Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Oatmeal Cran-Chip Cookies

Oatmeal Cran-Chip Cookies, Farmers Wife Original

Recently I posted the "Perfect" Oatmeal Raisin Cookie recipe, but what I didn't tell you was that my experimenting that Saturday didn't end at the oatmeal raisin cookie! I also decided to experiment with another new recipe that had been floating around my head. That was for an oatmeal cookie, with dried cranberries and dark chocolate chips... Oh yeah baby!! Now I've had similar cookies before but they've all had white chocolate in them. And don't get me wrong I love white chocolate, but what I hadn't ever seen done was them with a dark chocolate.

I don't know if you've ever tasted the combo of cranberry and dark chocolate before but I have, and boy is it amazing! It really blows your mind and makes your taste buds dance! And I desperately wanted this flavor in a cookie. So I took the basis of my oatmeal raisin recipe, and changed it up just a little adding in the cranberries and chocolate... And oh my goodness were they amazing! I thought my oatmeal raisin cookies got raves, but as soon as everyone tried these cran-chip cookies the reviews were off the charts! I got the closed eyes, blissful face, and then once they could speak again everyone said they were absolutely amazing! They then became the favorite of the cookies I made, with everyone going back for more! Basically these were a HUGE hit, with both family and friends! So next time you want to try something a little different I hope you'll think of these, I personally can't wait to make them again!

Ingredients: makes roughly 20 cookies
1/2 Cup Margarine, softened
2/3 Cup Brown Sugar, packed
1 Egg
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
3/4 Cup All Purpose Flour
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
3/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon Nutmeg
3/4 teaspoon Salt
1 1/2 Cups Old Fashioned Oats
2/3 Cup Dried Cranberries
2/3 Cup Dark Chocolate Chips (or your preferred chocolate)

Directions:
In your mixer blend the butter, sugar, egg and vanilla til smooth. Then in a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, spices and salt. Add to the butter mixture and mix on low-medium speed until combined. Then add the oats, dried cranberries and chocolate, and mix well. At this point chill the dough in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, up to 1 hour. Once mixture is chilled, spray your cookie sheets with non stick cooking spray, and using a 1 1/2 tablespoon scoop drop scoops of cookie dough about 2 inches apart on your sheets. Bake at 350F degrees for 10-12 minutes, until golden around the edges and slightly golden on top. Let cookies cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to wire rack.

Review:
Amazing, really just simply amazing! I really don't like to toot my own horn when it comes to my recipes, but really you just have to give these a try to know just how simply amazing they really are! 5 stars

Happy Baking!






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Friday, June 15, 2012

She's Here!!!


Hey y'all! It's been a couple weeks since I posted a new recipe, in fact the last one was posted while I was in labor with our sweet baby girl! Meet Nichole!!!


Nikki a pretty easy going baby. Rarely is she overly upset, if she's really gassy or is getting her diaper changed are about it, otherwise she is the most laid back baby I've ever seen. Josh is absolutely in love with his sister too, loves holding her and kissing her. I've pumped a few bottles and he's gotten to feed her which he just loves doing.


Labor was definitely different this time around, being induced was a different experience but they say I handled it well and even still was only in labor for a little over 13 hours (Josh was 9 hours) which is very quick for an induction, and I only pushed for 12 minutes!!! They started me on a pill called Cytotec to induce and then had me walking for about 2 hours. That brought on some pretty strong contractions, about 2 minutes apart lasting about 45-60 seconds a piece. Finally they gave me an epidural, and my midwife (who was FANTASTIC!) broke my water and with the help of pitocin I progressed very quickly from that point on. In fact it probably would've been less time except my nurse forgot to check me at one of my position changes, and when she checked 45 minutes later babies head was right there. haha! She was telling me not to cough, sneeze, laugh nothing til my midwife got there. My midwife must've ran every red light possible because she was there within minutes. And with my midwife, nurse and Jeremy being the only ones in the room it was actually almost a fun birthing experience. It was so relaxed, I was able to push when I felt I needed to. It was such a different experience from Josh, and I'm so glad. They were cracking jokes the whole time, Jeremy was supporting my head so I could breathe easily, I'm really happy with how everything went. And she's so healthy and happy. She's a tiny little thing too, weighing 6 lbs. 4oz at birth and 19 inches long. She is a fantastic nurser as well, within an hour after birth she started eating and ate for almost an hour straight amazing both us and the nurses. And we were released in less than 24 hours too, for the most part Nikki is a wonderful sleeper at night only getting up once at night to eat! We are really enjoying our baby girl and I'm so glad to be able to finally share our birth story and that she is finally here!!

Nichole, born May 30th, 2012

Love always,
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