The Misadventures of Cheri

Mortifying my kids one swimsuit at a time

30DOT: {Day 26}

Yes, I love technology
But not as much as you, you see
But I still love technology
Always and forever

I love technology.  Here are a list of things I’m thankful for in the techy world:

1.  Facebook – When I moved from Alaska, I left behind a lifetime of friends.  99.9% of them are on Facebook and it enables me to keep up with people I dearly love.  I don’t go on Facebook to look for new friends.  I have my hands full keeping up with the ones I have!  I am so thankful for Facebook.

2.  Texting – We got Austin a cell phone a year before we said we would (14 – he got it at 13) simply to keep freaking track of the kid, who at 13 was foreshadowing how insanely busy he would be as he got older.  And now that he’s driving??  One text once he arrives at his destination and my mind is at ease.  Keeping track of both the kids via text has kept me sane!

3. Online shopping – Nothing beats shopping from my couch in my jammies!!  Just bought my Christmas present this morning (and saved over $40 if I would have had to drag myself to Nordie’s, which is at the mall, which I kind of detest).

4.  Pinterest – Oh. my. gravy.  Join.  Join now.  You don’t need an invitation.  If you think you do, I’ll send you one.  Just join and wait for the confirmation about 40 minutes later.  Do it.  Now.

5.  The Pioneer Woman – Her mashed potatoes graced our Thanksgiving table this year, displacing the past favorite.  When asked what his favorite food at Thanksgiving this year was, my husband answered “the mashed potatoes.”   They are a spiritual experience.

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30DOT: {Day 25}

Just over three months ago, Tyler got stuck by a used hypodermic needle he was taking from a person he was arresting.  Awesome.  Today we got the three-month test back and he is negative for both Hepatitis C and HIV.  This isn’t the first time he’s been tested . . . . not even the second . . . over the course of his 14+ year career.  It won’t be the last, either.  But I’m thankful for today’s good results!

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30DOT: {Day 24}

Today I am thankful for my family.  My dad, brother, sister in law, niece and nephew all came over for Thanksgiving.  The food was wonderful as was the company.  The cherry on the sundae was watching “Elf” and “Gnomeo & Juliet” after everyone went home.  Spending the evening with my three favorite people made my heart overflow!

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30DOT: {Day 23}

On this Thanksgiving Eve, I am thankful for my crock pot.  I spent all day yesterday (and will today) getting ready for the Big Day.  Last night I had no energy to make dinner.  But I didn’t have to!  Dinner had been percolating along in my precious crockie.  And it will be today, too.  Ahhhhh . . . . and I’m thankful that there’s always something to put in the crock pot thanks to our loving God.

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30DOT: {Lame-o Edition}

Sigh.  I really thought I could keep up with this.  Oh well, here’s a recap of the past week.

Day 17:  Thankful that I went to the Columbia outlet and got a $240 coat for $78.  After 8 years, my blood has sufficiently thinned to the point that I freeze in 45 degree weather.  All of my pretend winter coats haven’t been cutting it for about a year.

Day 18:  Thankful that even though I only got 4 hours of sleep, I was able to function and be in a good mood for the last day of Friday school.  You see, Amber and I were crazy enough to go to the midnight showing of “Breaking Dawn.”  Which meant I got to sit out in the rain for about 1 1/2 hours waiting for the doors to open.  It was super fun . . . and I’m not being sarcastic.

Day 19:  I had never been so warm at a winter soccer game as I was at this one.  All thanks to my supa fly new coat.  And winter boots, ski gloves and a quilt.  And long johns.

Day 20: This was a rough day.  Due to a series of miscommunications, Austin and I ended up in Clackamas for no good reason.  Then I kinda sorta lost it over the condition of the kid’s bathroom – the one which a certain child is supposed to be in charge of cleaning.  Then my Bible study leader called and asked if I could lead that night.  I was happy to lead, but knew I needed a shift in focus.  So I prayed real hard and had a major attitude shift!  Yay!!  My mother in law arrived safely from Washington, D.C. to spend the night with us.  I’m thankful for her safe vacation.

Day 21: Thankful that I told the kids we were taking the whole week off for Thanksgiving!!  Woot!  And doubly thankful that Amber’s gross cough was not bronchitis or pneumonia . . . . apparently she had a cold that had zero symptoms except for a cough!  She’s getting better.

Day 22: So thankful that when I told my kids to come in the kitchen and pray for their dad, they just walked over, let me put my arms around them, bowed their heads and prayed.  Tyler interviewed for a detective position yesterday.  If you’d like to send up a prayer for the decision process (we won’t find out for another week), it would be appreciated.  It’s not a promotion, pay increase, etc.  We just want Tyler where God wants him.  If He wants him in detectives or still on patrol is fine with us.

I put my arms around both the kids’ shoulders.  Considering they are both taller than I am, it’s a bit awkward.  I look like a bird with its wings in up above their head.  Amber said, “Is it weird that we’re both taller than you?”  Yes it is dear, yes it is.

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30DOT {Catch up edition}

Okay, okay, I have been thankful for the past few days.  I just haven’t posted.  That would have taken effort.

Day 13 – We had a nice visit with my dad and I’m very thankful that a few years ago he and mom decided to move down here.  Even though he’s literally as far as you can get from me and still be in the same town, I’m thankful that he’s not in Alaska.

Day 14 – So thankful for my Kindle.  I never don’t have a book to read.  It’s a beautiful thing.

Day 15 – Found out that Amber is only going to have to get braces on her top teeth!  That will save us about $1100.  The ortho told us that if the top teeth start to crowd the bottom teeth, we’ll have to put braces on the lower ones then.  I’m fervently praying that isn’t going to happen.

Day 16 – Today ended on a very sad note.  A dear friend of mine miscarried her precious baby girl at 18 weeks gestation.  Heaven has a new angel, but there are a lot of broken hearts left behind tonight.  I am so thankful that we have the hope of heaven and that K & M and their three children will be reunited with their little girl one day.  There will still be mourning, shock and anger . . . but always with the twinge of hope.  Thank you, Lord!

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30DOT {Day 12}

Apparently some of my posts have been hiding out in my drafts folder thanks to trying to post from my phone.  URGH.  I won’t make that mistake again.

Today I’m thankful that except for the tournament later this month, Austin’s soccer is over until January.  Halleluyer!

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Aunt Lucy’s Corn Flake Cookies

You asked and you received!

Corn Flake Cookies

Preheat oven to 350.

1 cup butter

1 cup sugar

1 cup packed brown sugar

2 eggs, beaten

2 cups flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp vanilla

2 cups oatmeal

2 cups Corn Flakes

1/2 cup coconut

1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional – and I don’t remember Lucy ever adding them)

Cream butter with sugar until fluffy; beat in eggs.

Sift flour w/baking powder, salt and baking soda; blend in to cream mixture.  Add vanilla.

Mix in oatmeal, Corn Flakes, coconut and nuts; mix until blended (the batter will be very stiff at this point).

Drop dough by 2 1/2 tbs (or large Pampered Chef scoop) onto an ungreased cookie sheet.  Flatten a bit with your fingers.

Bake at 350 for 10 – 12 minutes.  Should be soft when removed from oven.  These will flatten out and spread quite a bit – make sure there’s plenty of room between cookies.

My kids went bananas over these, just like I did all those years ago.  Enjoy 🙂


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30DOT {Day 10 & 11}

On day 10, I was thankful for being able to lay on the couch and recuperate from a crazy day, which led to an everything falling apart evening, which led to a headache which led to me laying on the couch all night.  It was nice.

On Day 11 I’m thankful for a recipe I found today.  I have my mom’s recipe box and I hadn’t seriously gone through it.  For whatever reason, I decided to go through every recipe in there today.  As I was sorting through her cookie section, I found it.  I nearly dropped the whole pile on the floor.  I gasped so loudly that I think we lost air pressure in the house.  Staring me right in the face was a yellowed 3 x 5 card in my puffy 12 year old hand writing.  It read, “Corn Flake Cookies,  Lucy Gunter.”

For over 20 years I’ve thought about those cookies and my aunt.  She made them for us all the time.  They were crispy and soft all at the  same time.  Once when I got my braces adjusted, she made a batch.  I wanted them sooooooooooo badly, but my teeth were killing me.  I’ve told that story so many time.

I had no idea how to even look up a recipe for the cookies once the internet came along.  I couldn’t remember what made them so wonderful.  As soon as I saw Corn Flakes, I remembered.  The memories came back in about .009 seconds.  How in the world had I forgotten the cereal?

Less than two hours later, the first batch was in the oven.  The batter didn’t seem right.  It was so stiff and I remembered them being thin and crunch.  Things were not looking good.  I hoped for the best, sighed and thought I’d never really have those cookies again.

But I was wrong.

As they cooked, they started looking exactly like Aunt Lucy’s.  Could I dare hope they would taste the same?  Well, they did.  They’re a dead ringer for hers.  There might have been some tears and choking up after the first bite.

I am so thankful for that recipe.  It reminded me of the sweet days of growing up and how thankful I am for my childhood and all the people who loved me and still do.


30DOT {Day 9} (forgot to publish this one)

Today I am thankful for decongestants and cough drops!

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