Honey Oatmeal Cookies (Comfort Cookies)

July 31, 2008 at 9:56 am (Recipes)

These are my “comfort cookies!”  I have made a few adjustments to the recipe, but I am posting it as it was originally written. 

For the 1 1/4 cup butter flavored shortening, I always substitute 1/2 cup shortening and 3/4 cup of unsalted butter.  I also have substituted raisins for the dates and walnuts for the pecans, depending on my supply, but honestly, the dates and pecans make the cookies taste the best!!!  I also bake for the 13/14 minutes — just makes a chewier cookie.  ENJOY!!! 🙂

Honey Oatmeal Chewies

1 1/4 cup butter flavored shortening
1 cup white sugar
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
1 egg
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup quick cooking oats
1 cup flaked coconut
1 cup dates, pitted and chopped
1 cup chopped pecans

Directions:  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

In a medium bowl, cream together the shortening, white sugar, brown sugar and honey until light and fluffy. Stir in the milk and vanilla. Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt, stir into the creamed mixture. Then stir in the coconut, oats, dates and pecans.

Drop dough by rounded teaspoons onto unprepared cookie sheets. Bake for 11 to 12 minutes for soft cookies, 13 to 14 minutes for crispy cookies. Remove cookies from baking sheets to cool on wire racks.


This recipe from CDKitchen for Honey Oatmeal Chewies serves/makes 6 dozen


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Not As Confused…

July 30, 2008 at 12:12 pm (Musings..., Scripture References)

The nurse from my neurologist’s office, bless her… called me.  There IS a tumor — but the doctor who read the MRI said it is “stable.” (whatever that means!!)  I will have an appointment with a neurosurgeon and he will make the determination about the tumor — whether to operate or to just watch…  About the MS… Dr. Hong will have to take that up with the Cleveland Clinic!!  🙂

“The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away, blessed be the name of the Lord.”   Job 1:21 

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July 30, 2008 at 8:56 am (Musings...)

I went to see a pain managment doctor yesterday.  I have had multiple sclerosis since 1990 and since April have been experiencing pain that is debilitating me.  I bit the bullet and went.  What an abrasive man!!  I don’t know if I’m going back to see him again.  I may find another pain doctor.  I had an MRI of my brain done on Monday — again no demilination showing.  All of my doctors since the Cleveland Clinic in the mid-1990s have agreed that I have MS — more conventional tests show it.  I KNOW I have multiple scleroris.  There is something wrong with me.  I just wanted help for pain.

He said I didn’t have MS, but I do have a right brain tumor?!?!?  {{Sigh}} Oh, but he did say I was “Sound and stable” and didn’t need a psychiatrist!!  DUH!!!!!!!   I didn’t sleep much last night and am going to put a call in to my neurologist this morning to find out details.  I am not afraid, just confused…  I will keep you posted.  Pray for me…

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My Gifts…

July 29, 2008 at 1:09 pm (Memories) ()

Spring 1988 -- Look closely at Brent's left eye. He was always running into doorknobs!

Christmas 2007




I love my two children — Amanda and Brent!!  They are truly precious gifts!!

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My Task

July 28, 2008 at 11:09 am (Musings..., Scripture References)

I certainly understand that fasting and praying shouldn’t be for show — we should quite frankly crawl into our closet to pray most effectively, but in my effort to share honestly as I blog, I will speak about my fasting — not for any reason except to share how it has effected my life.

I usually fast on Wednesdays — a 24-hour fast each week to move the hand of God in the lives of the people I love — and also to show the Lord how important it is for me to be a prayer warrior.  While many prayers have been answered, fasting has proven to be most beneficial to me — in ways I can’t even explain.  My faith has been renewed as I have seen the Hand of God move.

Yesterday, I was praying for a spiritual moving/miracle in a situation and the Lord did move.  However, this morning, as I was preparing to eat breakfast, the Lord spoke to me that I needed to fast as an intercessor in this situation, because the miracle was fragile and satan was looking for a foothold…  So I am fasting…  quite honestly, my stomach is growling.

I looked up the word “Task” in the dictionary.  The definition includes, “An assigned piece of work to be finished within a certain time.  Something hard that has to be done.” 

My task today is to fast and pray.   May the Lord continue to work and move.  May there be a hedge of protection so strong around this miracle that satan CANNOT gain any foothold.  “Surround, Lift, Cover… ”

“I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move.  Nothing will be impossible for you.”  Matthew 17:20

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“I’d Rather Have Jesus”

July 26, 2008 at 7:39 pm (Musings...)

The lyrics of this song kept running through my mind as I drove home from church this evening…  written by Rhea F. Miller and George Beverly Shea.  The lyrics were written in 1922!!  They are so timeless…

I’d rather have Jesus than silver or gold;
I’d rather be His than have riches untold;
I’d rather have Jesus than houses or lands,
I’d rather be led by His nail pierced hand.

Than to be a king of a vast domain
Or be held in sin’s dread sway,
I’d rather have Jesus than anything
This world affords today.

I’d rather have Jesus than men’s applause;
I’d rather be faithful to His dear cause;
I’d rather have Jesus than world-wide fame,
I’d rather be true to His holy name.

He’s fairer than lilies of rarest bloom;
He’s sweeter than honey from out of the comb;
He’s all that my hungering spirit needs,
I’d rather have Jesus and let Him lead.

Than to be a king of a vast domain
Or be held in sin’s dread sway,
I’d rather have Jesus than anything
This world affords today.

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Creative Saturday

July 26, 2008 at 9:03 am (Musings...)

So here it is, Saturday morning, and I am alone in my house for the next two days.  My darling hubby is off floating down a river in a canoe — fishing. (Just shoot me before I EVER want to do that!)  I had two cups of coffee, finished a book — Death Dealer  by Heather Graham.  It was an easy read… of course, I read the last chapter first (another blog for another time…).

I am going to brush my teeth, head to my art studio, turn on some India.Arie, Diana Krall, Queen Latifa, The Soundtrack from Wicked, and of course, my darling Daughter’s CD,  and paint and sew all day.  Life is good!!  I am blessed!!  I am painting version #2 of the Rose Watercolor study.  http://jansenartstudio.com/Newbook.html

I am sewing a jacket from the Decades of Style  http://www.decadesofstyle.com/  website.  I am at the point now that, if I sew, I don’t want to sew ordinary…  I will post a picture of the jacket when I finish it.

I will probably head to church tonight.  But, all in all, it is going to be a wonderful day, I am sure of it!!!!!!!!

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Watercolor Rose study

July 24, 2008 at 12:33 pm (Decorative Painting)

I told you in an earlier blog about working on a watercolor from David Jansen, MDA’s book,  Floral Techniques, Vol 1, the watercolor Rose Study a few days ago.  I finished my first version… I am going to try it a second time!!  I had to “scrub” back in the highlights using a stiff drybrush.  I know that IS NOT watercolor protocol, but, hey, I didn’t have any highlights.  The next time I paint it, I am going to try and use a white birthday candle to block out the highlight areas BEFORE I put paint on the paper… {{Sigh}} I am a work in progress!! 

Watercolor Rose Study

Watercolor Rose Study

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Songs For Our Soldiers

July 23, 2008 at 6:42 pm (Songs For Our Soldiers)

If there is righteousness in the heart, there will be beauty in the character.  If there is beauty in the character, there will be harmony in the home.  If there is harmony in the home, there will be order in the nation.  If there is order in the nation, there will be peace on earth.

Amanda Olsavsky

I don’t know where that quote came from but I LOVE IT!!!  My darling daughter Amanda Joy has been privileged to be a part of a special project called, Songs for Our Soldiers.  She is a jazz vocalist who has a band, Never In Denver.  She worked with some great grammy-winning artists on this project.  Her particular solos include “Tender Mercy” and “Castles and Kings”  She also sings a duet with Ben Carroll on “A Soldier’s Wife.” 

The following is the written text from the project’s website —— 


Multiple Grammy winners Jon Carroll, Cathy Fink and Jim Robeson have joined forces with Baltimore singing sensation, Amanda Olsavsky, and New York recording artist, Ben Carroll, in a musical tribute to our fighting troops and those who wait for them

In an eclectic song collection inspired by small town newspaper accounts of the triumphs and struggles of our troops and their families, these veteran performers lend their voices and instrumental talents to deeply textured music of valor, love, patriotism, loneliness and pride. Through a richly produced mix of electric country rock, pop ballads and love songs, feel-good peace anthems and stirring folk songs composed by Brenda Elthon, we are taken inside the war, as it is lived, day by day, by our soldiers and their loved ones.

While avoiding an overt political statement about the war, “Songs For Our Soldiers” asks us to reflect upon the personal costs paid by those who heed our Nation’s call for service.

http://www.myspace.com/songsforoursoldiers  — The My Space Page…

I am so proud of her — check it out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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My Happy Place

July 22, 2008 at 4:39 pm (Decorative Painting)

Every Tuesday, I spend three hours at Seymour’s Creative Legacy Studio in Ebensburg, PA.  Some days I am very busy doing, well, mundane stuff, which I don’t mind, because don’t forget, I have OCD and I LOVE TO COUNT!!   I call the Art Studio my “Happy Place!”  I truly love that studio and Paul and Cathy!!

Anyway, today wasn’t a busy day so I took my DVD player and spent 2 hours or so playing in watercolor paint.  I watched the DVD David Jansen, MDA made to accompany his Floral Techniques, Vol 1 book, the watercolor Rose Study.  I am posting a picture to show you my progress.  Remember, this project is incomplete and certainly not perfect!!!!

Watercolor is tricky, because the paper, which is white, is the highlight.  Because in an acrylic painting the highlight is added, I sometimes forget to keep white paper showing (as I did on the center petals).  I am lost and have to step back and ask my mentor, Paul, how to fix them. 

Rose Study

I also was thrilled to recently purchase a signed copy of a book by Nancy C. Hall called The Life & Art of Paul de Longpre.  It is a great reference book!!  

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