Baking & Binding

All of the 6 inches or so of snow shown in the last post melted, then mid-week we got another round…just enough cold and wind and swirling snow to give us a light ground cover. I baked cookies in the early morning….two baking sheets worth here in the photo and more in the oven. I generally keep a dozen here and send the other 3 or more dozen down to the kids.

I have always used the Nestle Toll House recipe BUT add 1/2 extra cup flour + a handful of oatmeal to the mix. Sometimes I’ll do a mix of chocolate chips and butterscotch chips. If you purchase generic chocolate the Nestle recipe can be found HERE.  Trust me, if you add that extra 1/2 cup of flour to the recipe your cookies won’t flatten and the oatmeal is just to tell yourself “this is a healthy mid-morning snack” :)  Seriously I think it just adds some nice texture.

As to the grandson in the middle of the picture above ( courtesy of my DIL on FB ) he has been asking for me to bake bread, so that is next on the agenda when I get in the mood. As to the one next to him, we were pleased to see this award from January at his school! :) My DIL took a photo of it when she was there.

He has no clue why he got this. Maybe they just pick kids out of a hat, who knows :)

Awhile ago I mentioned that I had finished tying the Gradient quilt and binding was needed. I finally started that.  The back has some skulls & roses ; my youngest is a Grateful Dead fan.

I have resolved to stop all applique and *fun* hand stitching until this binding is completed.  I will continue to take breaks ( I hate to sew binding ) and get a little hand quilting in, however.

I have finished the blue block in Scrappy Granny and am ready to move the hoop again.

SUNDAY MORNING UPDATE : It went up to 64 degrees on Saturday in the weirdest winter ever…:)

I am about halfway through with the binding and may be doing my Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy’s Quilts out on the porch on Sunday afternoon if this weather continues!

You might also enjoy : Our ONE Spring Day in All of March!   or  Tuesday Treasures : Happy Things  or  Baking : Two Syrian Bread Recipes  or Challah Bread Recipe

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27 Responses to Baking & Binding

  1. Karen says:

    sorry your winter keeps on ticking – we are to be around 70 for the next week – I keep thinking one morning the weatherman will be wrong and I will wake up to a deep freeze- the hydrangea has leaf buds that are beginning to open! same with the clematis – I have a feeling one evening when I watch the weather he will say to cover the plants and I will be running around covering plants with quilts so they won’t be damaged from the cold – and it has happened. Love seeing the pictures of your happy grandchildren – I would be baking all the time for them

  2. barb says:

    oh my – is there anything better than warm chocolate chip cookies?
    Your quilting looks great and I bet it helping you stay warm.

  3. Margie Miller says:

    I buy the Walmart cookie mixes and add pecans to the mix. That is the easy way to make cookies.

    Your needlework is lovely!

  4. Joyce says:

    Having been a fellow parent/grandparent of a “student of the month,” I can assure you that the names are not “picked out of a hat!” This is a careful choice of a child who is a role model for others. One who is well behaved, respectful, hard working, and a joy to have in class. Knowing their home life, I think any one of this cute little bunch would qualify for that honor. You’ll be back eventually, to tell us about the rest of them!
    And, dear Oma, your influence on Brent has been a part of the terrific little boy Brent has grown to become!

  5. Think of it as ‘hand quilting’ the binding onto the back, LOL!! Your scrappy granny is gorgeous.

  6. Kim says:

    All that baking sounds amazing, Deb. They are some lucky kiddos. Can you be my grandma? ;)

  7. Deb says:

    I’ll take a couple of cookies with a glass of milk, please! I actually like binding… so I have no clue why I have a whole quilt waiting for the binding to be hand stitched! Chilly tonight – maybe I’ll pull it out for hand work tonight.

  8. Nana Diana says:

    Love that quilt and the binding will be done before you know it.
    I use the recipe on the inside of the oatmeal box (Quaker) and add nuts and chocolate chips instead of the raisins. That is REALLY healthy—NOT…lol

    Cute pictures of the kids and Congrats to Brent. I am sure he ‘earned’ that degree! xo Diana

  9. Baking and binding – two of my favorite things to do. Great photo of the kids, and congrats to Brent. :-)

  10. Been out of the loop for awhile so havent kept up on blogs. Nice to see you are getting the binding done. To bad I dont live closer because I likje doing binding, I could help you out. I use the Nestle’ recipe too I will have to try your additions. Spring is here in the South, hopefully you will see it soon.

  11. That’s my favorite recipe also. I add cranberries and walnuts to mine plus the oatmeal.

  12. Binding always seems to take forever because you’re anxious to be done! Nice here today. Warm for the next 5 days or so.
    Brenda

  13. Kyle says:

    Its so fun and rewarding to see all the texture appear from hand quilting. Yum for the warm cookies.

  14. Jane says:

    I’ll have to remember the tips on the cookie recipe. I’ve been making cookies for Elsie and I guess I’ll be doing it for awhile as the third arrived a week ago!

    Bravo to your grandson. I hope the accolades keep rolling in!

    Stay warm and dry!

    Jane x

  15. Sweet Marie says:

    it looks like you may have a cookie monster :) I have a cookie monster and warm chocolate chip cookies are our favorite. And Nestle is our favorite as well, I’ll have to try adding extra flour. I was thinking about making oatmeal cookies this weekend. :)
    hope you’re enjoying some sunshine today. :)
    Marie

  16. Val Reynolds says:

    My favorite chocolate chip recipe too…with extra chips! LOL!! I laughed that your grand guy has no idea why he got student of the month. Poor guy…teacher missed an opportunity to truly build his esteem and talents. (Atleast he has YOU!) The kids see m to be enjoying the snow….and you know I always enjoy seeing your projects. :)

  17. Robin says:

    Good advice about the extra 1/2 cup of flour. I always add oatmeal (and coconut) to my chocolate chip cookies because I like them to be chewy. The quilting photos are so soothing. They make me just slow down and enjoy the process.

  18. Your quilting is simply magical! And good for Brent, even if he can’t figure out how it happened. LOL Isn’t it fun to bake (or cook) for people who want to eat! I love it and miss baking for a group.

  19. Kathi says:

    You blog post is overall delightful… so happy for your Student of the month and I love how you lay out your photos in different ways too.. enjoy getting that binding finished today if the weather lets you be outside… and then you can get back to hand quilting and applique too… :) Kathi

  20. Gail says:

    Your grandchildren are well loved! Binding was my hand stitching project this week too. It’s not as glamorous as quilting or appliqué but adds the finishing touch to our projects. Have a great week.

  21. Pat in WNY says:

    Congrats to your little student of the month! That’s an honor reserved for those students who consistently act as friends and role models for their fellow students. There doesn’t have to be a particular noteworthy event, just the consistent politeness and kindness our parents expected of us routinely when we were kids! Your cookies sound awfully good this morning!

  22. Deborah says:

    Enjoy your heat wave while you can. I’m going to try the extra flour and oatmeal in my next batch of cookies. Perhaps if your stitch your binding while outside it will be a more pleasant task.

  23. Just image being able to hand stitch on the porch in February!?!?! I love binding and am doing that myself today, so will send you happy encouraging thoughts!

  24. Hand stitching on the porch sounds like heaven to me! Your cookies look delicious–we are expecting rain today, so I should bake something yummy for my hubby…

  25. Kaja says:

    I used to dislike binding but now I love to get to a finish so just keep going until it’s done. Your cookies look yummy!

  26. Debby Ray says:

    We are also having the weirdest winter ever…it has gotten up in the 70’s off and on for the past few weeks and was 83 on Sunday a week ago. Everything here is budding out and it thinks it’s spring! Congrats on that little student of the month of yours! And be still my heart…I especially love the last quilt you featured!

  27. Bernie says:

    I always add extra flour to the Tollhouse recipe too. It just works better that way! I enjoy binding. It is nice, mindless stitching. Kind of peaceful.

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