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Ranger Cookies & Pests

snakeskinThis last week seems to have been the invasion of the ‘pests’ – some more undesirable than others.


First surprise was when I found a discarded snake skin in one of the bushes in the front yard. It was intertwined in the branches . . . would guess to help in the shedding process?  Definitely not what I like to see in the yard.


Next had a lizard sleeping on the gate to the back porch. Little guy was all snuggled up on the top wire rail.  Tried taking a picture,  but unfortunately,  it didn’t turn out, so, have Bear in front of gate.


backwiregateHave to think that like a bird, whose feet tighten on a branch when they are sleeping, lizards are similar in that he had a death-grip on the wire . . . front and back legs totally wrapped around the wire.   Had his eyes shut and didn’t move even when I got really close.  He was gone in the morning and haven’t seen him sleeping there again.


Last critter to make themselves at home was the little tree frog that frequents the back porch. When I let Bear out  last night,  spied the little tree frog.  He had attached himself to lower portion of the back door – inside the house !!  Got the mop and shooed him out before Bear caught sight of him.  They are very good at jumping so it took a few tries to get him out.  Seemed he was more interested in coming in than going out.  I am soooo glad he did not jump and land on me.


Finally, we are still having trouble with cutter ants. You may remember reading how they stripped my garden a couple of years back, carrying off the black-eyed peas? The ants  don’t seem to be inside the yard this year,  but outside.  One of the crape myrtle trees has basically been stripped . . . they love the blooms and when cutterant_anithe blooms are gone, leaves are next.


So guess I shouldn’t have been surprised to see a long trail next to the drive – about an inch wide. But I was surprised to see that not only had they cleared out all  the grass along the path they take, but also had managed to clear their way through  a substantial pile of hay that was in their way.  Almost looked like a little tunnel.  They’re so destructive, but got to give ’em credit for effort.


Always looking for helpful hints, so when I read how to keep cookies moist thought it might be useful . . . especially if you want to ship or keep cookies longer than normal.  Who does that???


Seems the way to accomplish this is to use a flour tortilla between the layers of cookies that are kept in an air-tight container.  Makes sense,  tortillas are moist like bread but being flat take up very little room.  To see the whole article, visit this link.



While there are some cookies you want crunchy, my two favorite ‘soft’ cookies recipes are for ‘Almond’ Sugar Cookies (get recipe here)  and Ranger Cookies or as some people call them – Cowboy Cookies.






Ranger Cookies

(Makes 4 dozen)


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter (or margarine)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups quick rolled oats
  • 1 six-ounce package of chocolate chips (or butterscotch)


  1. Sift the flour, baking powder, soda and salt together. Set aside
  2. Cream the butter with the sugars
  3. Add eggs to creamed butter / sugar beating until smooth
  4. Add the flour mixture gradually to the creamed ingredients
  5. Add vanilla, rolled oats and chocolate chips
  6. Drop by spoonful’s on a greased baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for approximately 15 minutes
  7. Remove, cool and store in air-tight container.




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