Thursday, September 11, 2008

Cookies and a Story

I made cookies yesterday. Real cookies. I know. Shocker. I've confessed before that I don't like baking from scratch. Floating and wafting flour really annoys me. But these cookies have very little flour in them, so I make the exception. Plus they are so scrumdidiliumptious (you know, I can't find how to spell that word so I'll have to make up my own spelling.)

Home-Style Oatmeal Cookies

  • 4 cups quick oatmeal
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup walnuts (optional)
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1/2 cup flour (I did add a little more to hold the cookies together better)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup raisins

Mix oatmeal, sugar and oil. Let stand overnight (or mix during the day and make the cookies at night). Add vanilla, walnuts, eggs, flour, salt and raisins. Drop onto ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes. Makes 3 dozen.

Story: Pick Your own Battles

Last night I went to pick up Jackson and Mason from soccer practice. As I was talking to the coach about Saturday's game, I noticed Jackson was chasing a boy, who was chasing a boy. All in fun. They were laughing and smiling. Jackson wasn't chasing the boy with any sharp objects. And obviously the boy is not limited to physical activity because he plays soccer. There was no immediate danger to this boy.

Well, apparently, the mother of the boy (who was chasing the other boy, don't forget) stopped Jackson and started to yell at him. While she is in the middle of yelling at my son, her son pushed the boy down whom he was chasing. I almost busted up laughing. It was sweet justice. It really gets my goat when people who have half the parenting experience I have (not to mention only a third of the children I have) feel the need to parent my children. I pick my battles. Chasing a boy, after soccer practice, is completely acceptable in my book.


Kris said...

Lol! How good is that story? And a good lesson. Worry about your own before you embarrass yourself worrying about others! It's funny how those with few children think those with many need help! It's kind of not how it works!

Karyn said...

Oh boy, those cookies DO look scrumdidiliumptious! And from scratch? You go girl.

Anonymous said...

Oh Lera I had to laugh at that. Did the silly woman feel just a tad ridiculous?

Delish looking cookies. I must post the recipe on Grasmere Gingerbread in my next post. I think you'd like it even though it has 6oz of wholewheat flour.

randi said...

Yum, can I have a cookie? I guess I woke up hungry this morning!

Great story. Let kids have fun and worry about your own. Good lesson for the other mom.

Little Munchkins said...

What's that word again? Scrumdidiliumptious? It certainly looks that.

Well, serve that woman right. I think chasing each other around is perfectly fine too. As long as no one is upset then it's good.

onegirliegirl said...

Good for you to be able to laugh! Not sure I would've been able to do the same :)

MMmmmm....cookies. How did you know I love oatmeal cookies?!

beki said...

Oh my goodness! That mother must not have enough to worry about. Good for you, wise Momma :-) Thanks for the recipe. I LOVE oatmeal cookies. I'm gonna give this one a try.

trishia said...

so did the other mother realize what her child did? or was she too busy yelling at your son?

I have 5, and have had times when others think I need extra help in dealing with my own kids- they don't realize that I, too, pick my battles.

speaking of battles- did you say anything to her? or were you too busy laughing? I often daydream about what I should have said after the fact, but rarely say anything at the actual moment.

The Clarks said...

Isn't it crazy that people think they have the right to take charge of your kids when they don't take charge of their own? And yes, chasing boys after soccer practice is soooo acceptable. It's just completely ridiculous that she yelled at him and I'm sure anyone that saw it thought so.
So, I have a question for you...Did you say anything to Jackson? I would have been tempted to tell him that I was sorry he got yelled at and that she was out of line to do that, but then on the other hand I'm always worried about undermining adult figures to my children. I don't want them to grow up with no respect for adults. So, I'm just interested how you handled it with your son.

Kat said...

Some parenst crack me up.

auj said...

I have been reading you blog for quite a few months now and thought I should (finally) sine up to leave comments. yay!
Great story btw.

Anonymous said...

And that mom needs to get a life.
Happy Thursday, my friend.

miss chris said...

oh dear, that mom.

yummy cookies! :) And Hugs for you. Just because.

Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

That story is too funny! Isn't "Chase" an actual game? Sounds like a good way to release some little boy energy to me.

So making those cookies this weekend. It's starting to get cool up here and they just sound like the perfect start-of-fall cookie.

Jane said...

I wish your kids were in my class! I had a parent come in to school to ask the principal why I was absent one day-which I thought was a none of your business kind of question. seemed that his precious son was getting teased at recess. Now, mind you in class this kid is thick as thieves with the so called teaser and I am also not on recess duty. Anyway, when I came back the next day this father insisted on a sit down with both boys and the principal. BLah, blah blah... I take serious teasing seriously, but chasing and a bit of pushing is part of being a ten year old boy.

Days later the "angel" and his friend the "devil" peed on another boy in the bathroom. I wondered how that dad felt then. Funny thing is he didn't want a sit down with the principal this time!

amandajean said...

the cookies look delicious.

and as far as your story goes...sweet justice indeed!

hooli said...

As one of those mothers with a third of your children... so far less experience... I'm in awe and do nothing but take notes. Good on you!

A little bit of crazy.... said...

That kind of behavior has "i'm way stressed out and I'm trying to control everything" written all over it. Some people are also more annoyed with what other kids do than their own. I don't know why that is. I'm still trying to work it out with my therapist. ;)LOL

I Wonder Woman said...

Oh those cookies are fabulous! We made our second batch today. Actually, today's batch I just pressed into a jelly roll pan and cooked a few extra minutes to make amazing granola bars. My husband adores these- mind if I link over to the recipe?

Bec said...

I love this story - now that's karma!!! He he he...

jessi said...

Mmmmmm....I love your recipes! Too bad I am so behind on blog reading that I didn't see it for a week!!