Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Stuffed Pasta Shells

Stuffed Pasta Shells
Stuffed Pasta Shells

Now folks this sounds like a really complex recipe that is in reality fairly simple! I discovered this recipe when I first started freezer cooking! It is great to make up in double or triple batches, freeze the shells and then just pull out as needed! I will give more detailed instructions later.

Teenager #1 (AKA Lil' Sis) and Teenager #2 (my step daughter) LOVE this recipe! Since Teenager #2 happens to be visiting for Spring Break, I made this special for her! It's like comfort food for these two!

Also let me warn you...unless you are feeding a big group...this recipe makes enough for more than one meal. I used half this recipe for dinner tonight and made the other half for a friend of mine (she just loves my freezer meals!!)

Let's get started....
First you need a big pot of spaghetti sauce....add meat if you like... We had Spaghetti for supper the night before so I just used what was left over and added an extra jar of sauce.

Then you need to gather up your remaining ingredients. Go ahead and put on a big pot of water to boil for the pasta!

You will need Jumbo Shells, Mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, Cottage or Ricotta Cheese, an egg, pepper and some Italian Seasoning.

Put you pasta shells on to boil...follow the instructions on the side of the box...we will come back to them in a minute.

Mix your carton of cottage cheese (use ricotta sometimes just all depends on what you like or what you have on hand), about 2 cups of mozzarella cheese, 1 cup of Parmesan cheese, the egg, 1 tablespoon of Italian Seasoning and 1 teaspoon of pepper. Stir this all up good and set aside until your pasta is ready.

Drain your pasta and rinse with cold water. This keeps the pasta from sticking together and cools it so that you can handle it easily....our hands are fixing to get messy!

Put a layer of spaghetti sauce in your favorite baking dish.

Fill each shell with your cheese filling. Now this can get kinda the ones that are rolled up have to be held open with one hand while you stuff with the other...hence the getting our hands messy part.
Now at this point you can do two can place this shell in the prepared baking dish....or you can put it on a jelly roll pan and flash freeze it for later. When I make a big batch I flash freeze these then package them in meal size portions in Ziploc bags for later use....a little spaghetti sauce and some cheese and you have a nice meal!

All filled and ready for the next step!

Cover with more spaghetti sauce....depending on how your family likes spaghetti sauce depends on how thick you want to cover your you can see that's my families favorite part! Sprinkle with cheese and bake at 350 degrees for about 25 to 30 minutes!

***Flash Freezing Instructions.
To flash freeze pasta shells, cook pasta according to package directions and fill with cheese filling. Place in a single layer on a jelly roll pan. Place in freezer for 1 to 2 hours...or until frozen hard. Remove from jelly roll pan and place in freezer bags. (3 shells is considered a serving)

To use....Remove from freezer and defrost in the refrigerator. Place in a baking dish on top of a layer of spaghetti sauce. Top with more spaghetti sauce and grated cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

God Bless, Mama D

Crazy Days!

As you can see this three headed person looks very happy....well sort of!!! Tool Man, the Teenager and myself were having fun posing for My Momma on the Teenager's recent birthday...doesn't she look happy!!!!!

I must apologize to all my faithful followers...I have been absent from the blogging world for a couple of weeks....days...or has it been a month?? I am not quite sure???

I have been in a fog for the past month or see the Tool Man and I received some wonderful news!!!! I"m pregnant!!! We are so happy and feel so blessed!! We are hoping that our new little one makes it's appearance sometime in October (a very long time from now!) and that he/she is healthy and ready to face this wild and crazy world!!!

Finding out that I was pregnant sent me into a panic of what all needs to be accomplished in the next couple of months. Preparation for the coming's been seven years folks! And finishing moving....

OK for those of you that don't darling Grandmother passed away this past June....I miss her very much...but she left me an inheritance ....Grandpa, the dog, and the house! Grandpa is diabetic and blind...a whole story in himself...but I do my best to take care of him in his own home where he is comfortable. The dog, Mr. Bo Jangles, and no I am not making up his name! That's what Grandma named him...however he looks like Toto off the Wizard of Oz so we just call him Bo Bo for short. And their house, which has always felt like home to husband and I only lived a short distance away but felt that Grandpa would do better and we would have more room if we moved in with him instead of vice versa.

Well my grandparents got married in 1942 and they NEVER moved! So my task over last several months has been to clean out, rearrange, sort, organize, repurpose, and generally turn my grandmother's house up side down! My husband and I feel very blessed to have this home and to have Grandpa in our lives...but there have been several adjustments on all our parts! I have left Grandpa's room intact and his path to and from the kitchen is the same....but most everything else has been rearranged.

My main tasks that I set up for myself this last month was rearranging my daughter's room and completely cleaning out the "craft" closet so that I could organize it to my liking. My daughter's room is done until we move what remains in our old house...and I have about half of the craft closet cleaned out! Once I have completed the cleaning out process I intend to sort and organize what I have decided to keep and my craft things (and hopefully with my Momma's help) will have a craft/stuff closet that I can locate my things in!

Once everything is done I will post pics...but until then...well it is a mess beyond belief that scares me!!!

However I do have some fun plans, some tutorials, and new recipes planned for the coming weeks. Tool Man, Daddy and I are planting a garden this year and I will be posting progress reports, right now we have onions, garlic, and potatoes in the a couple of weeks...much much more! I am so excited! All I have managed to grow in the past is squash and zucchini! This year I am looking forward to a year if everything goes well a expanded garden!!!

We are also getting baby chicks in about another week or so....this is a new adventure for me! We had chickens when I was a kid but I never really dealt with them too much...that was my brother's chore...but I keep seeing fresh eggs and fresh meat! So here we go...luckily my Daddy has raised chickens...and he lives a half a mile down the he will be my mentor for this adventure! I am so excited!!!

I am also breaking out my sewing machine as soon as all my sorting and organizing is finished! I have a little girl that has a 38" chest at the age of 6 1/2 and she needs a Easter Dress by the end of April! And the new baby is going to be cloth diapered and I need to get busy making diapers!!!

If you can't tell the next couple of months are gonna be busy around here and I hope that you enjoy the ride with me! Check out my post later tonight....I made Stuffed Pasta Shells for Teenager #2!!!!

God Bless,
Mama D

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Mama D's Protein Shakes

Of all the combinations that I tried....these are my favorite. I tend to stick with my OJ shake more than anything!

I personally use Syntrax's Vanilla Essence. It has only 90 calories per serving and 23 grams of protein My doctor recommend me getting 65 grams of protein per I try to drink two shakes and obtain the rest through real food! I don't eat a lot of meat, but I eat a lot of eggs, peanut butter and beans....every little gram that you get helps!

Orange Juice Shake

1 cup orange juice (my favorite is the store brand at Wal-Mart or United...a gallon normally lasts me between 2 weeks to a month)
handful of ice
1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder

Shake in your favorite shaker and drink! The ice helps to mix your shake as well as keep it super cold while you are drinking....this helps cut that protein flavor for me!

Mocha Latte Shake
1 cup Skim or 1% Milk
handful of ice
1 tsp instant coffee (I like hazelnut flavored myself....but even a splash of leftover coffee will do)
1 scoop of Vanilla or Chocolate Protein Powder

Shake in shaker and drink. Or put in blended and add more ice for an icy treat! Beware...blending these in a blender creates don't go to heavy on the milk! I have had an 8 oz. shake turn into a 32 oz. monster really fast.

Strawberry Smoothie

This is one of my current faves! I get the added nutrients of the fruit and right now I need those extra calories and nutrients!!!! When I find fruit that I like on sale, I wash and prep the fruit, lay it out on a pizza pan and freeze. Then place all frozen fruit into a Ziploc bag to store in the door of my freezer! That way all I have to do is grab what I want and any excess fruit doesn't go to waste!

Add to blender
3 or 4 frozen strawberries
handful of frozen blueberries
1/2 a frozen banana (freeze in the skin, peel before using)
1/2 to 3/4 cup orange juice
handful of ice
1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder

Blend until desired consistency! Enjoy!
Add whatever fruits that you enjoy or have on hand...this is most definitely a make to your taste smoothie! I have ever added a small container of vanilla yogurt to mine...but I prefer it without!

Until next time,
God Bless, Mama D

Gastric Bypass Weight Loss Chart

Weight Loss Chart for Me not every one's weight loss will go like this after surgery....some of you will do better, some worse! It all depends on your body, how you take care of yourself and which version of this surgery you had. And yes it is very possible to gain your weight back! So you have to be careful! I have managed to maintain my weight with in 5 lbs for the last 18 months.

Starting Doctor's visit October 9, 2008-weight 299lbs
Surgery preformed Dec. 2
First Doctors visit after surgery Dec 5th-weight 286lbs (-13)
Second Doctors visit after surgery Dec 13th-weight 266lbs (-32lbs)

December 2008
January- weight 259 (-40 lbs)
February- weight 246 (-53 lbs)
March- weight 237 (-62 lbs)
April- weight 229 (-70 lbs)
May- weight 220 (-79 lbs)

May 2009
June- weight 217 (-82 lbs)
July- weight 209 (-90 lbs)
August- weight 195 (-104 lbs)
September- 192 (-107 lbs)
October- 191 (108 lbs)
November- 186 (-113lbs)
December- 179 (-120 lbs)

Christmas 2009
Mama D, Tool Man and The Bear!
It took me about a year total to lose my weight. I have maintain my weight at 175 to 180 lbs, since December of 2009. My doctor suggested this weight in hopes that I would agree to have a tummy tuck done which would eliminate the excess skin in my belly area. That however is at later post.

Christmas 2010
Lil' Sis, My Momma, and Mama D
Well as of November of 2010 I had officially gone from a size 28W to a 14W! I was so proud to get down into that size 14!!! I got new Wranglers and a belt for Christmas this year to celebrate!!! If you can't tell I am a jeans and tee shirt kinds woman....give me my Chukkas and I am perfectly comfortable!

Until next time, God Bless,
Mama D

Friday, March 11, 2011

Gastric Bypass Adventures 6

Gastric Bypass Adventures 6

Post Surgery-Eating Again

Well when I last left you, Tool Man had brought me home and put me to bed after coming home from a doctor's appointment and my release from the hospital. I was so happy to be home! But quickly discovered that sleeping in bed wasn't going to be comfortable for a I retired to the recliner in the living room. Much more comfortable and much easier to get up from when you have an incision on your belly! The Bear (who was 4 years old at the time) was warned that Mommy's tummy got fixed and that we had to be careful around her. Bear was in the habit of dive bombing people from across the room when she wanted attention or to sit with you!
24 days after surgery!

So with me settled in the recliner in the living room...Tool Man was left to run the house for a little while. Before my surgery I had made a big chart and left it on the fridge to what I could and could not eat! Of course I had to start out with things like chicken broth, canned is not my favorite....and saltines. I graduated from a single saltine cracker for the entire day to eating scrambled eggs, which happen to be one of my comfort foods! I quickly learned that my hubby as sweet as he is...doesn't know how to make scrambled eggs...he gets to impatient and turns the heat up to high! But that first scrambled egg that he made me after my surgery was pure ambrosia! Of course I ate about two bites and was full...but it was a wonderful two bites.

They suggest that you not drink before you at at this time....the liquid fills your tummy and you can't eat what you need. Considering I am one of those people that have a hard time eating without something to drink....this was kinda hard for me! You are also warned not to lie down after eating or drinking for at least 15 minutes....and believe me these are wise words!

I eventually graduated to being able to eat crackers and cheese. That is still my all time favorite food! Eating has been a trail and error process for me over the last couple of years. For those of you that have never been around someone who has had this surgery....well....we tend to throw up a lot! I feel really luck if I go several days without throwing something up. That is what I meant by the whole trail and error thing. Some days I can eat certain foods and they stay down...other days they don't...some days nothing stays down! It all depends on what I eat and if I have taken my stomach meds that day.

The only prescription that I am currently taking is Nexium....which keeps my stomach lined out so that I can eat. I don't know if everyone that has had this surgery is on some kind of acid reducer medication....but if I don't take mine....I get to where I throw everything up, no matter what it is...and I start having severe stomach this is a necessary medication for me. I learned the hard way to take this medication on a daily I am currently taking a much more economical version of this that I obtain over the don't panic and think you have to take this high priced medication....the stuff that you can get over the counter works just fine...for me at least!

After my surgery trying to get my protein shakes and my newly required vitamins down was a chore! And one that I didn't take quietly! I still don't like either but have been at this game long enough to see the benefits of both...and also the consequences of not taking them! Without my protein shakes....I have no energy! I get sick and start filling weak...anyone that knows me knows how busy I keep myself! I NEED that protein to keep going everyday ! My issue was that trying to drink 8 oz. of fluid in one setting was difficult. Getting three 8 oz. protein shakes and all my vitamins in everyday took up all my time (it seemed) and trying to fit real food in there was hard.

My vitamins, now I don't notice so much with them, but ladies if you have ever taken prenatal vitamins....super shiny, growing hair, strong, hard nails, glowing skin!!! This is what you get from bariatric vitamins. Now when I first began this journey I took about 10 vitamins a day...all in pill form! I hate taking pills....especially handfuls of them multiple times a day! Fortunately for me they came out with a chewable vitamins that you only have to take 4 times a day and just one at a time...and they have all you need plus some! My favorite kind is Baratric Fusion, Mixed Berry Flavor...they taste like Flintstones Vitamins to me

My last issue that I will share with you was the not bending over thing! Can you imagine being an independent woman...that likes to do her own dishes, laundry...OK hold on I don't necessarily like doing those chores, I just get embarrassed when someone else has to do them for me and I am not in a condition to take care of my family me being me was driven crazy by the fact that I wasn't supposed to bend over to load my dishwasher or take clothes from the dryer. I had to depend on my mother and husband for all these things....unless I caught them gone!

I was so happy when I had my checkup with Dr. Warnock. He said that I was doing good and could start eating fresh fruits and veggies again! The first thing that Tool Man did was take me to Logan's Steak House for lunch...I of course ordered a salad and look longingly at the rolls. But my salad was wonderful! I was just happy to be able to eat real food again! Soft stuff gets old after a couple of weeks! And of course the fact that I had already lost about 32 lbs didn't hurt anything!!

As most of you can tell....there are some really not fun, pleasant or otherwise glamorous about this surgery. BUT if you know of someone besides me that has had this surgery and you ask them if it was worth it and if they would do it all over will probably get a resounding yes! Well from me you would! Honestly it is not easy being careful all the time! But when my little girl can wrap her arms all the way around me and give me a hug. Or my husband gives me "that" look! Or when I can confidently say that I am living healthy! I think it is all worth it!

I hope that those on Spring Break this week have a happy and safe one! I am nearing the end of my story....I intend on adding some my protein shake recipes and my weight loss chart...oh and some skinny pics to go along with all these fat pics!

Until next time!
God Bless,
Mama D

Saturday, March 5, 2011

What We Ate This Week

Taco Ring with Green Salad
What We Ate This Week Feb. 27-March 5

Well this was a busy week for me....I had baking orders for 8 loaves of bread, 10 dozen cookies, and Italian Creme Cake and 2 chocolate sheet cakes. That doesn't include the eight loaves of bread that I made just for us to eat...some of that went in the freezer folks, but I sold a couple of loaves and I gave a couple of loaves away!

Last Saturday I went to one of our local grocery stores that was running a fantastic sale on eggs, breakfast sausage and milk. I stock up on all those things and ran across about 4 lbs of ground beef on the clearance for $.99 a pound. This became the basis for 4 of our meals this week!

Now when I know that I am gonna have a busy week I try to double up on meals....the first 2 lbs of meat was browned and seasoned with taco seasoning...and became our meals for Sunday and Tuesday. The remaining meat was browned with onions and peppers and became the meals for Monday and Wednesday. This made my life lots easier and supper with fast and easy to throw together for this busy Mama!

I also found out on Tuesday that my company that didn't come a couple of weeks ago was coming in to spend all day Friday and until about noon today with us.....I of course cooked lunch for Friday and offered sandwiches for dinner that night! So I was very busy this week not only in the kitchen but also getting my house presentable for company. I am lucky to have a hubby that will pitch in and help as needed!

Sunday - Tacos, chips and hot sauce

Monday - Spaghetti, Whole Kernel Corn, Garlic Bread, Green Salad

Tuesday -Taco Ring, Green Salad

Wednesday - Beef and Rice Casserole, Green Beans, Salad

Thursday - Rotisserie Chicken, Buttered Noodles, Green Salad

Friday -German Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Home style Green Beans, Green Salad, Homemade Bread, Triple Berry Cobbler with Ice Cream

Saturday - Left Overs and Sandwiches

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Gastric Bypass Adventures 5

Gastric Bypass Adventures 5

Surgery and Hospital Stay

Now you would think that I wouldn't remember anything from the time they knocked me out until I woke up! Never having had surgery before I didn't know that I wasn't gonna be completely gone before they wheeled me in that operating room! Maybe that isn't the norm....I don't know...all I know is that faced with all that STUFF in the operating room and being asked to transfer myself from the nice comfy hospital bed onto the operating table....I panicked! I did my best to cooperate...I transferred myself from one bed to another. Considering I weighed 300 pounds at the time this was probably a good thing....I wouldn't want those nurses to strain a muscle trying to move me or anything! I wouldn't wish that on anyone! They had just better be glad that they put whatever kind of knock out drug they had in my IV about that time....because I was once again ready to swing my legs off that table go find my hubby and Daddy and go home! I would just stay fat...I didn't care at that point! Can you tell I was just a wee bit scared???

Of course after transferring myself I woke up in the recovery room...relieved, kinda confused, and the first thing that goes through my head. "Oh @#@#@! It's too late!" I was very glad that I was incapable of coherent speech at that point. I had some very nice nurses that took care of me and couldn't understand my hand motions looking for my glasses. I later found out that Tool Man had taken them off my face before I left for surgery and he returned them when he saw me again. My sweet hubby knows how much I depend on those things....and when I miss place them HE is always the one that finds them for me!  Now for some reason anytime I have some sort of medical procedure done....I get to be practiced on by the trainees. Of all things to remember I remember that one of my nurses in the recovery room was a trainee...funny what sticks in your head, huh? Of course it was better than when I gave birth....during that experience I had a WHOLE class watching!

After dozing off and on in the recovery room....wishing I had my glasses...and wondering where my Hubby and Daddy were...they gave me another ride on the moving bed, this time to my home away from home for the next couple of days! Now you would think that considering I now supported a 10 inch incision from just below my sternum to just above my belly button that I would get just a little help moving myself around....NOPE I once again was asked to transfer myself from one bed to the other! SIGH....what happened to the big burly orderlies that are supposed to help with things like that??? What surprised my that they asked me to do this...and I just did problem....scooted my bottom over and got into the other bed! I was just happy to be still for a while.

The next thing I knew my sweet hubby and Daddy were at the end of the bed to see me...what aggravated me...I got a pat on the foot and they went to lunch! Do you see how much I am loved!??? OK she's OK...where do you want to eat? The rest of this day is kinda takes a while for the drugs to wear off and of course you have pain meds going to...which always make me sleepy! I know that my Momma and Little Sister came for a visit that evening....I am pretty sure I slept through most of that visit. Tool Man was there when I needed him.

Now you would think that I would get to lay in that hospital bed for a little while....but NO....I had to get up and walk once an hour! They gave me time for the meds to wear off where I wouldn't fall...but I had to get up and walk down the hall! At some point during the afternoon I found that I had this huge elastic support band around my middle...this wonderful thing helps to support your belly as you heal! You become very dependant on this very quickly! Because you feel as though you guts are gonna fall out that 10 inch incision. I don't tell you this to scare you...just to warn you....the feeling does go away...but you have to wean yourself off that belt thingy.  This really helped when I was walking up and down the halls...along with the small pillow that they suggested that I use to hold my belly.

My Tool Man was the most helpful and supportive husband during all this....silly man wouldn't let me get away with anything! He was great about helping me up out of the bed....but he also was the one poking me to get up when all I wanted to do was lay there.

Another thing that I had to endure...nothing to drink. Because of the nature of the surgery all they would let me have is this little sponge thing soaked in water to swab my mouth with every so often. Now they were really nice and kept the water fresh and put ice in the water so that it would stay cold. But I was thirsty! I wanted a drink! But no can do....just swab your mouth! When I finally got to the point where I could have a drink I was so grateful! Of course my new tummy could only tolerate a couple of sips...but at least it wasn't a swab!

The nurses are trained to have you do as much as possible for yourself as quickly as you can. They are not there to baby you! After the first 24 hours I was shown how to get myself out of the bed to go potty and to get up and walk. The nurse wouldn't help me and they didn't want Tool Man helping me. As long as I could do it, I was asked to do it for myself! I could go into details about my stay in the hospital...but I am not a very good patient...and this was not very fun...however it was necessary! So I am going to sum it up pretty quickly. As long as I got up and walked every so often and did what they asked...I got pain meds and then I got released on Thursday.

Another surprising thing to me....I didn't have to ride in a wheel chair to leave. I was escorted by a nurse...but I walked out on my own. Of course I didn't go very far....I had a doctor's appointment the next day and Dr. Warnock wanted me to stay close to the hospital...just in Tool Man and I went back to the little motel across the street. They have rooms special for patients like me....with huge recliners in them. The only problem for me...was that the recliner was huge even for me and it was one of those that you have to lean back in to get the foot rest up and then push really hard down on the get it back that point I just wasn't capable of operating I still slept in the bed. And my Tool Man slept in the chair.

Now if you are wondering I haven't had a bite to eat since Sunday, it is Thursday by this time and I am supposed to be able to eat broth or even a cracker. But I am having a hard time drinking watered down apple juice so I am scared to try and eat anything. So I don't. I didn't actually eat anything until I got home. I went to my Doctor's appointment on Friday and then Tool Man took me home and put me to bed before going to get my Bear!

Until next time.
God Bless,
Mama D

Taco Ring

Taco Ring...YUMMY!

Now I learned this recipe once upon a time when I sold Pampered Chef. It was my favorite recipe to demonstrate then and I still enjoy making it now! Taking pictures for this post reminded me of all those times I stood up in front of a room full of strangers and showed them how to cook with all the cool products that Pampered Chef sells! I still have many of those items in my kitchen today....if fact some of them are finally wearing's about time have a party!!!

This is one of those super simple recipes that can be made in a jiffy and my little girl just loves to help!

You will need....
Round baking stone or pizza pan
1 lb. ground beef, browned and drained
1 pkg. taco seasoning
1/2 to 1 cup grated cheese
2 rolls crescent rolls

Now I have used both a baking stone and a metal pizza pan...both do fine...if you use the pizza pan be sure to spray it with oil !
Open one can of your crescent rolls and lay them out with the fat ends toward the center of your pan.

Open second can of crescent rolls and lay over the top of the first. Press down inner ring to seal together.

Mix ground meat, taco seasoning and cheese together. and mound around center of ring....a scoop packs this in and makes it a little less messy...but you are gonna cover it up as long as it get on there who cares!

Fold all the pointy ends in toward the center of your ring. Then use your hand to tuck the edges in with the excess meat. Once everything is tucked in pull your ring out toward the edge of your pan.

This is what it should look like when you are done. Now I just put mine in the oven at this point. BUT if you want to fancy it up a bit you could take a sharp knife and you see those spaces where the meat filling is slip a slice of tomato in there before you bake it.

Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Serve with sour cream and picante sauce! Yummy! (oh I used a paper towel to soak up the grease that collected in the center of the ring when I removed it from the oven!

Another pretty it up tip. Place a bed of lettuce in the center of the ring with a hollowed out red bell pepper filled with your sour cream. Super cool presentation factor!

Hope that you enjoy!
God Bless,
Mama D

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Mrs. Townsend's Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies

And Yes I know these cookies are's March....beautiful outside...and I am thinking about green grass and my I made my cookies green!

This type of sugar cookie has to be my absolute favorite cookie, ever! I love how they are light and fluffy, and when you bite into them they just melt in you mouth. Mmmm....

They also bring back happy memories of my Grandma Edna. She is the one that started me cooking when I was 5 years old. We always had our little special routine. We even had matching aprons! She had this old fashioned cotton dish towel that she covered with waxed paper that just fit on the end of her kitchen cabinet (that's what she used instead of a cooling rack) and a certain spatula that you could scoop two cookies off the sheet with at once. And you always had to let them cool before you could have one with a little glass of milk....and she always told you about the person that she got the recipe from. This recipe happened to come from one of her really good friends....can you tell I am missing my Grandma today???

So I pulled out my special apron, my old fashioned cotton dish towel covered with waxed paper and my two cookie spatula and went to work!

Sugar Cookies

2 eggs
2/3 cup oil
2 tsp. vanilla
Add coloring of choice to this mixture...just remember that your cookies will come out lighter than the dough.

3/4 cup sugar
2 cups sifted flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Beat eggs. Stir in oil and vanilla. Add coloring. Blend in sugar until mixture thickens sightly. Sift flour, baking powder and salt. Stir into oil mixture. drop by the teaspoon unto ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten with a greased and sugared glass bottomed cup. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.

Now the great thing about these cookies is you can make them any color that you want! I love to add the holiday sprinkles to mine...either the colored sugar or the different shapes. My Bear says that the pink ones are the best!

This dough is very different from most cookie is kinda gooey...but don't be tempted to add more flour...I promise it is supposed to be that way!

I hope you treat someone to green cookies today!
God Bless,
Mama D