NOT peanut butter cookies

“After all, I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens but just those that bring simple little pleasures, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string.”   LM Montgomery

One of the older ladies at church cleaned out some of her bookshelves and brought a few boxes of books to church for us on Sunday, to freely take from.  See what I picked?  I looked for women’s interest books especially.  I’m the most excited about the Corrie Ten Boom book, it’s written diary-style with the entries short and sweet and spiritual.

It never ceases to amaze me the way the Lord creates a bond among believers which reaches across continents, beyond race and color.  ~Corrie Ten Boom 

(this truth comes alive for me even as I blog, meeting and loving so many brothers and sisters-in-Him!)

It rained a lot yesterday, but before it did, I was able to take Seth and Sarah outside.  I let them loose, and they were so sweet.  Sarah was running up and down the hill in front of the house.  She had such joy written on her face.   By the way, my last four children have all worn that GAP sweatshirt.  A lot.

Then they watched the dog dig a hole (SO exciting!), and then they rummaged around in the bushes in my garden, looking for lost toys.  They did find a couple, which they immediately brought to me, so I could be as happy as they were.  So thoughtful.



Yesterday was a big laundry day because the maids were here on Monday.  The bedding on all nine beds was changed and of course when the kids deep clean they find lots of dirty clothes in strange places….so I had the washer and dryer going all day like a well-oiled system.  There was one time when I did everything but START the washer and boy was I disappointed when my system was delayed by that 40 minute mistake.  Ha ha ha.  Oh well, it was all caught up, folded, put away by the end of the day….and as you can see, I was able to sit and read my Bible now and then as I worked. Such is the wonderment of spiritual life, it can happen anytime, anywhere.

I tried a new cookie recipe!

And I made some creamy french dressing in the blender, using organic vinegar and olive oil.  I had a nice salad for lunch.

On Monday I had to make some returns at the mall and the Easter Bunny was there.  Seth went right up to him and Sarah tried, but as soon as he started waving to her she got all upset and turned tail and ran back to me.  So the bunny gave Seth a hug and the masks, one for him and one for Sarah the Very Frightened Rabbit.  Aren’t they the cutest?  It’s impossible not to smile with these little things hopping around the house, even if Sarah did wet her pants FOUR TIMES yesterday.  (at least it was the never ending laundry day!)

I gave Seth a hair cut.  He wriggled on the tall chair the entire time!  He asked to look in the mirror when I was done and he said, “It looks like…’s ugly.”  WHA???? 

This morning he said, “Last night, I had a dream that I had a new baseball shirt in my dresser.”  I thought that was a nice, long descriptive sentence.  A+  (still a homeschool mom at heart)

I got the cookies baked during naptime.  Yes, they look like peanut butter, but they aren’t.  They are called “Crisscross cookies”.

Just in time for the school children to appear.

Jacob was impressed.

GRACE LILLIAN, cookie lover



And, the last wonderful people to arrive home from school for some cookies….Caleb and David.


 CRISSCROSS COOKIES, from the Farm Journal’s Cookies cookbook,  1971

a winner because it has that wonderful lemon/brown sugar taste

4 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tsp. salt
1 1/3 cup shortening (I used part butter)
2 1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. lemon extract
3 eggs

Cream shortening; add brown sugar gradually.  Add vanilla, lemon extract and eggs; beat until light and fluffy.  Add dry ingredients and mix until smooth.  Chill several hours.  (time to read books to the children, and do some more laundry!)

Roll into balls the size of a small walnut.  Place about 1 inch apart on cookie sheet.  Press lightly with tines of fork, making a crisscross pattern, confusing the family into thinking you made peanut butter cookies (so make an announcement ahead of time, to shield off disappointment).

Bake at 375, 8-10 minutes.  Remove to cool on racks.

Ethan ate several, thinking they really were peanut butter.  Rich ate a couple and then asked me why he couldn’t taste the peanut butter.  When I said they were lemon, I noticed a few minutes later, he was making himself a peanut butter sandwich!


Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God……Psalm 50:14a

Giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors me…..Psalm 50:23a


My “thank you” moment of the day:  When Seth wakes up from his nap all groggy and stumbles his way to ME (his mama) and we snuggle on the couch together until he perks up. 


You are loved, my friends.  Let’s live in the joy of the Lord today. 

0 thoughts on “NOT peanut butter cookies

  1. I would want to read the Susanna Wesley one first, she always seems like such a perfect loving mother when I come across descriptions of her! So nice that people in church share like that. You accomplished SO much in one day!!!!!We have a little gap outfit that all four kids have worn, it is so sentimental to us now.Grace looks beautiful, every time you post a picture of her she is looking more and more like a woman and less like a child!I hope you have a great day friend!–JO

  2. Your blog has now officially been on my computer for 24 hours. Yesterday morning I was catching up and meant to come back to leave a comment but got so busy I never did. Then I refreshed my page and ouala a new post!I love the coziness of your blog. The way you love your family. I love how you find joy in the simplest of things.Happy Wednesday.p.s. I have filled my washing machine only to come back 40 minutes later and realize I forgot to turn it on too.It does mess up the system! 😉

  3. cozy! that’s the word that always comes to mind at your blog. :))i love corrie ten boom. one of my fav ladies ever! she was amazing~i just realized in your profile pic how long your hair is getting. pretty!and cute little bunnies you’ve got there.happy wednesday~ xo

  4. I’m laughing about people thinking they were peanut butter cookies. So funny.I need a laundry day, desperately! Right now I’ve got piles and piles and I’m just fitting in loads here and there when I can get to it and hoping people have socks underwear and pants to get them through til my next load.

  5. Two comments…. Mom (your Grandma) loved Corrie Ten Boom and one of my favorite cookies is the criss cross cookies… except my cookie cookbook has them as Lemon Raisin Criss Cross Cookies… I just find it so awesome how some of these things have traveled the miles to your house too… Love Ya Shan… Aunt Mary

  6. I would pick the Corrie Ten Boom books first ( I just love them) , and then Susana Wesley. What a treat! Your blog is so warm and cozy. Love spending the day with you. We had a few items like the gap sweatshirt. It is fun to see on each one, and does speak about good quality.

  7. ‘the wonderment of spiritual life, it can happen anytime anywhere’ such a true thought!! i like that. and there’s the gap sweatshirt : ) ours has been down the line too!! i’m always grouchy when i start filling the washer with water, then move over to the dryer & then on to something else & come back to a whole load washed withOUT the clothes – that messes with the ‘system’ too : ) hope you have a lovely sunday ~

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