Monday, May 26, 2008

Self frosting oatmeal cookies

(all cooked and ready to eat)

MMmmmmm!!! Cookie goodness! I have many food allergies that limit my choices of delicious goodies. I cannot have peanuts, milk, or soy (plus a few others). This makes it impossible to purchase ready made cookies at the store. Store bought is easier and quicker...but homemade is much better for the family and is lots more fun to make! I just have to pick a day that my asthma is flaring up because the heat of the oven and the delicious smells that come from it drives my asthma into overload :( is a great recipe that I found on the net and tweaked to fit my dietary restrictions.


READY IN 2 Hrs 25 Min


  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar


  1. In a large bowl, cream together the brown sugar, white sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well with each addition, then stir in the vanilla and applesauce. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; stir into the creamed mixture, then mix in the rolled oats. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours.

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.

  1. Roll cookie dough into walnut sized balls, roll the balls in the confectioners sugar to coat, and place 2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheets.

  1. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

This what the dough looks like if you only refrigerate it for 30 minutes. It is definitely much easier to work with if you actually wait the whole 2 hours to let the dough chill. I decided at 7:30 pm that I wanted a snack and couldn't wait :)

I also don't roll my cookies into balls. I prefer to use one of those small ice cream type scoops. The little one makes the perfect portion cookie for my family. This size lets the kids have "more" cookies per serving.

You can see here that the little cookies balls are quite sticky because I didn't let them chill long enough.

All coated with powdered sugar and waiting to go into the oven.

My husband doesn't like overly sweet cookies. He says that these aren't too sweet at all. With using applesauce instead of oil, they have a great apple taste to them! Apples and oatmeal go together very well. I generally replace the oil in most recipes with applesauce. It keeps things moist, cuts down on the fat, and tasty yummy!


Thursday, May 1, 2008

A sunday of wristlets

This past Sunday, I decided to make a few wristlets. I have to admit that putting in zippers is getting easier with each one. For me, I learned to give up on the zipper foot. It causes more problems than I can deal with. I also gave up on trying to pin everything all nice and neat!

These sure are fun to make though. I love all the different fabric that is available. I probably used a different size/dimensions than most bags....but I like how they can hold lots of stuff.

Hello Kitty baby items

One of the CNAs (certified nurses assistant) at the hospital where I work is going to be a Grandma for the first time. CONGRATULATIONS Naomi!

Her daughter is having a girl in June and is decorating the nursery with Hello Kitty items. She asked me to make some things for the baby shower this weekend. It's fun to make things with no obvious plan. Naomi just said she wanted a crocheted afghan and whatever else I thought would be nice.


This was my first onesie dress ( and it sure is adorable IMHO)

a diaper changing station.....

all folded up.......

Hello Kitty hat and booties.......

baby ripple crocheted afghan.......

quilt with flannel backing......


newborn bib and larger bib....

diaper wipe case for traveling......

I also made a wristlet, but for some strange reason I cannot locate the is cute though :)