gradual uptake


Like Ruth, I’m not really in the holiday spirit yet. We’ve started our advent activities. I’ve pulled out the Christmas books and kitchen linens (I have the BEST Christmas kitchen linens!)…but that’s about it. And thinking back, this happens every year. It takes me some time before I’m really ready to go full-out bananas with yuletide joy. And this year I’m deciding that that’s okay. Advent is all about preparing for Christmas…and preparing slowly and steadily is a-okay by me. Preferable even.

So yesterday, when I made cookies…and I saw that they weren’t really Christmas cookies…I realized I’m okay with that. And then I threw in some dried cranberries to bump up the Christmas factor. ha!

These are *the best* oatmeal cookies ever. Chewy and puffy…not flat and crispy. And…delicious!!

Here’s the recipe (adapted from the King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion)

Soft Oatmeal Cookies
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 T vegetable oil
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
6 tablespoons sour cream
2 t vanilla
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t cinnamon
1/2 t salt
2 cups oats
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup dried cranberries

Mix together first 3 ingredients. Add egg, sour cream and vanilla. Mix in soda, cinnamon and salt until fully incorporated. Then add oats and flour. Let your four year old try to stir and clean up the oats that sprayed onto the counter. You better take a turn stirring. Then add the nuts and berries. I used a small cookie scoop to scoop them onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. If you don’t have a cookie scoop…spoons work too! These can be pretty close together, because they won’t spread…but don’t let them touch. Bake at 350 for 12 minutes. If your four year old wants to eat one right away, encourage him to blow on it first. ;)


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I stopped teaching Kindergarten in 2005 to become the mom of two crazy boys here in Brooklyn. At first I thought being a stay at home mom meant that I needed to pour all my time and energy directly into my sons, but I realized somewhere along the way that being a rockstar mom meant not only taking good care of my boys, but also taking good care of myself. And taking good care of myself means pursuing something creative...just about everyday. I started Made In Brooklyn to motivate myself in my creative goals as well as share my work with others and perhaps inspire them in their own creative journeys.
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  1. Ruth says:

    How nice that you mentioned me, even if I do come across as a little “bah, humbug”. However, like you today, I am taking small steps ~ I have written 18 Christmas cards and switched on the Advent arch! Who know, the making of Cranberry sauce could be next!

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