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Archive for July, 2012

The Happy Daddy Cookie Recipe

Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

*The recipe says it yields 2 dozen, but I’ve baked them twice now and both times got a bunch more than that!


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups quick cooking oats


  1. In a medium bowl, cream together butter, white sugar, and brown sugar. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon; stir into the creamed mixture. Mix in oats. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets. Roll the dough into walnut sized balls, and place 2 inches apart on cookie sheets. Flatten each cookie with a large fork.
  3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. Devour. >;)

You’re very welcome. ;)


Playtime by the Lava Rocks

The west end of playa Esterillos Oeste has some pretty amazing lava rock formations that extend several hundred meters off the beach.  These rock shelves provide an abundance of warm tide pools along the shore which are perfect for little ones to splash around and play in.  We especially like to look for small crabs, fish, and sting rays swimming around the reef.

Nadi is still not convinced that clothing of any kind should get wet, so…

And of course, we were accompanied by some random dog wanting to play fetch in the ocean with Julie.  About a month ago, a small white dog followed her home and sat at our front door for days just waiting for her to come outside, I would’ve felt bad except that this dog has a home, and is obviously well fed.  Each time we’ve gone to the beach together I just watch as the dogs flock to her side and follow her around like she’s Cesar Millan.  She loves it.

You can’t help but admire the beauty of these rocks, and imagine what this land must have looked like many, many years ago.  It’s no wonder why couples come out here and seek out a tide pool of their own for a romantic afternoon on the beach.  It’s pretty magical. :)


Around the garden

I took these pictures while waiting for a few coconuts to be cut down for me.  I’ve turned into an addict, really.  I’m completely convinced it isn’t possible to drink too many coconuts in one day. (I’m working on coco number four as I type this.)

Anyway, enjoy…

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