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    Chocolate Cherry Cookies

    Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

    The best thing, well, one of at least, about being an adult is not having to wait for cookies. Right now, it’s getting late in the evening, but I just pulled a batch of warm cookies out of the oven. Baked because it’s going to rain tonight (I hope) and it’s fall and my husband and I just wanted cookies. Sometimes you have to give in and let go and bake cookies.

    To this end, I am sharing a recipe. I love these cookies. Addictive, easy, and almost healthy. But don’t let that stop you from whipping up a batch when the mood strikes. Go on. Share some with someone you love.

    Chocolate Cherry Cookies

    makes about 3 dozen

    Ingredient List:

    1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature

    1 cup packed brown sugar

    2 eggs

    1 tablespoon vanilla

    1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

    1 teaspoon baking soda

    2 teaspoons cinnamon

    1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

    1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

    2 cups rolled oats

    1 cup high-fiber cereal with flakes and twigs (I use “Twigs Flakes and Clusters” from Trader Joe’s. Kashi “Good Friends” is another good choice)

    1 cup dried cherries, sour cherries are the best

    1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

    Method:

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

    Cream together the sugar and the butter until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla, beat until well incorporated.

    In a small bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda and spices.

    In a medium bowl, stir together the oats, cereal, cherries and chocolate chips.

    Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and slowly blend (on low if using a stand mixer) until just mixed. Add the oat mixture and blend (on low if using a stand mixer) until the dough comes together and the ingredients are distributed fairly evenly throughout.

    The dough will be very soft and clumpy because of all the good stuff in there.

    Drop dough in rounded tablespoon fulls onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Make sure to keep the dough mounded–the cookies will flatten out in the oven. Bake for 12 minutes or until the centers are just set but still look a bit underdone. Let cool on the cookie sheet for about 5 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.

    The cookies will keep for about a week in an air-tight container. But I doubt you’ll be able to keep them around that long.

    Inspiration corner (nook? cranny?)

    Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

    I saw a photo today that caught my soul on fire, swept me away with the idea of possibility.

    I’d steal it and post it here, but that’s not so right.

    So go here and look at the 4th picture.

    Could you die? I covet (truly covet, in that commandment breaking way)that tray -including the gorgeous little bowls of food. Our picnics usually consist of eating out of lovely zip-loc bags.

    Note to self:

    Dear Awesome Mamajama,

    Please add the following to the to-do list.

    1. Find cheap sheets with cute pattern

    2. Make simple, gigantic picnic blanket out of said sheets

    3. Get out tray that you already have, that isn’t as cute as the one in the picture but is still pretty cute in it’s own right, and is made cuter by the fact that you already own it. Ditto with bowls. (Go with the plastic bowls.)

    4. Find food.

    5. Have picnic. Maybe two.

    Let’s get on this quickly please, I think it deserves top priority.

    Best always,

    Me

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