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I am currently creating a cookbook containing all our family’s favorite breakfasts and baked goods. My goal is to give a copy of the book to each of my children when they eventually leave home and move out into the world. There is nothing like favorite childhood food to comfort you as an adult. As I create a new entry for this cookbook I will post the recipe here to share with you all. I hope you will enjoy it too ūüôā

(FYI, I create the pages using my digital scrapbooking software StoryBook Creator 4 by Creative Memories.)

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Another¬†recipe page completed. This one¬†is a special family favorite¬†so¬†I made it as a Valentine’s Day dessert for after¬†dinner tonight.¬†This meant I could complete the page with photos taken this evening.

There are close up images of the recipe just below the cookbook page image, so be sure to scroll down if you’d like to easily read the recipe itself.

Previous Recipe Pages:

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oatmeal Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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I am currently creating a cookbook containing all our family’s favorite breakfast and baked goods. My goal is to give a copy of the book to each of my children when they eventually leave home and move out into the world. There is nothing like favorite childhood food to comfort you as an adult. As I create a new entry for this cookbook I will post the recipe here to share with you all. I hope you will enjoy it too ūüôā

(And if any of you have any questions about how I create the pages using my digital scrapbooking software StoryBookCreator 4 by Creative Memories, please leave your question(s) in the comments section and I’ll do my best to answer them.)

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The recipe page for Oatmeal Raisin Cookies is finished. I am very pleased with getting another page completed.

There are close up images of the recipe just below the cookbook page image, so be sure to scroll down if you’d like to easily read the recipe itself.


Previous Recipe Pages:

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oatmeal Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

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I am currently creating a cookbook containing all our family’s favorite breakfast and baked¬†goods. My goal is to¬†give a copy of the book¬†to each of my children when they eventually leave home and move out into the world.¬† There is nothing like favorite childhood food to comfort you as an adult. As I create a new entry for this cookbook I will post the recipe here to share with you all. I hope you will enjoy it too ūüôā

(And if any of you have any questions about how I create the pages using my digital scrapbooking software StoryBookCreator 4 by Creative Memories, please leave your question(s) in the comments section and I’ll do my best to answer them.)

I have finished the recipe page for Oatmeal Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies.

There are close up images of the recipe just below the cookbook page image, so be sure to scroll down if you’d like to easily read the recipe itself.

Previous Recipe Pages:

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Last year I began sorting through my recipe collection and throwing away all those recipes I’ve had for years, if not decades. This was the true humble beginning of Project Paperless.

I then gathered my tried and true favorite recipes and started a little cookbook that I could immediately access when I wanted one of these good recipes. My longterm plan was to create a cookbook that I could pass onto my children when they eventually leave home and move out into the world.  There is nothing like favorite childhood food to comfort you as an adult.

The baking project has progressed and now I am ready to create this final cookbook that hopefully someday my children will treasure and enjoy. As I create a new¬†entry for¬†this cookbook I will post the recipe here to share with you all. I hope you will enjoy it too ūüôā

This week’s debut page of my cookbook is a recipe for Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies. This was the cookie recipe I used for the first ever cookie exchange I attended in December.¬†I originally found this on the back of flour bag and as I’m not a huge fan of simple chocolate chip cookies I decided that this cookie would be better with oatmeal. So I tweaked it.

There are close up images of the¬†recipe just below the cookbook page image, so be sure to scroll down if you’d like to easily read the recipe itself.

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‚ÄúAllow a child the privilege of being a child. He will be one for such a brief moment.‚ÄĚ -James Dobson

Someone I know has recently experience the excruciating loss of an extended family member, her 7 month old niece. I had never met the niece nor anyone in the extended family, however that does not diminish my ability to grieve for the death of this baby girl and her family and the person that I know.

Discovering this tragedy this week coincided with my scrapbooking goal of creating a scrapbooking page for each of my children to be displayed in our kitchen. As I worked on theses pages I had the opportunity to reflect on just how much they add to my life. It is hard to imagine life without them. Last night I finished the pages and sent them for printing. Thankfully, I’m a digital scrapbooker, which means you get to see them now. I’ll post a photo at a later date of them when they are proudly displayed in our kitchen.

 

 

 

 

Now today, go cherish those around you that you love. We are all transient beings and we have no idea how long we have each other. Love with all you’ve got.

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Now that we‚Äôre at the start of December I‚Äôve been looking over my Reading List for the past year. As I peruse the list of those I’ve read I feel a warm glow that I enjoyed each one. I‚Äôve certainly read fewer books this year than in years past but I spent a lot of my oh-so-precious spare moments on scrapbooking this year. Taking up this new method of preserving our family memories has been a very satisfying, enjoyable and valuable use of those precious few hours of personal time.

With the demands of family life growing in tandem with the growth of the girls, this year I decided that my focus would be on a little reading list of just 6 books. These books¬†have either¬†been on my ‘to read’ list for a long time or were recent recommendations at the start of the year that just jumped up and grabbed my attention. Obviously I didn‚Äôt just limit myself to 6 books; my brain cells, and my book-loving soul, would shrivel from the lack of stimulation. The 6 books I chose for this year were:

Queen Noor:   Leap of Faith
Elie Wiesel:   Night
Markus
Buckingham:  First, Break All the Rules
Barrack Obama:   The Audacity of Hope
Robert Twigger:  Angry White Pajamas
Howard Zinn:   A People’s History of the United States 1492-Present

I made a decision not to get caught up in trying to read them first before anything else this year. I just chose from this list as the mood struck. Now that I’m in the final month of the year’s reading I only have two to go. While I think Zinn’s book will demand a lot of focus and attention, I’m now keen to dive in to it.  I’m so pleased with how this little list idea turned out I’ve already started putting a new little list together for the New Year (but that will have to be a post for 2008).

Books Read 2007
January

1. Sue Monk Kidd:  The Mermaids Chair
2. Jennifer Chiaverini:  The Sugar Camp Quilt
3. Jennifer Chiaverini:  Circle of Quilters

February
4. Cecilia Ahern:   A Place Called Here

March
5. Niall Williams:  Four Letters of Love
6. Queen Noor:   Leap of Faith

April
7. Jane Nelson:   Positive Discipline
8. Kazuo Ishiguro:  Never Let Me Go
9. Elie Wiesel:   Night

May
10. Markus Buckingham:  First, Break All the Rules

June
11. Jane Austen:   Emma
12. Lawrence Wright:  The Looming Tower
13. Gabriel Garcia Marquez:  Love in the Time of Cholera

July
14. Barrack Obama:  The Audacity of Hope
15. Ruth Reichl:   Tender at the Bone
16. J.K. Rowling:  Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
17. J.K. Rowling:  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

August
18. Valerie Gwinner:  Paris with Kids 2nd Edition
19. Helen Truszkowski:  Take the Kids Paris & Disneyland Resort, 4th Ed
20. Ruth Reichl:   Tender at the Bone
21. Sarah Turnbull:  Almost French

September
22. Karen Jay Fowler: The Jane Austen Fan Club
23. Joseph Campbell:  The Power of Myth

October
24. P.L. Travers:   Mary Poppins
25. Sherman Alexie:  Ten Little Indians
26. Marianne Fredriksson: Hannah’s Daughters
27. Laura Ingells Wilder:  Little House in the Big Woods
28. Laura Ingells Wilder:  Little House on the Prairie
29. Madeline Albright:  Madam Secretary

November
30. Edith Wharton: The Age of Innocence
31. Kathryn Black: Mothering without a Map
32. J.K. Rowling:  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Books for December
Wallace Stegner:  Crossing to Safety
Robert Twigger:  Angry White Pajamas
Howard Zinn:   A People’s History of the United States 1492-Present

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