Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Juliette's chocolate chip oatmeal cookies!

Today I made my friend Juliette's almost famous chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. This recipe has been circulating through a small group of friends. I never actually made this recipe but when someone posted again on Facebook I thought I had better try it. Today was a perfect day. One kid not feeling well. Dreary day. So we baked some cookies and sat down to make some Christmas wish lists from the sears catalogs.

Unfortunately I forgot that this recipe does not fit in my kitchen aid. Therefore I dirtied more bowls than I wanted. Oh well. The cookies more than make up for the effort!

Here is the recipe for these wonderful cookies

Juliette’s Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
Cream together:
2 cups butter
2 cups sugar
2 cups brown sugar
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla

In a separate bowl sift together:
4 cups flour
5 cups oatmeal (blended in a food processor or blender, I use a food processor)
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda

Sift together dry ingredients, then mix with creamed mixture.

24 ounces of chocolate chips
3 cups chopped nuts (if desired, or raisins.)

Bake at 375 for approximately 12 min until golden brown

Kiddo's working on their christmas wish lists and enjoying cookies

Monday, October 22, 2012

Be-tween You and God. Book review and Giveaway!!!!

Recently I had the opportunity to review an excellent book. Tyndale publishing has sent me another book for review.  They don't require that I give them a positive review in exchange for the book.  I enjoyed reviewing this book because I got to share it with "J".  

This book is a one year devotional devoted entirely to girls ages 9-14.  With "J"turning 10 in 2 weeks, she fits perfectly into this bracket.  Each devotion is only one page long which is great because it is not overwhelming for her.  At the top of the page there is a question which leads to the topic of the devotional.  For example today's question was "Dear God, My older teenage sister says mean things, including that she hates me.  She never wants to be with me. What should I do?"  It then has 3-5 paragraphs talking about that question.  It also has a bible verse and a question to make her think.

I really love this book.  When I first gave it to her, she sat down immediately and read that day's devotion.  It definitely made her think about the topic more closely and made her want to read her bible more.  The one thing that I don't like about this book is that some of the topics don't apply to her very well at this point in her life.  But I'm sure as she grows and experiences more, she will remember these devotions and maybe even look back on them.  She keeps the book up in her bed and I'm excited to have her reading these devotions every night.

I asked her what she thought of the book.  This is what she said "I really like the book.  I like the bible verses at the bottom of the page and how the author explains things."

Tyndale has offered me the chance to give away a copy of this book to one of my readers soooo if you have a daughter/granddaughter or know a little girl that you think would enjoy this book, leave me a comment!  I'll leave it open for a few days. I'll have "J" draw a name out of a hat of all the commenter's to pick the winner on Thursday  after she is done of her school work   So considering she is usually finished school around lunch time, you have until Thursday at 11:30 to comment.  Oh to make it interesting, lets answer a question.  What is your favorite book/devotional?  

Edited to add.  If you have difficulty commenting on this post, if you share this blog post on facebook and tag me in it  I'll consider that an entry!!