Oh my! Looking at the calendar Christmas is only 13 days away. It seems such a short time between Thanksgiving Day and Christmas this year. The year 2013 went so fast, although it seems every year does. We are having very cold single digit temperatures this week. We also have several inches of snow, so it gives a person the holiday spirit. Benjamin, 14, and Joseph, 11, built a sled and they are patiently waiting for a big snow so the ponies can pull this sled around. We have enough snow for the children to slide down the hill with the boughten sleds, but this homemade one is a bit too heavy for that. I hope for their sake it will provide hours of fun once the big snow arrives. The boys are at the age where they like to build things. They use scrap pieces of wood Joe has and his tools. It can get a little frustrating for my husband Joe when they use his tools and not always get them back where they belong. Iím glad they take an interest in trying to build new things. They both have tools on their own Christmas list. Having their own set of tools would be nice so that Joeís tools would stay where they belong, I suppose. I think when we go shopping we should take that into consideration. Kevin, 8, on the other hand, isnít into tools so much yet. He goes through one notebook after another, writing stories. Iím glad I bought some when they were on sale. One night he was reading me a story that he wrote. It was about a trip he took to the mountains and shot a big mountain lion that was about to attack his dad. Then he goes on to explain what a big gun he used to shoot it. And he explains how hard it was to drag it home. He has a big imagination. Sometimes while Iím getting supper heíll sit by the kitchen table asking how to spell words for his story. Although it can be a bit time-consuming I am so glad he takes such an interest in learning. I think all our children like writing stories so thatís a lot of times what they will do in their free time. Verena is now 16. We will have cake and ice cream to celebrate her birthday tomorrow night. She also likes hot wings so that will be one thing on the menu. Hopefully itíll warm up so it wonít be too cold to put them on the grill. We have all the winter clothes clutter around now. Lovina and Kevin were digging out snow pants, hats, gloves, boots, scarves, etc. last night. I hope everyone is staying healthy during these cold days. May God bless each of you! Try these Soft Monster Cookies over the holidays. What I like about them is you can put them in pans and make bars instead if youíre in a hurry. Enjoy!
Soft Monster Cookies
3/4 cup butter or margarine 1 cup white sugar 1 cup brown sugar 1 1 /4 cup peanut butter 4 eggs, beaten 2 cups quick oats 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda 1/2 pound M&Mís (2 cups) 12 ounces chocolate chips
Cream sugar, butter and peanut butter. Add eggs. Stir in oats, flour, baking soda, M&Mís and chocolate chips. Roll into balls and place on 11 X 15 ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Do not overbake.
Lovina Eicher is Old Order Amish and lives in Michigan. Readers with culinary or cultural questions can write to Lovina at: PO BOX 2144, Middletown, Ohio 45042. © OASIS NEWSfeatures