Monday, October 20, 2008

Charlie Arrives!

Welcome Charlie!

As scheduled, Charles Nash VanderHouwen arrived midday yesterday. He is my 4th nephew and at a whopping 9lbs 15 oz, he may actually weigh in as the biggest baby ever born into our family.

I am told that both baby and mom, Michelle, are doing great, and my brother, Dennis, is just overjoyed.

In the spirit of my home cook-n blog, I decided to pull up a recipe in Charlie’s honor…a kid that big will no doubt have a voracious appetite.

While it may be a while before Charlie gains an appreciation for these wonderful no-bake cookies, I am certain that in a few years, both dinosaurs and cookies will be a common feature in the VanderHouwen household.


1/8 c. dirt (cocoa)

1 c. crushed bones (sugar)

1 c. grass (uncooked oatmeal)

1/4 c. swamp water (milk)

1/4 c. fat (butter)

1/4 c. squashed bugs (peanut butter)

Mix dirt and swamp water in a large saucepan. Add crushed bones and fat. Heat and bring to a boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in grass and bugs. Drop on wax paper and cool until firm.

These go great with a tall glass of swamp water…and they taste best if children help make them!

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