Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie

I was hit this weekend with the desire to bake!  It is likely because the weather forecast showed me low temperatures and a chance of rain for Sunday.  Sounds like perfect cookie baking weather!  I was so proud of myself too, because I remembered to take the butter out of the fridge the night before :) It really is the small things!

As you know, when I think of baking cookies, my go-to recipe book is Mrs. Fields.  She never disappoints!  The cookies always turn out perfect.  When I am reading through all the options, I know exactly when I am going to get, as there is a picture with each recipe.  It should be mandatory that every recipe comes with a picture.  Hasn’t it been said that we eat with our eyes…

I originally thought about making a chocolate chip cookie, but to my shock, I didn’t have any chocolate chips in the pantry.  I was +1 with the butter but now I am -1 for the chocolate chips :(   but I am not the type of person to let the lack chocolate prohibit me from baking.  With flour, butter, white and brown sugar in my pantry, I can still have cookie baking success!

So, as I was flipping through my faithful cookbook, I came across a recipe for Applesauce Oaties.  Now, the original recipe called for chocolate chips, but when I was reading the rest of the ingredients, I felt I could easily omit the chocolate and the cookies wouldn’t be lacking.  In fact, when I reviewed the ingredient list again, I thought that these would be a great breakfast cookie!

Key items in this cookie are: granola, applesauce, raisins and walnuts.  See, you don’t really need the chocolate chips.  Although, I am sure I would have enjoyed snacking on them while the cookies were baking ;)

So, I whipped up all the ingredients, had a sample (or two) of the cookie dough and baked up these cookies.  The scent of cinnamon and nutmeg was in every room of our apartment while these were baking.  Yum!

A quick sample of these cookies and I realized that I had a new go-to recipe for an Oatmeal Raisin cookie.  Now, the question is whether or not I will have enough to bring into work tomorrow so I can share ;)

Adapted from:
Mrs. Fields Best Cookie Book Ever! – Applesauce Oaties


  • 1 1/4 cups quick oats
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup applesauce
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  3. Mix well and set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, combine sugars.  Add in butter and beat together to form a grainy paste.  Add in egg and applesauce and blend until smooth.
  5. Add in the flour mixture and mix until combined.  Stir in raisins and walnuts.
  6. Drop dough onto parchment lined baking sheets, about 2 inches apart.
  7. Bake in preheated oven for 12 – 14 minutes.
  8. Transfer to a wire cooling rack.
  9. Wait at least 5 minutes before sampling, if you can :)
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Posted by on June 1, 2015 in Baking, Cookies


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Believe it or not, this recipe does not contain quinoa!

I have been making waffles for years.  Although they take a bit more time and prep than making pancakes, I can’t resist the crisp exterior and delicious, fluffy interior of a waffle.  Since they take a bit more work to prepare, I find that we only make them a few times a year, but once I have my mind set on waffles, there is no stopping me!

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Peanut Ginger Quinoa Salad

Peanut Ginger Quinoa Salad

I tried to come up with a snappy name for this post, but this salad has so many ingredients that it was difficult to decide which deserved to be front and centre.  Since the dressing is made with peanut butter and ginger, these flavours are in every bite.  And quinoa, well, I can’t hide the fact that we have been eating quite a bit of this grain, as you can see from previous posts.

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Quinoa Black Bean Burgers

Quinao Black Bean Burger

Spring is in the air!  Many parts of Canada are still buried under a lot of snow, but it is April and Easter is behind us, so I can’t help thinking of days spent outside and the deliciousness of BBQ’d burgers.

As you know, Jamie and I live in an apartment so we don’t have the luxury of firing up a BBQ whenever the mood strikes us, but that has never stopped us from using our indoor cast iron grill to cook up a burger or two.  The only downside of this is the amount of smoke that is created by using the indoor grill.

This weekend I wanted to try a vegetarian burger, so see if we could get the same burger satisfaction using black beans and quinoa.  My sister, Cherie, shared this recipe with me.  She swears by it, so I thought that we could give it a try.

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Posted by on April 7, 2015 in Curry, Entrée, Hamburgers


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Candied Pecans

Maple glazed pecans in a blue dish

I was able to make it to Costco this past weekend.  I haven’t been since before Christmas (October to be completely truthful), and my full cart and bill proved my poor Costco attendance.   I don’t buy everything at Costco, but the one thing I love to stock up on while I am there are almonds and pecans.

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Posted by on March 23, 2015 in Baking, Candy, Desserts, In a Pinch, Paleo


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Chocolate Chip Banana Cookies*

Cookies cooling on a cookie rack

*and Peanut Butter

I cannot be the only one that has more than a few bananas in their freezer.  You know what happens; you buy bananas with the best of intentions, and then, by the end of the week, you find you have a couple of bananas that are definitely over ripe sitting on your counter.  Maybe you have even encountered a fruit fly or two.  Seriously, where do these things come from!  So, you do what everyone else does, and throw the bananas in the freezer with thoughts of banana bread and muffins as you shut the freezer door.

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Salted Caramel Butter Cookies

Salted Caramel Butter Cookie

I felt the urge to bake this weekend.  I guess it is my version of cabin fever.  Now that spring is right around the corner I have a burning desire to whip up sweet treats.  Or maybe it is because Christmas is so far in my rear-view mirror that I can justify baking again?

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Posted by on March 9, 2015 in Baking, Candy, Cookies, Desserts


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