The children had a nice spring break last week and are now back to school. There was never a quiet moment from dawn til dusk all week. And then it rained for several days, which was a little nerve-racking on Mom. Oh, but how thankful can I be that my children are all healthy and full of energy?

We passed some time by baking several batches of different kinds of cookies. My daughter Susan, 10, made the frosting for the first time for the sugar cookies. She did a great job! A reader asked how I make my frosting. I take two heaping tablespoons of shortening and cream together with a 3/4 cup of powdered sugar. After it is smooth, I add a tablespoon of vanilla. Then I gradually add milk and powdered sugar making it smooth until you have your frosting as thick or thin as you want it. If you want a bigger batch just add more milk and powdered sugar. For a different color, I just add food coloring. For chocolate frosting, I add a bit of cocoa. I hope I explained it good enough. I like this frosting for cookies as it sets nice so you can stack the cookies with wax paper in between.

We received the sad news this morning of the death of my husband Joe's 88-year-old grandmother from the Sugarcreek, Ohio area. We are planning to leave tomorrow sometime for the funeral, which will probably be a 4-5 hour ride and probably longer since we plan to take all eight of our children along. The funeral is on Thursday.

I have so much packing to do even if we'll only be gone two days and one night. Packing for 10 people is no picnic. I know, though, that the children will be glad to be with us and see the beautiful hills of Holmes County, Ohio. A person just doesn't know from one day to the next what God has in store.

We are having beautiful 70-degree days. I sure am anxious to get some garden planted but this week looks too busy. We have to put our garden somewhere else as our new house is being built where the garden was. After the basement is poured we can work up our new garden in a different spot. In the meantime, Joe will work up a little patch somewhere to get a few things out already. We need to transplant our rhubarb, winter onions, and some asparagus because they are also in the way of the new house.

Our plans are to have the basement dug this week. We finally have our building permits.

On Good Friday, sister Leah and Paul and family came to Michigan for a visit. We will all grt together at Jacob and Emma's. On Sunday Paul and Leah were married 25 years. And on April 15, their oldest son Ben turned 23. He is my parents oldest grandchild. How these years fly by!

Talking earlier of cookies, I will share a cookie recipe with you - delicious and moist!

SOUR CREAM COOKIES

2 cups white sugar

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup shortening

2 eggs

1 cup sour cream

1 1/2 tsp vanilla

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp nutmeg

4 cups flour (approx)

Cream sugar, butter, and shortening until fluffy. Add eggs, vanilla and sour cream, beating well. Sift dry ingredients and stir into mixture until blended.

Drop by tablespoonful onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake 375º F for 10 to 12 minutes. Makes six dozen.

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