I’ve fallen ill this week, my eyes and nose feel like they’re going to explode. I thought I’d managed to avoid the cold that my husband had last weekend, but apparently not. I’m planning on doing very little until this cold has passed.
It was a rainy weekend, we spent most of our time indoors except for brief adventures when the rain let up for a few minutes so that Mikey could splash in puddles.We made camp in the living room one evening, pulling out Mikey’s tent and filling it with books, toys and pillows. Mikey has a new found fascination with an old flashlight he found in one of our drawers, so when it got darker we played with that too.
On Friday we had a house full of friends and ate copious amounts of pizza. The wife and son of one of our friends arrived here in Germany last week and I got to meet them this weekend, their son is 9 months old and such a sweetheart. Playing with a baby makes me want to have another! Maybe one day. Mikey liked him, was very gentle with him and kept on bringing people over to see the baby, although he wasn’t so good with sharing his toys and kept trying to hoard everything that he didn’t want the baby to chew on. He’s never really had anyone younger than him to play with so I’m sure it will take some time for him to learn to share properly.
Another of my friends just opened an Etsy shop to sell her handmade soap. You should go and have a look at YeahSoap, we have some of the sushi soap in our bathroom at the moment and it smells great! She also let me try some of the cellulite soap, it also smells wonderful and you can see results as soon as you get out of the shower. I’m a sucker for fancy soaps!
Last week, before I got sick, I baked some fancy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. I’ve never been very good at baking and even less at modifying baking recipes, it’s too science-y for me and I’m not so good at following directions. Nevertheless, these turned out beautifully. I modified a basic Oatmeal Raisin Cookie recipe, really I just needed an excuse to use my new cookies scoop. These had disappeared within a few hours of me making them, so I guess that means I succeeded.
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Makes around 2 dozen
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups rolled oats
1 1/2 cups of mixed raisins, dried strawberries and dried cranberries
- In a bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt.
- Using an electric mixer, beat the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar at a high speed until fluffy. It will take around 4 minutes. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix at medium speed until incorporated.
- Add the flour mixture at a low speed. Stir in the oats and dried fruit; let stand for 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, position 2 racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and preheat to 350.
- Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Drop the dough in 1/4 cupfuls onto the prepared pans and bake the cookies until golden, 12 to 14 minutes. Transfer the baked cookies to racks to cool completely.
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