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Remlinger Farms “Fall Harvest Festival” | For Maya’s 5th Birthday

We went to Remlinger Farms for Maya’s 4th birthday last year (SO fun looking back on those pics!!), and we had such a good time that we went back again a few weeks later!

This year, I asked her…

“Would you rather have a birthday party with all your friends, or go back to Remlinger Farms with family?”

She chose Remlinger Farms with family again-YAY!!

I was a little nervous if she would have as much fun as she did the year before.  I shouldn’t have been worried… 🙂
blog-remlinger-farms-mayas-5th-birthday-1 blog-remlinger-farms-mayas-5th-birthday-2 blog-remlinger-farms-mayas-5th-birthday-3 She freaking LOVES this ride!!  I think this might be the last year she can go on it, which is sooooo sad!blog-remlinger-farms-x2blog-remlinger-farms-mayas-5th-birthday-4 Although, the best part for her was having her big cousin there again!blog-remlinger-farms-mayas-5th-birthday-5 blog-remlinger-farms-mayas-5th-birthday-6 blog-remlinger-farms-mayas-5th-birthday-7 blog-remlinger-farms-mayas-5th-birthday-8 OMG, dying over Houston and Charlie’s face hahaha.blog-remlinger-farms-mayas-5th-birthday-9 And…Maya’s face here-HA!  What you can’t quite see (except by my sister in laws swirling hair!!!) is that this little ride was spinning around SO FAST!  I actually had to look away, because I was getting nauseous… Obviously, I didn’t volunteer to go on this one with her!blog-remlinger-farms-mayas-5th-birthday-10 The family that rock climbs together…blog-remlinger-farms-mayas-5th-birthday-11 blog-remlinger-farms-mayas-5th-birthday-12 My dad got this one of me 🙂  Not going to lie.  I was shaking for a little while after this.  I don’t recommend rock climbing in Frye boots haha 🙂blog-remlinger-farms-mayas-5th-birthday-13 blog-remlinger-farms-mayas-5th-birthday-14 Gah.  How cute would it be to have this every year!  Charlie didn’t come with us last year, and I’m not sure she’ll chose this over a party again next year… 😦blog-remlinger-farms-mayas-5th-birthday-15 I wanted to get a family picture in front of this, but the kids vanished…

So, my sister in law kindly got this one 🙂blog-remlinger-farms-mayas-5th-birthday-16 blog-remlinger-farms-mayas-5th-birthday-17 The train was the only thing we didn’t do last year, so we wanted to make sure we got on.  It was perfect timing too, because it started to rain right before we got on!

DYING…blog-remlinger-farms-mayas-5th-birthday-18 blog-remlinger-farms-mayas-5th-birthday-19 blog-remlinger-farms-mayas-5th-birthday-20 blog-remlinger-farms-mayas-5th-birthday-21 Are you kidding me?blog-remlinger-farms-mayas-5th-birthday-22 blog-remlinger-farms-mayas-5th-birthday-23Happy Birthday sweet girl!!

See Maya’s 5th birthday “Black Balloon Shoot” here. 🙂

Keeping it Real…

Note to self.  Don’t try and “grab a quick family picture” at the end of the day when it’s just started raining…

As an fyi, I’m 5’8″ but look tiny next to Charlie haha!blog-outtake-1 Because…someone was TUCKERED OUT!blog-outtake-2

Monster Cookies

Every once in a while we deviate from healthy.  And…that is SO OK!!!  Everything in moderation, right??!

This is one of those times.  These cookies represent my childhood!  We made them every holiday season, and every season in between when we wanted to!! ;}

My only sadness is that when we made them as kids they were 1/2 inch thick, ginormous, basically it was a meal cookie!!  In my adulthood, I have yet to recreate the cookie of my youth.  I’ve asked my mom.  Was it my imagination?  NO!  They were absolutely thicker…

So…back to the drawing board.  BUT…the flavor is still the same.  YUM!!!Blog Monster Cookie-1 Blog Monster Cookie-2 Blog Monster Cookie-3What you need…

  • 1/2 Cup Butter
  • 1 1/2 Cups White Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla
  • 18 oz of Chunky Peanut Butter
  • 18 oz of Oatmeal
  • 16 oz of Chocolate Chips
  • 8 oz of Butterscotch Chips
  • 2 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • Optional (we didn’t have either this time, so we didn’t add either) 1/4 Cup Coconut + 3 small bags of M&M’s

What to do…

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • In a really big bowl or Kitchenaid Mixer, cream butter and sugars
  • Blend in eggs and vanilla.
  • Blend in Peanut Butter and baking soda, and chips/M&M’s.
  • Slowly add in oatmeal.  If you are doing this in large bowl, make sure you have a REALLY strong spoon!  Many a wooden spoons have been broken in the making of these Monster Cookies!
  • Original recipe calls to drop 1/4 cups of batter on cookie sheet and bake for 13-14 minutes, or until the edges get a little brown.  Middle will still look uncooked, but they are super moist and chewy then-aka doughy 😉
  • Can also make the cookies smaller

Ok, truth be told.  I didn’t realize she was going to try and crack the egg.  It didn’t end well…

So….this recipe has one egg, somewhat cracked + an egg.  But, I turned my back for a minute, and she was so proud.Blog Monster Cookie Baking with Toddlers-4 I mean…Blog Monster Cookie Baking with Toddlers-5Blog Monster Cookie Baking with Toddlers-6 Blog Monster Cookie Baking with Toddlers-7Blog Monster Cookie Baking with Toddlers-8Who loves the dough of cookies even more than the actual cookies?  We sure do!!  I know everyone’s all scared of salmonella, but I grew up eating cookie dough, and I’m just fine.  I even remember they used to sell cookie dough cones at Mrs. Fields!!  Yup, I used to get them-SO GOOD 🙂  No chance they could do that now!
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Enjoy!dit-elle-Lauren