Thursday, December 20, 2007

Matt and Kristin are Engaged!!!

I think the title of this says it all! Matt proposed to Kristin last night and I am almost as excited for her as I was for my own wedding. They are a great couple and both wonderful wonderful people. I feel very lucky to have them in our life and can't wait to be her Matron of Honor!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

All Time Favorite Cookies

My mother is a good cook but she doesn't cook often. When she does, and I happen to be around, I always request a few specific recipes and this is one of them. When I was home for Thanksgiving she made me a big batch of this all-time favorite and I'm still thinking about them. She calls them Oatmeal Chocolate Cookies but I've heard them called all sorts of things: No-bake cookies, Preacher cookies, etc... So call them what you like, but make sure to set a few aside for yourself because they are a crowd pleaser!

2 C. Sugar
1/2 stick butter
1/2 C. Milk
3 T. Cocoa

Cook the above items until they melt together and come to a boil.

Then add:
1/2 C. Peanut Butter
3 C. Oatmeal
1 t. Vanilla

Stir until well blended and remove from heat. Place spoon-sized drops on wax paper and let harden.


11 days until Christmas?! Are you sure?!

I'm sure I'm not the only one who cannot believe Christmas is almost here! Evidence of this can be seen in my lack of posts lately as we have been extremely busy.
We had all of our best friends over last weekend for a Christmas cookout which was so much fun. Matt and I finally got the house all decorated (pictures below), and presents under the tree!
We are hosting my mom, Rick, and Lindsey at our house for a few days before Christmas so I've busy thumbing through recipes and making to-do lists to prepare for their arrival. We must really be grown up's now- we're having house guests at the Marden Bed & Breakfast!

We also finished painting our guest bedroom and it came out great! Here are the before and after pics. Please note the blue is not as bright as it looks in the picture- it's actually more of a light blue/grey color.



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