Archive for February, 2013

Banana-sweetened oatmeal chocolate chip cookies (recipe)

February 22, 2013

ALWAYS want cookies but have been listening to programs on NPR about the dangers of sugar. Ack! (Dr. Robert Lustig on Diane Rehm Show)

The sugar is apparently not so bad for you when it is “packaged” with the fiber and stuff it came with in the fruit, so bananas seemed like a good substitute.  When I looked up recipes online for cookies without added sugar and cookies with bananas, many of them have other “weird” things in them that I don’t have easy access to (without ordering ingredients from the internet) or other substitutes that I don’t want to use (agave syrup, which another article says is bad for you, sheesh;  or splenda, which nobody really knows about yet).  Anyhow, tried these and they were pretty darned good.  Yay!  I am sure that they would be healthier if I left out the chocolate chips, which have more sugar in them, but that would make me want to cry…!

This is my adaptation of my FAVORITE cookies. The recipe is the one from the 1970’s era box of Quaker Oats, with some changes.  I often put dried cranberries in the “original” cookies, but I haven’t tried that with the mashed banana yet.



1 stick melted butter

1/4 c canola oil

3 mashed ripe bananas (this replaces 1 c brown sugar and 1/2 c white sugar in the original recipe)

2 eggs (this replaces 1 egg plus 1/4 c water)

1/4 t. nutmeg

1-2 t. cinnamon

1 t. vanilla

3 cup oatmeal (I used quick oats)

1 c flour

1 t. salt

1/2 t. baking soda

Mix up in the order given.  Add 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips.  Mix and scoop by heaping teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheet and bake in 350 degree preheated oven about 12-15 minutes. About 3 dozen cookies.


Crocheted Pinwheel Sweater in progress

February 19, 2013

Crocheted Pinwheel Sweater in progress

I’m past the armholes now and pondering how to continue, with help from my fb friends 🙂

Fast “Golden Harvest” Yeast bread, started in bread machine & baked in oven

February 16, 2013

I’m using MOSTLY Mark Bittman’s recipe for fast yeast bread
but I’ve put extra ingredients in the dough (the idea for adding canned pumpkin came from a recipe in “Breadtime Stories” with mashed squash in the dough), mixed it in my bread machine on “rapid” cycle until it stopped for the rise, put the dough in an oiled BIG loaf pan with the top also sprayed with oil and let it rise in the warm oven (heated to 200 and then turned off, before I put the bread in) for 25 minutes. Took it out, let the oven heat up to 425 for 5 minutes. Brushed the loaf with water and sprinkled with kosher salt, put in the oven for 15 minutes… then I’m going to turn it down to 350 and bake 15-30 minutes longer.

1 cup milk, warmed
4 T butter, melted
1/2 can pumpkin, warmed (I put those first three things together in a pyrex cup in the microwave)
1 egg
~2 T honey
~1.5 cup oats
1 t salt
2 t yeast
~3.5-4.5 cups all purpose white flour (started with 2 cups and kept adding about a half cup at a time as the bread machine was mixing, until it wasn’t sticky anymore)

This came out quite yummy, fairly tall, pretty golden colored.

The second time I made this bread, I divided the dough–about half I used to make a monkey-bread cinnamon-bun thing in a round cake pan, dividing half of the dough into a bunch (24 or 32?  I forget) little pieces, dipping each in butter and sprinkling with cinnamon sugar–the other half of the dough I baked in a smaller loaf pan (a one-pound loaf, I think).  My husband thought the bread was very good with gjetost (brown Norwegian whey cheese).  It was good for sandwiches and yummy with Nutella spread on it and also good hot with butter to go with homemade soup.

Crocheted pinwheel sweater

February 16, 2013
crocheted pinwheel sweater in progress...

crocheted pinwheel sweater in progress…

I am working on crocheting a “pinwheel” sweater like the one I knit a couple of years ago.  Unfortunately, I am not as skilled with making crochet-stitches/patterns that come out looking the way I see them in my head, so the nice little ridge/hole things (like on the shoulder of a raglan sweater) that I like so much on the pinwheel/circular sweater are not coming out the way I want.  At least not yet.  Maybe I can perfect them in the future.

I am using a fat “M” hook and Bernat Mosaic yarn.  The yarn is very nice (not scratchy or awful to work with) acrylic and has LOOOONG color repeats like Noro, but is machine washable.

I started with a short chain, slip stitched it into a circle, crocheted 8 sc into the center of the first circle.  Mark beginning of round, but spiral continuously around– Next round, 2 sc into each stitch.  Next round, *sc, 2 sc” around.  Then *sc, sc, 2 sc” around.  *sc, sc, sc, 2 sc” around.  I think I got up to about 5 sc stitches and then 2sc.  Then I marked the circle into 8 wedges and did increases at each wedge-marker.  When I got to about where the marker was, I did a ch-1 and then the next stitch I sc through only the back loop, then continued with sc-ing around.  I took this photo when it was almost time to make the armholes for the sleeves–it is almost as wide as my shoulders.

My previous posts about the knitted circular sweater make with Noro Kureyon and Plymouth Boku yarn

Also found this post
where she crocheted a similar sweater!  🙂

Might try this DROPS one sometime, too