Another heavy day over here. My dear friend and his family are deep in grief with the loss of their Dad. Plans have been forth coming. Tough, tough times.
As anyone knows who has lost a beloved, it is a process. One can choose to ignore the process, or one can choose to meet it head on.
Both options suck, although I would recommend being proactive during this trying time. It hurts for sure, straight up, but then the sting only has one way to go. Down.
Oh, and then up again. Damn grief. I still recommend seeing it eye to eye. Sometimes you have to let life know you are in charge. And life is your bitch. And more important, you need to be holding hands with the ones who are meeting this beast dead on, no matter what. You are the warriors. Good for you.
A couple nights ago, I gave into the fact that life was in charge, and I was the bitch. I succumbed.
And I baked cookies.
Luckily, you can be the beneficiary of my weakness. The recipe follows. I hope the results give you a moment or two of joy and peace. After this however, we go back to real life.
Battle. Warriors. Good on us.
Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes 2 dozen.
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
- 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground mace
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 3/4 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla extract. Mix dry ingredients in bowl. Add to butter mixture by hand. Stir in raisins and chocolate chips.
Chill dough for 15 minutes, or up to 2 days. Scoop chilled dough onto greased baking sheet by 1 heaping tablespoon and bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from oven; let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes. Remove from baking sheet and allow to cool completely on rack.