Monday, April 30, 2012

miscellany monday {cookies and rainbows}

happy new week to you!
today i'll take day four of my five-day antibiotic, i'm feeling much better already.
praise jesus for a day of rest yesterday.

we'd planned to take elijah out to play in the afternoon.
halfway down the road, the rain came. thankfully the library was still open!
nothing like telling your child "we're going out to play! are you excited!?
mama's excited! yay! going to the park!" and then you soooo are not going to the park.
our library has a kid's area  upstairs. loads of books, of course. AND a play area.
a little ship to climb on, a mini puppet theater, magnet board with alphabet letters and more. the best part?
noise is acceptable in the kid's area! perfect for our boisterous little guy.

the library closed, we meandered over to the mall arcade with a few leftover tokens we'd saved from a previous visit. elijah played a few games, and took home a tube of mini m&ms for a prize:)

after dinner and getting elijah a bath, we took a drive.
settling down was not happening on its own.
the rain was just ending, and we spotted a rainbow.
we spotted two rainbows!

now, i get that it was eight in the evening, but why is it so hard to photograph a rainbow?
anyway, it was a cool thing to see. the brightest one was just so wide and vivid.
we just couldn't quit staring at it, you know?
a beautiful symbol of a promise of god. and a reminder that the lord keeps his promises!

like here in psalm 103, loving this today:

The Lord is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
He will not always chide,
nor will he keep his anger forever.
 He does not deal with us according to our sins,
nor repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
 as far as the east is from the west,
so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
As a father shows compassion to his children,
so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.
For he knows our frame;
he remembers that we are dust.
{psalm 103:8-14 esv}

something pitiful happened this weekend,
elijah was asking so sweetly for "tootkies" and the cookie jar was empty. shame!

so. we washed it and we filled it up right.

i feel like i make chocolate chip cookies all the time, so mixed it up and made oatmeal ones.
i'm a super picky cookie eater. some may even say a snob.
well, i can't argue that.
i've tried a lot of oatmeal cookies and this is a blending of what i loved best:

2 sticks{yep!} butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
3 cups quick oats

combine flour, cinnamon, salt and soda and set aside.
cream together butter and sugars. beat in eggs. add vanilla.
stir flour mixture into the creamed mixture. add the oats. chill dough for 30 minutes.
preheat oven to 375.
scoop dough with cookie scoop onto parchment paper lined or greased baking sheet.
bake for 8-10 minutes. leave on them on the pan for a minute before removing to cool.

important: unless you have a huge family to share these with, give some away!

this time i used mini food safe treat bags, twine and washi tape to make it fun!
neighbors, teachers, an office across the street...whatever your case may be.
i need them out of my house, save the few for my cookie monster kiddo for treats in the afternoon.

by the way. that washi tape design is new.
i posted it here and it magically appeared in my mailbox the next week.
i have no idea from whom...please 'fess up so i can say thanks!

what are y'all up to this week? i pray it's off to a delightful start!
miscellany monday at lowercase letters


  1. those cookies look DELISH! They are now on my "make next" list!

  2. You're presh!!
    And guess what else?
    I'm reading & rereading Psalm 103! Working on memorizing the chapter (eventually:) ... Love it! And you!!
    Happy Monday! <3

  3. Yummy. I love oatmeal cookies. That rainbow is awesome. Love it when I see a double rainbow. Double the promise? ;)

  4. oooh i had my eye on some washi tape from that store and now it's GONE! :( what a sweet surprise though!! you have good friends. :) (p.s. it wasn't me!)

  5. I am the same way with cookies. I must get them out of the house! Have a great day, miss Hannah!

  6. An empty cookie jar makes me sad. And guess what? Ours is empty! Better fix it today!

    Love the rainbow picture! Glad you were able to have a restful weekend!

  7. your library looks cool... saw on instagram. i'm glad you made the most of the grey skies. and i think the rainbow picture is so gorgeous. love little reminders of His faithfulness like that. and yeah, cookie jars should always be full. glad you remedied that. hope you have a smashing week. xoxo!

  8. You are so fun! My goodness. I think I need to bake some cookies for my family today!

    Have a GREAT day!

  9. Nice post! I love that you shared Psalm 103! It's so refreshing to see a blogger using her words for Christ. Thanks for the encouragement!

    - Erin :)

  10. That library is awesome! Definitely as good/better than the park! Thanks for sharing your oatmeal cookie recipe. I feel like a dessert snob most of the time ;)

  11. I love oatmeal cookies! Your packaging is adorable!

  12. Please mail me some cookies. xoxo

  13. A double rainbow...such a treat! Those cookies look heavenly! I'm now a follower of yours. :)

  14. sweet post! Good thing the library was open...park drama is never good:)

  15. I love that...a day of rain followed by a beautiful rainbow!!!

    I am a big chocolate chip cookie maker too - however my strategy for getting them gone is a little bit different...I just eat them!

  16. I'm going to make the cookies!!

  17. cookies and rainbows, sold.
    my mom never made cookies growing up - poor me, right? ;) (neither did one of my grandmas)
    we didnt even have a cookie jar. (but said grandma had a cookie drawer, but always store bought, borrrring).
    but we'd just go next door and knock on our neighbor's and help ourselves to hers.
    plus my other grandma made the best chocolate chip cookies in the world.

    and then i was old enough to use the oven, and i was a cookie making machine.

    also those rainbows are insane.
    to the most infinite power.

  18. psalm 103 = one of the two passages that CHANGED my life. like, completely. (the other is isaiah 61:1-4). i need to make a print of it but i can't decide which portion to use. maybe i'll just do a set of 3 because i love the whole thing.

    and i love you :) and i love that someone sent you anonymous washi tape. #wasntme

  19. i love your double post titles:) reminds me of your dad's alternate sermon titles:)

  20. We had a rainbow the other day, too! Love 'em. :)