Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Tempt My Tummy Tuesday - Oatmeal Cookies

(Picture from Quaker's website)
This week I want to continue with my tried and true recipes with my two daughters again in mind.  My Kentucky  son-in-love really likes oatmeal cookies.  This recipe gets rave reviews everytime.  I am quick to tell people it comes from the back of the oatmeal box but they always tell me mine are somehow better.  
Maybe my cookies are extra good because I only use butter and real vanilla.  I add lots of walnuts and raisins too.  So give the cookies a try and let me know what you think.  While you are at it don't forget to go see Lisa and check out all the goodies shared there.

Quaker's Best Oatmeal Cookies
  • 1-1/4  cups (2-1/2 sticks) margarine or butter, softened
  • 3/4  cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2  cup granulated sugar
  • 1  egg
  • 1  teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-1/2  cups all-purpose flour
  • 1  teaspoon baking soda
  • 1  teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2  teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 1/4  teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3  cups Quaker® Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
  • chopped walnuts and raisins
Heat oven to 375°F. In large bowl, beat margarine and sugars until creamy. Add egg and vanilla; beat well. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg; mix well. Add oats; mix well.
Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 8 to 9 minutes for a chewy cookie or 10 to 11 minutes for a crisp cookie. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Store tightly covered.

Monday, February 14, 2011

The Wise Woman Builds

The wise woman builds her house,
   but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.  
Proverbs 14:1

Reading today's Proverb I came upon the following notes that I wanted to share.  The following paragraph is from the Woman's Study Bible.

The fact that this woman is called “wise” indicates that she fears and reverences the Lord. She conscientiously builds her house, making her entire household thrive, because she has learned that wisdom brings the happiness and prosperity she desires for her family. The wise woman cares for her home, causing it to flourish and become a haven to those who live there. She builds her home by making wise choices in her relationships with her husband and children. She works on her marriage, knowing that intimacy does not happen naturally but must be developed. All building takes time, picturing brick set on brick until a sturdy safe home is constructed. In contrast, the foolish woman does not build. She tears down both her possessions and her relationships. She destroys by her own efforts- with her hands, her tongue, her idleness, and her lack of interest. (taken from The Woman’s Study Bible, unknown author)

So quick lesson from Proverbs 14:1

The wise woman:
  1. conscientiously builds her house - nothing hap-hazard here.
  2. cares for her home - TLC
  3. makes wise choices
  4. works knowing nothing comes instantly or easy
  5. is patient laying brick upon brick one at a time
 In contrast the foolish woman:
  1. does not labor
  2. is destructive
  • with her hands
  • her tongue
  • her idleness
  • her lack of interest
The wise woman - definitely a roll model for me and I hope for you too.

Happy Valentines Day

Happy Valentines Day!
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, 
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

What greater Love could there be?

Share His love with someone today - especially your family 
and then anyone else He brings in your pathway.