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Making the most of each moment: Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

My kids had been nagging me for days to make oatmeal cookies- I have been having an insanely busy spring and having a hard time fitting everything in, so I just kept saying “no, maybe tomorrow”. So after a day of being on my feet all day and dead on my feet- my kids asked again. With the looks on my kids faces I just couldn’t say no again. Sometimes we just need to take the time no matter how tired or wasted we are- even if there are dishes to do and laundry to fold… its important to take the time for the important things.

So I baked… and I am so glad I went with it and just did it for them- it’s something so simple but the kids loved it. I sometimes tend to complicate my time with my kids and forget to keep it simple. My kids excitement was so worth it… I even got some extra hugs and kisses before bed.

 (the smile that says, “MOM! Hurry up and take the picture so I can eat it”)
So this week in the busyness we all experience as a mom- I want to remind you to put down whatever you are doing sometime today and do something simple with your kids. It could be blowing bubbles, running through sprinklers, doing a craft or like me baking oatmeal cookies! So in case you need an idea- heres my recipe for yummy oatmeal cookies.

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 3/4 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup coconut (optional)


    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
    2. In large bowl, cream together butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs and vanilla until smooth. Stir together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Gradually beat into butter mixture. Stir in oats and raisins. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheets.
    3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown. Cool slightly, remove from sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. 

    So what kind of fun things do you like to do with your kids?

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    Thursday 27th of May 2010

    Lol! I hate making cookies, I don't like eating them either, but my kids were so bored yesterday I gave in and had them help me make some. Fortunately my husband loves cookies, as long as they are not chocolate chip, and he especially LOVES oatmeal cookies ;D