Susan writes this week’s column for her mother

Hi, I am Susan. I decided to write for Mom this week. My 17th birthday was Jan. 24, so my treat to Mom was to write the column for her.

I made monster cookies yesterday. I wanted to have some to treat everyone for my birthday. I am here at my baby-sitting job. I brought some cookies for them, too.

The children really like the cookies. I think monster cookies are a treat for the children especially since they have M&Ms in them.

Today, I have only the twins here. They are 2 years old, and the girl’s name is McKenzie and the boy’s name is Cole.

On Mondays and Fridays, I also have their 4-year-old brother, Hunter, to baby-sit for. Hunter makes me laugh.

When nap time comes, he can really talk, thinking I will forget about his nap. They keep me busy but are a joy to be around. They are all very cute. McKenzie and Cole are coloring in their books while I am writing. They think I am coloring, too, because they wanted to color when they saw me writing.

It has been a very cold week so far. I don’t drive the ponies when it is this cold. I have two more ponies here to train. Sunny belongs to my boyfriend Mose’s sister’s family. They want me to train her for their little boys. He is a miniature pony and is doing well with the training so far.

The other pony is named Roxy, and she is mine now. Mose’s Dad gave her to me. She did have some training before but is still really rowdy. I need to keep working with her, but she makes me laugh at how stubborn she can get.

This is a Friday morning, and I had a very nice birthday the previous day. Dad and Mom went to the funeral of Dad’s cousin’s wife. She lost her battle to cancer. How sad for the family. I stayed home and folded laundry, washed dishes and cleaned up the house.

Around 2:30, Mose came and took me along to town. He had me pick out what I wanted for my birthday. I picked out a nice office chair, which I will have in my bedroom by my desk. I will use it a lot. I also picked out an “around the house toolkit.” Now I’ll have my own set of small tools if I need to fix or hang something up.

Mose bought me a Dairy Queen ice cream cake and brought pizza home for the whole family for supper. Mom and Dad had returned from the funeral by then. It was a treat for everyone.

Since we didn’t have to make supper, we had time to finish the 750-piece puzzle which we started on Sunday afternoon. It is oval-shaped and has deer on it. We got the puzzle from a reader last Christmas. It was fun to put it together. Mom wants to do it together because my brothers want it hung in their bedroom.

Mose has two new nieces who were born five days apart. Last Friday evening, I went with Mose and his family to meet his sister Polly’s new baby girl named Delilah Louise. She is so sweet.

Tonight, I am planning to go with Mose to see his sister Hannah’s baby girl named Alissa Fern. Mose has 21 nieces and nephews; he has six brothers and six sisters.

I will share the recipe I used for the monster cookies.

<br><center> Monster cookies </center><br>

2 sticks butter

1 cup white sugar

1 cup brown sugar

3 eggs

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon corn syrup (clear)

2 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 cup peanut butter

4 1/2 cups oatmeal

2 cups chocolate chips

2 cups M&Ms plain <br>

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream butter and sugars (white and brown). Add eggs, one at a time, vanilla, corn syrup, baking soda, peanut butter, and mix well until smooth. Add oatmeal, mix well, scrape side of bowl, add chocolate chips and mix, and add M&Ms, and mix.

Drop batter onto ungreased cookie sheets in spoonfuls (about the size of a tablespoon). Bake 10-12 minutes.

Edges should be golden brown. Let cool on cookie sheets about 3 minutes before removing to cooling racks.

Makes 4 1/2 dozen cookies or more.