Oh man. I honestly never thought this would happen…but guys…We are about to sign closing papers on a house. In less than 3 weeks, We’re going to own a home. I can paint, change the pull things in the kitchen, upgrade the appliances..or keep the old ones! It’s our choice!
I’m aware that home ownership has it’s own set of problems…but at least they’ll be my problems, fair and square! I look around my little apartment and as happy as I am to be leaving it, it makes me a little sad.
I mean…it took me 2 years to finally hang curtains. Make a gallery wall. Actually make my house look cute instead of like a college kids dorm. This is where I planned my wedding and made the decorations with my mom. Where I made 8 dozen cookies the week of the wedding. (I have no idea why I didn’t stop and ask for help, but that’s in the past. )
Soon I’ll be painting my kitchen-we already picked out the paint colors! I’ll be picking cute curtains and yanking out old wallpaper. The extra bedroom will be an office, and the master has 2 closets…2 for me, none for him… Just kidding! I might actually share.
But, here we go! A new phase in life, and a new set of opportunities. I can’t wait!
It’s finally feeling like christmas. My tree is bursting with presents, my sister comes next week, we had our Christmas cantata, and I’m making cookies. We work in a nursing home and discovered that on Christmas day, some residents have no where else to be. Some it’s because they celebrated early, some because their kids have no way to accommodate their wheelchairs, the reasons go on and on. While some families bring christmas to them….it’s just not the same. On a whim last year, Scott and I took hot cocoa mix to them on Christmas day. They loved it! It even made a lady get all tearful we thought of her on Christmas.
So this year: cookies! I have to make enough cookies for 50 people. I got started last night with my first batch. I made 4 dozen for the nursing home, and 2 dozen for my husband. Can’t make his favorite cookies and not give him any! I modified a bhg recipe to tweak it to my personal taste. Peanut butter chocolate chip cookies are now in my freezer, ready to go.
Tonight I’ll make checker board cookies. They look fairly simple, but oh so cute!
Before I share my recipe for the cookies, I wanted to share my 21dayfix results. In 21 days, I lost 5.6 pounds and 7.5 inches! It’s so crazy!
I didn’t stick to the plan as diligently as I should have, and I still lost weight and inches. It was easy! Dump tje.food in the containers, eat it, do the workout, drink the water, and just keep going! Take each day as it comes, and do your best. The best part was when my husband said you look even more fit than the day I married you. he’s right! I weigh less and have slimmed down.
While that is a horrible selfie, you can tell my face is slimmer and believe it or not, my waist is. That particular shirt didn’t fit the week of the wedding.
Enough about weightloss! Onto the cookies!
Peanut butter chocolate chip cookies
Yupp. 5 dozen cookies!
1 cup peanut butter
1 cut butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1 cup chocolate chips.
With a mixer, cream the pb and the butter until incorporated. Add the sugars, baking soda and baking powder. Mix until it is combined. Add the eggs and vanilla. Mix. Add in the flour 1/2 cup at a time. Use your machine as much as possible. Mix the rest in by hand. Stir in the chocolate chips.
Chill the dough for 20 minutes, or until you can roll it. Roll each cookie into a 1 inch ball, set 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Using a fork dipped in flour, make a criss cross pattern on it. Bake at 375 for 7-9 minutes.
These days there is a whole lot less baking and a lot more exercise happening in my apartment. I’ve lost weight, but I miss baking!
Tonight isn’t about food, or trips, or…or any of that. It’s just a thought that’s been following me all day. If you died today where would you go? See, this week at the nursing home my husband and I minister at on Sunday afternoons, two of the residents passed away. I know without a doubt that I will see one of them in heaven when I die. But the other…I don’t know. She never spoke to us in the entire time she attended (5 months). But it bothers me. Will I see her again, free from the pain?
See, I believe that Jesus, the Son of God came to earth to die for my sins. I believe that He died, was buried, and rose triumphantly from the grave on the 3rd day. He conquered death to give us life everlasting. I have personally prayed and asked forgiveness of my sins and am now a Christian. But..have you?
Seeing two people pass away so suddenly is sobering. It’s heartbreaking. And for some, it’s time to ask, “What about me? What happens after I die?”
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When we were little, mom would make what we wanted for dinner on our birthday. Man, if it was your birthday you could even ask for fried chicken and it would appear. (I am so not going to be that kind to my children.) Continue reading