Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Oatmeal Crispies...Three Ways and 4th Highlights!

Good morning!

I don't have any food pics of our 4th of July gathering :( bad blogger but I did want to share our highlights.  The food was delicious:  Sliders, coleslaw, veggies + dip, beer bread, Knock you naked Brownies and Almond Pound Cake Trifle.  We were stuffed.  My friend is a great host.   

 Here is our big group shot of my friend and her family!  I love all of them.  We had a wonderful time. 

My friend and I
Our silly girls

The boys setting off fireworks

Even though I am eating much better I'm not going to give up baking or chocolate chip cookies.  Life is too short!  I think it's much better to give in to your cravings, adjust portions or substitute when possible.  Sometimes that's really difficult to do, but I typically find that I'm okay with eating smaller dessert items once or twice a week.  I'm not tempted to binge or eat a whole bag of M&M's.  :) 

My friend got me hooked on making these and I have now had three versions of them.  All three are delicious but these are my current favorites.  I can't take credit....these are Pioneer Women's cookies.  They are so good.  These are Marlboro Man's favorites and you can't argue with a man in wrangler jeans! :)

Oatmeal Crispies

You can make them like the original or change them up a bit!

Version 1
Stir in a big bag of chocolate chips or 2 cups of morsels to the batter.

Version 2
Follow the recipe and add Peanut butter chips.

Version 3
Follow the recipe and add 2-3 square of semisweet chocolate or 1 cup of chocolate chip morsels and 1 pkg. of butterscotch chips.  My current favorite! 




  1. Looks like great fun! I am glad you were able to have fireworks. They were banned here and our little town cancelled due to the dryness.

    I have a lots of family gatherings this weekend. I plan to make a big batch of those cookies to share. Now to decide which version. :)

    I hope you are enjoying your summer!

  2. I need to make those cookies!

  3. Carey,
    I think you are one smart cookie to enjoy desserts in smaller porportions!!! Darling the shot of you and your friend...and of your girls together. Life doesn't get any better than this. Thanks for the idea for varying up the recipe!!!

  4. Hi Carey,

    Your cookies look really good! You are right...I think we can enjoy just about anything we bake or cook, just in smaller portions. That's eating sensibly and that's doable! :)

    I'm assuming that's your daughter on the right. She looks like you! :) My daughter, Joy, had a shirt just like it. It is so cute! Looks darling on your daughter!

    Well have a wonderful day, Carey and thank you for stopping by!


  5. Oh, and Carey, I'm on my way to follow you now on Pinterst too. Won't you join me Monday for Pinned it, Made it! Monday? It's fun sharing something we've pinned and then followed through with, tried, or made! :)

    Have a great Wednesday!

  6. Oh those cookies sound and look so good, yummy. :)

  7. Carey,
    Thanks for your sweet comment and visit today On Crooked Creek! Thought of you when school started here last week! Once you get the children settled in you'll have more time for blogging, baking, decorating...I'll be watching for upcoming posts!!!