Wednesday, January 26, 2011

create:: winter warmth

Today has been filled with all sorts of mess from the sky: snow, sleet, cold rain.  Perfect for staying in. Perfect for some oatmeal chocolate chip cookies the kids and I made.  Perfect for my snuggly new cowl that I knit up this past weekend.   Its the Dolores Park cowl  on Parika Mehta's lovely blog, six one seven. I would love to knit with wool and all those other  lovely natural fibers all the time, but my budget loves for me to knit with whatever is on sale at Michael's.  So this one is in their store brand, Loops and Threads, in their chunky Country Loom.  The colorway is Solarium, its a gorgeous mix of leaf and forest greens, together with turquoise and a medium navy.  The pictures can't tell you how soft it is. It's been around my neck all day, and this is the first day in a long time I haven't had to be bundled into a fleece or wool sweater. Wonderful!

 Just for a bonus--here's the recipe (devised from assimilating a bunch of other recipes found online, and picking and choosing what might make for a great cookie: success!)

Yummy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
2. In a large bowl, cream together 1 cup shortening, 3/4 cup packed brown sugar, and 3/4 cup granulated sugar.
3. Add 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract, and 2 eggs. Mix on medium low (on my Kitchen Aid) for about 1-2 minutes.
4. Mix in a separate bowl:  1 1/2 cups flour, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp baking soda, and 1/2 tsp salt. Add to wet ingredients in 2 portions, mixing on low until combined.
5. Add 2 cups old-fashioned oats plus 1/2 cup instant oats, followed by 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips.
6. Drop by rounded teaspoonful onto parchment lined cookie sheets, bake 10-12 minutes until lightly browned.  Let rest on pan 3-5 minutes before transferring to cooling racks. 


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