Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Oatmeal Raisin (or Date, or Craisin) Cookies (A Non-Trendy Comfort Food Recipe)

Here's the new mixer with
 the old one visible in the
I bought myself a new mixer during Black Friday weekend and decided to try it out.  I have a heap of cookie recipes, and some are harder than others to mix by hand.  I used my old 350-watt Sunbeam Mixmaster to make cookies now and then, and it generally did pretty well, until I tried to make cookies with heavier dough.  I finally caved and bought a 525-watt Kitchenaid Professional 5 Plus mixer.  All that lovely extra power really helped when I made the dough for these cookies.

Oatmeal Raisin/Date/Craisin Cookies (about 4-5 dozen)

1 c butter (2 full sticks), softened
1 c packed brown sugar
1/2 c granulated sugar
2 eggs
2 t vanilla
1 1/2 c flour
1 t baking soda
4 t cinnamon
1 t salt
3 c old-fashioned or quick oats
1 c raisins, craisins, or chopped dates

Cream together butter and sugar.  Add the eggs and vanilla.  Mix well.  Add the rest of the ingredients one at a time, mixing well after each.  Dough will be stiff.  Drop by spoonfuls on a lightly sprayed baking sheet.  Bake at 375 degrees 9-10 minutes.  Let them cool on the baking sheet about 5 minutes before removing them to a cooling rack.

You can put the dough in the refrigerator overnight and bake it the next day if you like.  It will be VERY difficult (read "nearly impossible") to scoop when you first take it out.  Bake at 375 degrees for about 13 minutes.

Monday, January 14, 2019

UFO Sighting! (In My House)

I rearranged my craft closet a couple of months ago, and during the excavation activities, I uncovered evidence of several UFOs.

That closet is sort of my own personal Area 51.  Nothing to do with extraterrestrials, however; the UFOs are UnFinished Objects.

I found a pair of socks I'd mysteriously abandoned, some crochet projects (including a large lace bedspread), and assorted counted cross stitch items.  All begun, none finished.

I have a problem with enthusiastically starting a project, then jumping to another before the first one is done.  Thus, all these half-finished THINGS languishing in the craft closet.

So one of my goals for the new year is to find ALL the UFOs in the house and work on them, one at a time (here's the key!) until each one is DONE.

There are some rules:

1.  Work on only ONE project at a time.

2.  Don't start on another UFO until the current one is completed.

3.  Don't start any NEW projects until all the UFOs are done.

4.  Don't buy any more crafty materials/kits/equipment until all the UFOs are done.

I did finish the socks this past weekend.  I discovered that I had stopped because I'd dropped some stitches (the knitter's nightmare!) and didn't have the patience at the time to fix them.

So, one down, and an unknown number to go!

Saturday, January 12, 2019

BETTER (A Five-Minute Friday Post)

It's the first Five-Minute Friday of 2019 and the word of the day is "BETTER!"
Here's the evidence!

This year, I'm working at making the house better.  I have a heap of boxes to go through - some have been stored in the garage and attic for a long time (please don't ask how long - it's embarrassing!), and some are from our parents' houses, stored in one of the bedrooms.  I actually took one of those blasted boxes from the garage and emptied it today.  Easy-peasy lemon squeezy!  I decided to keep about half and donate the rest.  I only pitched one thing.  Someone will enjoy the items I "released."  I'd like to do that once a week.  Just think of the stuff I can jettison!!!

Also, I've been watching "Tidying with Marie Kondo" on NetFlix, and even though some of the things she does make me shake my head in disbelief (for example, thanking the items you're letting go), it's been kind of motivating.  You know, if Those People can do it, by gosh, so can I.  I've gotten some ideas for how to store some things that I would have never come up with on my own.

So, like the old motivational mantra says, "Every day in every way I'm getting better and better!"


This post is part of the Five-Minute Friday link-up.  Today's writing prompt was "BETTER."  For more information on Five-Minute Friday, click here.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Amazing Eggnog French Toast (A Holiday Leftover Recipe)

That Man and I like to have eggnog for Christmas and New Year's.  YUM!  But we (well, I) tend to overbuy and we end up with too much eggnog to drink before its expiration date. 

What to do?

Eggnog is mainly milk, cream, eggs, and sugar, so I use it to make french toast.  That Man says it's the best he's ever had, and that's high praise indeed, especially from someone who usually tells me a dish is "not bad" when others would say "really good" or "great."

Here it is on the griddle.
Amazing Eggnog French Toast (8 slices)

1 1/2 cups eggnog
3 eggs
1 1/2 t nutmeg
1 t vanilla
8 slices round-top bread (not what is packaged as "sandwich" bread)

Preheat griddle until a drop of water dances on it.  Whisk together the first four ingredients until foamy.  Dip each slice of bread into the eggnog mixture, covering both sides, and place on the griddle.  If there is any liquid left, pour it evenly over each slice on griddle.  They will be well soaked.  Turn slices after they have puffed up a little, are browned on the bottom, and can be easily turned with a spatula.  Cook on the other side until browned on the bottom and set.