Last weekend we took our annual weekend trip to Bear Lake. Josh's Aunt and Uncle have a lakeside cabin, and every year are kind enough to invite everyone over for a family reunion the first weekend in August. And since I'm a freak for traditions, I take these cookies up every year.
A new tradition: Running into the lake fully clothed immediately upon arrival.
|Dylan, Owen and their cousin Scarlett|
This year I taught Josh's young cousin Lydia (who was an adorable flower girl at our wedding 8 years ago) how to make them, and she did a great job. Unfortunately, I did not get any photos of the ones she made due to the fact I was keeping Carson away from the garbage, toilet, road, fire pit, and the neighbor's garage. So I was obligated to make more at home yesterday. I was of course really annoyed.
Homemade Oreo Cookies
Makes 2 dozen sandwich cookies
For the cookies:
2 boxes chocolate cake mix-any kind
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and lightly grease a cookie sheet.
In a mixing bowl (you don't need a mixer for these-you can do them by hand), combine the cake mixes, eggs, oil, and water. Roll into uniform balls, and place on prepared cookie sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes.
For the filling:
6 oz. cream cheese
6 Tablespoons butter
4 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
In a mixing bowl with an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla and beat until smooth and creamy.
A few lake highlights for those interested:
My kids became expert frog catchers-Owen especially. I may or may not have pushed away a few children in order to catch some myself.
The two individuals responsible for causing a giant flood in the bathroom and the deaths of 4 amphibeans while "giving the frogs a bath".
Cousin Lydia's fish she caught right off shore after only one lesson from Uncle Dirk! I was unaware such creatures were lurking this close to shore, and it is knowledge I would not care to have.
Carson expressing his displeasure at his restricted fire-pit privileges.
My hot sister and her hot boyfriend came over to hang out for a couple hours. Dylan and Scarlett were quite pleased-in fact, Dylan just saw me posting this picture and commented, "I just LOVE that picture!" I have a feeling Brittany is not the reason.
My two future pyromaniacs watching the fire.
Till next year when we meet again, Frogs!