Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Bars

Oatmeal raisin cookies are at the top of the all time favorite cookie list. In fact, in recent surveys of home made cookie favorites, the chocolate chip cookie was first, peanut butter second and oatmeal raisin third. I would agree that chocolate chip is my favorite, but I’m at a loss to pick a clear second or third place … peanut butter and oatmeal raisin are tied at second place. My husband is definitely a peanut butter cookie fan, and when I make a batch of those, I just plan on leaving the eating to him! At least when I make oatmeal raisin cookies, I have a chance of eating some of them! I’ve found that bar cookies last just a little longer than cookies made in the traditional “drop” manner. They’re also easier to bake, since it’s just one trip through the oven for the pan full!  Print Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Bars Prep Time: 20 minutesCook Time: 30 minutesTotal Time: 50 minutes Yield: 24 barsServing Size: 1 barCalories per serving: 65Fat per serving: 2 Ingredients1 cup butter or margarine 1 cup white sugar 1 cup brown sugar 2 eggs 1 tsp vanilla 2 tsp cinnamon 2 cups flour 1 … Continue reading →

Aunt Dot’s New England Baked Beans

Some recipes are so ingrained in a part of the country that they become a part of daily life. Baked beans are ingrained into daily life in New England. Baked beans and Boston Brown Bread are available at many neighborhood restaurants and most church dinners. My dad’s family is from New England. They lived in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Vermont. We often went to Vermont to visit my grandparents and my aunt & uncle when I was a girl. My Aunt Dot and Uncle Phil still live there. My cousins, Ginny and Judi, have spent many hours, days, weeks and years researching our family genealogy. I have always been fascinated by the stories of families and where people come from. There are some doozies! Stories about the Mayflower, Lizzie Bordon, whale hunting and dairy farming are the most exciting stories. The tales about day to day life are interesting and amazing, when compared to conveniences we have today. As with most families, we have favorite meals and recipes that have been handed down. This recipe is a classic New England recipe – both filling and inexpensive. My Aunt Dot shared this recipe with her daughter, who in turn passed … Continue reading →

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Banana & Peanut Butter Stuffed Pancakes

Some dishes have a way of taking us back to our childhood. Other foods easily transport us to a special time or place. We all have foods that we associate with good memories. Pancakes are one of those foods for me. Peanut butter and bananas are another pair of foods that I relate to growing up. In my family, we combine all three of those ingredients into one hearty breakfast. While it’s a dish that has become a family tradition, apparently it’s unknown to most people. Banana & Peanut Butter stuffed pancakes are a weekend staple at my parent’s house. When I was a girl, we ate a lot of peanut butter and a lot of pancakes. I imagine part of the reason was the budget friendly cost of those two items. When you’re trying to feed five children, you have to be budget conscious! I know part of the reason was because all five of us children loved this combination. It’s a favorite meal for all of us to this day. And we’ve passed that appreciation on to our children. The grandkids love going to the Farm for pancakes. In fact, the older ones (able to drive themselves) have … Continue reading →

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