We aim high. We (I) have ginormous expectations that sometimes match up with reality. I honestly thought that when we created the 100 things to do this summer that we might possibly do them all before the back to school bell would ring. But alas, we only got through 77 on the list.
We sat down with a fresh sharpie and started to check things off as we reminisced and put summer 2013 to bed (by 8pm of course).
#1 Go Bowling (numerous times)
#4 Eat snow cones (tropical snow addicts in the making)
#8 Visit cousins in WI.
#15 Build and paint a bird house & #58 Make and paint a wind chime
#16 Paint furniture
#Camp Seward 2013 – Last year the girls had sister friends from “back home” come stay here with us for a week. It was a blast. We made stuff, went places, ate and cooked and watched movies and reconnected. So this year was the 2nd annual Camp Seward and I’ll have to share all the fun things we crammed into that week in another post.
# Bake home made cookies
Summer time chocolate chip cookies
- 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, softened
- ½ cup sugar
- 1½ cup packed brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract (sincerely got me some in Mexico and it is to die for. The better the vanilla the better the cookie)
- 2¾ cups flour
- 1 tsp. kosher salt (the kosher salt gives the cookies a tiny texture, you get some small crunchy flecks of salt when you bite into the cookie and that makes me happy. I LOVE SALT!!!
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1½ tsp. baking powder
- bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter, sugar, and brown sugar. Add both eggs, vanilla and mix it in. I’m using my kitchen aid and I love it! No more sore wrist, arm and elbow. Add baking soda, baking powder, and salt. I start by adding 1 cup of flour and mix until blended then add the other cup and mix until it’s all a creamy bowl of love. Now, the BEST part – fold in the chocolate chips until they are peppered through the love bowl. I use a little scooper with a spring release thingy and it makes the perfect size cookie. You can place 12 on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes until the edges are brownish and the center still looks a little doughy. Take em out and let em relax for 2 or 3 minutes.
- Then transfer to a rack and place in the fridge. We like the chocolate chips hard and then dip the cookie into a coffee cup of cold milk and fall in love.
- You’re welcome!!!
#27 Hang at the Library
- Opal’s Husband at Hawkeye Community Theater. A play about some eccentric old woman, a millionaire in disguise and his rotten daughter that was after his money.
- Mulan JR was put on by middle schoolers through Take 2 summer youth theater. It has inspired my 5th grader to try out for Alice in Wonderland next summer.
- Fame was also brought to us my Take 2 summer youth theater. It was high-school, young adult and college age. Incredible talent and 2 of its stars babysit the girls. We went twice and have been singing the songs thanks to Pandora ever since.