Catching up

I’m finally caught up from taking four days off in Houston last week—you play, you pay, but it was so worth it.

Things are very sparkly around here as Mother Nature has dumped a bunch of snow here over the last few days, requiring significant shoveling three days last week.

snow1

snow6

I made oatmeal raisin cookies yesterday and took a bunch of them over to our neighbor, Dave, who kindly ran his snow blower across both lengths of our sidewalk this week, saving John a good half hour or so.

oatmeal cookies

This is another excellent recipe from my maternal grandmother, and I’m pleased to share it with you:

Grease and flour your cookie sheets.

Combine in a small saucepan:

  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup water

Bring water to a boil, reduce heat and cook raisins for 5 minutes. Drain water from pan and set aside to cool while you prepare the remaining ingredients.

Measure and set aside:

  • ½ cup milk
  • 3 cups quick cooking oatmeal

Sift together:

  • 1½ cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon salt

In a large mixing bowl, combine:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup shortening

You will also need

  • 1 egg

Cream shortening and sugar.

Add egg.

Add sifted dry ingredients alternately with milk.

Blend in raisins.

Add oatmeal.

Drop by heaping Tablespoons onto cookie sheets.

These cookies don’t spread a lot during baking, so you can bake 16 per sheet.

Bake at 350 for about 10 minutes, making sure they don’t get too brown.

I also finished the next lesson in Electric Quilt’s Pieced Drawing book, which dealt with circular blocks on the PatchDraw worktable. These blocks were much more difficult and took me a lot longer than the previous lesson’s blocks. I ended up working on them over several days, but finally finished last night.

patch draw circle blocks

The next lesson involves arcs which are akin to circles, so I hope they don’t take as long.

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