Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Cake Mix Cookies ~ Fast & Easy Morsels of Goodness

Who can’t use an easy and tasty recipe, especially in the fall? J

Every once in a while, boxed cake mixes go on sale. The best sale I’ve seen is Meijer’s 10-for-$10-get-the-11th-free. It’s hard to pass up a price like that…except my family doesn’t like cake.

Add to that the fact that my family typically has a sweet treat on Sunday evenings, usually prepared by the girls, and I was dismayed at missing a bargain.

Everything came together when I found a recipe for cookies using a boxed cake mix. There are several versions floating around the web, and if you’re gluten free, you could probably use a gluten-free cake mix.


There are as many possibilities as there are cake mix flavors ~~

  • Chocolate cake mix cookies, perhaps with chocolate chips or nuts.
  • Yellow cake mix cookies with chocolate chips. To fancy them up, drizzle some almond bark across the top.
  • Lemon cake mix cookies with powdered sugar on top. {My favorite!}
  • Spice cake mix cookies with cream cheese frosting or two cookies in a sandwich. Perfect for autumnal goodness!

Here’s our recipe ~

Ingredients:
1 box cake mix
1 egg
¼ cup vegetable oil
¼ cup buttermilk or sour milk {Make sour milk by mixing ¼ tbsp. white vinegar with ¼ cup milk in a glass measuring cup. Then let it sit for five minutes.}

Directions:
Mix cake mix and oil in large mixing bowl.
Then use the measuring cup to put together the sour milk.
While the milk sours, add egg to the mix and oil. Stir well, approximately 50 strokes. It becomes quite stiff, so your stirring can work off the calories you’re about to consume when you eat the cookies. Just be careful of getting the chocolate chips out too early!


Add the sour milk. Stir well.


At this point, you can either ball cookies and place on a greased cookie sheet or spread the dough in a greased 9x13 pan for bar cookies.

Bake at 350 until golden. For bar cookies, this takes 12 to 15 minutes. For balled cookies, try 8 to 10 minutes.

Bon Appetit!









{This post originally appeared on this blog on April 24, 2013.}

My ability to respond to comments is limited this week, but I wonder what your favorite flavor would be? Have you tried Cake Mix Cookies?




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Friday, October 24, 2014

The Post That’s Mostly Wedding Photos ~ Homeschool Week Wrap-Up

Happy, glorious Friday!! J




The highlight of the past week truly was my Mom’s wedding last Saturday. Mom seemed amazed most of the day that a woman of her age would find companionship again, and the atmosphere was fun and casual. The bride wore blue, the same color she wore in 1957 for her first wedding. J

Mr. & Mrs.

The service was held in the chapel of the mega-church where Mom and her new husband attend. The weather was cloudy before the service and rainy in between the service and the reception. It didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits, though, and the candles seemed to twinkle extra in the gloom. Quite frankly, the lack of sunshine was probably best for the bride’s macular degeneration. J

Manning the guest book.



Usher.


Flower girl.

Ring bearers.
Weddings are a great time for a family photo.


The reception was held at the home of a friend from the church’s senior group. The home was warmly decorated in light wood and pumpkins, and the fireplace glowed cheerily. My brother took most of the photos from the reception. The only one I have is of Grandma teaching a granddaughter a piano duet.


 


On Monday, school continued on as usual, but we made time for a bit more outside play. Fall is our favorite season for that, since temperatures are cooler and you don’t turn into a puddle of perspiration. Autumnal colors brighten up the afternoon. Praying mantises and walking sticks abound.


On the blog this week…



Building our home this week…

We finally have a Certificate of Occupancy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My husband now adds a check-mark to his life bucket list. J

There are still a ton of details inside, and we need dirt and grass seed outside. But the house is habitable! We’re praising the Lord for His faithfulness and His guidance through this entire process. I’m not done blogging about it, though…. J


Have a blessed weekend, friend!





How was your week?




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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

At Grandma’s Wedding ~ Twirly Tuesday

Goin’ to the chapel and we’re gonna get married….

Don’t you love that song? J

My mom got married on Saturday, and it was pretty casual as far as weddings go. The bride was 82yo and the groom was 72yo, so Mom went low on tradition and high on surprise that a match would be made late in life. Joviality abounded. And who knows? They could have twenty or more years together. J

All of the grandchildren played a part. My 14yo and {now} 13yo daughters manned the guest book. My 10yo son was an usher, along with his 10yo cousin. My 8yo daughter was a flower girl, along with her 7yo cousin. My 5yo and 3yo sons were ring bearers.

Mom’s only request was that everyone wear blue, her favorite color.

The clothing came together for five of the children fairly easily. But the 13yo had to start from scratch.

We started with a fine-gauge navy blue ¾-length sweater that I already owned. No skirt seemed appropriate, but a trip to the fabric store yielded a fine-wale corduroy with a mix of blues. Her current navy blue shoes were pinching the toes, but Kohl’s had a sale. After all that, it didn’t seem quite finished until she added an infinity scarf in a coordinating aqua color.


Voila!





What the 13yo wore ~

Blues corduroy skirt ~ basic tube skirt with ruffle and elastic waist made by me ~ sale fabric from Jo-Ann Fabrics
Navy ¾ length sleeve sweater ~ Lands End originally, borrowed/handed down from me
Scarf ~ Wal-Mart
Navy flats ~ Kohl’s 50% off sale with additional 20% off J



Lilla Rose flexi ~ tails up in an extra-large Cameo Appearance flexi 













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