I always have. .
and I hope I always will. .
This year feels different. .
I'm slower, a little less excited, and a little more reflective. .
I find myself straying from "the plan". .
you know, if you've been around this blog very long. .
that there is ALWAYS a plan. HA!
I finally mustered up the time and the energy for my favorite Christmas activity. .
I cooked for TWO solid days this past weekend. .
I've had a little project in the back of my mind for several months now. .
And I even found a little time to work on it over the weekend too. .
With a little help, of course!
I hope to be able to show you the finished project soon. .
Mostly, because it surpassed my expectations!
And, because I think some of you would enjoy doing it yourself!
The BIG deal of the weekend, however. .
was this. .
Grant and his dad, after 1 1/2 years of working on it. .
Had finally gotten a motor installed. .
and the body work done on Grant's pickup. .
And the paint went on!
It is now a joke between Grant and I, that I think the paint looks like primer. .
but he LOVES the way it turned out. .
And he was right, in the sunlight. .
it glistens a lovely shade of sparkly silver. .
They think in a few more weekends of putting down carpet, placing windows, putting the hardware back in, and installing the gauges. .
it will be ready for it's maiden voyage to school. .
The boys will then have to argue about who is driving. .
and who has to buy the fuel!
We had a little rain shower the other night. .
and a really heavy fog yesterday morning that froze on the trees. .
We are hoping for some more moisture soon. .
I thought it would be nice to share one of the cookie recipes from the weekend. .
I've made these a time or two before, but not for a few years. .
They have been Cami's favorite treat this season. .
And are just enough different than your average cookie,
that they make a welcome gift for someone special!
One week left until we mark that special day commemorating the birth of Jesus. .
I can hardly wait. .
Festive Chocolate Mint Cookies
1 ½ sticks butter
1 ½ cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp water
2 cup chocolate chips
2 ½ cup flour
1 ¼ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
Andes mint candies
Melt butter, sugar, and water. Add chips until almost melted. Let cool 10 minutes. Beat eggs into mixture 1 at a time. Add dry ingredients. Chill dough for at least one hour. Roll heaping teaspoons or small cookie scoop into ball. Bake at 350 on ungreased pan for 12-13 minutes. Place a mint on each cookie; swirl candy as it melts with a knife and add sprinkles.