Friday, June 10, 2011

Summer Time

Sweet Summer Time Nights

Don't you just love summer nights?  I adore them.  The heat breaks, people come out of their homes and sit on their porches.  They walk their dogs or mow their lawns.  I love hearing everyone outside.  The kids come out again and ride their bikes, play ball and Frisbee.

The other night there was suppose to be a beautiful sunset, deeper red than usual.  I thought what a great time to drink some sweet tea, have some cookies and sit on the porch with the kids.  We always have sweet tea in the fridge so I just had to make up a batch of cookies.  The cookies I decided to make are No Bake Cookies.  Since it was so hot I really did not want to make it even hotter in my kitchen.  I am sure most of you have made these but I thought I would share my recipe.  They are a yummy quick cookie.  Great when momma needs a little chocolate.

                                      No Bake Chocolate  Oatmeal Cookies

                                                2 cups sugar
                                                4 Tablespoons cocoa
                                                1/2 cup milk
                                                1/2 cup margarine
                                                1/2 cup peanut butter
                                                3 cups uncooked oats
                    Combine sugar, cocoa, milk and margarine. Bring to a boil and boil for
                     1 minute add peanut butter and boil another 2 minutes.  Remove from heat 
                     and stir in oats.  Drop from Tablespoon onto Parchment paper.  Let set.

  I put the tea in canning jars, just because I thought it would be fun and have the feel of the Andy Griffith Show time.  You know how in those days people would sit on the porch, sing songs and drink sweet tea.  I love the feeling of those times.  So simple and family oriented times.  I called the kids and we all went outside, sat on the porch swing, ate cookies and drank sweet tea.  We waited for the sun to set but we did not get to see it happen.  I guess smoke was blowing in from some fires in Arizona just at sunset and covered it all up.  Oh well.  But we stayed outside till after 10:00 p.m. eating cookies, drinking tea, talking, playing Frisbee under the street light and looking for a kitten we heard some where.  What a wonderful evening it was sunset or not.  I am going to try to get us out there a lot more.  Maybe shortcake with strawberries on it for a Sunday evening on the porch swing.  It is a memory I will never forget and I pray my children won't either.

Court and Brit playing Frisbee under the street light

Look close and you will see I-Pods and  cell phones left behind.  Woo Hoo!!
  Hope you are making some fun summer time memories.  They don't have to be elaborate or expensive ideas.  Sitting on the porch or deck with your favorite dessert and summer time drink is plenty.  Food will also always get your teenage boy out there with you, if your boy is like mine. 

Summer Blessings


(Missed you sweet Alyssa and sweet  hard working hubby).


  1. Love your post Crystal and I drink everything out of canning just reminds me of when times were simpler!

  2. I'm sure you had a nice time out with the kids. I've made that type of cookie as well. It's starting to warm up here in Oregon finally. My daughter and I were at the Rose Festival fleet on Friday. We've not gone in years and she wanted to go since she was off work so we went together. Had a fun time. Will post it soon. Do you have a recipe for sweet tea? Don't have it here but have drank once and liked it. Hugs and have a good weekend!