Monday, July 8, 2013

Mindless Monday, Blog Linkage, Malted Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies, Sheepherder's Breakfast

Good Monday morning!

RANDOMNESS #1 - I thought I'd start out the day with a little leftover from the 4th.

Which is just another way of saying our weekend wasn't quite as much fun as the 4th of July...

Even though he is covered from head to toe with wet mud and grass, Brad makes it look so easy and relaxed...

And Austin makes it look so very, very difficult.

Katie just tried to make it to the bottom...

And kinda failed.

Josh could be in a laundry detergent commercial. In fact, I'm sending this to the "Tide People" as soon as I finish posting!


Monica, Roxie's cousin, spent the night on the 4th, and Roxie and Monica had a nice, long shopping day together on the 5th.

They shop alike.

This may not seem like a big thing, but I was in my 30s before it hit me that I had a "shopping style." And then it hit me... Not everyone enjoys shopping like I shop.

And vice versa.

I don't share Roxie's shopping style, BUT I understand it, and I go with it (which, by the way, is the secret to being able to shop with your teenage daughter).

Roxie doesn't like going into department stores. It's too, too much. She is overwhelmed by all the racks and racks of endless clothing possibilities.

She likes smaller stores like Maurice's, American Eagle, etc.

Roxie knows what she wants to shop for before she leaves the house.

1. Swimsuit cover up (white)
2. Two pair of shorts (denim and white, dressy)
3. Navy blue bubble necklace
4. Black sandal/dressy flip flops

Once she hits a store, she looks for the specific items. However, if she comes across a cute top or dress, she is not opposed to trying it on and purchasing it if the price is right.

After 45 to 60 minutes of power shopping, Roxie is ready to call it quits. She doesn't want the four-hour marathon "shop till you drop" experience.

And then, Roxie and I head to Aunt Annie's Pretzels, and we partake of carbonated beverages and warm, buttery, giant pieces of cooked dough... and we are happy.

Of course, this is shopping with her mother. When she shops with Monica, she still has a purpose, but it turns into a take-your-time-we're-going-to-eat-Chinese-in-a-few-minutes browsing experience.

And from what I gather, BOTH of the Chicks enjoy that style, too.

RANDOMNESS #3 - The Faulkner Five Summer has it's own special look.

For the most part, The Brothers are in working clothes OR comfortable work-out clothes (24/7).

The Chick can be found in pajama pants and t-shirts, Nike shorts and t-shirts, capri pants and t-shirts...

I think you sense a pattern here, don't you?

However, when Roxie and friends decide to dress up and go out to eat or to the movies... Well, let's just say "they clean up good."

Another favorite look of Summer for The Faulkner Five includes the air mattress in the middle of the den floor... various and sundry weights and types of blankets and coverings... a box of Goldfish within hands' reach at any given time day or night... many, many, many pillows... and remote controls for any and every electronic device in our home situated around the air mattress for easy access.

I hate to admit it, but Roxie and Monica used the air mattress Thursday night... and parts of the debris are still in the den.

We are never sure when we'll need to re-inflate the mattress for comfort's sake. Well, actually we are sure. As soon as we put everything in it's proper place, we'll make a mad dash to gather and inflate and "set up" our little go-to area once again.

Because it is Summer, and the livin' is easy!

Blog Linkage

I could look at this blog all day long.

Go to www.bluelilyphotography.com. Click on "Blog." Enjoy.

This couple quit their "normal" jobs, and now they (along with their two children) travel all over the world photographing other families.

Just beautiful.

Sheepherder's Breakfast

I found this on Pinterest and tried it for dinner the other night. It is good!

1. Cook bacon in a skillet. Do not drain oil.

2. Add a bag of frozen hashbrowns and cook until brown.

3. Dig out a little hole for each egg, crack them into the hole. Cover and cook until eggs are done.

Could it be any easier?

No. No, it could not!

Malted Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies

I saw this recipe on The Pioneer Woman's cooking show and the cookies looked great.

I wasn't wrong. They are great.

You will need the following:

2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 whole eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup (rounded) malted milk powder
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/4 teaspoon salt
One 12-ounce bag milk chocolate chips

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

2. Cream the butter, then add both sugars and cream until fluffy.

3. Add the eggs and beat slightly. Add the vanilla and beat until combined. Add the malted milk powder and beat until combined.

4. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda and salt. Add to the butter mixture, beating gently until just combined.

5. Add the chocolate chips and stir in gently.

6. Drop by teaspoonfuls (or use a cookie scoop) on an ungreased baking sheet, leaving plenty of space between the cookies (they spread out quite a bit). Bake for 9 to 11 minutes. The cookies will be very flat and very chewy. Allow to cool slightly before removing from pan with a spatula.

I don't have a picture of these cookies because... we ate them so fast.

I am so ashamed.

I told you I would have some "useful information" on the blog today. I bet you didn't believe me.

I'll be back Friday with more Summer stuff.

Take care, and I'll talk to you the end of the week.


The Enchanting Belinda

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