what i made for monday- easy cookie brownie oreos (or pb cups)

I've decided that anything hiding an oreo is good stuff. 
You won't be disappointed if you make these.  Not a chance.
All you need is Oreos, peanut butter cups (the normal sized ones may work better but I already had the little ones on hand), brownie mix (mixed up according to directions on the box), a package of "break and bake" cookie dough and muffin tins.  
Smush one cookie dough square into the bottom of each tin. 
Like so...
Add an Oreo or peanut butter cup to the top of each one...
Cover each one with brownie mix.
Bake at 350 for 13-15 minutes.
Devour.  Share.  Devour.  Whatever.  
The Oreo ones were my favorite but it's not like the peanut butter ones were terrible. 

Idea found on pinterest with no link to original pinner. :) 


We have three Goodwill stores in our area.  Throughout the week I will pop into each one at least once.  Sometimes there is nothing but junk.  Other times, all of my searching and looking pays off.
Yesterday, we popped into my favorite Goodwill.  I spied this HUGE box of what appeared to be a random assortment of Christmas decorations.  All I could see was what you see above but with a little peeking, I could tell that it just HAD to be full of treasures.  I could tell that each item inside had been wrapped in a sandwich baggie and I just knew that no worker at the Goodwill would do that.  That meant no one had looked through it.  With a price tag of $4, it was mine.  I couldn't wait to go through it.   
And wouldn't you know...it was FULL of over 150 vintage Shiny Brite ornaments!!!!!
I may have squealed a few times as I opened them.  And opened them.  And opened them. 

There were a few from pre-WW II and there were a few of these, made during WW II.  They have paper caps instead of the normal metal ones. :) 

There were hardly any plain ones...each was an odd shape or decorated beautifully.

We estimated that IF I wanted to sell them the whole collection would be worth $300-$500!!!  Not too bad for a $4 investment. :)

Have you ever found any amazing treasures at the goodwill? 

And a HAPPY HAPPY birthday to my wonderful husband!!  He is THE most amazing man a girl could ask to be married to!  I'm so excited to see what this new year holds for him!! :)

Farm Field Trip-2012

Moses had a school field trip this week.  It was the BEST field trip ever!!  We had so much fun.  There were cows, baby goats, chickens, donkeys and all sorts of fun things to learn.  Aaron got to tag along, too!  The whole day made me feel very fortunate that Moses has gotten to spend these two years at such a wonderful school.  We will surely miss it!!  
Baby goats are heart melters...you should see them hop and they are SO soft!
We made butter from fresh milk!
Moses milked a cow!
Moses cracked up when the donkey actually "hee-hawed" at him!

We fed baby goats...
and cows, too!

Aaron and this goat...oh man, did they love each other.  
They just sat there like this for a while and nuzzled each others faces.  And then Aaron kissed him.  On the lips.  A few times. 

It was a great day.  We went home happy and tired.  And wanting a baby goat. 

20 minute crafter--Skateboard Swing!!

I saw this idea months ago on Pinterest...but every link that I found led to a swing set company.  Boo!!!  A quick search there will show you the link that I am talking about.  I just knew that I could make one myself and that my boys would love it!  Both turned out to be true!  Want to make one?
You need:
a skateboard (I waited to find one at goodwill and scored this one for $3!!)
rope (from Lowe's--pay attention to the weight limits)
a 3/8 drill bit (this was the biggest we had--we took it to Lowe's to match it to the width of the rope)
2 of those metal things--I have no idea what they are called but they are oval with a way to screw it closed
a dowel big enough to drill a 3/8 hole through
Get your first helper to remove the trucks and wheels from the skateboard.
Get your other helper to drill holes 2in from the sides of the skateboard.  I centered the new holes in between where the holes from the trucks were. 
(Also, allow your three year old to drill at your own risk).
Like this. :)
 Grab your dowel and cut it into two equal lengths.  I made mine a little wider than the skateboard.
Drill holes through each about an inch from each end.
Cut your rope in half.  Thread your ropes through each side as shown above...keep the ends even, center the board in the middle of each rope. 
 Put a knot above each hole.  Don't tie your knots too tightly, because you may need to adjust them later.
Add your dowels...
 ...with a knot before and after the dowel.
Attach your rope to your metal do-dads.  Here is how we did it.  I am not a knot expert.  The metal part ends up being the part that sits on the top of the tree branch you hang it from and helps to keep it in place.  :)  You may need to adjust your knots a little and level the whole thing out and then...
Hop on and...
...swing!!!!  Have fun making your own!!
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