Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies


Are you still drooling from yesterday? I am… and I’ve eaten a gazillion of these cookies already!

I first made these cookies just before Thanksgiving and it has been my go-to, one-and-only, I-love-cookies, cookie recipe ever since. I’ve done them with just cranberries, just chocolate, and now I’m mixing it up and adding BOTH!

They are the perfect combination of sweet and nutty tasting…. and they are healthy because they have oatmeal in them AND fruit!


I added mini chocolate chips as well, because I just couldn’t decide if I wanted to make chocolate cookies or just plain cranberry but I figured chocolate never makes anything worse right? Right.

So there you have it…. I promise you won’t be able to just stop at one. Or maybe I just don’t have self control ๐Ÿ™‚


Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies

Adapted from Betty Crocker


1 1/2 cups brown sugar

1 cup butter, softened

1 tsp vanilla

1 egg

2 cups oats

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup of desired mix-ins (Cranberries, Chocolate chips, Peanut butter chips, Nuts, etc)


Preheat oven to 350

Mix sugars, butter, vanilla and egg together. Add dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Add mix ins. Bake 8-10 min.





Special Chili

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I know I did!

It was one of the first weekends in a long time that I woke up Saturday morning and realized I had absolutely NOTHING planned or that I had to do! Which was probably a good thing since I woke up to nearly 6 inches of snow on the ground and wanted nothing to do with it. I decided that itย  was the perfect day to spend alll day long in the kitchen, so I did just that!

Iย  text the boy and told him that I really wanted to bum it with him all day and he needed to come over and bake/cook with me. He said he really wanted some chili, so I delivered. Some very special chili! No… there isn’t any secret ingredient. The chili that we made on Saturday was produced from almost everything homemade.

Beautiful Colors!


We used ground venison from a deer, hunted by the boy.

The turkey stock we used for the broth was made from the carcass of a Turkey, that was hunted by the boy.

The tomatoesย  used were grown and canned by my aunt and I this summer

And the corn that was used was from the Amish farmers market in town that we had frozen…..

Which left canned beans and canned roasted peppers as being the only things that were bought at the store ๐Ÿ™‚

Okay… call me old fashioned ๐Ÿ˜‰


The ingredients


Chop, Chop, Chop


Cooking the venison


Adding some spice... and Italian olive oil ๐Ÿ˜‰


Let simmer…. and you’ve got some homemade chili!

The day didn't stop there!


Obviously, it got better ๐Ÿ™‚


This boy and I sipped some Hot Chocolate while the chili was cooking on the stove and I pondered the next project which turned out to be Banana bread AND Oatmeal Cranberry Chocolate chip cookies, a recipe for another day!

Saturday evening ended with a “family” game night

We brought out the Apples to Apples!

And for a little humor, for one of the blank green cards the person selected my fiance as the “thing” to describe…. here are the cards that were put down.

Yep.... he's a charmer ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope all had just as a relaxing weekend as I did and a WONDERFUL start to your week!!! Until next time….. let the drooling begin!