How have I gone so long without posting?

Yard work, garden, window washing . . . have kept me very busy lately.

I think I’m tired, but my windows do sparkle.

I made my Mom’s Oatmeal Cookies today, and they’re really good.  I’m not sure how this recipe has escaped this blog for so long.  They are really delicious, and stay moist for days.  Make them soon . . . I promise you won’t be dissapointed. This recipe is a bit unique, in that you boil the raisins in water and add the raisins and the liquid to the cookie dough.  This creates a perfectly flavored cookie. In fact . . . the dough is yummy!  I have also used dates instead of the raisins, which is also very good.  I have some company coming this next week, but maybe I can squeeze a post in here and there!

I add lots of walnuts, but you certainly don’t have to.

This recipe makes a large batch, but they freeze very well.

So busy washing windows today, that I made something very simple for dinner tonight.

It’s my version of an Egg McMuffin . . . it’s one of my favorites.

Fried egg, brown sugared ham, and lots of melted cheese on a toasted English muffin.

I’m sure that you’ve all made these time and time again, so I really don’t believe you need the recipe.

If you do, just let me know.

I hope to be back soon!



Bring to a boil – then simmer gently over low heat, for 15 minutes.  Let raisins and liquid cool:

2 cups water

 2 cups raisins

Mix together:

1 1/2 Cups of shortening or butter

2 cups white sugar

3 eggs

4 cups Oatmeal

4 Cups all purpose flour

Now add:

 The  cooled raisin mixture including all the liquid as well.

Mix together well, then add:

1 cups nuts (opt)

3 tsp. vanilla

2 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt

1 teaspoon of each of these:  cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice

Mix together until well blended.  Bake at 375 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes or until done.


  • Jessica - 07/15/2010 - 9:55 pm

    You have been making all of my husbands favorite things. If he knew you had those cookies right now, he would be knocking on your door. I will have to make them soon. I never made these cookies this way. They sound great. And by the way, how about making my windows sparkle too?ReplyCancel

  • ingrid - 07/16/2010 - 11:53 am

    I’ve wondered about ya…figured you were on vacation having a fun and fabulous time. Windows? Guess not! 🙂

    Happy Friday!

  • Lisa - 07/16/2010 - 2:42 pm

    First, let me say I am your #1 biggest fan. (Unless my husband is, because he’s loved every recipe I’ve tried.) And I think he’d love your egg mcmuffins, too. But, to be honest, …. I’ve never made brown sugar ham or anything similar. I know. That’s probably against the law somewhere. And I’m sure it’s super simple. But for some reason my “blonde” streak comes way out when I do simple things in the kitchen.ReplyCancel

  • Cija Cooksey - 07/16/2010 - 3:49 pm

    I would like the egg mcmuffin recipe please. Looks yummy!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie - 07/18/2010 - 5:02 am

    Oh wow these both look so good!! Ive never had an egg mcmuffin before but yours look so yummy!ReplyCancel

  • britney - 07/19/2010 - 5:24 pm

    Yum!! I have wanted a go to oatmeal cookie recipe, thanks! love just sitting at my computer and looking through all your creations, dreaming about what to make 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Lori - 07/21/2010 - 5:56 am

    I always love a good oatmeal cookie. This size recipe is great for the holidays too!ReplyCancel

  • Lynda - 07/21/2010 - 8:22 pm

    I just found your blog thru Ingrid at Baseball, Baking & Books and I love it. Can’t wait to look around some more. Your photo’s are fabulous!!ReplyCancel

  • Jackie - 07/23/2010 - 9:27 am


    I was wondering could this batter be mixed and chilled overnight.
    Also, have you ever used a combination of shortening and butter with this batter. Is there a difference in using all butter or all shortening.ReplyCancel

  • Alicia - 07/25/2010 - 6:29 pm

    Jonna! your blog is amazing with all your photos and recipes! i am coming here often to drool over the pictures! now i know where all your daughters’ talent comes from 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Liana - 08/10/2010 - 10:29 am

    Just saying thanks again for the yummy food ideas! I have made a few now and they have been great! If you ever think to go private… Please don’t I have been at a baking loss for a while now and this has been great! Thanks for your talent!ReplyCancel

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