Friday, July 28, 2006

Some weeks just aren't this productive

After a few weeks focusing on vacations and weddings, I've had a great week getting my house back in gear before school starts.

Here are the first nine bags (there were 16 total) of items going directly from my kids' closets to the Goodwill.

No wonder they couldn't get their drawers closed!

I was so on schedule this week that I even managed a coffee date with my husband (we didn't have to email each other this week!). Any guy that would drive thirty-two hours in the car with a bunch of kids must really love me, but it felt really good to hear it, up close and over a hot chocolate - Grande-skim-three pumps-no-whipped-cream.

My after-five beverage of choice. Just think of all that protein.

Wednesday I had a date with my eight-year-old.

After Physical Touch, this child's love language is "Quality Time." We went faux-rock-climbing (ie, indoors - who can be outside when it's 100 degrees?).

Well, I say "we" - she did the climbing, I did the "belaying."

Now you, too, can impress your friends with a fancy word for "holding the ropes."

Then it was time for a stop Braum's. I do care about my family's nutrition, other than baking things with pure, unadulterated butter.

I feel good about giving Braum's my business (six gallons of milk per week) because they don't give their cows hormones.

Plus, I'm just partial to nice Okie people (I'm married to one of those!).

I almost thought I'd have time to grind my own wheat and bake bread (had you going there for a minute, didn't I?).

Instead, I stopped to get my favorite loaves here.

But it probably is time to bake something today, so I'll give you my tried and true Oatmeal Cookie recipe:

Oatmeal Cookies (from Katherine's Grandma)

Cream together:
3/4 c. butter
1 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. granulated sugar
1/4 c. water
1 tsp. vanilla

Stir together and add to the above (I never do this, just to let you know. I add my salt and soda in with the above, then just stir the flour in. Who wants to dirty another bowl?):

1c. flour
1 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. salt
3 c. quick oats

You can add raisins, nuts or chocolate chips if you want to.

Drop by spoonfuls and bake at 350 degrees 9-11 minutes. Don't forget to refrigerate the dough!

Have a great day!


Randi said...

I have been in an organizing mood lately and I am thinking that my kids better watch out and hide their junk! The picture of your car loaded with bags is so inspiring! Next week...


Laura said...

Wow that is alot of bags for goodwill! Good for you getting that done. I always like going into the new school year with a fresh slate in the kids rooms. Oh and I love that you go on individual dates with your kids. I need to do that more for sure. Have a great day!

Wendy said...

Sounds like a great week! That is my kind of way to get bread. The cookies sound great. I will have to try those.

Code Yellow Mom said...

Doesn't the "haul away" feel GREAT?!

And I am in awe that you are a belayer. :)

Beck said...

I think it might be baking day here, too - but it's too hot to think about turning on the oven, so I'm going to make the stovetop cookies I've got posted today. I need to get a copy of that Love Languages of Children book...

Stephanie said...

I miss Braum's!! Born in Oklahoma, Braum's is a staple! Next time you go, please eat a chocolate chip cookie dough in a waffle cone for me.