Wednesday, March 6, 2013

A recipe for family...and cookies too!

I am realizing more and more how much love is expressed through a family's kitchen. I know many of us can relate, but sometimes things finally "hit ya", if you know what I mean.  The energy it takes to prepare a meal for two seems tough at times for me...but then I think about my mom who normally prepared meals for six of us, including dessert!  How she did it after working all day...I just don't know? took a lot of love, energy & patience (with four girls), and a knack for creativity!  My mom had and still has the recipe to keep Dad, four girls, and an expanding family all together at the table to share in life and love through words and food.  I am always delighted to have some of mom's homemade she received from Grandma-B, and great-Grammy before.  
They always taste better when mom makes them...

Here is a simple & sweet treat that was passed down to me:

The good ol' No Bake Cookies

2 cups sugar
1 stick butter 
3 Tbsp. cocoa powder
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
3 cups old fashioned oatmeal

Mix the sugar, butter, cocoa, and milk in a medium saucepan.
It will take a little time for the butter to melt. 
Once it comes to a boil, let it boil for 1 minute, then remove from heat.
Immediately, add the vanilla and peanut butter to the saucepan and mix.
Once the peanut butter is melted,
you can add the oatmeal and mix until well blended.
All you have to do now is drop spoonfuls on wax paper. 
Don't worry, they can look a little messy like mine! 
Allow time for the cookies to cool and set. 
Then, serve with a cold glass of milk!

This recipe makes approximately 2 dozen cookies.
P.S.  You can always make a double batch and gift them!  Half of these cookies went to our next-door-neighbor who was so kind and plowed our driveway before we got home yesterday!  A wonderful surprise it was to come home and not have to worry about another thing.  
It was also wonderful finding out that he was NOT allergic to peanut butter
(always good to ask these questions before you deliver the goodies!!).
Go on...spread some goodness!

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