Thursday, October 8, 2015

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies

Fall comes, and I love pumpkin chocolate chip cookies as much as the next person. But forget about them for a minute.....

Do you like oatmeal cookies? Well, the addition of chopped, spiced apple, cinnamon chips, and chopped nuts will literally take them over the top. They scream, "It's Fall!" These were some of the best oatmeal cookies I've ever made. Loved them! Give them a try--you'll be glad you did.

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies
makes about 3 dozen

1 medium apple, peeled, cored and chopped (I used Gala)
2 T. butter
3 T. brown sugar
1 t. cinnamon
1/4 t. nutmeg

3/4 c. butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 t. vanilla
2 t. cinnamon
2 c. flour
2 t. cornstarch
1 t. baking soda
2 1/2 c. quick oats
1/2 c. cinnamon chips (found at Walmart)
1/2 c. chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

Melt 2 T. butter in a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add the chopped apple, 3 T. brown sugar, 1 t. cinnamon and 1/4 t. nutmeg. Stir and cook until apples are slightly softened and syrup has thickened. Set aside.

Cream butter and brown sugar together until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add vanilla and egg and mix until combined. In a separate bowl, whisk together the cinnamon, flour, cornstarch and baking soda until combined. All at once, add flour mixture to butter mixture and stir til combined. Stir in the oats, cinnamon chips and chopped walnuts just until combined. Fold in the apples, including the syrup. 

Using a cookie scoop, place balls of dough 2-inches apart on a baking sheet with a silicone liner. Bake 10 minutes. Remove cookies to a cooling rack. See how long they last at your house! 

Recipe adapted from Life Love and Sugar. 

Monday, October 5, 2015

World Teachers' Day

Today is World Teachers' Day, so I am sharing the following infographic with you: World Teacher Day

Today, do something to thank a teacher who has had an impact on your life or your kids' lives. They deserve it! Infograhic courtesy of:

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Another kid becomes an adult

Photo credit: Target Photo Studio

This guy graduates from high school today. And to top it all off, he turns 18 in a few more. Didn't he just barely look like this?

My all-time favorite baby picture. It's just too cute.
Okay, maybe he still does look a lot like this. Minus the thumb sucking. He looks perpetually young!

In honor of both his graduation & his birthday, 18 things I love about Jared, otherwise known as Joj:

1. He is pretty cute.
2. He is smart!
3. He is really good at any and all art--pottery and painting especially.
4. Jared always wants to do what's right.
5. But sometimes he is a little mischievous. ;)
6. Type 1 diabetes will never own him.
7. He is going to be a great missionary starting in two months!
8. Jared is really a softie at heart.
9. His room is never messy because he likes to keep everything in its place.
10. When Jared decides he is going to do something, he does it.
11. He works very hard!
12. Jared isn't afraid to stand up for what he believes in.
13. He owns up to his mistakes. Ask him about our garage door.
14. He definitely has a sense of adventure!
15. I can always count on him to call me Bob.
16. His crazy sense of humor!
17. He takes responsibility for himself and always gets things done.
18. Jared knows that God is real and helps him through everything.


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Life With T1D: Because of Diabetes

{This guy is leaving in 2 months for an LDS mission in Ohio. I am not worried about what kind of missionary he'll be, because I know he'll put his whole heart and soul into it. The bigger challenge will be diabetes. So I thought I would re-post this one, just to remind ourselves of the good things we have learned. I know those things are going to help Jared help others.}

I haven't done a "Real Life With Diabetes" post in awhile, and unfortunately that's not because it magically disappeared. Wouldn't that be nice!

Though it would be nice if diabetes "died in a hole," there are some things I would miss about it. No, don't call the authorities....I haven't lost my mind....yet. There are lessons we've learned from it that have been good lessons to learn, and quite possibly, we might not have learned them otherwise.

Because of diabetes, Jared is healthier. I know that seems strange...isn't he in a perpetually "unhealthy" state? Sort of, but as far as everyday illnesses, he's healthier. He takes really good care of himself, works out regularly, and tries to eat pretty healthy, too. I'm pretty sure that if he didn't have diabetes, this wouldn't all be the case. We've been blessed that he is healthy most of the time!

Because of diabetes, Jared is kinder. He is more understanding of other kids who suffer from various ailments and conditions, especially things they have to manage every single day like he does.

Because of diabetes, Jared knows that God is real. He knows that Jesus loves him and helps him. He told me this himself one day when I asked what he's learned from having diabetes. If he learned nothing else, this would certainly be enough!

Because of diabetes, I'm a better mother. I don't know if I can put all the whys into words, but I just know that I am. I'm also healthier and more educated about nutrition.

Last, a good quote from Jared. The other day while he was changing his insulin pump to another site, his grandma was watching and she asked him about it. They got talking, and in the course of the conversation, Jared said this about having diabetes: "Some people just have diabetes." Meaning, it takes over their life. Grandma said, "But not you, huh Jared?" He just smiled and said, "Nope." Some pretty good wisdom right there. I love that kid!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Monday, May 11, 2015

Motherhood at its best.

Mother's Day 2015.

Does it get any better than this? All my children around me? Nope, I think it doesn't. Gifts are nice and it's great to feel appreciated, but being with all my kids is the best thing ever! I am grateful for every minute I get to spend with these awesome people.

The End. :)

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Homemade Tomato Soup

One of my favorite childhood memories is of my Dad coming home from work & making homemade tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner. He loved to cook (and still does!), even after a long day at the office, and this combination was one of us kids' favorites. As best I can remember, he used to combine a big can of tomato juice with an equal amount of half & half, then I'm sure he must have added a few spices, but I don't remember what. This recipe is a little different, but I still need half & half in my tomato soup all these years later.

Homemade Tomato Soup
serves 8

In a large pot, melt 2 T. butter with 1 T. olive oil over medium heat. 
Add 3 T. flour and whisk until smooth. Stir in 1/2 t. onion powder and 1/2 t. garlic salt. Whisk until fragrant.
Add, whisking to combine:
1 28-oz can peeled, crushed tomatoes
4 c. chicken broth
1 c. half & half
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. black pepper
1/4 t. ground thyme

Stir often and bring mixture to a simmer. Cover and simmer 10-15 minutes, stirring periodically. Serve with your choice of toppings such as parmesan cheese, additional pepper, chives, and/or croutons. Don't forget the grilled cheese for dipping! 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

A picture-perfect day.

Hard to believe this is a day in mid-February. In Utah. Isn't it supposed to be snowy and cold?

Well, we can't do much but just enjoy it while it lasts, so that's what we did this President's Day. We made a trip to This Is The Place park. The sky was absolutely gorgeous and we almost had the park to ourselves. I can deal with days like that--hoodie weather, a pretty sky and no crowds. The best!