Friday, January 22, 2010

baking and bathtime

I've been messing around with cookie recipes lately. Let's be honest... making cookies from scratch is so much more satisfying than the open-package-pop-in-oven kind. Those are tasty, too, and great if you're a busy person with small children that need instant appeasing... but I'm a pretty devoted fan to sticking my hands in things and getting messy.

And if you ask my mother or Alex or, well, just about anyone that has baked or gardened or crafted with me, I am the queen of getting messy. At 19 years of age, I managed to paint something without getting anything on my clothes for the first time ever.

But the other night I made some damn good cookies from a recipe I made up.

Spiced Oatmeal Cookies

2 1/4 cups of flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 cup softened butter
1/2 cup of shortening
3/4 cup of sugar
3/4 cup of brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 - 2 cups of oats, depending on preference
1 tbsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. ground cloves

Mix together WITH YOUR HANDS. Glop on cookie sheets, bake in 375 degrees F oven for 12 - 13 minutes. Makes about 3 dozen cookies, but I've been told my cookies are big. Just remember... the bigger your cookies, the fewer cookies you have to admit you ate.

Variations: You could toss in some raisins or nuts... but why make such a delicious thing healthy-ish? The oatmeal should be enough to convince yourself you ate more than one food group today.

These'll be gone by the end of the night. They're pretty damn good, if I may toot my own horn. Definitely my most successful shooting-in-the-dark kitchen experiment.

In other news... Sakura had such a curiosity over the bathtub that she got her first bath the other night. I just pulled her off the edge of the tub and put her in. She wasn't too happy. I figured that would end her days of playing in the bathtub.

Nope. Just today she's back at it. I'm not sure cats learn cause and effect as well as dogs do... That or the bathtub is just that damn alluring.


  1. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving all kinds of lovely comments!

    I'm a little afraind of the woodland lace sock as it is toe up and I've never done a toe up sock. You can get the pattern for free on Ravelry. I have heard from various sources that they love them, though. I'm havin g a difficult time choosing between that and Absinthe (which combines lace and Aran styling, which my Irish heart dances to).

    The give away is over, but I do have lots of nice yarn for sale on my etsy shop. Beats the price of yarn store yarn and I knit everything with recycled yarns now, so I can tell you that recycled yarn is great to knit with. But enough of the sales pitch.

    Adding you to my reader. You have some nice designs and I enjoy reading about your life and your cat and dog. Good job!

  2. lol I love this " the bigger your cookies the fewer cookies you have to admit you ate" I think I shall have to start making my cookies a lot bigger :)



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