Oscar turned five last week. FIVE! I have to share this birthday cake by my Mom made for his birthday dinner. Seriously my Mother needs her own blog. But until then I’ll just post her awesomeness here. The cake is from Woman’s Day Magazine in 1991 and is titled “Harry Happy Face”. HA!
Every Sunday we head over to have dinner with my Mom, and more often than not when we arrive, she’s pulling fresh baked cookies or muffins out of the oven for Oscar. The last few weeks she’s been making the YUMMIEST Oatmeal Raisin cookies and I asked her for the recipe and she mentioned it came from this recipe book. Mom is a pretty awesome cook and baker, and often tweaks recipes (for the better) But she said that this is one recipe that she doesn’t mess with. Make it exactly as the directions outline, and you’ll have the perfect cookie.
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup margarine or butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups quick-cooking rolled oats
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped nuts
Heat oven to 375°F. Spray cookie sheets with nonstick cooking spray. In large bowl, combine sugar, brown sugar and margarine; beat until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and egg; blend well. Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well. Stir in oats, raisins and nuts.
Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto sprayed cookie sheets.
Bake at 375°F. for 7 to 10 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheets.
New juice favourite. Simply Orange with Coconut water.
The other night I did NOT feel like making dinner, so I was in the process of making “breakfast for dinner”. Waffles, sprinkled with icing sugar and some raspberries. It seemed fitting to have orange juice with our breakfast-dinner so Oscar and I tried the sample of Simply Orange with Coconut Water and I was surprised. I actually preferred it to my regular orange juice. It’s not as acidy, and a lot lighter in flavour. I’m not sure this would be strong enough in flavour to mix with other beverages, for example if you were doing a punch – I prefer a stronger orange juice for mixing – but if you’re one for drinking a glass of juice in the AM, definitely try this flavour!