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Call me crazy (lots of people do) but I found it hard, even after giving permission, to send my girls off to Houston (yeah, Houston ~ TEXAS) to the rodeo/JoBro Concert by themselves.  I initially must have had some sort of brain fart or was caught off guard or misunderstood or something, when I said “Sure. That sounds like fun.”  The more I thought about it, the less like fun it sounded.  Them going was fine, it was the coming home, after dark, driving in Houston, after dark, possibly having a flat or something, after dark, that had me a little worried.  More than a little actually.  So, being the problem solver that I am, I took the bull by the horns (pun intended) and got a hotel suite for us right across the street from Reliant Stadium.  AND there is shuttle.  Ben and I will either go to the rodeo plaza and look at cowboys, cowgirls, cows, etc or we will go to the zoo or museum or we will vegetate in the hotel.  Any of those options are fine by me.  Hannah has two extra tickets (nose bleed seats) for the concert and I *think* it gets us into the rodeo grounds and if it does we will decide then what to do.  It also depends on how I feel since I am trying to beat a cold at the moment.

A couple more hints about the project:

It will involve many of MY favorite things: cookbooks, aprons, canning, baking,  flour sacks, thread, yarn, wood, glass, paper…


More on this soon…very soon!

And now your recipe for today and to show you how bi-partisan I can be, although arguably quite possibly the best thing to come out of the Bush administration, I give you former First Lady Laura Bush’s

Cowboy Cookies


3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter (at room temperature)
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1-1/2 cups packed light-brown sugar
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
2 cups sweetened flake coconut
2 cups chopped pecans (8 ounces)

Preheat oven to 350 F. Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in bowl. In 8-quart bowl, beat butter on medium speed until smooth and creamy, 1 minute. Gradually beat in sugars; beat to combine, 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each. Beat in vanilla extract. Stir in flour mixture until just combined. Add chocolate chips, oats, coconut and pecans. For each cookie, drop 1/4 cup dough onto ungreased baking sheets, spacing 3 inches apart. Bake for 17 to 19 minutes, until edges are lightly browned; rotate sheets halfway through. Remove cookies from rack to cool. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

NOTE: For 6 dozen smaller cookies, use 2 tablespoons dough for each. Bake at 350 F for 15 to 18 minutes.

I think I am going to bake a batch of these to take on our road trip this weekend.

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