Ok, still reveling in this beautiful fall. It is out of this world, both in terms of tree color and temperatures. I have been spending evenings curled around a good book, in front of a roaring fire, sipping my fave herb tea (loving a blend of roobios, white tea, vanilla and jasmine, from a tiny, specialty tea house in Roswell, GA). The book I am reading is the second book by Mireille Guiliano, French Women for All Seasons: A Year of Secrets, Recipes, and Pleasure. YUM! If you haven't read the first book, French Women Don't Get Fat, I say RUN to the store and read it cover to cover. One of the best health/lifestyle books ever written. Anyway, love this fall weather and it inspires more culinary experimentation in the kitchen...I have created the ultimate oatmeal raisin cookie recipe. To be truthful, I started with the traditional Quaker Oats recipe, combined it with some common sense, and Voila -- Disappearing, Healthyish Oatmeal Raisin cookies.
Here's the recipe:
(2 sticks) margarine or butter, softened -- this is the splurge/indulgence a la French Women
1 1/2 cup firmly packed Splenda® brown sugar baking mix
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
3 cups Quaker® Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked) -- can also try, Uncle Sam's Oatmeal with flax seeds
1 cup raisins (Organic preferably)
Mix above ingredients, spoon onto cookie sheets and bake 10-15 min in 350 degree oven...They truly do disappear because they are soooo fabu! Ladies, a Skinny Jeans reminder. For this and other delectable fall/holiday treats make sure you implement the Rule of ONE...take one cookie, savor it and leave the rest for your friends and family. This rule will help keep off pounds making the Skinny Jean possible, spread love and goodwill throughout your network, and allow you to indulge/enjoy the efforts of your labors. Love Ya! Savor the season, roast some pumpkin seeds, and look out for more...Off to Naples, Friday. Might need to send a FL report ;-).
More Splenda recipes here.