Saturday, January 26, 2013

Cowboy Cookies

Cowboy Cookies?!

Yee Haw!

Love the name so I had to give them a try.

Plus the recipe is filled with all of my favorites:  chocolate, oatmeal, coconut, and pecans.


The first batch was a little too sweet for me, so I adjusted the recipe and ...... Taaa-Daaa!

Yummy - Yummy - Yummy - Yummy - Yummy Goodness!!!

Delightfully decadent to say the least.  These cookies are so very delicious.

Everyone I shared them with just loved them.

Definitely my new favorite chocolate chip recipe straight from the Lone Star State.


Cowboy Cookies     *Printable Recipe*
adapted from Lemons and Lima Beans

3 cups flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tbsp baking soda
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
3 eggs
1 tbsp vanilla
3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
2 cups sweetened coconut flakes
2 cups chopped pecans (8 oz) 

Preheat oven to 350ºF.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.

In a second bowl, beat the butter on medium speed until smooth. Add the sugar and brown sugar and beat for another 2 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in the vanilla. 

Stir in the flour mixture, blending until just combined. Add the chips, oats, coconut, and pecans and stir until fully incorporated.

Drop by rounded tablespoon onto an ungreased baking sheet, making sure to allow plenty of room between cookies. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are set and golden brown. Allow the cookies to cool on the pan for 1-2 minutes before placing on a cooling rack.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Dinner for One

This is what my dinner looks like when my husband is away on business trips.

Theater butter popcorn and Skinny Girl margaritas.


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Alamo

After living in our new town for eight months, we finally decided to play tourist and visit one of our city's most famous and historical monuments - The Alamo.

Equipped with only our camera phones, we attempted to get some good shots.

We tried our best at capturing a family photo with the Alamo in the background ...

We also tried to get a picture of me and our little guy smiling at the camera ...

And we tried to get a shot of our son sitting patiently while smiling at the camera ...

Fortunately, one picture turned out...

It's our only good shot and my most favorite photo of the day.

I love them!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Don't Let It Slip On By

I heard an amazing song on the radio this morning while driving back from my Opthamology appointment.

My eyes were sticky from eye drops the doctor had put in them and my pupils were dilated, making the sun pretty unbearable. 

The song brought tears to my eyes compromising my vision even further.

I was a mess!

In fact, I shouldn't have even been on the road (even though my house was one mile from the hospital).

Anyway, I pulled over so I could listen to the song and cry as much as I wanted.

It truly ministered to me as I pressed pause on my busy and chaotic life for just a few seconds.

Such a beautiful song with beautiful lyrics.

It reminds me to slow things down a bit and enjoy every moment.

Cherish the beautiful family that God has blessed me with...

And stay open to God's direction on my life to serve Him for His kingdom.

As the lyrics go, "We're only here for a little while and God gives us only so much precious time.  So don't let it slip on by."

Here's the song below.  I hope you play it and I pray that it speaks to you as well.

"This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it." - Psalm 118:24

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Hello Allergies!

Allergies - Allergies - Allergies!!

Who has Allergies?!


Christmas morning

Since our little man was born, we suspected that he had inherited my allergies to everything.

From dogs to cats to trees to grass to weeds to dust to pollen to ...

You name it, I'm allergic to it.

AND........ so is he :(

Unfortunately, the Allergist confirmed his allergies with a painfully terrible and super-itchy allergy test for a little toddler.
Allergy test
I snapped this photo at the start of our 15 minute (no scratching) wait.  

Poor little guy!

He was a trooper though.  

Such a great kid.

As you can see, some of the pricks were quickly turning into big hives.  Others took a little time to get there, but they all puffed up pretty big.

The doctor tested for 18 types of allergies, and he was allergic to every single one.

Apparently it's unusual for someone his age to test positive for all 18, but when he turns five in June 2015 we can test for more allergies and begin allergy shot treatment in hopes to alleviate some of his allergies by age 10.

I'm thankful for answers from our most amazing Allergist.

And I'm hopeful that his allergies will some day be less severe.

Here's to less sneezing, dry noses, and more restful sleeps!!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Happy 2013!

Happy New Year ya'll!

It's been 2013 years since Jesus appeared on earth.

Strange to think about, but very true.

Every time we look at our calendar or write down the date, we're referencing Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

Whether we realize it or not.

I love thinking about that.

Anyway, each year I usually succumb to the pressure of deciding on a New Year's resolution.

It's a just commitment to myself.

And an attempt to create good habits.

In the past, I've pledged to loose weight, spend more time connecting with friends, attend church every Sunday of the year, and so on and so on...

For the most part, I've been pretty successful at keeping my resolutions.

Except the losing weight part.

It has become an ongoing resolution that automatically transfers to the next year.  *sigh*

I guess the older I get, the more my body changes, and the harder it is to lose weight.

So along with losing weight, this year's resolution is to be more budget conscious.

I love being on a budget and tracking every penny that leaves our wallets, but unfortunately I've been terrible at it this past year or two or three.

So this is the year that we're tightening our belts and seeking out alternatives to our many conveniences.

The first thing on our list of cut backs is bottled water.

We got rid of the expense of buying bottled waters and installed a water filtration system on our faucet.

Isn't it lovely!!?

We're excited about it.

Wonder why we waited so stinkin' long to do this.

Also, I bought this Brita water bottle for my husband.

He can take it with him to the office and on his business trips.

Bye bye bottled waters....

and Hello savings!
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