Homemade Oatmeal Raisin Bread

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What is it about homemade bread that makes me happy? Watching flour and a few other ingredients come together to make a fantastic meal!

I decided that oatmeal would be the “ingredient of the week” and opted to make a simple white bread but incorporated 4 heaping cups of old fashioned oatmeal with raisins in the flour mixture.

Quite delicious it turned out. Everyone seemed to enjoy it as before the end of the day, one loaf was gone!


Pistachio-Oatmeal and Chocolate Chip Cookies!


All things green are delicious, including lovely pistachio nuts!


This afternoon I opted to make something different and went surfing to find a recipe to incorporate pistachios and ended up tweaking a recipe and making it slightly different.


1 cup unsalted butter

1 cup light brown sugar

1/2 cup coconut sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla (I used organic)

2 eggs

2 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup pistachios, pulverized to smithereens in a food processor!!

1 cup old fashioned oats

1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Melt the butter and beat it together with the sugars until creamy; then incorporate the vanilla and eggs.  Sift the flour with the baking powder and soda and beat into the wet ingredients.  Stir in pistachios, oats, and chocolate chips.  Drop teaspoons onto cookie sheets that were covered with parchment paper or Silpat.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes, until bottoms have slightly browned and allow to cool – while they cool, they will harden.  Cool them on wire racks and try not to eat them all! Yes, they are that delicious!