Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies… and a Poem for You by Maude

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Ava was hungry this morning and nothing in the pantry or fridge sounded good to her. This is a kiddo who lives on toast and we are out of bread, so I decided to make cookies for breakfast…”breakfast cookies”. They are sweetened with brown sugar, raisins and chocolate chips.  I toss in some flax and chai seeds to make you feel a little better about eating cookies for breakfast:) Just the right amount of sweet to wake you up without a rattle.

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After the kiddos completely devoured the hefty, hearty beauties we were off to the rec center to enjoy friends and a bit of ball play. Happy Wednesday and cheers to Spring Break!

Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies adapted fromhttp://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2009/02/thick-chewy-oatmeal-raisin-cookies/

1 cup butter softened

1 cup light brown sugar

2 large eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

3/4 cup all purpose flour

3/4 cup whole wheat flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

3 cups old fashioned oats

1 cup raisins

3/4 cup chocolate chips

1 cup of sliced almonds or whatever nuttiness you prefer:)

a generous sprinkling of chai seeds and flax

In a large bowl cream together butter, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla. In seperate bowl combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt then add to butter mixture along with oats, chocolate chips, alomonds, chai seeds and flax. Shape into large patties and chill in freezer for about 5 minutes while you tidy up the kitchen and preheat oven to 350. Pop in the oven for 15 minutes or so until they look done: slightly crispy around edges and soft in the middle. Enjoy with a nice cup of coffee or tea:) …and read this perfect little poem too:

Dandelion Seed

A lady in Kansas, feeling the need

Of a Spring-tonic, sowed dandelion seed;

All her neighbors, then it seems,

Made up their mind they, too, must have greens.

So all about town there was hoeing and sowing

‘Till each had her patch of the bright flowers growing.

The wild Kansas winds, in passing by,

Loved to strip off the seeds and carry them high,

Blowing them lightly far and wide,

And scattering them over the country side

Till all the meadows were sprinkled with gold;

‘Twas a beautiful sight I have been told.

Homesteaders living out on their claims,

Suffering from drouth, or too frequent rains,

Would often eke out their scanty stores

With the healthful food growing right at their doors;

The very best people, I have heard said,

Were glad to eat greens with their pork and cornbread.

So now while we’re striving to do our best

With knife and dope to kill out the pest—

Let us think of Kansas in her years of need,

And the women who sowed the dandelion seed;

Gladly, yet, would we give the plants space,

If we could only keep them in their place.

Maude Gooch Phillips.

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