Tuesday, October 15, 2013

not a whole lot going on

As you can tell from the lack of posts not a whole lot going on.  I have a quilt setting in the sewing machine not being quilted.  Mentally I have moved on to the next quilt, which will be a T-shirt quilt for Sister Suzy.  My new sweater is setting in my knitting bag waiting for me to pick it up and finish the collar so I can get the sleeves knitted on.

Hubby brought a cold home from work.  I am at the beginning stages so I'm going to have to stay on it.  With my asthma I can't ignore it and just ride it out.  I have to be proactive or I could end up with pneumonia.  I don't even want to go there again.  So hubby is suppose to bring home some Vitamin C and some Guaifenesin (an expectorant) tonight.

I have baked my mother's oatmeal-raisin cookies for Hubby's lunch bucket.  Here's the recipe:

With my changes

1 cup butter, softened or shortening
1 cup granulated sugar
1 Tbsp. molasses
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups oatmeal
1 cup raisins
1 cup coconut, flaked
1 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 deg.  Yield is 4 dozen 2 1/2 to 3 inch cookies.

Grind raisins in meat grinder or food processor.  Beat together butter, sugar, molasses, and raisins until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla. Beat well.  Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Mix well. Stir in oats, coconut and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet.  Flatten with wet glass bottom.  Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet then remove to wire rack.

Notes:  If you choose to not grind your raisins you will need to add another ½ cup sugar to have the same level of sweetness.  Also, if you want to use brown sugar replace half of the granulated sugar and molasses with half brown sugar.

I didn't have any flaked coconut so I left it out and the other change was I used chopped dates in place of the raisins out of curiosity.  The dates gave the cookies a very mellow taste not the sharper raisin taste.  I would do that again.  Oh!  The dough is just as good raw as I remember it as a kid.  :>)

Everybody have a good day!