Christmas 2012 Already? Are You Serious?

 

This doesn’t seem possible. The year 2012 is almost history.

What happened to my little ones? Dang it! That’s the most important thing I want to know. I woke up one morning and there were these strange young people who resembled my kids staring back at me.

I’ve been torturing myself by looking back over pictures from past Christmas’. It’s been both fun and difficult. There are some really wonderful memories, but these are ones I can never get back. Funny how life zips by when you’re not paying attention.

From now on, I’m going to do my best to immerse myself in every day, enjoying the good times and letting all the crappy small stuff slide by. Life is too short to have a bad day.

This will sound kind of funny, but I’m learning a new life lesson from our very energetic puppy. Love no matter what. Forgive and then forget.  And most of all run, play hard, let the wind hit you smack in the face, doing a real number on your hair, and live like there’s not a care in the world!  🙂

Here are a few of my favorite pictures from my reminiscing.

These moon shoes were the most fun! They didn’t last too long, but watching the kids bounce around was so hysterical. No way did I give it a try. Even back then, my bones were screaming, Don’t you dare! LOL

Wonder what my chances are of getting my now thirteen year old boy in a box this year so I can take another picture for the scrapbook? LOL

I leave you with an awesome cookie recipe!  🙂 Guaranteed to make you smile even on the worst of days!

Chocolate Crackled Cookies

Ingredients

12 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate
divided 3/4 cup flour
2 teaspoons  cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2  eggs, lightly beaten
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions

 1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Melt 8 ounces of the chocolate as directed on package. Set aside. Coarsely chop remaining 4 ounces chocolate. Mix flour, roasted cinnamon, baking powder and salt in small bowl.
2. Beat butter and sugars in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well. Add melted chocolate; beat until well blended. Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until well mixed. Stir in chopped chocolate. Drop dough by rounded tablespoons or medium cookie scoop 1 1/2 inches apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets.
3. Bake about 10 minutes or just until cookies are set and slightly cracked on top. Transfer cookies on parchment paper to wire rack; cool completely.