Well the week is upon us. Christmas is almost here. I am spending the week, wrapping presents, addressing Christmas cards, packing and finishing up a couple homemade gifts. I am enjoying listening to endless hours of Christmas music, so much so that I reached my 40 hour monthly Pandora limit before the 15th hit. Yeah, I’ve gotta problem.

In other news, Isaac & I have been attending doctor appointments, seeing our little one bouncing all around the ultrasound screen is just the sweetest thing. We found out last week we’re having a girl, which we could not be more thrilled about. We have a dozen or so ultrasound photos that we stare at a couple times a day. We love her so much already!

Wish each and every one of you a wonderful joy filled Christmas and look forward to 2011!

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Recipe from Smitten Kitchen

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 t vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)

Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, egg and vanilla until smooth. In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt together. Stir flour mixture into the butter sugar mixture. Stir in the oats, raisins and walnuts, if using them.  Scoop cookies onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake them for 10 to 12 minutes.

Images: sammyw