Saturday, December 18, 2010

Saturday Before Christmas

It' fairly apparent I've been baking the last couple of days.

Today  also included a wonderful break for scones and tea with the PWOC board at Cafe Live Forever.  I love the laughter and joy of meeting with this group. I've never tried the entrées here, but they have a wonderful selection of scones for Y90 each. They're fairly small and so you get just a taste with a nice cuppa milk tea and life is very good.

Christmas Program practice took up the bulk of the afternoon. It's going to be a good one. Hard to believe we're so close to the 25th already...traveling really does change the season. LOL

We arrived home in time to bake 30 dozen Oatmeal Chocolate Craisin cookies , open the crock pot and eat the roast.

I finally began creating our Christmas Card. Family, the yearly calendar will NOT make it by Christmas - sorry. Hopefully by mid- January.

I' wanted to post a video of ALIVE'S human video, but evidently it's too long for blogger. (I just figured out how to embed FB videos on a blogger and work around that). They've worked hard to have an appropriate selection for a family "Children's" Program. Last year their selection was deemed too intense for the venue.  They thought about it this year and came up with one that is perfect. Jared wrote the "script" to accompany, "Mary Did You Know?" The youth on this team are great. Ashley does a wonderful job as Mary. I found it really brought the song alive to me. As a family, we've laughed with Jared on his portrayal of Jesus. First he was very stern to keep from laughing....and I told him he was showing an "Angry Jesus" and that it didn't fit in several spots. Now he's got a bit of a "gangsta swagger" that we hope will disappear by tomorrow. Straight and proud is our mantra.  Nevertheless - enjoy from our youth to your home.

Choosing Joy!
©2010 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Craisin Cookies (Jenells')

I know I keep posting new chocolate chip recipes and saying "this is the best" - but this one is great.  We want chewy but not flat and not cake-like....haven't tired these with healthy ingredients.....but they're good this way. LOL 

Preheat oven to 375 - makes about 4 doz (mine made 7 - with the smaller PC scoop)

3/4 c Butter - softened
1 C packed Brown Sugar
1/2 C Granulated Sugar
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves (didn't have any and left out)
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 3/4 C all-purpose Flour
2 C Rolled Oats
1 C Chocolate Chips
3/4 C Craisins

Cream butter, sugars, vanilla, and eggs in a large bowl.

Mix flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves.

Add to butter mixture. Stir in chocolate chips. Fold in craisins.

Drop dough by rounded tsp...bake 8-10 min (mine took 11). Cool on cookie sheet for 1 min. Cool on wire rack.

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Choosing Joy!
©2010 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...