Lulu is growing up, slowly but surely, right before our eyes. From the time she was four months old, she sucked the middle and ring fingers on her right hand for comfort or out of boredom. When I read on Mandi’s blog back in October that she was about to break her almost-three-year-old daughter of her thumb-sucking habit, it hit me that it might be time to break three-and-a-half-year-old Lulu from her finger sucking habit. I had really never given it much thought before then–I knew the day would come, but I hadn’t the intestinal fortitude to really go through with it. I knew her finger sucking was closely related to having her “Buh,” the receiving blanket Steady Eddie’s grandmother made for Lulu when she was an infant. Without Buh, Lulu often seemed to forget about her fingers, but with Buh, the fingers always went straight into her mouth. I definitely didn’t have the heart to make her give up Buh, however, so one day after coming home from Bible study, I just off-handedly mentioned to her that since she was getting to be such a big girl, it was time to give up the finger sucking. Okay, so I also bribed offered her a reward of ice cream if she made it all day with no fingers. Lo and behold, she did it! With no crying and no whining, my little girl gave up a three year habit. Naptime was a little difficult in that it took her longer to go to sleep with no fingers to lull her, but she never once (to my knowledge) backslid into finger sucking since that fateful October day. I am so proud of her, but I am also a little sad. I know it’s inevitable, but I almost dread these little breaks with babyhood and toddlerhood. And there’s a certain little dingy white blanket with multi-colored hearts on it that is a little lonely and forlorn some days. What I really want to know, though, is why I can’t give up my Dr. Pepper habit as easily?
Here’s my tip for today: make these cookies! They are delicious. I’ve baked these cookies many times, and I’ve never had anyone turn one down. I got the recipe off of Becky Higgins’ blog. She is well-known in the scrapbooking world, so I follow her blog. She frequently posts recipes, and I had to try this recipe because I used to make a cookie with Andes mints that resembled a chocolate chip cookie. When I saw this recipe, though, I knew I had to try it, and it has since replaced my old chocolate mint standby. In fact, this is my standard birthday or Christmas gift for one of my best friends. She LOVES anything chocolate mint, so this just hits the spot for her. Try them! You’ll love them!
Andes Mint Cookies
3/4 c. butter or margarine (I always use butter)
1 1/2 c. brown sugar
2 T. water
2 c. semisweet chocolate chips
2 1/2 c. all purpose flour
1 1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
Andes mints (2 bags should be plenty)
Heat the first three ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat until melted; add the semisweet chocolate chips and stir until completely melted. Remove the saucepan from heat and allow to cool for ten minutes or so. Pour the contents of the saucepan into a mixing bowl and beat in the two eggs. Add all of the dry ingredients and mix until well blended. Chill for approximately 45 minutes. Roll into 1 to 1 1/2 inch balls, place on a cookie sheet (or baking stone), and flatten slightly with a fork. Bake at 350 degress for 10-12 minutes. Place an unwrapped Andes mint on the top of each cookie as soon as the cookies are removed from the oven. Allow the mint to melt for 5 minutes or so, then spread the melted chocolate over the cookie with a spoon or spatula. Allow to cool.
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I won these cute “korker” bows at Mandi’s blog Sweet as Sugar Candy. Mandi has her own boutique on ebay where she sells these. Aren’t they adorable? Of course, my models are adorable, too. Now if I could only get them to cooperate for photos a little better. . .
Thanks, Mandi! You made my day!
Is anyone else ready to forget the rich, decadent foods of the Thanksgiving holiday and get back to your normal weekly fare? I am! This week’s menu is about as plain as one can get, with plenty of opportunities for eating leftovers thrown in. Here’s what we’re having this week:
Monday: crockpot beef roast, carrots, and potatoes; green beans or English peas (or both!); rice; cornbread
Tuesday: barbecue beef roast; oven fries
Wednesday: pintos and cornbread
Friday: homemade pizza or leftovers (I might be scrapbooking this night, so we’ll see what we end up with!)
That’s about it for this week. Our house is a mess, as it usually is after we’ve had a particularly busy weekend. I’m glad we’re crockpotting it tomorrow so I can try to concentrate on catching up on laundry, decluttering, etc.
What’s on your menu this week? Head on over to I’m an Organizing Junkie to find more great menus or to share yours!
I am in my fourth year of teaching freshman composition at a local community college as a part-time instructor. This semester, I chose Willa Cather’s My Antonia and O.E. Rolvaag’s Giants in the Earth as our class novels. While my classes’ reactions to the novels were mixed, I found both novels interesting and compelling for their depiction of humanity and its potential for both triumph and despair.
O.E. Rolvaag’s epic Giants in the Earth is the story of Norwegian settlers who make their way across the prairies to finally settle in the Dakota Terriotory in the latter part of the nineteenth century, where they try to subdue the land and make it prosper. On one hand there is Per Hansa, the indomitable man who embodies true pioneer spirit and will stop at nothing to find success. In contrast to him is his wife, Beret, who slips into depression and madness as she finds so much about life as a pioneer to overwhelm and frighten her. The story is peopled with other pioneers who react in various ways to their climate and environment, but in the end they all work together to build a successful community together. The story chronicles the challenges and triumphs of this little band of pioneers while simultaneously giving the reader a picture of the psychological makeup it takes to settle and subdue a new land.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Although I read it in translation from the Norwegian, I found it both easy to read and, at times, beautifully written. Despite the fact that it is a lengthy novel (about 500 pages), it is a relatively quick read because it is really just a day-to-day accounting of the pioneers’ lives. There is much to love and admire about the characters. The ending of novel is one of those that makes me throw down the book and sigh deeply. You cannot spend so much time with these characters without becoming at least a little bit attached to them. If you like pioneer stories of courage and character, you will enjoy this book.