Wednesday, October 14, 2015

3 versions of an oatmeal cookie...recipes!

It's always great when we stumble upon a good recipe for our favorite cookie. Check out my three variations of the classic oatmeal cookie. I have included the basic: oatmeal raisin, the tropical: orange coconut and the chocolate: oatmeal chocolate chip.

Sometimes I like to make one basic cookie recipe in bulk and then split it up into different batches to add different additives. You can definitely do that with these three recipes.

Oatmeal cookies, in my opinion, compliment any Holiday cookie platter! You can even add Christmas colored M&M's to bring pretty colors to the platter.

Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

¾ cup Crisco, butter flavored
1 ¼ cup brown sugar, packed
1 egg
1/3 cup milk
1 ½ tsp vanilla
3 cups oats
1 cup flour
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp cinnamon
1 cup raisins
Preheat oven to 350*.

Spray cookie sheets with butter spray. (Or line them with no stick foil)
Blend Crisco, sugar, egg, milk and vanilla until blended.
In separate bowl combine oats, flour, soda, salt and cinnamon.
Add dry mix into wet mix and slowly blend.
Add raisins. Mix.
Drop by teaspoon full scoops onto sheet, 2 inches apart.
Bake for 10-12 minutes.
Makes 2 ½ dozen cookies.

Orange Coconut Oatmeal Cookies


¾ cup Crisco, butter flavored
1 ¼ cup brown sugar, packed
1 egg
1/3 cup milk
½ tsp vanilla
3 tbsp orange juice
3 cups oats
1 cup flour
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp cinnamon
1 cup shredded coconut, sweetened

Preheat oven to 350*.
Spray cookie sheets with butter spray. (Or line them with no stick foil)
Blend Crisco, sugar, egg, milk, vanilla and orange juice until blended.
In separate bowl combine oats, flour, soda, salt and cinnamon.
Add dry mix into wet mix and slowly blend.
Add coconut. Mix.
Drop by teaspoon full scoops onto sheet, 2 inches apart.
Bake for 10-12 minutes.
Makes 2 ½ dozen cookies.


Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chips Cookies

¾ cup Crisco, butter flavored
1 ¼ cup brown sugar, packed
1 egg
1/3 cup milk
1 ½ tsp vanilla
3 cups oats
1 cup flour
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp cinnamon
1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350*.
Spray cookie sheets with butter spray. (Or line them with no stick foil)
Blend Crisco, sugar, egg, milk and vanilla until blended.
In separate bowl combine oats, flour, soda, salt and cinnamon.
Add dry mix into wet mix and slowly blend.
Add raisins. Mix.
Drop by teaspoon full scoops onto sheet, 2 inches apart.
Bake for 10-12 minutes.
Makes 2 ½ dozen cookies.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Homemade tomato soup recipe

The ultimate fall meal in our house is a grilled cheese sandwich served with tomato soup...which I have blogged about before!

My son likes to dip his grilled cheese into his tomato soup and then eat it. I, on the other hand, prefer to eat my sandwich and drink my soup from a mug. My husband just likes the soup with no sandwich and my little girl...well, she LOVES grilled cheese but makes a cute little face when I give her the soup. I bet she will love it when she gets older!

Enjoy making this easy tomato soup for your family this Autumn...


Homemade Tomato Soup


  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 to 3 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes (I like Furmano's) 
  • Salt, pepper, garlic powder, parsley flakes, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Water 
  • Optional: milk or cream


Add onion, garlic and spices into a pot with olive oil.
Cook until soft.
Add tomatoes and 1 cup of water to the pot.
Simmer for 25 to 30 minutes.  It will get thick.
If you are adding milk or cream, add in a splash now.
Allow soup to cool.
Add to blender and blend.
Enjoy this with a homemade grilled cheese sandwich!

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