It's a great thing to know that you have good friends. Its even better when your friends are exactly like you - nerdy and super cool, they always get your jokes, always ready to come over for impromptu dinner dates (now Skype dates) and always have your back. Even 800 miles away.
Right after we moved up here, there was a big kids consignment sale in KC. For those of you not in the know, consignment sales ROCK. They are like giant garage sales, where moms from all over town bring their gently used baby and kids clothes, shoes, and toys and resell them for pennies on the dollar. And they usually have 50% off days, which means that Ladybug sports BabyGap and Gymboree all year long for $2 and $3 an outfit instead of $40. I usually leave with trashbags full of clothes (trashbags, people!) and usually only spend $50-75 for two seasons worth of clothes, shoes and toys. And I make good money by consigning what Ladybug just grew out of (that I previously bought at the sale). THAT is what I'm talking about!!
So you can imagine how crushed I was to move away literally weeks before the next sale. There was no way I could go from that to paying full price for an outfit! Even on good sales days, you are lucky to find things for $10 an outfit! Luckily, I have two dear friends, Abby and Amy, who were easily bribed into going for us! Not that it took much, because everyone loves shopping for cute baby clothes, especially when someone else is paying! They did such a great job finding cute clothes for Ladybug to wear this fall and winter that I decided they needed an extra "Thank You", not only for shopping for us, but also for being such great friends!
"We are all a little weird and life's a little weird,
and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours,
we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness
and call it love."
Cowboy Cookies (Rosemary and the Goat)
1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp wheat germ
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup chopped peanuts
6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
6 ounces white chocolate chips
1/2 cup shredded coconut (optional)
Preheat oven to 350.
In the mixing bowl of your electric mixer, cream the butter and sugars.
Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until creamy.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
Add the dry ingredients into the mixing bowl and mix until just combined.
Add the oats, nuts, chocolate, and coconut and mix until combined.
Spoon the mixture by large spoonfuls (or a cookie scoop) onto a greased cookie sheet (or use a silpat!).
Bake for 15 minutes (for small cookies) or 20 minutes for large ones.
Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool.
Package and mail to your dearest friends. :)