Sunday, February 24, 2013

Serendipitous Sunday

There's a little bit of everything going on today and it's not even noon yet!

I did a little bit of housework, a couple of loads of laundry and then decided to make Mr. Painted Quilt's favorite oatmeal cookies.



My Mom used to make these for him every time we'd go over to visit.  They're very easy to make and the recipe yields 60 decent-sized cookies.  

Here's the recipe if you'd like to make some.


Oatmeal Cookies

1/2 C raisins
3/4 C boiling water
3/4 C sugar
1 C margarine at room temperature
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
2 C all purpose flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 C rolled oats
1/2 C chopped nuts

Combine raisins and boiling water and set aside to cool to room temperature.

Cream together sugar and margarine at medium speed until light and fluffy. 

Add egg and vanilla to creamed mixture and mix at low speed for 1 minute.

Stir together flour, cinnamon, baking powder and soda to blend well.

Add oats and nuts to creamed mixture along with flour mixture, raisins and liquid in which raisins were soaked.  Mix at medium speed until flour is moistened.  

Drop by 1 1/2 tablespoonfuls onto parchment paper-lined cookie sheets.

Bake at 350F for 10 - 12 minutes or until done.  Remove to wire rack to cool to room temperature.



Enjoy!


I'm in my "between projects mode" and rather than start on something new just yet, I've decided to go through my scraps and continue to iron and cut the pieces that are large enough into 1 1/2" and 2 1/2" strips.  


I think I've managed to cut over 100 strips of different lengths so far and my scrap bins have shrunk considerably.


I've always wanted to make a scrappy churn dash quilt and these strips will sure come in handy when I decide to take the plunge...and most of the cutting will be done already!


While in this "between projects mode", I reorganized some of the fabric stash on one of my shelves to accommodate the new fabrics that I purchased last week.

I also cut some strips from the new fabric as well to add to the mix.


And while I'm not stripping, I'm working on my Grandmother's Flower Garden.  

My goal is to have it finished by the end of this year...or sooner!


Only three more rows to go.  All the hexie flowers are made, it's just a matter of buckling down and getting 'r done!



And the boys?  

The picture says it all...



Think I'll make myself a cup of tea and have a couple of cookies.  Care to join me?


46 comments:

WoolenSails said...

You do keep busy, lots of beautiful projects.
I make oatmeal cookies but I make mine flat and add grated apple to sweeten them, since I don't use sugar.

Debbie

Deb said...

Oatmeal cookies are my husband's favorites, although he likes raisins in his and I like chocolate chips in mine, so I always have to split the batch.

You have some wonderful projects always, but I'm loving your hexi quilt. The fabrics are wonderful!!

gracie said...

Thank you for the recipe...it sounds like one I would like...that hexi quilt looks so cheerful...

Wendy said...

You've had a busy day. The cookies are my favourite, might have to make some today. I love seeing the two cuties snuggled together.

Maxine said...

Be right over...no wait. You're in a different country!!! Guess I'll have to make my own oatmeal cookies and tea.

Maxine said...

Be right over...no wait. You're in a different country!!! Guess I'll have to make my own oatmeal cookies and tea.

Pen Pen said...

Your flower garden quilt is beautiful; can't wait to see it finished. Your fabric organization is so neat and pretty!

kathyinozarks said...

good morning, your garden quilt will be awesome when finished, I always loved those-but know I just won't make one for me.
thank you for the recipe we love a good oatmeal cookie too.
are your two boys always together? they are just so sweet together.
Happy sunday Kathy

Darlene said...

I'll be right there to have a cookie or two with you. :-)

My hubby loves oatmeal cookies so I will be trying your recipe very soon. Just need to leave out the nuts. Only nuts he tolerates are the ones on our family tree. LOL

Heartsdesire said...

Love the boys in the chair, they always make me smile. Thanks for the cookie recipe and the invite, oatmeal is one of my husband's favourites as well. I've also started cutting my scraps into strips. Just 1 1/2-inch strips for now, as I want to make a Log Cabin pattern that I got from Geoff's Mom Pattern Co. What ever is left over, I'll cut into 1 1/2-inch squares for nine patches. Your hexi quilt is looking better and better.

Me and My Stitches said...

Wow, you are getting so organized, when you decide to start your next quilt, you are going to be all set! The cookies look yummy. Glad to see that Ollie and Frankie are taking it easy today!

Delores said...

HELP!! I'm baking the cookies and you say sugar AND sugar substitute in the directions, but only SUGAR is listed.....?
Thanks,
Delores

moosecraft said...

MMmmm... I'll definitely give this cookie recipe a try! I love oatmeal! You have a very nice sewing area and the boys have a good cozy life!

Saskia Smit said...

Thanks for the recipe. Those cookies are sooo good. I also love your grannys garden.

Kindred Quilts said...

Isn't it a good feeling when you have spent time organizing your sewing room? The flower garden hexies are so pretty... a reminder that spring is coming!

Cindy said...

I'll bring the coffee - or hot Chocolate! Oh wait, maybe you and Mr.PQ need something a little stronger...LOL

I like the idea of going through ones' scraps and cutting - for anything that the future might hold.

Enjoy (wink)

Sue said...

I love oatmeal cookies. Thank you for sharing the recipe with us. I made a batch of chocolate chip last night for the hubby and son.

Sounds like you've had a productive morning! Good for you. Did laundry all day yesterday. It's all caught up for a few minutes!! Haha

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I'll be over in a minute!! I love oatmeal cookies, especially homemade ones. The boys are such big chums. It is so fun seeing how well they get along.

Paula said...

I love oatmeal cookies so I think I'll be right over to join you! LOL! Thanks for sharing you recipe.
I love the Grandmothers Flower Garden. It is beautiful! I love playing with hexies.
Enjoy your day.

Sandi said...

Congratulations on such a productive day so early !

I'm needing the motivation to do some sorting myself but find myself more inclined to be like Mac and Frankie. Glad to see he is back up to par.

Your hexes are looking spectacular, you have such a wonderful sense of colour and design.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I'll take two cookies, and I like Ice Tea no sugar....thanks....grin.

Linda K's Creativity Works said...

I love your Quilt...that is going to be so pretty...

Debi said...

the Grandmother's quilt is so pretty... can't wait to see it finished. I love oatmeal cookies too but I like mine with chocolate chips and walnuts... bet yours are healthier!!

Elyte said...

Definitely a productive morning. I can almost smell those cookies from here!

Janet O. said...

A scrappy churn dash with those gorgeous scraps--be still my heart! One of my favorites!
Oh, your wonderful Grandmother's Flower Garden puts me to shame. I started one 15 years ago and would work on it as I waited for kids at piano lessons, sports practices, orthodontist appts., etc. When that phase of life was over, so was progress on that quilt. : (
This a beauty! Great job!

Candace said...

Yum! If we lived closer we could swap with the chocolate chip cookies I made today ;>) You're really inspiring me to start cutting strips, Kaaren! Do you have a plan in mind for them? Looks like Frankie is feeling better - do you think he's trying to crowd Ollie out of the chair (wink)!
Cheers!

Sue SA said...

Love the sound of the chunky churn dash, look forward to seeing that come to life!

Lesley said...

What a great day you had. But I have to ask...could a person add chocolate chips to these cookies, giggle! Love your hexies...what a gorgeous GFG quilt you will have some day soon. Your fabric cupboard is looking pretty neat and tidy. Isn't it great to organize it so you can add more fabric?

Pam in IL said...

Well, I could never resist freshly baked cookies and playing with fabbies!

Sounds like a wonderful day around your house!

Marie said...

It is always a delight to see your post. YOu always bring joy and a smile to my face.
Hugs, Marie

Judith/JC said...

Thanks for the oatmeal cookie recipe. I just love a good oatmeal cookie. A churn dash! lol My new favorite block this year. Can't wait to see yours. Your Ollie is getting big. Your puppy and kitty are just too darn cute. I wish mine would get together and just be friends. lol Thanks Mrs. Karen. Always enjoy a peap into your sewing room.

AKnativewoman said...

Back in the 90's when my daughter played trumpet in the Los Altos High School Band (Hacienda Heights, CA), I would bake 23 dozen oatmeal cookies for Thursday night practice/rehearsals . . . I did it every other Thursday for her section for 4 years - there were 23 trumpeters, only 3 were girls . . . I can say proudly that I was a favorite with them!

Siobhán said...

The cookies look so good! Your hexi quilt is gorgeous.

Darlene D said...

Yummy looking cookies! I've been working on my hexies over the weekend too! Yours looks great all spread out!

Stephanie said...

I love doing prep work first then it's ready when I'm ready. Your Grandmother's Flower garden is beautiful and I know it'll be even more stunning when it's completed and quilted. Will you hand quilt?

Shakerwood said...

Oatmeal-raisin cookies are my absolute favorite .... right out of the oven! I have so many scraps. I always wanted to do a scrappy log cabin. Maybe I could find some time to cut strips on a cold rainy day .... like tomorrow.

Don't eat all the cookies at once!

Connie said...

Cookies look so good!! I would also like to make a churn dash quilt for my day bed in the sewing room, maybe some time i can get one made, Have a great Day!!!!!!

Janet said...

What a delicious pile of cookies, that would be great for a big family with the amount it makes.
You are on a mission with the scraps, nothing like planning ahead.
Loving the view of the heaxagons and the boys.

Merilyn said...

Gosh those hexies look fabulous!!! They really are sensational, and a lot of work too, but the results.......
Your two 'boys' definitely love the good life LOL!!!!

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Those cookies look delicious! Thanks for the recipe.

Teresa said...

Yum...my favorite cookie. I will have to give your recipe a try. Your flower garden quilt is so pretty.

Peggy Lee said...

Hello Kaaren,
I just found your blog by blog hopping. I find the BEST blogs by looking at those that my friends follow. I don't quilt but you are so crafty in so many avenues I could sit here and browse all day!
I have copied down your oatmeal cookie recipe (they are my husbands favorite too) and I will be making them today.
I am so glad to be your newest follower.....one more to go and you'll be at 2200!!

~hugs
Peggy Lee

Colleen G said...

Just popping in for a quick hello and saw your oatmeal cookie recipe. There are so many variations of a favourite in our house too. I have lots of catching up to do on my blog reading but was happy to see your wonderful companions curled up. Hope you don't get too much more snow with this storm hitting us in Ontario today. I think we might get mostly water, much easier to shovel, lol.

suz said...

The cookies sound yummy - I'll have to try this recipe! Love how your Grandmother's Flower Garden is coming along. Love to see how well the boys get along.

Deb said...

I only WISH I lived close enough to you that I could visit, but I'm here in Lincoln, NE waiting for the next snow storm, or spring...we can dream!

GerryART said...

You don't have to ask me twice!

Love that you're getting scraps, etc., ready for another project.

hugs