Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Things are changing.  News is coming in, both good and bad.


Sometimes chocolate is the answer.  If only temporarily.  These cookies were the answer last night.

Last week I received my two weeks notice at work.  It’s a hard economic environment, and the arts are often the first to go.  My company had to cut back somehow to stay afloat, and so for financial reasons I found myself holding a single piece of paper that shifted all my plans for the next few months/year.

There are two ways I could react to being laid-off.  Sink into despair and hopelessness.  Or, choose to see it as an opportunity to reassess my goals and try something different.

I choose the latter.  Thanks in a big part to R.  He took the news pretty hard, but instantly began to figure out how we could make things work.  “We’ll make it work” seems to have become our motto over the last few days.

So a door may have been unexpectedly shut on me, but I know I’ll find my open window.

In the mean time I will keep posting here.  R and I still have to eat, and one way we’re cutting back is by eating out less.  So you’ll be seeing more posts about our adventures in cooking.  And by ours I mostly mean R’s cooking and my assisting and baking.  I’m looking for sponsorship opportunities and planning a self-published e-cookbook.  So, while things may be changing it actually means I can set aside more time and effort for baking and writing.

Good news is that my toes are healing and I don’t need surgery!  Still wearing a protective boot to make sure they finish healing properly.

Now, on to those cookies.


While instability is a part of a career in the arts, these cookies are stable and comforting.

Everyone has a different idea of what the perfect oatmeal cookie should be.  My idea is soft, chewy, and chocolatey.  These cookies are exactly that.

Dark cocoa and molasses give these cookies a rich, velvety taste that’s accented by the salt sprinkled on top.  Did you know salt is a flavor enhancer?  Bite in and these are chewy, rich, and filling.  One will satisfy your chocolate craving, I won’t judge if you have four like I did last night.

So don’t let that closed door bother you.  Find your window and take these cookies with you in case you need a pick-me-up on your way.

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Ode to Joy

The last few weeks I’ve been working doing data entry for a local non-profit.  If you’ve never done data entry you are lucky.  It turned my brain into goo after 6 hours of typing names and addresses from a list into a database.  Seriously, I couldn’t form coherent sentences by the time the end of the work day rolled around.

But then I discovered podcasts.  If you don’t know Joy the Baker go over to her blog, great recipes and she is always an entertaining read.  She also now has a podcast.  This got me through a good chunk of a day last week.  I had to try not to laugh out loud and disturb the people in the surrounding cubicles, and occasionally failed.

These pancakes are inspired by her Raspberry Oatmeal Pancakes.

The oatmeal added a heartiness that really makes these pancakes stick to your ribs.  I substituted blueberries, and found that gave each bite a sweet, tart burst.

My parents are in town so I surprised them with these one morning and everyone was contently leaning back in their chairs with satisfied smiles on their faces by the end of the meal.

 

Cover them with butter and syrup and enjoy!

 

 

 

Thanks Joy!