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A Good Laugh

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Clown Car

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Sometimes I feel like a clown car. You know, the small “smart car” type at the circus where endless clowns just keep coming out & out & out. Except it’s my kids & all our stuff that keeps coming out & out & out. Earlier today I pulled into a parking spot at the pumpkin patch & had just opened my door when another car decided they wanted the spot next to me (of course – even though there were endless other spots). The driver waved to me as if to say, “No hurry. Get your kids out. We’ll wait.” Haha, little did they know. First I got Kate. Then Michael. And finally David. Then came our stroller, the diaper bag, our lunch bag & our water bottles. Oh, and don’t forget the camera bag! Moms, don’t you feel like you are packing up, never to return home, when in reality you just want to get out of the house for a few hours?! Michael told me the other day, “Mom, it takes a lot of time to get three children in the car!” Just what I was thinking my dear. This is why I have been trying to allow at least 15 minutes load/unload time when we go somewhere! I really feel like I deserve a Super Mom award when we are on time. Like the other morning – All four of us, Matthew our German Shepherd & brownies for a church family – pulling out of the driveway at 8:30am. And let me clarify – we were all dressed, had shoes on & I even had on makeup! I mention the shoes because there was a time this summer when we got to church & only then did I realize that Kate did not have shoes. Awesome.

This leads me to my second topic. My. Hands. Are. Full. People tell me this EVERY. DAY. As if I don’t know. If I had the guts I would love to say, “Thanks for noticing! Are you offering to help?” If only I got a dollar for every time I hear this statement – I would be rich. And I’ve only had three children since May! Of course I was getting the “hands full” comments when I was pregnant with my third , which brought on this post. By the way, when I Googled “clown car” to find a picture, photos of Octomom came up. Ha! (If you don’t know who she is, Google ‘clown car’ to see pics 🙂 ) Anyway, moving on. “Your hands are full” isn’t all I hear. Several weeks ago I pulled up in my driveway at the same time our mail was being delivered. The postwoman walked over to tell me that I had forgotten a stamp on a letter. She heard David crying & asked how old my kids were – I told her – 4 1/2, 2 & 5 months. “Oh bless you! No wonder you forgot your stamp!”

And another – State Farm called to set up an appointment for us to go over our insurance policies. She heard the kids in the background & asked how many I have, ages, etc – I told her – 4 1/2, 2 & 5 months. “Ew! That’s a lot of kids! Bless you!” Yes, she really said ew. And no, I hadn’t just sneezed.

I’ve also recently heard, “Are these all yours?!” and “Wow, you must be busy!” And I won’t ever forget the time I was in the return line at Lowe’s & I heard one man tell another man, “Boy, she has her hands full.” Oh. My. Word.

So Moms, know that you aren’t alone in getting statements like these. I just have to laugh. And thank God for my three precious blessings that keep my hands full. And rename my blog 🙂

Two verses that really encouraged me this morning –

Colossians 1:29 – To this end I labor, struggling with all HIS energy, which so powerfully works IN ME.

Psalm 139:16 – All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

Blessings,

 

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I have fun memories from childhood of making molasses cookies with my mom. I nicknamed them “Pumpkin Cookies” – The first time we made them was for a school Halloween party & we used a pumpkin cookie cutter. We made this cookie for birthday parties, school events & just for fun. We had quite the cookie cutter collection, which is now in two large Tupperware boxes in my kitchen.  Our collection has endless animals, letters & numbers, holiday shapes & miscellaneous shapes that include a tooth, dog bone, Texas, ETC. Some of the cutters are extra special because my dad made them – he made the tooth when I lost a tooth. He made the dog bone when we got Maggie, our beloved Schnauzer. So, now you know who to call when you are in need of a specific cookie cutter! I probably have it in my collection! Except I still don’t have an Oklahoma cookie cutter. I guess I need to remedy this since we have now lived here over nine years.

What makes this cookie recipe so great is that it is perfect for kids! It has no eggs, so it is safe for them to nibble away at the dough as they cut. And the only sweetener is molasses! So go make a memory with your kiddos & enjoy!

Molasses Roll-Out Cookies, aka “Pumpkin Cookies”

1/2 Cup Molasses

3 Tbsp Butter

1 Tbsp Milk

2 Cups Flour

1/2 tsp Baking Soda

1/2 tsp Salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground cloves

1. Heat molasses & butter in microwave to boiling – about 1 minute.

2. Add milk to hot molasses/butter mixture.

3. In a separate bowl mix dry ingredients. Add dry ingredients to molasses mixture.

4. Mix thoroughly until mixture almost cleans bowl. If the dough seems dry, add a small amount of milk.

5. Shape into a mound, wrap in wax paper & chill (if you are going to use later.)

6. Divide dough into thirds & roll out to 1/4 inch thick on floured surface. Cut dough into favorite cookie cutter shapes.

7. Place on baking stone or sprayed cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 6-8 minutes.

Blessings,

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