Before writing a post, I always think what I should share with you. This time I wanted to vent out my frustrations about my inabilities to keep this blog alive. I know I have been doing this again and again. And I can’t be more angry with myself for not writing to you often. This blog baby is craving my attention and I am not in a position to meet the expectations. My priorities have changed. There is someone in my life who needs more attention and love. Even now she is sleeping on my lap and doesn’t want to be disturbed I really don’t complain about this because I am loving this phase of my life. Every moment is cherishable and I wish I can freeze these moments and go back in time whenever I wish. My little one is surprising me everyday reaching new milestones. Now she can almost turn over yeah almost. Oh she did turn over thrice in the last 2 weeks thou. She can hold her leg and she can grab her toy now. She lays on her tummy and enjoys the new perspective of world. My little Einstein even found that her bouncer can play music which even her parents didn’t know. Our munchkin identifies her Mama and Dada and giggles when we repeat a sentence again and again. These little things might not make any sense but they are precious to us. We savor every bit of it. You know what I mean right?
I feel so relieved writing this down. Now I am no more frustrated. What if I don’t blog every week. I am not losing anything. But I don’t want to lose these precious moments nor sacrifice this little pleasures of my life. This doesn’t mean that I am going to abandon this and walk away. I will never do that. Because I don’t want to set a wrong example to my daughter. I want to show her everything is possible in life. I want to show her how to manage various tasks without making any sacrifices. I want to show her how to be determined in life under various circumstances and pursue our dreams. Life needs to move on and so is this blog. Here is a favorite cookie recipe of mine which satisfied my sweet cravings during pregnancy. It is healthy, tasty and easy to make when the morning sickness takes you for a ride.
When I was craving for Wegman’s Oatmeal Cranberry cookies I remembered the recipe given by my friend V. I have made some alterations to the original Oatmeal raisin cookie recipe to recreate my favorite cookie in my kitchen.
How it tasted?
Let me confess I don’t like the classic soft chewy oatmeal raisin cookies. I like them crisp just like the wegman’s oatmeal cranberry cookie. Dry cranberries and coconut give a new dimension to this cookie.
South Beach Diet Adaptable
Use whole wheat pastry flour instead of all purpose flour.
A glimpse from my kitchen
- Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Brush oil or butter.
- Roughly chop dried cranberry. Feel free to use raisins if you don’t have them.
- In a large bowl, mix all dry ingredients – Oats, all purpose flour, dessicated coconut, sugar, light brown sugar. Mix them well.
- Then add chopped cranberry. Toss them to coat.
- In another bowl, add baking powder, salt, vanilla extract, lemon extract to canola oil. Stir to combine.
- Mix the liquid ingredient into dry ingredient. Add water as required around 10 tsp. Stir to combine using a spatula.
- Take 1/8 cup cookie dough and drop it on the parchment paper.
- Flatten it using your fingers or the backside of your measuring cup (or any flat utensil). Repeat.
- Slide it into the oven and bake for 15-18 minutes. I prefer my cookies little crispier, hence I bake it for 18 minutes or sometimes 20 minutes. If you like them chewy then bake it for 15 minutes.
- Allow it to cool on a cooling rack. Then store them in an airtight container and enjoy these crunchy yummy cookies.
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