Some days it is hard to get going. The inspiration just is not there. I often feel like it is just me, but then I remind myself that these times happen because I am human. God gives us times when we feel lost, uninspired, lonely, and even depressed. I have found over time that maybe, just maybe, these times are essential so that we can reflect on what is important, who we are, and where we want to go next.
Today I had a lot of this going on in my head. As crazy as it may seem, the kitchen is where I head when I begin to feel down or alone. I find inspiration in the kitchen. Sometimes it is from a family recipe that connects me to those I love or a simple pink spatula that makes me smile when I open the drawer. Today it came from my favorite chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. The act of gathering the ingredients can begin to change my mood- even the packaging designs can bring inspiration! At our house, baking has become a Sunday afternoon “ritual” (maybe even an expectation!). It brings a calm to the afternoon and prepares me for a new week by clearing my head and giving me room to discover.
These cookies are easy and quick, which is what I look for when I am baking to find a different attitude for my day. Don’t get me wrong…I love the cookies and the dough, but the process is sometimes as beneficial as the taste. Put a glass in the freezer to ensure ice cold milk and I am satisfied and usually walk away with a different attitude. So yes, I do have down days but I also know there are ways to recover the day.
Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 All-Purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups quick-cooking oats
- 1 cup walnuts
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees
- In a large bowl, cream together butter and both sugars until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time and then stir in vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt; stir into the creamed mixture just until blended. Mix in oats, walnuts and chocolate chips.
- Drop large tablespoon-sized scoops onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 12-13 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes then move to a wire rack.