Friday, March 02, 2012

The housewife is IN...

It was fairly quiet at the lambing barn today and so I spent a little time being a housewife -- my favorite occupation.  I worked on my kitchen curtains (tab tops) a little bit yesterday and finished them off this afternoon between bum lamb feedings.  I think the curtains added a little cheery warmth to the kitchen.  I figure if I grow tired of them, I can always make them into little girly dresses!

On the counter top you'll notice some baking mess.  I whacked up our favorite oatmeal cookies -- a Barefoot Contessa  specialty.  For your munching pleasure, here they are --->

Delicious Oatmeal Cookies~makes 30-35 cookies

1 1/2 c. pecans (or walnuts)
1 c. butter, softened (I do 3/4 c. butter and 1/4 c. Crisco)
1 c. dark brown sugar
1 c. granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 t. vanilla
1 1/2 c. flour
1 t. baking soda
1 t. cinnamon (I omit this)
1 t. kosher salt
3 c. old fashioned oatmeal
1  c. raisins (I prefer craisins)

Preheat oven to 350* F.
Place nuts in a frying pan and put on the stove on medium heat and lightly roast them until fragrant.  Chop course and set aside.
In a large bowl, beat butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, vanilla and eggs until fluffy.  Sift in the flour, baking soda, cinnamon (opt) and salt.  Add the oats, (c)raisins and nuts last and mix until combined.  Drop 2" mounds of dough onto sheet pans lined with parchment paper.  Bake for 12-14 minutes until lightly browned.  Transfer cookies to a baking rack and cool completely.

I love these cookies because they are crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. Yum-O!


  1. I'm going to be a housewife this coming week--it's spring break and time for spring cleaning! It's nice to be able to focus on our domestic sides, isn't it?

    Love the curtains!


  2. Yay! The housewife is IN! Your curtains are adorable. I'll be doing the same thing soon -- although not tabs on top -- I'm taking the easy route LOL. That cookie recipe looks fab. I have most of Ina's books and I've always wanted to try that recipe!

  3. Loved the title of this post! Your curtains are fab! And your baking....oh yummy! :)

  4. I thought about you yesterday when I was at Hobby Lobby and I saw some fabric similar to your curtains! They look GREAT, Jody! I love a splash of red . . . EVERYWHERE!
    Housewife is my favorite occupation, too!

  5. Those sound scrumtuous. (I don't know how to spell that at all :) Your kitchen looks lovely. What a good seamstress you are!!

  6. The curtains add such a pretty punch of color and cheer. Love them! A cookie would be really good right now!

  7. Look at those amazing curtains in your amazing kitchen. Your housewife is great!

  8. The recipe sounds great; I love oatmeal cookies with dried cherries.

  9. Mmm these sound delicious! I'm trying not to be too envious of that beautiful kitchen of yours. The curtain fabric print is perfect!

    Blessings, Debbie

  10. Love the cheerful curtains and your little chalkboard! I'll have to try that cookie recipe. Glad you have some time to do your favorite things! :)

  11. Oh, I love your curtains Jody! They are cheerful indeed. And I refuse to make those cookies, as I know I would eat every last one ;).


  12. Anything with toasted nuts -- well, especially a cookie -- is tops on my list. Thank you for the recipe!

    Your curtains remind me of some I made for the duplex that my dear husband and I shared fairly newly married. I re-used them a couple of times after that. So cheerful!

  13. Love, love the curtains. Adds a nice punch of color!! xox Clarice

  14. The curtains are beautiful...Alaska/pj

  15. The curtains are beautiful...Alaska/pj


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