My New Favorite Cookies

milk.cookies

Since I am starving all the time these days and truly eating to provide for two of us, I tried to hunt down the perfect lactation cookie recipe.  I found a few that I liked but since every one was missing one or more of the key elements I wanted to include, I ended up making a hybrid recipe.  The result is a cookie that is sweet, chewy, and dense, with an almost umami flavor, filled with chewy raisins and substantial chocolate chips.  So far, I have made several batches of these delectable cookies, and intend to keep on making them long after my breast-feeding days are over.  After they cool, I freeze them in bags so I can reheat them or just eat them cold.  Read on to find out about the ingredients and scroll to the bottom for my hybrid recipe.

flax.seed

Flax seeds ground to a meal and mixed with water is one ingredient in this cookie.  Flax seed adds Omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and lignans (plant-based Estrogen).

flax.gel

When ground flax-seed is mixed with water, it becomes thick and gel-like.  It is a great substitute for eggs if someone is vegan or allergic to eggs.  (Notice my kitchen helper in the background?)

raisins

Two more key ingredients in these cookies were golden raisins and big chocolate chunks.  I discovered took late that the golden raisins I used are preserved with sulfites, so I won’t be using those again, as Eric is sensitive to sulfites.

chocolate.chips

The chocolate chunks I used are made by Good Life.  I keep these around my kitchen for my allergy-free baking I do for numerous friends and family members.  I love the size and shape of these non-traditional chocolate chunks!

kitchen.helper

Greta was a big helper in making these cookies.  Actually, she mashed her own bowl of ingredients together while eating flour covered grapes.  I have begun to get very creative in my methods for keeping her entertained and busy with the addition of baby #2.  More on baby #2 and our current life in a later post.

Milk-Makin’ Mama Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies 

1. In a small bowl combine 1/4 cup water with 2-1/2 tablespoons flax meal.  Allow to sit for about 5 minutes.

2.  In a bowl or mixing stand, cream 1 cup shortening (butter, margarine, or coconut oil) with 1-1/2 cups brown sugar.  Add flax meal mixture and 2 eggs.  Beat until combined.

3.  In a separate bowl combine 2 cups flour, 1/4 cup brewer’s yeast, 3 tablespoons wheat germ, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar.

4. Stir the flour mixture into the sugar and shortening mixture.  Stir in 2-1/2 cups rolled oats, 1 cup golden raisins, and 1 cup chocolate chunks.

5. Drop rounded spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets and bake in a 350° oven for 10-15 minutes or until cookies are golden.  Allow cookies to cool for 2 minutes before removing from cookie sheet.

Throwback Artwork

Before moving to Iowa last summer, I sorted through my massive collection of artwork done from childhood through the present.  They are not stored nor sorted very well and so, sifting through them led to some interesting discoveries.  I photographed some of my more favorite or intriguing examples.  Many were recycled, some given away, and some stored again in hopes that I may actually do something with one or two of them some day.  Enjoy this trip down artwork memory lane.  dragonflyThis dragonfly pencil drawing was done just before I started 8th grade.  I studied a real dragonfly to complete the drawing.  I was somewhat of a dragonfly junkie at the time and was reading all I could get my hands on about these magnificent creatures.

book.shelfThis drawing was done in art class in high school.  The sagging shelf of art books reminds me of my own art classroom now.  It was just a page from a sketchbook used to gather ideas for more finished pieces.

mountainsThis is another artwork from high school.  I have no clue where the idea came from, when I made it, or why I made it.  It’s what I would call a nice safe artwork and done in chalk pastels.

what.in.the.worldI made this mixed media exploration sometime in college.  It must have been freshman year due to the connected campus sheet.  This one I call, “What in the World!?” Although, when sorting through this work, I called it something a little saltier to Eric.  In fact he has a nice photo of me holding the two artworks above, captioned with, “From rainbows and mountains to WTF?”

charcoal.backThis charcoal nude was done in my college life drawing class.  I found a large sampling from that class – some of which I still really like today.  I love working in charcoal and this one encourages me to pick it up again.

 

 

Mamarazzi Watercolor Painting

Y’all, I did something that even shocks me!  I finished a painting from so long ago that I am not even sure when I started it.

mamarazzi.painting_edited-1My finished watercolor painting – Mamarazzi.  It took me far longer than 6 weeks to even touch my art table after I had my first child.  I am pretty proud of just making time for something I enjoy doing – just carving out me time is a milestone.

mama.paintingThe painting sat in this state for quite some time.  I was hesitant to finish the reflection in the glasses, not sure how to proceed, it collected dust on my art table for months and months. 

me.and.cameraI do know that I was working on it in February of 2013, which is when this photo was taken to help me with the hand pose.  I can see stacks of boxes in the background, so I know we were preparing for our cross-country move at that time.

book.quoteI have a slew of other projects just waiting to be finished. That is why this quote appealed to me so much – though I would have to add to it, ‘projects I was meaning to finish.’  This is my last week before going back to work and I have much to do – consisting mostly of soaking up time with my little ones.