Aggression Cookies

Zach’s grandmother made these every Christmas for us until she died a few years ago.  They quickly became one of my favorite cookies.  They are so addicting.  So I had to find the recipe, thankfully, Zach’s mom had it and passed it along.  Unfortunately, it makes about 14 dozen cookies…far too many for our small family…so I’m scaled it down to 1/3.

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup flour, sifted

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl, in the order given and mash, knead and squeeze until the ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
  2. Form the dough into small balls and place on ungreased baking sheets.
  3. Butter the bottom of a small glass, dip into granulated sugar then mash the balls flat.
  4. Bake in a preheated oven at 350° for 10 to 12 minutes
  5. Allow to cool for a few minutes in order to firm up then move to paper towels.

 

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Portuguese Sweet Bread

I found this recipe in the comments of a post on The Fresh Loaf. It was a scanned image of a newspaper recipe from Hawaii in the ’70s.  I made some slight modifications.  I made this twice for a total of three loafs and 12 buns.  Such a yummy bread.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup milk (or buttermilk), warm
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 1/2 tsp yeast (SAF Gold)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup water, warm
  • 3 eggs, well beaten
  • Up to 4 cups flour (less is better).
  • 1 egg, beaten

Directions:

  1. In large bowl, mix together milk, sugar, butter and salt.
  2. In a smaller bowl, mix together 2 cups flour and yeast.
  3. Add flour mix to wet ingredients with water.  Mix until combined.
  4. Add in 3 eggs.
  5. Add in remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until forms a soft dough.
  6. Remove from bowl and knead 15-20 minutes.
  7. Shape into ball and place in oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap until dough has doubled in size.  About 2 1/2 hours.
  8. Divide dough in half and shape into rounded-flat loafs.  Place on oiled baking sheet or in oiled round cake pans.
  9. Brush loafs with beaten egg and cover with plastic wrap.  Allow to rise until double.  About 1 hour.
  10. Bush again with beaten egg.  Bake in preheated 350° oven for 20-25 minutes.
  11. Cool and place in bags immediately.

It’s a…

I’ve been horrible about posting lately.  I think it’s the heat and the headaches.  I was reading through some of my old posts from my pregnancy with Isaac and it’s so fun to see the similarities and differences and all the things I forgot.  There is a reason I try to write all this stuff down!  Now I just need to get better at doing it.

I have so many things to write about, but today’s post is dedicated to only one.

We had our 20 week ultrasound about two weeks ago.  Baby was not very cooperative and we almost didn’t get to learn the sex.  But we got to see and hear the heartbeat, see a very narrow head, long little legs, and everything else all in it’s place.  It’s amazing to me how different this baby looks on ultrasound than Isaac did.  I always thought they all looked the same, and while they do, it is interesting to be able to note some differences.

Below is the profile image, with knees at the nose and a hand under the leg.

We learned that my placenta is up front, which is why I don’t feel a lot of movement and the ones I do feel are muted.  But that and the fact that the baby was being stubborn was making it a little difficult for the tech to see everything she needed to see.

Finally, the tech asked me to go to the bathroom to see if we could get baby to move so she could see sex and see some of the lower back she was having trouble getting a look at.  And with a little further manipulation we were able to see:

I immediately let out a sigh of relief and stated, “oh good, now we can stop talking about names.”  We’ve had our girl name picked out since Isaac was born, but we were having a lot of trouble with boy names, so this solved that problem.

We are extremely excited, but as much as I’ve always wanted a girl, I’ve always felt like I was only going to have boys and it seems most of my friends just have boys, so we are a little in shock.  I find myself questioning it all the time.

Isaac and Baby Girl will share a room until we get a bigger house, so now I’m tasked with making the room girly and boyish.  We spent some time last weekend rearranging some things in the room…the crib, dresser and Isaac’s play table, and we removed the closet door and are going to replace it with a curtain.  I bought some pink and purple flower sheets for the crib, so I could start imagining a little girl there.

I also made a cloth diaper purchase.  I want to use cloth from newborn this time and have just been waiting to find out the sex before purchasing a few newborn and smaller diapers.     Even at three months are current diapers were huge on Isaac, so I’ve always known that I wanted some different things this time.

Of course, we’ll get some girly clothes along the way, but since we didn’t know the sex with Isaac, we have lots of gender neutral stuff that we’ll be able to use again, unfortunately, I didn’t pack things up that way – what was I thinking?!  So now, I’ll have to go through all the old clothes to determine if they are gender neutral or not and pack away the boy clothes.  I think I’ll do that when it cools down a bit.  This 100+ degree weather is just taking the life out of me.