Friday, December 31, 2010

A tool for you...

Hello Everyone,

I know a million and one people are writing about their resolutions this time of year so I thought instead of writing about what mine are going to be, I would give you a tool to help you figure out yours.  Check out this little worksheet which may provide you with some insight on your accomplishments from this previous year and a few ways to think about 2011 and what it has in store for you.

You can scroll below, or DOWNLOAD FROM THIS LINK.

Most of all...have fun!  That's what New Year's is about right?

Monday, December 27, 2010

Cookie Success!

Hi Everyone!  I love these cookies, and I want to share them with please enjoy...

Cranberry Pecan Oatmeal Cookies

These cookies are one of the standards of our Christmas baking celebrations.  They are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.  The crunchy pecans and tart-sweetness of the cranberries really make a complex and well rounded flavor and texture.  They are really, really delicious!

Makes about 48 cookies
2 C all purpose flour
1 t baking soda
½ t baking powder
½ t salt
1 C (2 sticks) Earth Balance, room temp
1 C granulated white sugar
1 C packed brown sugar
2 flax eggs (2 ½ T flax meal 6 T water)
1-3 t vanilla
1-2 pinch cinnamon (or ½ t? ish)
1 pinch nutmeg
2 C oats
1 C dried cranberries
1 C chopped pecans

Heat oven to 400 degrees.
Mix flax and water in a separate dish and let gel up.
Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and spices.
Beat Earth Balance in a bowl until softened (but not liquidy).  Beat in flax eggs until well combined.
Beat in vanilla.
Beat in sugar.
Mix in flour with rubber spatula.
Mix on low for 5 seconds.  Batter will be thick.
Stir in oats, cranberries and pecans.
Drop by the rounded tablespoon onto parchment cookie sheet, roll into balls and place 2-inches apart. (Try to keep the dough cool in between baking sessions, I keep mine in the fridge)
Cook 11 minutes, until golden brown.
Cool cookies on sheets for 1-2 minutes then transfer to cookie racks and cool completely (or eat while hot!)