With school out, I’ve been doing a lot of baking with Sweetlips and The Bean. There is something so satisfying and sweet about having my two little boys sitting on stools at the kitchen island “helping mommy make things.” They feel so proud to be a part of the process and while they are concentrating on measuring flour, learning to follow directions, and beginning to understand the art of patience (while sneaking bits of sugary batter), they gaze at me, the leader of their little pack, with wide eyes and sappy, sentimental smiles — expressions that can only be described as pure adoration. In those moments, I am everything to them…and there is nothing else but us. I am savoring every morsel.

Cookie Board

Today’s winter weather has inspired me to spend another cozy day baking with the boys. So here is my go-to recipe  for some good ‘ol fashioned comfort cookies when it’s time to put the sleds away and come in from the snow.

*Note: I adapted this cookie recipe from haphazard instructions passed along in an old email chain more than a decade ago and I’ve been baking them ever since. I tried to put them into proper format for you here. They should be golden on the outside and soft and scrumptious on the inside. Enjoy!


2.5 Cups Oatmeal

1 Cup Butter

1 Cup Sugar

1 Cup Brown Sugar

3 Eggs

1 Teaspoon Vanilla

2 Cups Flour

2 Cups Flour

1/2 Teaspoon Salt

1 Teaspoon Baking Powder

1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

12 Ounces Chocolate Chips

Blend oatmeal in a blender or food processor to a fine powder. Set aside. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Cream the butter and both sugars. Add all of the ingredients except the chocolate chips to the bowl and mix using a standing or handheld mixer (or serious elbow grease). The “batter” will not appear wet, but somewhat grainy — it should still stick together when you roll it into a ball. Add the chocolate chips and mix well. Roll into 1 inch balls and place 2 inches apart on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper. Bake for approximately 15 minutes. Enjoy!

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