Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Making stuff.





Have you ever made cake box cookies? I'm telling you, they are easy and tasty. I whipped up a batch of chocolate chocolate chunk ones today, along with Ava's help and thought I'd share the recipe link with you here. Easy and good...did I say that already? My tip is to underbake them by a minute or two. They are thin and chewy that way- just the way we like them!
The kids have been painting for the past four or five days on our dining table. The pages and books are drying and I'm swamped with clutter on my counters and buffet table. But for some reason, I have no motivation to clean any of it up. I think I secretly like piles, clutter and chaos. I think I've slowly given in to the reality that I am outnumbered and therefore I am going to have piles and stuff around as long as there are kids around.
Unless a team appears at my front door from one of those TLC clean house shows, I think I'm destined to just get used to the idea of living with stuff. As long as we can still eat our meals at the table, I think it's all okay in the end. I took the day off of doing laundry today and so far nobody has died as a result. So maybe letting stuff pile up once in awhile is not such a big deal afterall. Half the fun of messes is making them, isn't it?!

13 comments:

Rebekah said...

when I was growing up my mom taught me to bake snickerdoodles and choc chip cookies and she let me paint pictures with oil paints on real canvas.I know there were many "piles"around but it didnt matter to me. focus on whats important.

DJones said...

theses cookies sound awesome! might have to give them a try very soon. i'm with you on having stacks, but i don't know about how much fun it is!

Lauren Kelly said...

Awwww, such sweet pics! And those cookies look YUMMY!!!!

Amanda said...

I stumbled upon you blog via tabitha's at twinkle twinkle.
I have 4 kids and the clutter sounds just like my home. But it's this that makes it a home!

Those cookies look great!!

love,
Amanda x

Tracy said...

Amen! The kids are going to look back on their childhoods and remember all of these wonderful moments when you made things together, and NOT if there was a little clutter a few piles here and there...just think of what you had missed if you had been busy doing laundry and organizing piles!
Thank you for your inspiring blog - I love it!

today is the present said...

I love your blog! You inspire me!

Wendy said...

I love cake box cookies! And I love the pictures of your girls painting away at the table. Painting is popular in our house too, and there's nothing better than having every flat surface covered with drying masterpieces. :)

Lisa D :) said...

Ya know what I love Jodi? I love that you accept that there's piles of stuff and clutter in home your AS LONG AS YOU CAN STILL EAT AS A FAMILY at your dining room table. Love, love, love how you always have your priorities so in the right place.

p.s. -- those cookies look delish...going to make some now!

Frontier Mom said...

Hi Jody - I came here by way of Gitzen Girl and am so happy I did. You and your sweet little family are awesome troopers! Your humility, hopefulness and candor make me laugh, think and tear up...somehow all at once. Hope you won't mind if I follow along in your lovely little walk thru life....
~Cynthia

Memaw Barbie said...

I just took some of my grandsons watercolor paintings to the store to be laminated. They are on the wall beside their parents laminated artwork from when they were babes at home. I have them in my laundryroom so I see them often. Blessings

The Kahler Family said...

I love your attitude!
The cookies look so yummy, but I have too many boxes of Girl Scout cookies to even think about making some. At least until the weekend!
I have an easier recipe and they are super yummy too...
1 box chocolate cake mix
1/2 cup oil (can use olive oil)
2 eggs
1 c semi sweet choc chips (I use mini)
Mix and bake @ 350 for 8-9, but I also never go full time... I like them nice and gooey!

Tricia Moran said...

You are a woman after my own heart. I grew up with a very tidy Mom and am the opposite with my children. Mess is good. I used to waste time too trying to keep it all under control, but it is after all what makes a house a home. Keep being a messy Mom - it makes you a good one!
Tricia :)

wife.mom.nurse said...

Okay, those cookies look delish! I love an easy recipe!!! Thx!