Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself;
I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today.
I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet.
I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.
~Groucho Marx

This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24


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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Pastel Cookies

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28 chilly degrees when I walked out the door this morning.  BUT it wasn't snowing or raining, no wind blowing, and the sun came out so who can complain. : )

Nice to get out and walk around the Farm Loop.  It's been a while since I walked that route and it sure is a pretty walk.  Quiet too and along the road here in the picture which is about 2 miles long, no cars passed me.

The dairy cows weren't out but farther down the way the two horses in the top picture were out in a pasture.  These are different from the other horses I take pictures of which are down by the Drane house.

When I got back to town, I walked around there too.  By then the sun was out completely and it had warmed up in the high 30's.  So nice to be walking that it was one of those days when I just didn't want to go home and could have walked all day.  But I was getting hungry and had things to do.

Walked 7 miles.
Found a penny.
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Ken went up to Happy Trails to load the tractor on to the trailer.  Came home with it and power washed all the mud off it.

Nice sunny day so I got a couple loads of laundry hung outside on the line.

Baked another kind of cookie for the new church.  This time I tried a new butter cookie.  I liked it because it was simple to make and I thought would add nice color to the mixture of cookies.  They are pinker in color than the picture indicates.  They taste very good too.  I had to taste one to make sure they were good. : )

Pastel Butter Cookies

3 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter or margarine
1 cup sugar
1 package (4-serving size) Jello, any flavor
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
Additional Jello

HEAT oven to 400 degrees.

MIX flour and baking powder in medium bowl.
Beat butter in large bowl to soften.
Gradually add sugar and 1 package of jello, beating until light and fluffy.  Beat in egg and vanilla.
Gradually add flour mixture, beating well after each addition.

SHAPE dough into 1 inch balls.
Place on ungreased cookie sheet.
Flatten with bottom of glass.
Sprinkle with additional jello.

BAKE 10 - 12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
Cool on wire racks.

Walked around the yard a bit, but still a little too cold for me to work out there.  Maybe tomorrow afternoon, it's supposed to be warmer then.

Time to go get supper started.
A happy day to you.
happyone : )
"Sometimes clean feels empty.
A bit of clutter and dirt gladdens the heart
and affirms a life in progress."
~ Terri Guillemets


  1. The cows reminded me of a local farm-run store chain here that sells raw milk. It gives you a warning on the bottle about the dangers of un-pasteurized milk. The process kills baceteria, it's saved a lot of lives since its invention. Some say raw milk tastes better, but I'd rather be safe than sorry

  2. Looks like you had a heavy frost this morning. We were cool this morning too.
    Your cookies look delicious! I must try your recipe.

  3. Oh my but I LOVE that photo of the horses in the early morning frost light!
    Great cookies and I'm sure they'll be gone in a flash!

  4. After reading the recipe I can see why they are called "butter" cookies. That's a lot of butter! No doubt part of the reason why they taste so good :).
    They look pretty and just right for spring.

  5. Oh those cookies sound very interesting indeed. Lots of butter only concerns me for the price of the butter. Will pin for future reference. New church? Must look back...

  6. The picture of the horses is so pretty....frame worthy! Those cookies sound really good...yummy!

  7. Those cookies look soooooo goood!!! I love the quote at the end of your post. I actually saved it. Id love to have it up somewhere in my home.

  8. Hi Karen - those cookies look so good. Thanks for the recipe. I am back from Maryland now. Too bad we couldn't work out getting together - maybe next time. I will likely be flying back. I have updated my grandson's condition on my blog.

  9. Great cookie recipe, thank you for sharing, they look delicious!
    Happy Thursday :)

  10. Hello, beautiful shot of the horses. The cookies recipe sounds delicious, I would have never thought to use jello in a cookie recipe. Great quote! Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

  11. Mmmmmm. I'd like a few pastel butter cookies, please! Horses are so photogenic, aren't they? Have a great day, good K!

  12. Oh that first shot is simply amazing, I can see the horses and almost breathe in that cool air ... fantastic.

    Your cookies look great, and of course you had to try one!

    All the best Jan

  13. You need a sample size of at least six to be fairly confident that they really are good! So eat some more!
    I love the photo of the horses.

  14. Pretty horses. Glad the weather cooperated for you to have a nice walk. The cookies look great.


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