It’s the Little Things ( KIDS ) in Life…

There’s a saying about it being the little things in life…well sometimes those little things are kids, as in grandkids :)

Not too long ago I had posted about my grandson having a day off of school.

He spent it with me ( HERE

That grandson is in a different school district than the other three, who had their in-service day later on. They too spent their day here.

We started out with a movie and then moved on to baking cookies. Javis wanted to play a video game so it was just the girls and I. They shared measuring, mixing, and chopping duties. ( We were making chocolate chips + butterscotch chips + nuts cookies. )

It doesn’t get much better than having a fruit salad and cookies warm from the oven for a mid-morning snack…

Well…there ARE the beaters to lick :)

After lunch and cleaning up we headed off to let their dog out and play with him for awhile and go on to the local library.  It is just up the block from their house.  There the back room was set up for a boredom-buster day due to school being out.

There was a craft table set up to make St. Patrick necklaces with yarn, paper shamrocks and fruit loops, several tables with games and puzzles, and a Lego area set up.  They have a Lego club that meets twice a month for an hour….Javis goes when he can and one of his creations is in the front foyer when you walk in.

He beat me at Trouble.

Mostly?

We ate cookies :)

Late afternoon when they left for home, snow was swirling around and I was happy to anticipate staying in for the cold weekend ahead and getting a little more quilting done, among other things.

Most of the cookies went into a container for their house ( ” because you love us” , Mya observed ) but I kept a dozen here to go into the freezer.  You know…for energy :)

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Baking & Binding

All of the 6 inches or so of snow shown in the last post melted, then mid-week we got another round…just enough cold and wind and swirling snow to give us a light ground cover. I baked cookies in the early morning….two baking sheets worth here in the photo and more in the oven. I generally keep a dozen here and send the other 3 or more dozen down to the kids.

I have always used the Nestle Toll House recipe BUT add 1/2 extra cup flour + a handful of oatmeal to the mix. Sometimes I’ll do a mix of chocolate chips and butterscotch chips. If you purchase generic chocolate the Nestle recipe can be found HERE.  Trust me, if you add that extra 1/2 cup of flour to the recipe your cookies won’t flatten and the oatmeal is just to tell yourself “this is a healthy mid-morning snack” :)  Seriously I think it just adds some nice texture.

As to the grandson in the middle of the picture above ( courtesy of my DIL on FB ) he has been asking for me to bake bread, so that is next on the agenda when I get in the mood. As to the one next to him, we were pleased to see this award from January at his school! :) My DIL took a photo of it when she was there.

He has no clue why he got this. Maybe they just pick kids out of a hat, who knows :)

Awhile ago I mentioned that I had finished tying the Gradient quilt and binding was needed. I finally started that.  The back has some skulls & roses ; my youngest is a Grateful Dead fan.

I have resolved to stop all applique and *fun* hand stitching until this binding is completed.  I will continue to take breaks ( I hate to sew binding ) and get a little hand quilting in, however.

I have finished the blue block in Scrappy Granny and am ready to move the hoop again.

SUNDAY MORNING UPDATE : It went up to 64 degrees on Saturday in the weirdest winter ever…:)

I am about halfway through with the binding and may be doing my Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy’s Quilts out on the porch on Sunday afternoon if this weather continues!

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