Find the oatmeal.

 

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I usually don’t have a difficult time making decisions, but when it comes to small, somewhat trivial things, my heart becomes quite fickle. Take Joanne’s Oatmeal Raisin Cookies for instance. I know my husband’s favorite cookies are oatmeal raisin. Not only that, cookies are not as complicated to bake. But because of random reasons like I don’t like raisins or I don’t want to go to the store to get light brown sugar, I overwhelmed myself with going back and forth on whether or not I was going to bake these cookies.

But I came to my senses and just made the decision, based on how this week was about celebrating my husband, and how I should make him his favorite cookies, despite my strong dislike for raisins. Oh how freeing it was when my mind articulated the idea that it was actually going to happen. I won’t elaborate on how I argued with myself as of why I should go to the store in the evening to be able to make the cookies. It wasn’t a question – I needed to go – but I was extremely reluctant. In the end, I went (this all went on in my mind for a good 5 minutes. What a waste of energy), and my Oatmeal Raisin Cookies journey began.

It really began when I couldn’t find the old fashioned oats. You’re probably laughing…or smirking right now. Yes, oatmeal is in the breakfast/cereal aisle. But this tired mama with her 18 month old was having the hardest time finding the blessed thing. I went down almost every aisle, and I went down the baking and breakfast aisle about 3 times each. After going through produce, it finally dawned on me: it HAS to be in the breakfast aisle. So I went down the aisle again, hoping it had somehow changed during the minute I wasn’t there and that I’d find these old fashioned oats. Well, God must’ve rearranged everything because I found them (duh). It was a victorious moment. I actually squealed in delight and kept saying, “I found it!” in Korean. I buy oatmeal at least once a month. I was obviously VERY tired.

Anyway, things went pretty smoothly from there. We checked out with the ladies who know us now (my baby is now the sticker king), and I went on with our usual routine of putting the little man to bed and trying to get started on the cookies. I purposefully distracted myself with a TV show, but the gnawing feeling of baking responsibility forced me out of my chair, to the stand mixer. And to be honest, there isn’t much to say after that. She says it herself, but Joanne’s recipe for these cookies are pretty simple. The only crazy thing (for us baking novices) she had me do was grate fresh nutmeg. Have you ever seen the inside of a nutmeg? I’ve never even seen the outside, so I was pretty intrigued. I also thought it’d be impossible to grate the round little acorn looking thing, but it was actually really easy. I think I actually enjoyed it. Somewhat of a stress reliever. Also, might I add that fresh nutmeg is quite pricey? These cookies are expensive because of the nutmeg. I might cheat next time (if there ever is a next time) and just use normal nutmeg powder (sorry, Joanne).

So the cookies are to be baked tomorrow because I’m supposed to let the dough sit in the fridge overnight (argh to the two-day recipes). It’s not as overwhelming as most two-day recipes, however, because all you have to do is bake the cookies. I’m actually kind of looking forward to tomorrow morning so I could make the apartment smell like sweet, cinnamon, oatmeal goodness.

Have you noticed the recipes are getting simpler and easier for me? I didn’t do this on purpose, but I think it’s two things: 1) they are getting simpler and easier, and 2) I’m becoming a better bake by the recipe-er. Again, goes to show – you just have to go for it. Most of the time, it’s totally worth it. I will tell you though, my husband and I are in dire need of some thick kale juice.

Ta-ta for now!

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Cute little nutmeg!
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Remembered to take some time to rest afterwards. Make sure you do too!
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