My grandmother gave me my great grandmother’s iron skillet this Christmas, and I couldn’t wait to try it once I got home. I cleaned and reseasoned the iron skillet by smothering it in Crisco and baking it at 400 degrees for about an hour over a cookie sheet to catch the drippings. I worked at Bandera while in college (famous for their delish cornbread), and I’ve been hooked on this recipe ever since. Worked like a charm!
These DIY mason jar cookies make such a cute gift for friends, coworkers, and neighbors, and they’re great for the holidays! Take a look below for the Cowboy Cookies recipe, along with a printable recipe card that can be attached to the mason jar for the perfect gift.
I received an email last week that to had to share…
According a Wall Street Journal article from a couple weeks ago, successful international adoption of babies and children by Americans has hit a 30-year low, contributing (along with a number of other factors) to unprecedented difficulty, costs, and waiting times for American families hoping to adopt a baby, either internationally domestically. As a result, thousands of prospective adoptive parents have taken to social media in increasingly creative ways to help in their search for expectant mothers considering adoption.
Word-of-mouth and networking have become the greatest tools for families hoping to adopt, as the traditional route of agency adoption is now often fraught with exorbitant fees, increasingly lengthy waits, and fierce competition.
It’s a story that needs to be shared, as millions of Americans are misinformed about the modern face of adoption, and the challenges and personal triumphs of families negotiating these uncharted waters. Susanah Doucet writes:
My husband and I are currently engaged in the domestic adoption process and have experienced these challenges first-hand as we endeavor to create a family. We considered both international and domestic adoption, but were warned repeatedly that “international adoption is basically over,” as one lawyer put it. And we’ve met dozens of other couples and singles in the same boat, sharing advice, encouragement, laughs, and tears along the way.
Congratulations are in order for this new mama who welcomed sweet little Pearl this winter! Pearl is the happiest little calf, bouncing and bucking, and testing out those skinny little legs of hers. We will have so much fun watching Pearl grow up!