Monday, March 7, 2011

Hospitals and Oatmeal Raisin Coconut Cookies


It's been awhile. I've been busy. With life. With cancer. With three kids. With work. With moving houses. With separation agreements. With radiation. With loneliness. With emptiness. With happiness. With hope.

I've spent a lot of time lately at hospitals. There is a lot of love, touchable and palpable, in those purell-washed walls. Those memories will be with me forever. I found out last week that my scan shows my thyroid cancer is "gone". Yay.

So, here's a recipe. My favorite cookie. It can be whatever you want it to be. Raisin oatmeal (my favourite). Chocolate chip (my daughter's favourite). Plain or fancy but always comforting.

Recipe for The Only Cookie Recipe You Need

This cookie recipe can be all that you want it to be. It likes chocolate chips, raisins, dates, coconut. It plays well with others. Just substitute the raisins and coconut listed in the recipe with your favorite stand-in. If you're making chocolate chip cookies, you may want to leave the cinnamon out.

Makes 24 2-inch round cookies

1 stick (¼ pound or 1 cup or 8 ounces) unsalted butter
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
1 egg
¾ cups all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon baking powder
1 ½ cups quick cooking oats
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup raisins
¼ cup coconut

Preheat oven to 350˚F.

In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter for 1 to 2 minutes until soft. Add the brown sugar and granulated sugar and mix until light and fluffy (about 2 to 3 minutes). Add the egg.

In a different bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, oats and cinnamon. Mix in the raisins and coconut.

Drop the batter by spoonfuls on a lined baking sheet.

Bake for 18 to 20 minutes. Let cool.



My girls were very excited to find out that my cancer is gone
and made me this carrot cake!
They're so sweet!

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    15 comments:

    Katie said...

    That's absolutely fabulous news! Your girls are so sweet to bake you such a heartfelt cake. I hope you continue to go from strength to strength

    Pickled Sweets said...

    glad ur cancer left! hope ur life gets better from now!

    Chloe said...

    I am very touched by this post. I'm not so sure how I stumbled upon your blog, but some time ago I did. I am an oncology nurse, and following your story about cancer has really touched me. This news has brought tears of happiness in my eyes. I wish you best of luck in your remission and beyond.

    One of Ottawa's Real Foodies said...

    We are feeling very happy for your very good news! I really liked that the word 'hope' was nicely tucked into the blog post. A very touching writing on 'that old woman'.

    pigpigscorner said...

    That's great news! Take care!

    Lynda said...

    Your poem made me cry. Thank you for being so honest. I love the cake your daughters made. You can see all the love they poured into it. Oatmeal cookies are my go to comfort food. I'm going to try your recipe.

    Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite said...

    Fabulous news!!!!!

    Eva said...

    Yay is right! Such wonderful news! I could feel the love surrounding you while reading your post. Take care!
    Eva

    smalltownoven said...

    Congratulations on beating cancer! Beautiful post. Leaves me a lot to think and be thankful about.

    Kayte said...

    Well, I've already said the congratulations bit and cheered the biggest and best cheer ever here, so I will comment on the great cake made by the three little Musketeers there, all for one and one for all and all for you, how cute and beautiful is that cake? The best ever. Great cookie recipe, will give this one a try as the guys are all about the cookies. I want to be the Old Woman who says to the Other Old Woman...remember those dark days and how we lived through them...and reach over and give you the biggest hug. Yep...I wanna be...

    thenewlywedchefs.com said...

    Praying for you and your health! Thanks for the great recipe!

    Anne said...

    So pleased you have the fantastic news its all gone :)

    What a lovely cake to celebrate with as well :)

    Shari said...

    Thanks to all of you for your words of love and encouragement! Big hug!!

    ~Shari

    Cyprillo said...

    Wonderful poem! very touching

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    itsthecookiemonster said...

    you are a superwoman you know that? i cannot imagine going through life and dealing with the obstacles you've been tested with... and keeping up a lovely blog with such positivity at the same time.

    You're amazing, good things happen to amazing people. Now live your life the way someone like you deserves :)