Wednesday, June 11, 2008

First Post - Play Groups

As many stay at home moms (and some that work), I belong to a playgroup. I have an awesome group of friends that get together weekly to play. And I am a firm believer that we like to play together just as much as the kids do! Today we are getting together at Janine's house. We are going to be running our kids ragged in her backyard and through her sprinkler. Janine has a great set up. Her backyard is perfect for children, she has a wonderful set up with swings, slides, plank, and net ladder. She also has a "little people's house", a baby swing in a tree, and a great deck. Her husband wants to buy more "things", but they are running out of grass space! So...for this event I have baked some basic banana oatmeal cookies. Of course I added chocolate chips and raisins too!! They turned out quite yummy! Banana-y, oatmeal-y, and chocolate-y too! The raisins get a little lost, but that's ok with me. And the consistency is like a muffin top (the good kind), not crispy or crunchy like a cookie.

Here's the recipe (adapted and changed from Allrecipes)

Oatmeal Banana Cookies

Cream together 1/2 cup softened butter, 1/2 cup applesauce, 1/2 cup white sugar and 1/2 cup brown sugar til light and fluffy. Add 2 eggs and 1 t vanilla and continue to cream together. In a separate bowl sift together 1 3/4 cups flour, 1 t baking soda and 1 t cinnamon. Mix the dry ingredients in with the wet. When fully encorporated, blend in 4 mashed bananas. When all this is nicely together, add 1 3/4 cups of oatmeal, 3/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips and 3/4 cup raisins. That's it. Nice and simple. Place tablespoons of the quite wet (for a cookie) batter onto ungreased cookie sheets and bake in a 375 degree oven for 10 - 12 minutes or until the edges turn brown. Cool for 5 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack.

These taste yummy warm. Make sure to have a glass of milk handy too!

Will let you know what the Mommys and Kiddos think.

Love Big, Bake Often.

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