TGIF, my peeps!
The squirrel family saga continues. Remember the mad momma squirrel that would yell at me every time I passed her tree home? Well, appears that she had a very good reason. She was protecting her little babies! Yes, there are baby squirrels in our backyard tree! Absolutely adorable! So adorable in fact, that it makes you want to take them home, pet and keep them! (Hubby is just shaking his head right now)
Every morning they venture out of their tree to nibble on leaves and bark. They don’t go too far. I have not seen them leave the tree yet. The baby squirrels love to peek out of the hole with their tiny heads. Many times you see two heads sticking out. I was able to get quite close to them and I snap some pics with my phone. Here is one. Click on the picture to make it larger.
When I was in high-school and beginning of college, I wrote a few children’s stories. Animals were always perfect for the adorable little characters. These little fellas reminded me of this and now I am thinking I should try and write a story for my kiddos with the squirrels as the main characters. It would be fun and I think they would love it! My kids and the baby squirrels.
Beautiful nature aside, let’s talk cookies. Cookies packed with goodness. We are talking oats, raisins and chocolate chips. I know some people don’t like raisins in their cookies. Well, I happen to love them. The texture and the sweetness. Pair it with chocolate and wrap it all up in an oatmeal cookie dough and there is no stopping after one cookie!
They are thick and chewy and oh-so-delicious, especially still slightly warm!
This recipe makes a perfect batch to satisfy your cravings and your sweet tooth.
Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Oats, raisins and chocolate chips make these cookies packed with flavor and texture.
- 1/2 c unsalted butter (1 stick), softened to room temperature
- 2/3 c packed light brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 3/4 c all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 and 1/2 c old-fashioned oats
- 3/4 c raisins
- 3/4 c semi-sweet chocolate chips
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients (flour, soda, cinnamon and salt). Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter for 30 seconds. Gradually add brown sugar and cream until fluffy and light in color.
- Add egg and vanilla and mix until smooth.
- With the mixer speed on low, mix in the dry ingredients.
- Stir in oats, raisins and chocolate chips.
- Cover the top of the bowl with saran wrap and chill for at least 2 hours or overnight.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Line baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
- Scoop the cookie dough onto the sheet.
- Bake 10 to 12 minutes. The cookies will look slightly underdone in the middle yet browned on the edges. Let them cool on the sheet for 5 minutes. They will continue to bake.
- Transfer onto a wire rack to cool completely.
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I suggest you make them this weekend. Especially that next week is Skinny Week on Crunchy Creamy Sweet! We have giveaways and amazing recipes that are good and good for you!! See you then!
Have a fabulous weekend!!!
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There is a squirrel family living in our backyard tree. The mom is very protective of the little ones. She will run after any bird or other squirrel that will get too close to the opening of their home. Oh, and she yells. Like at me and my Hubby. Seriously! She will make this weird, angry, I-will-bite-your-head-off kind of sound. Have you ever heard a mad squirrel? It’s scary. I feel like I have to walk on my tippy toes when passing the tree. I see the momma squirrel’s head sticking out of the tree every morning. She is just watching….. I just hope one of these days she won’t jump on my head! Eeeek!
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Have you ever thought of baking your cookies in a muffin pan? I am talking about scooping your dough right into muffin cavities of your pan and baking into fun cookie cups! Summer time will be here before you know it we will all be screaming for ice cream! How fun would it be to serve them and devour in these fun little cups made out of your favorite drop cookies?
Sometimes mistakes lead to delicious discoveries. I blame it all on my son‘s adorable smile and a need to play Hot Wheels right in the same time I was making my first biscotti. He is the most adorable boy ever and I love him to pieces! The way he says “Mommy” just melts my heart! He is known for getting me in trouble.
Can you tell I have mommy goggles on today?
We have been robbed. Robbed of an hour of time. Do you know how precious one hour is to the parents of three little kids? VEEEERY precious. It’s an additional hour of sleep. It’s an additional hour of bliss and peace.
For the last couple of days I’ve been a walking zombie…. “Walking Dead” has nothing on me. I could scare you just like that. Until I have my morning coffee. In peace. With my Hubby. Getting ready for the day.
I needed that one more hour!