Monday, June 18, 2012

Catholic Woman's Almanac

Moments of Gratitude
 - Sharing memories of a friend who passed away.  Laughing and remembering.  Felt good to celebrate his memory.
- Seeing old friends at a high school reunion
- Visiting with extended family to celebrate my father-in-law's retirement
- Watching my five-year-old trying in the swimming pool, building confidence and feeling so proud

Beauty in the Ordinary
I have been going for walks in the neighborhood and been struck by the "greeness".  Appreciating the beauty of mature trees that give cool shade and frame the Victorian houses like a snapshot.  

From the Kitchen 
Made recipes that I found on Pinterest- Cheddar Bacon Ranch Bread and Salted Caramel Pretzel Bark for Father's Day.  Yum!  Also, Oatmeal Scotchies (see post).  Can't wait to try Breakfast Burritos.  If they are a hit, I will definitely stock some in the freezer for busy school mornings this fall.

 WORDS!  Reading a book that talks about moving from this life to eternity and how it is a processing of letting go of words.  Also, my son is a bit of a linguistic geek.  He got an etymology book for his birthday and he now has me fascinated by the roots of the words of our language.

Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale by Lynda Rutledge

Cute containers 
Secret Door
Bites of Heaven

Looking Ahead
I want to say the rosary every day but I think I will start with a goal of three times this week.  I have two writing projects to complete.  Excited that my sister and her kids will be in town!

 Happy, confident little swimmer

Thanks for stopping by!


Oatmeal Scotchies

These are a favorite cookie of our family.  Years ago, I had a crush on a guy who I worked with and he told me he liked these cookies.  I had never heard of them but promptly marched myself to the store, purchased a package of butterscotch chips and baked him a few dozen.  Fast forward one husband and a few children later.  I remembered these yummies one day, marched myself back to the store for a package of butterscotch goodness and introduced them to my family.  I suggest you pick up a bag and introduce them to your family.

1 1/4 c all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 c (2 sticks) softened butter
3/4 c granulated sugar
3/4 c packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3 cups quick-cooking or old-fashioned oats
11 oz package butterscotch flavored morsels

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Combine flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a small bowl.  Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla extract in large mixing bowl.  Gradually beat in flour mixture.  Stir in oats and morsels.  Drop by rounded tablespoons onto ungreased baking sheets.  Bake 7-8 minutes for chewy cookies or 9-10 minutes for crisp cookies.  Cool for two minutes then remove to wire racks to cool completely.  
Makes about four dozen cookies...
(if you don't love cookie dough as much as I do!)

As much as I love these cookies, I would never make them for anyone but my family, UNTIL NOW.  If you make the dough then bake them, the cookies spread so thin, they resemble lace cookies and almost completely fall apart.  This makes for LOTS of eating bits as they fall apart which is yummy but leaves you feeling sick with a delicious but unattractive mess.  We scarf down the pile quickly enough but I was determined to refine the process so I could bring these treats to a party.

It is important to refrigerate the dough before baking them.  I made the dough at night and baked the cookies the next morning.  The result was perfection!