Got Snow?

It’s been a LONG, icy week for many of our friends across the country. Some of you have been snowed in since early in the week, enjoying snow-day schedules and wondering what in the world to do with the kids.

Of course you should definitely pop in those What’s in the Bible? DVDs that you just got for Christmas, and watch them with the entire family. That’s a great idea! Because, as we’ve recently discussed, they are both very educational and entertaining. A win-win!!

But before you curl up on the sofa with the Snuggie and your kids, how about making some cookies? The thing that I most love to do when winter house-bound is bake!  I know, I know… we had great intentions about starting those diets at the beginning of the year.  In fact the “resolution police” are handing out tickets as I type!  But honestly, with the weather we’ve seen lately, is there anything better than homemade cookies, a mug of hot cocoa, some awesome DVDs and a roaring fire?

Has the weather put a crimp in your plans this week?  What do you enjoy doing with the family on snow days?

This is a great recipe for cookies that uses oatmeal and FRUIT!  I think that makes them borderline-healthy!?  Fine…it’s chocolate covered fruit, but still…

I have heard that Buck Denver is a chocolate FANATIC. Hmmmm… I might make up a batch just for him!

Chocolate and Fruit Oatmeal Cookies:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl beat together 1 cup vegetable shortening, 1 t salt, 2 t cinnamon, 2 t vanilla, 2 T molasses, 2 cups sugar, and 2 eggs. Add in 2 cups flour and 1 1/2 t baking soda until combined. Have your cookie sheets ready to go. Add 2 cups of oats, 1 cup chocolate-covered raisins, 1 cup dried cranberries, and 1 cup dark chocolate chips. Mix with your hands. While your hands are messy, roll the dough into 2 inch balls and place them on the cookie sheet (aren’t you glad you got your cookie sheets out already?). Bake for 15-17 minutes. Yield: 30-36 cookies.

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