Sunday, February 24, 2013

Stay-Home Sunday

Eldest daughter likes to declare "Everybody Stay Home" days.  On these days...well, everybody stays home.  Usually we stay in jammies for a long time, and often the pillows go on the floor (which usually means I get bashed in the face repeatedly while playing on the ground), and nowhere near the amount of housecleaning that should go on is accomplished.

Today, we made cookies.  Despite the fact that my Pinterest cookie recipe board has 216 pins, each recipe delectable and beautiful and unique, we made the recipe on the back of the bag of butterscotch chips.  And that's...OK. 

The recipe is included below, not out of a desire to show off our wonderful bag-reading skills, but in the interest of preserving the recipe somewhere easily accessible, so the next time, when I open the bag stupidly and chips fly everywhere and the bag is torn right across the text so we can't read what heat to cook them at or how many cups of oatmeal should be included, we will know right where to find them.

The picture is blurry.  The hair isn't
brushed.  But she's got the beater with
the cookie batter, and the KitchenAid
batters don't require evil tongue  Olymics to get
 the batter off, so all is well.
Oatmeal Scotchies, From the Bag:

1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
3 cups oats
1 bag butterscotch chips
(our addition, to make it original enough to put on the internet): 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips (more drives Elizabeth "nuts" apparently, so we quit there).

Mix the wet stuff.  Add the dry stuff.  Scoop by teaspoons onto cookie sheets.

According to the directions, they should bake for 7-9 minutes or 8-10, depending on the desired level of chewiness.  Since our oven is the Psycho Inferno of Evil, the first batch cooked for 17 minutes and was barely done, and the second burned in 8 minutes.  I really wish that I was joking.

Lots of playing happens on "Everybody Stay Home" days.  Today, the girls decided that they were insects:

Elizabeth was a ladybug for Halloween '11,
and a "Queen Bumblebee" for
Halloween '12.  Apparently, it's only
dressing up if you're a bug.

Yes, she is eating Gerber toddler raviolis.  I know they have preservatives.
 It's OK.

Juliet is hovering on the edge of a language explosion.  Today's new words include umbrella, a very emphatic NO (not exactly new, but newly vehement), Victoria (her middle name), and McStuffins (as in, Doc McStuffins).  We've discovered search-and-find books, and they rock.

So, "Everybody Stay Home" Sunday wasn't bad.  I predict it will beat "Get Up Early and Go Out in the Freezing Cold to Go To Work at an Absurdly Early Hour" Monday by a long shot.

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