on the X Files !

Saturday, March 9, 2013


My parents and three brother's moved from Pennsylvania to Florida the same year I got married. So while my kids were growing up my parents were far away and didn't get to see them much. That was before the days of computers and cell phones and Facebook. I would tape the girls on a cassette tape and mail it to Mom for her to hear the girls talking or singing. The other week my brother found some of the tapes at Mom and Dad's and put it onto a CD. He gave me the CD last week. I put it in the car to listen to on the CD player.The girls were about 5 and 2 on the tape . As I am driving up the road it starts and I hear this sweet little voice saying a poem from a Christmas Program at our church and then singing Jingle Bells . Next I hear the younger daughter singing Jingle Bells or at least trying to sing it like her older sister did. Hearing those little voices was wonderful. It brought back so many memories of when they were that age . You forget how little they sound . It brought tears to my eyes to hear those little voices . The older daughter got to hear herself on the CD the other day when she was in my car. She loved it too ! What a special memory to have and to be able to share it with the girls and their kids. The grand kids want to hear their Mommy's singing on the CD. I can't wait for them to hear their Mom's singing Jingle Bells and Rudolph. I will treasure this CD and listen to the girls singing over and over !