Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Ranger Cookies and A Little Bit of Fun

Today I'm having some fun ...
I've washed a load of clothes and got to hang them in out in bright, wonderful sunshine! Plus, I've  baked a few cookies, done a little artsy stuff and picked & arranged some flowers.
We've been in the middle of heavy rains - it's a joy to do anything in the sunshine today!

Loving my family's cookbook

My Aunt Sara's Ranger Cookies - everyone loves them

I'll add the recipe later but it's easy and they're good for you too!

I'm in the beginning stages of making a bunch of bookmarks ... playing with watercolor is great!

I love that my yard always has plenty of flowers - to give away or for our home.

 These 2 plates of cookies and flowers will go to some new Mommies in our church family. Each of them are first time Moms and have sweet little baby boys to love on! New beginnings for these gals!

Last night I made chocolate no-bake oatmeal cookies and today the Ranger Cookies and as I was doing so I began remembering and then, I started counting my blessings -
  1. I have the ability and the means to bake cookies (ingredients and an oven!)
  2. I could think back on and cherish the memories of my Mom and Aunt Sara baking cookies in their kitchens
  3. I had so many years of making treats for my own children 
  4. I have friends to share my goodies with today
  5. and I have a great husband who appreciates all things homemade
Yep, life is fun - in the creating and the giving.
Here's that recipe I promised:

Ranger Cookies
1 cup margarine or shortning
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar 
2 eggs 
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups rolled oats
2 cups corn flakes
1 cup dry coconut
Mix together in order given 
(mix flour, baking powder, soda and salt together separately before adding)

Drop on greased cookie sheets and bake 10-12 minutes in 350 degree oven. 
this recipe made 4 dozen cookies


Sunday, June 10, 2012

A Little Too Long ...

I've been away from here a little too long ... but it's never too late to begin again. (at least not in my book, on my road) It really has been hard to get started back to the routine of anything but I think of time on here like I think of my time with good friends - you know, some folks are just such soul friends that it doesn't matter how much time goes by, you sit down side by side and pick up like it was yesterday. I have a slew of those special folks and due to life and the stories we're all creating, some of those friends are scattered all over the world.
But, here I am today ... so much on my mind that I hardly knew where to begin. I will say that our youngest flew the coop, or left the nest and you can read about those reflections here and because of his leaving it brought about changes and those notes come from my heart right about there. Check them out if you'd like and you'll kinda understand what I've been up to.
Today though I'm sharing something simple, refreshing and lovely.
Sweet, iced green tea with fresh orange juice added to make it perfect. It's part of where I live ... this lovely temperate climate that allows us to have fresh fruit and flowers all year long. 
Would love for you to stop in to share a glass ...
oh, yeah, and hopefully I'll not be a stranger now that I 'broke the ice'.

see these 2 oranges? they're the last off the tree - perfect to squeeze into a pitcher of sweet, green tea!

here's the tree - now loaded with a gazillion new buds which before long will be the prettiest smelling blooms!

clusters and clusters of buds!

our 'normal' lemon tree has bunches of lemons ... eight just right here!

and the big ol' boys never quit - neighbors come regularly requesting these lovelies
hundreds of little hot peppers on our 3 bushes

these 2 little ones will more than heat up a recipe of salsa

our 3rd crop of bananas ... ready to eat in another month or so

and as always flowers from our yard ... the white one there is a straggler hanging on from my Mothers Day bouquet from Jake.