It's that time of the year....

It's that time of the year....

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Rainy Thursday…

It is 36 degrees and pouring down rain.  The rain is not freezing and that is good.

I have been out in the rain to pick up my tax returns.  In Illinois the seniors do not have to pay state income taxes.  I probably shouldn’t have said that.  Our state is the poorest state in the country so I don’t want to give them ideas,  I was pleasantly surprised at the outcome.

I made homemade oatmeal raisin cookies yesterday.  They were really good.

Old Fashioned Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Small box of raisins
•1 cup of water
•3/4 cup of shortening (may use Crisco or margarine)
•1 cup white sugar
•1/2 cup of brown sugar
•2 eggs
•1 tsp vanilla
•1 TBL maple syrup
•2 & 1/2 cups flour
•1/2 tsp baking powder
•1 tsp soda
•1 tsp salt
•2 cups oatmeal
•1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Use ungreased baking sheet. Simmer raisins and water in saucepan over low heat until raisins are plump. Drain raisin liquid into measuring cup. Add enough water to make 1/2 cup.
Mix all dry ingredients together and set aside.

Using mixer mix shortening, eggs, and sugars together. Add maple syrup and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients with the raisin liquid. Fold in the raisins and the nuts.
Drop rounded tablespoons of dough on baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 8 – 10 minutes until golden brown.  Makes 4 – 5 dozen according to size.  I make big cookies.

If you are a lover of spice you may add 1tsp cinnamon and 1 tsp cloves.  I don’t add these spices.

If I lived close by my Twin in Tennessee I would have fixed some cherry cobbler for her and her son.


I am staying in the rest of the day, watching the trial and watching it rain.

Stay safe and be happy!!



  1. Warm cookies from the oven sound good--especially when it's cold and rainy. Hope you have a nice day.

  2. Cherry cobbler sounds like a FINE idea! Perhaps I'll try that one.:-)

    Great cookie recipe! I'm not sure it's a good thing to have cookies in the house, though.

    I'm glad to hear you are having rain.

    xo Nellie

  3. Sis RAIN is soooo much better than shoveling that nasty snow. I am about to go crazy with cabin fever so I think I will escape to the virtual beach and stay awhile.. anything beats shoveling..we are due for a big storm here.. take care and save a cookie for me!! XoXo

  4. Hi Beth,

    Hope you enjoy the rest of your day.

    Hugs Nita

  5. Hi Beth
    Cherry Cobbler that is an old recipe I do believe and a very good one. Rain good that means not so cold.
    Hugs Sheila xx

  6. if we lived closer, i'd bring vanilla ice cream to go w/ the cherry cobbler. :)

  7. Sounds yummy.......a good way to stay busy and pass the time!

  8. Your could send some rain our way. We haven't had any measurable rain or snow since the first of December. They keep getting it north of us.
    Stay warm and dry and have some tea and cookies.

  9. I love rainy days when I can stay at home and just enjoy being home :)

  10. I really really want some warm cookies right about now :)

  11. Good grief! It is 32* and snow fast and furious here! It started with freezing rain, but we could get several inches today! Stay warm & safe there!

  12. Glad it's not freezing rain and the taxes that really is a nice plus. I say you deserve a little repre after so many years!

    The cookies sound so yummy!!!

  13. Those cookies sound so delicious.. We are having a cold and rainy day as well. You stay warm. Blessings, Susie

  14. Beth, The cookies sound yummy. Enjoy your relaxing afternoon.xoxo,Susie

  15. Cherry cobbler sounds so good:) When I retire, I may have to move to Illinois:) The season of taxes.....never fun, unless you get money back:)

  16. Rain would be nice as we get ready to recieve around 2 feet of snow. I am lucky. I got out of work at 4pm today. Work was a zoo as expected. At least this time there's a good excuse for all the buying. The area will be paralized after tomorrow.It still won't be as bad as 1978 because of the previous snow storms we had before the big 2 day storm. Some places had 6 feet of snow on the ground after all was said and done. The coastline was devistated and all the amusement on Revere Beach (America's first public beach)were demolished, though they were on their way out anyway. By the time I went there, my parents took us there time to time in the 60's, the wooden rollercoaster, was about 70 years old and looked very rickity. Still it was like a continuous ciecus 5 miles away. It's all condo's now. I miss it. It was a blast.
    Sorry to write a blog on your comment page.
    ps. I just put some coffee on, may I have a piece of the cobbler?

  17. Rain here, too, Beth. Good day to make oatmeal cookies...they are healthy, aren't they?


  18. Oh yummmm, those cookies sound good. I turned our tax stuff over to the person who will do it for us. Neither D or I are up to completing it anymore. Let someone who knows the rules take care of it. Hope your rain goes away soon.

  19. The trial ??

    That cookie recipe sound awesome...I would use cranberries as we aren't raisin fans and I would add the cinnamon, for sure.
    Thanks, Beth, for the recipe and would you kindly box up some of that wonderful rain and send it to me, out here on the Plains of West Texas????

  20. In Texas, we don't pay state income taxes, but they tax us other ways...the state inspection sticker for our car, the license plate sticker for our car, gas tax, taxes on junk food, taxes on practically everything else we buy....except cough medicine, etc. And we have the lottery that was supposed to pay for schools, but that was a joke. Our property taxes just keep going up, up, up. Don't you just hate taxes? Enough of my griping.

    Your cookies sound delicous, but I have pledged to try to get some weight off me, so I better not bake them. Maybe after my son's wedding in July. :)

  21. The cookies sound yummy,oatmeal & raisin really nice. I like it when it rains as long as it doesn't rain to much

  22. I would like to your ways from rains that make me happy for me.
    As you know I still need to plays the golfing for keeps not hot with me.
    You having a nice cookies that make you in the weekend.

  23. Love a good batch of oatmeal cookies. I'm actually thinking of making sugar cookies and tossing some granola in. Cherry Cobbler sounds lovely, too. Nothing more dreary than a cold rain. I think I'd rather have snow. Wait. Maybe not. One thing is certain, the moisture is necessary. Think cozy thoughts and enjoy your day!

  24. Illinois is the poorest state in the country? It's home to the second largest city in the country. I think I will research this.

    Oatmeal cookies! I'll get the milk, unless you'd prefer coffee or tea.

  25. Sounds so good and I love cherry cobbler, too...with vanilla ice cream!


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