Long story, well, long...I decided that before our next trip (which is coming up shortly), I would make a "baby-friendlier" version...no nuts or chocolate in these! Also, instead of sugar, I used mashed Banana! I also only made 1/4 of the recipe, so essentially, a half batch, that still yielded 5 dozen (plus 3) baby-sized cookies!
Here's the recipe for "Baby-Friendly Oatmeal Raisin Cookies"...
- 1/2c Butter (1 stick)
- 1/2c Sugar or 1/2c Mashed Banana or 1/4c Applesauce and 1/4c Mashed Banana (I used 2 small bananas that were very ripe )
- 1 Egg
- 1/4-3/4c Raisins (I used 1/4c and then snipped each raisin in half or thirds, I should have used more...)
- 2 1/2 Tablespoons Raisin Juice (*see Note)
- 1c Oatmeal
- 1c Flour (All Purpose)
- 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1/2 teaspoon Ground Ginger
- 1 teaspoon Nutmeg
- 2 teaspoons Cinnamon
- optional...chopped banana, apple, or anything else your child likes (and can safely eat)
Line your cookie sheet(s) with Parchment paper (man do I love baking with this stuff), this will keep your cookie sheets clean Hello easy clean-up! and keep your cookies from sticking. I use two spoons to form these cookies, the dough is super sticky and this method just works awesome. Make the cookies whatever size you feel is appropriate for you and/or your child...mine where roughly 1 teaspoon worth each (give or take). By now, your oven should be up to temp (unless, like me, you've had your butter softened, flour mixture ready, raisins juiced and snipped, and oatmeal measured for like a week because you forgot last week that you were out of Ginger and had to wait until you bought more to make the cookies...then sit back and wait for your oven to come up to 400 degrees), place your first cookies in the oven and set the timer for 8 minutes. The original recipe says 10-12 minutes, but I find that my oven burns two-thirds of the cookies if I bake them that long, this time produces mostly perfectly cooked cookies with only a few with darker bottoms. When the timer goes off, remove cookies from the oven and then get them off the cookie sheets and onto cooling racks! Give your sheets a minute to cool down a bit, then repeat the whole cookie loading, baking, removing process until you are out of dough!
|We've recently removed one of the toys from his Exersaucer to make an "eating area" on it...works great!|
So that's it for the cookies...now, here's some random (semi-recent) photos!
|Deviled Eggs with Mommy for an afternoon snack (he's been getting a daily snack and sharing dinner with me, but still mostly a boob baby).|
|Spinach off my plate out at Olive Garden! Garrick and I celebrating 10 years of being together!|
|Daddy (Garrick) & Gabriel "patiently" waiting for me to grill dinner!|
|"The Dinner" I was grilling! Steak, Grilling Cheese (OMG that stuff's good, but spendy!), and Sauteed Mushrooms!|
|Using Rosie as a ladder...and giving "good pets" too.|
|He ate almost the entire banana at this sitting! Right before an early bath. ;)|
|Enjoying Strawberries and Cheerios for dinner because we had smoked sausages and I wasn't sharing, lol.|
gym (go us)! So far, all we've done is enjoyed taking Gabriel to the swimming pool, but Garrick meets with his personal trainer tonight (was supposed to be last night but the trainer had his days wrong) and I'm still waiting for a call from the trainer he set me up with. It's been about 10 days so far and I'm still waiting...but since we're fairly busy this week, I'm not really in a rush right now. If nothing else, next week I'm thinking about starting to do a "couch to 5k" using an app on my phone and the indoor track at the gym (while utilizing the free day care)! Soon, I hope I can start posting progress again! Also, by Friday night, we'll be "plus" one more kid for the month...but shh, it's a surprise!
I linked the gym up there...if you're in the area and decide to check them out, give them Garrick's name and we'll earn a referral credit!