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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

some new all-time favorites.

     I've just finished watching my new all-time favorite show,...well maybe not all-time favorite but it's most definitely in my top 10 favorite tv shows.It's Modern Family and it's funny,real funny.It's on ABC and you should watch it next time it's on,love it.
   So during the commercials, I'm flipping through the new Pottery Barn catalog that I found in my mailbox when I got home from work today,geez. Talk about some new favorites,the monogrammed stuff,this classy quilt(for the moment quilts are classy,just like brooches,brooches can be classy too) and oh geez Louise,they have a mason jar chandelier and it's a looker.And ya know I looked to my left and notice the mason jars that I have,the vintage blue big ol' mason jars that are now displayed above my kitchen cabinets and might I add filled with different kinds of beans and pasta (and one has hot tea in it but whose counting).Take that Pottery Barn.
   I have compiled a short list of my new all-time favorites,they are cool and this list-making business was a quick diversion from the Pottery Barn catalogue that so cleverly had grabbed my attention.Here goes:

Ta-da! mason jars filled with beans or pasta.Vintage,klassy and practical.And talk about classy if you'll notice the big ol' bag of cocoa puffs and the box of raisin bran just below the cabinet,now that's practical if you ask me.
And next on this fantastic list of new all-time favorite things:greeting cards from 
these fine folks. Good gravy they are funny,like blush-with-an-evil-grin-to-boot funny.I can't tell you what's typed on the inside of this card,but go check out their website and get lost in the laughs.
Oh it's all kinds of wrong and she talks dirty about you and yo tupperware.

Next,this cookbook.I have a lot,I mean A LOT of cookbooks and my continuous challenge is to make it through each one cover to cover.Now I am well aware that it will take years to overcome that challenge and the heavens help me after we have kids,I won't even remember what I had for dinner or if I had dinner...
Before I sat down to watch my new all-time favorite show Modern Family,I made some cookies from this cookbook.The folks at King Arthur have got it together,heck they've had it together longer than I been baking cookies or even reading cookbooks for that matter.I'll let you know how the cookies turn out until then,Enjoy
Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
page 302
2 1/4c unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 c vegetable shortening
4TBL(1/2 stick) butter
2TBL vegetable oil
2 1/4 c brown sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 c yogurt,plain or vanilla,
regular or low-fat
(I used sour cream,well because it's a 
good substitute and it's all I had)
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 c rolled oats
1 1/2 c raisins
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Sift together the flour,baking soda,salt,cinnamon and nutmeg.
2.In a large bowl cream together the shortening,butter,oil, and brown sugar.Add the eggs,one at a time,beating well after each addition. (for this step I used my stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment).
3. Stir in the oats and raisins,then add the flour mixture,in three additions,beating well after each addition.
**At this point I let the dough chill overnight.I think it helps the cookies hold their shape when baking,who knows.This trick works well with cookie dough that's made with all butter,these have shortening,so we'll see!***
4.Drop the batter from a tablespoon-size cookie scoop (or from a tablespoon) onto a parchment-lined baking sheets.Bake cookies for 14 minutes.Rotate baking sheet halfway through baking,this helps for even baking.They'll be light tan;don't let them brown,or they'll be crisp instead of chewy/Let them cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes,then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.They'll be delicate when warm,then chewy as they cool.Store the cookies in a tightly closed container or plastic bag.These are gonna be good!


  1. I love the Pottery Barn mason jar chandelier, however instead of paying the 319 dollars they currently have it on sale for, I will be making it myself for about a whopping 25 dollars. The cookies sound great too! Can you recommend a good sugar cookie recipe? I want them to be semi firm because I'm going to decorate them for halloween cookies. Thanks!

  2. Couple things:a. baking the last cookie sheet of the oatmeal raisin cookies,they are fantastic and perfect for fall.b.good for you and makin that chandelier,google DIY-mason jar chandelier and the first link that comes up is she made a pretty cool one and c. sugar cookie recipe- has a great no-fail sugar cookie recipe. truth be told I haven't made a lot of sugar cookies,but i have made lots from she's preety good! Thanks for your comments and reading the blog! have a good one.

  3. Thank you!! I can't wait to make all sorta of cookies this weekend :-)