sunday sweet stuff ...

I had a request from a tenant last week to make some soft baked peanut butter cookies. I asked what the occassion was, and she just wanted "a standard batch like what mom used to make" - She said her mom doesn't bake like she used to.... I just thought that was the sweetest request ever. Peanut butter cookies with the fork criss cross on top. Moms are awesome, and I am so fortunate to still have mine. This recipe is the same one my own mom handed down to me... <3 

What you will need:

3/4 C peanut butter 
1/2 C butter at room temp, super soft
1 1/4 C packed brown sugar
1 tbsp organic pure vanilla extract
1 farm fresh egg 
1 3/4 C all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt

preheat oven to 375, then add parchment paper to a cookie sheet. 

beat peanut butter, butter, brown sugar, & vanilla extract in a large bowl with a handheld mixer on medium until all blended, then mix in egg.

with a fork, kind of push the mixture to the sides of the bowl and then add your flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt to the middle of your mixture, then fold in with fork until its all 'fluffy' looking. Now use handheld mixer to mix it all together.                                                                                                                                                                                                            

now, roll into balls about 1 1/2 inch in diameter and place about 2" apart on your parchment lined cookie sheet. slightly flatten with a fork to get that signature 'mom' criss cross...

bake about 8-9 minutes and then let cool fully on cookie sheet, about 20 min. 

now eat!!




weekend snapshots

 Friday was so beautiful and warm, I decided to get a little grounding in.....
 ..anyone know what these are? These are all around the old concrete building on the property...
 ...this is a table top I made from pallets a few years ago. I am gonna make it my gardening table....yes, Spring fever is in full force over here....

 ...clearing a fairytale path through the pines....
 ...ol' trusty Black Beauty makes all the clearing possible! We don't have tractors, so we do it all by hand, then load up and unload into burn piles...
 ..whoops! Close call...
 Misty is the only goat out here who can be trusted not to wander... She loves to stick by my side when I am outside playing...er...I mean "working" - I have to admit, this kind of work makes me soon happy!!!

 ...of course I throw some treats over for ol' Eli.
 .....one new path.... This one goes to a field that will be used for grazing within the next year hopefully! Still a lot of work to be done...
 ...my fairytale path!!! This was solely for my enjoyment. No real reason for this, other than it reminded me of growing up playing in the woods. My dad would carve out trails like this for me to ride my bike. :)
Eddie got to test out the new paths and approved!
 Majestic walk down our dirt road....
 I started Sunday morning off with a hot cup of coffee in the hammock.....

 ..the new grazing field... !!!!
 Austin came out for a visit!
 Misty enjoying exploring...
...yes! I have 6 geriatric chickens and it seems 5 are still laying! Hello, Spring!
After all that, a hot bath with epsom salts and a dose of Emergen-C was in order. The pollen was in full force, and although normally it doesn't bother me, when I work like I did this weekend, I tend to be affected by it.... I have the day off today - I am referencing the back yard, expanding the yard, and putting in gates. Oh, annnnnnd my riding mower is getting fixed today! Yay!! Happy Monday, y'all!