Baseball and no-bake cookies

I’m not sure if chocolate no bake cookies (3 of them) can count for a good breakfast…they are made with mostly oatmeal (and butter, sugar, peanut butter and chocolate and more sugar). But that’s how my day began. Emotional eating is a big struggle for me and today I lost the battle before it even started. In case you’ve never indulged in this great delicacy, here is the recipe-you won’t be disappointed (and this coming from one who truly doesn’t even like chocolate):

Chocolate No Bake Cookies

* 2 cups white sugar
* 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
* 1/2 cup milk
* 1/2 cup butter
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
* 3 cups oats

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar, cocoa, milk and margarine. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Boil for 1 minute, then remove from heat and stir in the vanilla, peanut butter and oats. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto waxed paper. Allow cookies to cool for at least 1 hour. Store in an airtight container.

Our morning improved with my off the cuff large scale grocery list project. I have started shopping almost exclusively from the weekly sale ads, only buying things on sale and planning my meals around the bargains. So I thought I would have the kids look at the circulars, covered the table with butcher paper, gave them lots of pens and asked them to draw me a grocery list. My only requirement was that they choose nourishing things, no junk. They had no trouble sticking to it and had loads of fun, they drew the first letter of their items next to it, in case I had trouble deciphering what the item was. This occupied them for almost an hour and a half and spurned all kinds of great conversation about food, letters, money/budget, etc. Here are my little list makers:

Not sure what Kyler listed but he was eager to “cut cut” as he told me and quickly chopped his section of the list into pieces. The older two carefully cut out each item and made me a nice pile so I could carry it easily to the store…and you better believe I will. Rylee told someone later in the day “I ordered dog treats for Maggie on Mama’s list today”. After all they went through to make it, I won’t disappoint when Friday shopping rolls around.

As if the zoo weren’t enough yesterday, we were invited to attend a Mariner’s game with dinner included for free tonight. We decided to make a go of it although both a tad anxious with all the kids in tow. It went off without a hitch and we even won a big prize from the event’s organizer, pretty fun. Caleb asked around the 4th inning, “Mama, is Daddy ever gonna get out there and play tonight?”. I laughed and said no but one inning later he asked again “Is Daddy really not gonna play at all?”.  (note the huge crowd at the game)



well, i think it’s about 5am now and i have been up since a little after 4am. can’t sleep…too much on my mind. i know you can relate. sam and chloe are a little confused that i am up right now and are sitting on the table next to the laptop sleeping 🙂 i am so glad you guys had a good time! was this audrey’s first official mariner’s game? i remember when you took rylee when she really little! also, your little grocery list makers are pretty cute. i can’t believe they worked on it for so long! missing you terribly.


by the way- i love those no bake cookies! i might even try and make em this weekend! bekah is flying in from maryland to spend the weekend with me. i am sooooo excited. perhaps we’ll do a little baking. i’ll add the recipe to the cookbook you made for me!


Oh, yes, it is the cardinal rule of large families, isn’t it….? Make any sacrifice to go where there is a free meal…

Love love love the grocery project. I’ve made pictoral lists for my kids too but they’ve never made one for me! I usually draw them each five things off of my list and give them their own basket and they have to “shop” for the items on their list. Makes grocery shopping with 4 not so scary. I wonder how many looks you’ll get when you pull out your stack on Friday….will you buy everything they asked for?

Kristin McKinnon

What a FUN idea!! I’m going to have to do it one of these days. Like Kimberly’s shopping idea too.


Thanks for the recipe. I didn’t bake them tonight. They turned out great.