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Slice and Bake Oatmeal Cookies

Granddaughter Alice is an oatmeal lover….just like me! She likes to help me on a Saturday morning make a pot of oatmeal while we talk about what we are going to do that day. I always ask her what she wants to add to her bowl and the answer is always the same…pecans, apples and cranberries. My Slice and Bake Oatmeal Cookies are almost like a warm bowl of Oatmeal on a Saturday Morning…..comfortable and delicious.

She was my inspiration for these cookies I baked for the Dixie Crystals Pre-Conference Baking Contest.
I’ll be attending the Mixed food blogger conference soon and I can’t wait!
There is a prize available but I’m after the Lifetime of Bragging Rights if I win!

As in ALL cooking, Ingredients are the most important thing. I try and find the Best ingredients I can for all my cooking and baking. I like King Arthur Flour and Dixie Crystals Sugar and local eggs and apples picked from the tree and local nuts.

Oatmeal and Flour
I use the best ingredients I can find including King Arthur flour and Natural Oatmeal.
Chopped Pecans
Hand chopping pecans give them the best texture for cookies.
Baking supplies
I keep my Baking Supplies in small jars. They make me happy!
Fresh Eggs
My farm eggs are from my friend who delivers them every week.
Local Pecans and Apple
Megan and Alice picked apples this past weekend so our shredded apple was crisp and fresh. These pecans are from Missouri.

 

Dough on Parchment
I plop the finished Cookie Dough on parchment and wrap it up
Dough in Parchment Paper
This Cookie Dough is ready for a rest in the refrigerator
Refrigerator rest
My refrigerator ALWAYS has some cookie dough for instant cookie cravings!
Slice and Bake Oatmeal Cookie log
Slice as many cookies as you want and refrigerate the rest for later.
Tools of the Trade
Tools of the Trade

 

Slice and Bake Oatmeal Cookies
The best way to have fresh cookies all the time is to have a log of Slice and Bake Oatmeal Cookie Dough in your refrigerator!

These cookies are usually crisp, but the addition of apples makes them soft and chewy. I would not hesitate to use them as a breakfast on the go or a hi-protein afternoon snack with the addition of more nuts. It is just SMART to have Slice and Bake cookie dough in your refrigerator and it is easy to do.
If you are a blogger, you might want to consider attending the Mixed Conference November 7-9, 2014. I’m SO looking forward to it!

Slice and Bake Oatmeal Cookies

My Slice and Bake Oatmeal Cookies are almost like a warm bowl of Oatmeal on a Saturday Morning.....comfortable and delicious.

Ingredients

  • 1 stick Butter
  • 3/4 Cup Dixie Crystals Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Dixie Crystals White Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 t. Baking Soda
  • 1/2 t. Baking Powder
  • 1 t. Salt
  • 1 t. Vanilla
  • 1 t. Cinnamon
  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Pecans
  • 1/2 Cup Shredded Apple
  • 2 Cups Oatmeal
  • Cinnamon and Sugar for sprinkling on top of cookie

Instructions

  1. Mix Butter and Sugars in a mixer until blended.
  2. Add Egg, Vanilla, Baking Soda, Baking Powder, Cinnamon and Salt. Mix again.
  3. Stir in Flour and Oatmeal.
  4. Add Shredded Apple and Chopped Pecans
  5. Transfer Cookie Dough to a large sheet of parchment paper, making a log shape, and securely wrap up and put in the refrigerator until firm (probably 12 hours).
  6. Slice and place on a Silpat lined Baking Sheet.
  7. Sprinkle each cookie with Cinnamon and Sugar
  8. Bake at 350* for 9-11 minutes.
  9. Cool slightly on the pan and then move to a wire rack.

Notes

Feel free to add and subtract flavorings as you want. We also like this cookie with 1/2 cup of raisins or dried fruit. Almonds or walnuts are also delicious in this cookie.

If the cookie dough seems too sticky, add a little more flour or oatmeal. Humidity, the brand of flour, and the juiciness of the apple all affect the dough.

A log of this dough with some directions make a great gift!

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Broccoli Potato Cheese Soup with Bone Broth

Bowl of Broccoli Cheese Soup

Our Granddaughter was here for 3 days and she has a typical toddler cough that I am choosing to fight off myself with a good nutritious soup made with REAL Bone Broth. Sure it takes a little time, but Bone Broth tastes so GOOD…..it is worth it.

I simply boiled a cut up chicken in water with an onion, and a few handfuls of celery, carrot and some herbs.
Here are 2 of my recipes…..Chicken Stock
Chicken Stock with Roasted Chicken and Vegetables

4 cups Homemade Chicken Broth
4 Cups Homemade Chicken Broth

Since my vegetable-hating husband is away, I decided to make Broccoli Cheese soup. I found several recipes that included up to 2 cups of CREAM! While that sounds delicious, I didn’t want that much richness. Instead of cream, I used a potato to make the soup thicker.

Chopped Vegetables
Chopped Vegetables

Sautee Vegetables

Cook The Vegetables

Shredded Tilamook Cheese
Shredded Tilamook Cheese

Partially Blend Soup

Partially blend soup

Add Cream and Cheese to Soup
Add 1/4 cup Cream and 8 oz. Cheese to Soup
Bowl of Broccoli Cheese Soup
Bowl of Broccoli Cheese Soup

I admit that this recipe was made as I go, but the Homemade Chicken Bone Broth is what MAKES the soup. It was delicious and nutritious and my Real Boyfriend doesn’t know what he’s missing!

I admit it…..I love making stock and soup JUST to see it stored in my Weck Jars!

Store in Weck JarsA few days after making the Bone Broth, I used the stock in a simple Risotto with the leftover chicken pieces. It was nutritious and extra delicious!

Stock in Risotto

Broccoli Potato Cheese Soup with Bone Broth

Homemade Bone Broth makes ANY soup taste better!

Ingredients

  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 2 Carrot, diced
  • 2 Stalk Celery, diced
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, diced
  • 1 Potato, diced
  • 1 Cup Broccoli, chopped
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 4 cups Chicken Broth
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • 8 oz Tilamook Cheddar Cheese

Instructions

  1. Cut up vegetables and saute in 1 T. Butter until a little soft.
  2. Add 3 cups Chicken Broth and cook until vegetables are soft.
  3. Process mixture with a "boat motor" or blender or food processor.
  4. Add remaining cup of Chicken Broth, 1/4 Cup cream and the cheese and stir until melted.
  5. Add Salt and Pepper to taste.
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A Day At The Lake With Alice

We called the Raspberries SNOZberries (from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)

We made a September weekend trip to the Lake and had a WHOLE day free because the Husker Game didn’t start until 9:30 p.m.!

Snozzberry
We called the Raspberries SNOZberries (from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)
picking raspberries
Alice picked her fair share of Snozzberries
Gettings Garden
We picked Iowa fall raspberries at Gettings Gardens in Sanborn, Iowa. It was a beautiful day.
Taco House
End of season treat at the Taco House
Yelllow Park
Alice named THIS park the Yellow Park
Scream Down Slide
Dan scared Alice as she was coming down the slide!
Crazy Hair Down Slide
I love LOVE this picture of Alice’s hair as she comes down the “twisty slide”
Rock Wall
Alice did a great job climbing the Rock Wall in her Duck boots!
Monkey Bars
Alice has ALWAYS wanted to do the Monkey Bars by herself. Soon, Alice. Soon.
Swing
She is just starting to learn how to pump her legs as she swings. For now, she loves ‘UnderDawg Pushes” from Grampa
Smores
S’mores.
Dock
It is nearing the End of the Season at Okoboji. Our boats are always the last ones to the storage unit and we keep the dock in until the very end.
Boat Ride
Sugar Bear wasn’t as thrilled with the Boat Ride as Alice.
Driving the boat
Alice drove the boat and did a great job!
Benchwarmers
Benchwarmers
Cleaning the Ladder
Dan and Matt took out the ladder and Alice helped clean off all the Green East Lake Sludge.
Puzzle
Matt got out a puzzle for Alice to solve. She was up for the challenge.
Vintage Puzzle
Matt showed her some possible solutions on the front of the box. #VintagePuzzle