First of all, I promised some pictures of the boys. A few days ago as the boys were playing out in the driveway, a ball kept going under the car. A neighbor kid dove under it and grabbed the ball. Moments later, the ball went under the car again. Sam, having observed the kid earlier, immediately started getting under the car, scooted his way toward the ball and almost got it, but Parker and Taylor decided to try to get it too, with the broom. It was funny to see them all under the car for a second. TEAMWORK!
Sam threw a great "lefty" to our neighbor (Sam is right handed). All the older kids were riding bikes (I love our culdesac!) They were lining up in our driveway and racing down the street. The weather has been SOOOOO nice!
I know there's lots of pictures of Sam, but he's the one who is always near me. The others are always off elsewhere!
They quickly worked it out and Sean gave Sam a boost on the toy car. Okay, cookies!
My friend, Julie, mentioned seeing these cookies on the Food Network from Sunny Anderson's new show, Cooking For Real. She thought they sounded interesting and good and so did I. They are called Peaches and Cream Oatmeal Cookies, but I didn't have dried peaches, so I decided to make them using dried apricots. I did, however, have three little peaches from the farmer's market that were on their last leg, so I removed the pits and squeezed the juice out of them and added that to the dough. It wasn't quite as strong of a flavor as I'd wanted, but these cookies are good. I think they could have benefited from a touch of vanilla.
Here is the recipes as I made it.
Apricot White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies (adapted from Sunny Anderson on Food Network)
1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup softened unsalted butter
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 tablespoons peach juice
1 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 cup chopped, dried apricots
1/2 cup toasted, chopped walnuts
1/2 cup white chocolate chips (I used a chopped bar of white chocolate)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In small bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. Whisk together and set aside. In bowl of electric mixer, cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add egg and peach juice and beat together well. Add flour and mix until just combined then after scraping sides of bowl with rubber spatula, fold in oats, apricots, walnuts and white chocolate.
Drop by tablespoonfuls on parchment lined baking sheets. Bake 9-11 minutes. Let set on baking sheet for a few minutes, then remove to wire rack to cool. Recipe made about 3 dozen cookies.
Oh so much more I wish I could get blogged, but must get to bed!