Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Oatmeal Cookies to the Rescue

What's a Mom-Mom to do when her always talkative and friendly 15-year old grandson becomes a one-word-answer, not-much-to-say young man? That's a heart Ouch! One that this mom of all girls never encountered.
Having cookies waiting each day after school seems to be helping!  Yup. Now, "I want cookies!" is what I hear as the door opens and he sits down ready to chat a bit.  Especially about his Latin class.  As he queries me on conjugating verbs and vocabulary, I dig way back to my high school years and struggle to remember.
Then we see who is better playing games on his phone. Our newest favorite is an app called infecct (a maze game).  He is much better than me but occasionally I astound him by getting an 'impressive' rating.  Not too often but enough to give cause for me to dance about.
I know he is tired getting up at 5:30 each morning and then a busy day in classes and hanging with his grandmom isn't high on his list of fun things to do.
So, not only is my mind getting a healthy workout but my heart is being warmed too.
NILDESPERANDUM
Never Despair
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
This recipe was shared in an old home school bulletin by our pastors wife. Called Grandma Turner's Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, it is noted as his favorite cookie.
I shared the recipe just as it was printed and added my own instructions at the end.
They are crispy on the outside and chewy inside.
Raisins for me... chocolate chips for Jared
PRINT RECIPE
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 egg beaten with 1 Tbs water (I did not add the water)
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups oats (not instant)
1 cup raisins (or chocolate chips)

Bake at 350 for 13 minutes
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In bowl, combine flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder and oats.

In mixer bowl, cream softened butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until light and fluffy.  Stir in egg and vanilla.

Add dry ingredients and stir to combine.  Stir in raisins or chocolate chips.

Scoop by spoonful onto ungreased baking sheet.  Bake for 13 minutes. (using a small ice cream scoop, I got 36 rather large cookies and baked 16 minutes)

Allow to sit a minute or two before removing to a cooling rack.

linking to Thursdays Favorite Things2012 Holiday Cookie Exchange

23 comments:

podso said...

I can't help but think you are a fun grandma! Look at that stack of cookies! Impressive and such a way to his heart as well as wracking your brain on the Latin and playing the phone games! You know he will never forget these time with you.

Barbara F. said...

This is a nice vintage recipe, but cookies are always in style. Glad they help bring a smile to your gson. Latin? I didn't think they taught that anymore. xo

Susan said...

Well LDH, those look fabulous. Cute grandson, too! Thanks so much for leaving the PRINT on the recipe, too. That was sooo kind of you and I printed it out. Yummy! Susan

NanaDiana said...

Those look wonderful Lorraine. What a wonderful grandmother you are! Having had two teenage boys let me assure you-monosyllabic answers are the norm! xo Diana

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

A picture is worth a 1,000 words. WOW on the cookies, I see they are so big they do not fit in the glass.

Teacup-In-The-Garden said...

Yummie!
Markus

Cicha said...

looks delicious!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Sounds like another winner! I've bookmarked it to try-my sons love oatmeal cookies too:@)

Marysol said...

What a wonderful exchange. Your handsome grandson teaches you Latin. And in turn, you reward him with your fantastic baking!

My son is taking French this year; I think I'll go bake him something :)

Beth said...

Your cookies look wonderful.
Sometimes we need to learn how to communicate all over again when they hit the teens!

Winnie said...

What a great way (and creative!) to communicate - COOKIES
They look great and I really the recipe :)

Paula {Salad in a Jar} said...

I love this post. What a caring grandma you must be! When my younger son got to that stage we started going to work out together so we could have something to talk about besides homework. 15 years later, we still like to work out but of course, we don't get to do it together.

Ann said...

it is difficult when they get older and no longer find it as entertaining to hang out and chat with you. Those moments you do get them engaged though are precious. The cookies sound great

Melissa said...

Your cookies sound delicious! and your Grandson is so handsome!!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

At least he is at your home eating cookies which is probably a lot more than a lot of 15 year-old-boys are doing with their grandmothers :) These looks delicious and I am craving oatmeal cookies lately.

tumbleweed-contessa said...

I too connect with my Grandkids through cookies. What is that magic spell? I am glad you found it. I hope you will share these at my holiday cookie exchange: http://www.tumbleweedcontessa.com/blog/2012-cookie-exchange-cookies-and-memories/

I think a lot of people will love this story!

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

I would imagine you are the best grandma ever. My kids don't have that sort of relationship since my in-laws have both passed away and my mom is in Mississippi while we are way over here. My older son doesn't talk much but my 14 year old still loves to do a lot of talking and hugging. I didn't bake at all last week -- unusual for me. May have to make some oatmeal cookies this weekend. Best wishes to you, Tammy

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

P.S. Glad to hear you made it through the storm okay. Blessings, Tammy

Cicha said...

I have a question!

oats - You mean something like that:
http://www.kalometr.pl/uploads/food/1107/2a71c02d2dab34ad2cfaac410d91640d.jpg

sorry, but my english is very weak ;)

Katherines Corner said...

Please take no offense, but I think you are wrong...I think he loves hanging out with you!The cookies are wonderful too Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop. Wishing you a happy weekend. xo

glaucia said...

What an adorable way to improve communication! (and yummi too, of course!) Your grandson has a beautiful smile and you both are lucky to have this time to spend together. I'm sure he will cherish this moments with you for the rest of his life.
By the way, my daughter is in the middle of a hard exame today,and yesterday I baked some of your cookies for her and her boyfriend to take with them and get some extra energy. They loved the cookies, so thanks for the recipe ( and the idea ;)

Laurie said...

I love this! What a warm blessing for the two of you, and even though he may not always see it, I think Jared will hold these times with you closely in his heart, just as you do.

Donna said...

Such a cute young man! And he's smart to sit down, take a moment to savor the cookies, and have a friendly chat with his grand mom!

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