Archive for December 11th, 2006

Cookies and Books

December 11, 2006 @ 8:03 am | Filed under: , , ,

Possibly the nicest things ever invented, no? Cookies and books? Here’s my contribution to Jenn’s Awesome Virtual Cookie Exchange: my Aunt Cindy’s Saucepan Cookies.

Aunt Cindy, for the record, is my great-aunt, and her real name is Cinderella. I am not kidding.

These yummy morsels aren’t really holiday cookies, but I love them, and they’re easy (no baking!), and with oatmeal and peanut butter as the main ingredients, you can eat them for sustenance while you’re making Christmas cookies.

I couldn’t actually find my copy of Aunt Cindy’s recipe (Hush! I just moved in!), but I googled "oatmeal peanut butter saucepan cookies" and found several identical recipes. This one is from (and I didn’t know that bit about making sure it boils hard for one minute, so aren’t you glad I Googled?):

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

There’s just one trick; you have to make sure that the
sugar mixture boils hard for at least one minute, otherwise the cookies
will be sugary instead of creamy.


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 3 cups oatmeal


large saucepan, combine sugar, milk, cocoa, salt, and butter and mix
well. Bring to a boil and cover saucepan to allow steam to wash sugar
crystals down sides of pan. Boil mixture for 1 minute. Then remove from
heat and stir in peanut butter until smooth.

Add oatmeal and mix well.
Drop mixture by spoonfuls onto parchment lined baking sheets or Silpat
sheets.* Let cool until you can touch the mixture; then reshape the
cookies to make them more a ball shape. Let cool completely; store at
room temperature. You can also pour this mixture into a 9" square pan
that has been greased with unsalted butter, let cool, then cut into

*We always dropped ours onto waxed paper.

As for the books, I thought new readers might like a look at the "Books We Love" series I ran on Bonny Glen last year. Lots of gift ideas there, which ties in with the "Best Gifts for Homeschoolers" thing I’ve been doing.

Books We Love, Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Part Four

Part Five

And don’t forget to drop by Jenn’s Journal for a list of all the other Cookie Exchange participants!

Too Much Partying?

December 11, 2006 @ 7:40 am | Filed under:


Alas, no. Our poor birthday boy spent his (and Daddy’s) big day battling a respiratory infection.


Rilla attempts to muster up some birthday excitement, but Wonderboy isn’t buying.

Ah well, it was a snuggly birthday instead of an energetic one. "Hey kid, what do you want for your birthday?" "Antibiotics!"

Our big ole three-year-old is doing much better today. And our 38-year-old is fabulous.