I wanted an unusual cookie
and I wanted it to have pumpkin and oatmeal in it.
First, I tried the Internet then I went to my
never-failing source of recipes -- The 1 Million Recipes
CD. This has been my faithful friend since it was first
produced years ago. I wish they'd make a second million
recipes CD. This is a treasure.
PUMPKIN OATMEAL CHOC. CHIP COOKIES
2 c. flour
1 c. oatmeal
1 tbsp. soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. margarine, softened
1 c. brown sugar, firmly packed
1 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. pumpkin
1 c. chocolate chips
1 c. nuts
1 c. raisins (optional)
Cream margarine and sugars. Add egg, baking
soda, cinnamon, pumpkin, vanilla, oatmeal,
flour, salt, nuts, chips and raisins. Mix
just until blended. Lightly greased cookie
sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15
minutes. Bake one rack at a time.
Our hopes and best wishes
go out to everyone in the path. We are just out of the
worst of it so we only expect wind and rain. May
everyone ride this out in safety.
hurricanes, a friend said these should just have
numbers, not names. He felt sorry for anyone who had to
go around with the same name as a damaging hurricane.
I told him it was no
problem. Children seem to be proud when their name is on
TV for whatever reason. Or maybe we could name them
after animals. I think my cat would have no problem with
Hurricane Muddy. It would be literally accurate.
It may not be as satisfying
as making a real scrapbook, but it is a lot less
expensive and the pages can be put online or printed.
I'm using Nova Scrapbook
Factory. As far as I know, it is the best
of the scrapbooking-specific programs out there. (If
there is anything better, please tell me!)
It does not run as
perfectly smooth as other art programs and I've been a
tad bit frustrated (I am spoiled with Photoshop), but
for the most part, this is fun. I like having the
different layouts already made with elements that can be
added, rearranged, etc. Once I learn the quirks of the
program, it will be okay.
I am doing the
monthly bulletin boards this year for some youth
classes. Printing a bunch of these might make a nice
theme for an upcoming month.
P.S. Good luck to everyone
in Hurricane Katrina's path. Maybe you be kept safe. (As
for us, we are 400 miles from the nearest ocean. It
usually just means a heavy rainfall here.)
like wheat bread, but I also like white bread. French
toast just does not work with wheat bread. Yesterday, I
Nature's Own Whitewheat Bread (whitewheat is all one
word) on the Wal-Mart shelves. I know its been out a
long time, but I live in oblivion sometimes.
This bread looks,
tastes and feels like regular white bread, but it has
more fiber and nutrition than wheat bread. At least
in the nutritional labeling, this has the same or more,
item for item. I am sure this "white wheat" is probably
missing some obscure healthy thing only found in whole
wheat bread, but it sure sounds and tastes good - and it
made a great French toast.
French Toast is made with real French bread and baked in
the oven, but if you want it at the last minute, this is
what we do.
My husband likes
French toast dipped in an egg and milk batter with a
touch of flour, then fried or baked, and finally
buttered and salted to eat. I have an opposite taste. I
make the egg, milk and flour batter, add a generous
dollop of pure vanilla and a good spoonful of cinnamon.
Next, I get out the
cream cheese and spread a thin layer on a slice of
bread, top it with another slice of bread, dip it all in
the batter and fry it on both sides. I eat it with a
touch of confectioner's sugar and butter or butter
was driving in a school zone. I slowed down to the
proper speed of 25 miles an hour. I was going down a
hill and I was the only car in that section of the road
at the time, but I still went 25 miles an hour.
A policeman in New
Market, getting ready to direct school traffic, stopped
me and told me to slow down. I did not want to offend
him so I apologized and went below 25 miles an hour. I
think it was kind of an optical illusion, I was going
down a hill. Nobody was in front of me and it
appeared that I was going faster, but I wasn't.
Still, I did not want to offend anyone in authority.
On another occasion,
I was near New Market again, waiting for someone who
wanted to dash into Krogers at the corner of Winchester
and Moore's Mill Road. I sat in the car, engine running,
ready to pull out as soon as possible, but waiting in
the emergency lane near the front of the store. I
figured that would be okay since I was sitting at the
wheel and could pull out immediately, if needed.
Again, a sheriff
drove up and told me to move. Are law officers getting
bored around there or do they just love acting bossy?
None of these things have ever happened to me in
Huntsville. I think the policemen have much better
things to do there.
a podcast fan, I was surprised to discover there were no
genealogy podcasts available on iTunes (which lists them
for free). I already subscribe to so many podcasts and
XM that I never tune in local radio anymore.
Hey folks! The
genealogy podcast field is WIDE OPEN! This would be the
perfect time for DearMyrtle
or Dick Eastman
to start a podcast. (A podcast is just an mp3 file which
can be downloaded and played later on a computer or any
music device like an iPod or Zen, etc. It can even be
converted to a CD and played in most any CD player. The
thing that makes it an "official podcast" is that it can
be subscribed to through iPodder or iTunes and
automatically downloaded with those or similar programs.)
I love to play an
mp3 file while walking. A good talk show gets all of my
attention due to the lack of distractions besides, I
never fall asleep while walking (at least not so far). I
even hook my iPod up to the car stereo.