Sunday, April 13, 2014


The weather has been beautiful here the past week.  I think the entire week was in the 50's and 60's.  You can only imagine my disappointment when looking at the forecast for the next week to discover temps won't get above 40'!  This is life in North Dakota.

The furkids and I have gotten out for several walks (or wonders as I call them) even on the windier days. The geese are still heading north and honking up a storm as they pass overhead.  It's a beautiful sight to see. I can hear the geese even at night when I take the pups out for their last outing before bed.  I noticed green grass starting to pop up in the yard and the dogs have been after ever bit they can find to graze on. They love eating grass.  We seem to have several crows in the neighborhood that I've been watching from the window during the day as they dash about finding bits for their nests.

Saturday Menu: 
Lunch: Egg salad on baguette and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
Supper:  Out to Eat

The yard sales have started!  Another good indication that summer is on it's way.  We went to two different ones today.  One was more of a farm sale since we had to travel a ways outside of town to get to it but it had the best items.  Matt found a box of tools that he picked up.  He bought a trailer to put the snowmobile on last weekend and needed some wires to hook his harness back up and found what he needed there for $1.  Not surprising with my focus on rag rugs of late that my first item is a chocolate brown colored king size sheet set that I bought for $2.  They had 3 more sets but they were all purple.  I probably should have picked them up for that price.  I also found a multi-level basket for $3, which I plan to use when I start selling my homemade goat's milk soaps.  I need to start getting some of these for displays.  I didn't find anything at the second yard sale but Matt found a leaf blower that he talked her down to $20 on.

After a busy morning I decided to relax and do some cross stitching.  I picked up a kit at an estate sale last fall for a quarter and started working it today.  It's robin eggs in a nest.  I think I've decided to go with a bird theme in the guest room so it will fit in with that.

Matt pulled up carpeting and finished up about 7 pm.  He was very sore afterwards. Since he worked so hard I made him some of his favorite Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies (recipe below).  As he says, they have everything in a cookie you could want.

While he was finishing up, Oreo insisted on going for a walk.  The wind had picked up so I wasn't really wanting to take a walk but she was being annoyingly insistent that she wanted a walk.  I wish I could have taken a picture of her.  The wind really picked up about the last half mile and she was literally having to almost muscle her way through it (she only weighs about 18 pounds) and her ears were flying back.  She's spunky for a 14 year old pup.  I'd planned to make shrimp scampi with linguine last night but when I pulled the shrimp out of the freezer I discovered severe freezer burn on them so we ended up going out to eat.

I found this recipe on the Internet but for the life of me I can't remember where so I apologize for not being able to give credit for it.

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

2/3 cup peanut butter
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
2 cups oatmeal (I use old fashion)
2/3 cup chocolate chips (I used mini chocolate chips)

Turn oven on 350'.  Cream together peanut butter and brown sugar, vanilla and eggs.  Add oatmeal.  Mix in chocolate chips.  Use cookie scoop and drop onto cookie sheet and then use fork to flatten a bit.   I used a 1.5" cookie scoop and this made roughly 18 cookies.  Bake for 12 minutes.  I found with the size scoop I used it took 13 to 14 minutes.

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