Snow-Topped Chocolate Mint Cookies

Our family volunteered for several summers, taking in Japanese students from a student exchange program. Our older daughters were taking Japanese language classes at college during this time.

This is a family favorite cookie recipe from 2008 translated from Japanese.

Kris Krinkles (or Snow-Topped Chocolate Mint Cookies)
2 C. mint semi sweet chocolate chips, divided
6 tablespoons butter, softened
1 C. sugar
2 eggs
1 ½ C. flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
confectioner’s sugar

  1. In microwave, melt 1 c. chocolate chips: set aside to cool.
  2. In mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in melted chocolate chips and vanilla. Add flour, baking powder and salt. Stir remaining chocolate chips. Cover and refrigerate 2 hours.
  3. Roll into 1-inch balls, then roll in confectioners sugar. Place 2 inches apart on non-stick cookie sheet. Bake 350 degrees for 10-12 min. or until edges are set.

Cool for 10 min. before moving.
Snow-Topped Chocolate Mint Cookies

Time for Autumn

I am done done done with summer.

I have, in an effort to fight back against the 104 degree weather today, spent the past week decorating for fall!

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White Pumpkin web

good kitty

The Photography Habit

I took so many photos everyday while I was in Utah, I think it maybe a habit now.

We (some of the children and I) drove through Fair Oaks yesterday. The chickens run the city and can be found for several blocks.

The Mall was a Huge Success

We girls had a good time at the mall. The kids got shoes and other needed things.

Today is our 3rd child’s 20th birthday.

I am looking forward to the weekend. I spent yesterday cleaning and mopping and getting all the laundry done. The big weekly cleaning is out of the way for the week. Thank you Lord for a small home!

1954 Summer is Here Re-Do

I borrowed back the old lap-top I gave the kids. It has the software that goes with my scanner/printer. I was able to get a nicer scan of the page.


Summer is Here – Picture 1954

I used this and other California text books when my children were young. The illustrations are so fun. Here is the cover.

I wish I could scan better. My laptop is Windows 7. My scanner/printer is not :- {

Celebrations at Home

I have been so happy to be home from Canada. It was a nice time, but only 1 child was with me and I missed the rest of my family.

Right before I left, being inspired by the family trip to the beach, we all pitched in to repaint the dining room a creamy off white. The built in shelf’s back wall was painted a light beachy blue.

On to the laundry room door. I was a primer gray. I painted it the same creamy white. The front door was a very dark brown. It is the same creamy white now.

Through Pinterest I found I neat idea for decorating. These cute little vintage bottle could be filled with neat things to be displayed. The original post was supposed to be at Celebrations at Home. It is a very fun blog with so many great ideas.










Here are photos from painting :- }







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