Tonight I decided to make some no bake cookies. When I was a child my mother made these cookies, calling them Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies. Since I am making them for the Seminary students who meet in our home at 6 AM on weekdays, I am thinking these cookies are sort of like cereal…aren’t they?!
These are the ingredients:
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup smooth or crunchy peanut butter
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract if you remember
Large pinch kosher salt if you remember
This is how I made them:
Place a longish length of waxed paper on a clean counter. I had just washed the counter so it was somewhat damp. The paper stuck to it beautifully. If you don’t have a counter handy, you can put the waxed paper, or parchment paper, on a cookie sheet.
Put the oatmeal in a large bowl. Plop in the peanut butter on top of the oatmeal.
Using a medium-sized saucepan, bring the sugar, milk, butter and cocoa to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. When the sugar mixture begins a full rolling boil, let boil for 1 minute by the clock. Remove from the heat.Immediately pour the hot sugar mixture over the oatmeal and peanut butter as well as the vanilla and salt if you remembered. Stir well with a long handled wooden spoon until well-combined.
Using a portion scoop, scoop out the mixture and place it onto the waxed paper on the counter or baking sheet. Let sit at room temperature until cooled and hardened. This takes about 30 minutes. Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
Because I used a two-tablespoon portion scoop, this batch made about 24 cookies, but it is hard to know since someone came by and helped himself before I counted…! These are not his first choice in cookie. He feels peanut butter belongs on bread with jam. Period. Funny that he was able to choke down one or more of these!
Pinterest is a delightful place to go and spent lots of time! A few weeks ago I came upon a picture of a bunny car made with Twinkies. I just had to give it a try when I went to visit our grandchildren.
This is what we made:
The bunnies are Peeps, of course. The steering wheels are mini pretzels dipped in melted white chocolate then sprinkled with tiny colorful sprinkles. The tires are mini Oreos. Lots of fun. The children could eat them in an instant.
We made the Twinkies. Another day we will talk about that process.
One day I found a free booklet of kids activities and thought of our grandchildren. I also thought of the seminary students. Some of the ingredients were not something I had handy such as hemp and goji berries. Recipes are just suggestions, is my view, so I made some substitutions.
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Recently there have been multiple recipes for 2-ingredient whatevers. I am a sucker for them. Most of them are truly nasty BUT these pancakes are a different story. I made one batch for my husband with some trepidation. He came back to the kitchen with plate in hand and asked for more! Thank goodness I had more ingredients! Continue reading “Pancakes with Only Two Ingredients!”
In a town near us there has been a hiking challenge the last two summers. For a $5.00 fee you can register, receive a booklet with 8 or 10 hiking trails listed, get a tee shirt advertising the challenge, and get off into the woods. Continue reading “The Hiking Challenge 2015”
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A friend has a beautiful little daughter with Rett Syndrome. In October there was a challenge to run, walk, crawl 5 K and donate to the Rett Foundation for Leah Bean. Finally today I fulfilled my commitment.
When our local daughter-in-law was planning to visit her family in Denmark she asked me if I would want to watch the three younger children for two weeks. Of course I jumped at the chance! I thought of things I could do while caring for the sweet three-year-old during the day before the older children returned home from school. When I received a flyer with fall classes available at Country Woolens I found that The Wonderful Wallaby was going to be one offered class. Continue reading “The Wonderful Wallaby Sweater Project”