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.
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
•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!!