Tuesday, January 23, 2018

In the Care and Keeping of Little Ladies and a Recipe

“If parents wish their daughters to grow up with good domestic habits,
they should have, as one means of securing this result, a neat and cheerful kitchen.”
-Harriet Beecher Stowe, The American Woman’s Home

So many times I have lived in the kitchen for days, it seems.  At first, I would not let my children in the kitchen while I cooked.  I couldn't handle the talking and messes while I was busy working.  When my oldest was well over 18 years old, I finally let the girls in with me for helping and training them.  By this time, I had 9 children under my roof.  Eventually though, I realized I needed to also train the boys to cook because it would serve them well, whether on a college campus or as husbands if their wives were down for the count!

This training has served me well.  My younger daughters now help and run the kitchen as much as I do!  Which is a good thing.  This past week end and weekend I was down with the cold that has been living with our family for a month!  I was able to have my menu plan in place and food stocked for the children to help my husband and I.  Thank goodness they were well taught ahead of this time!

My oldest daughter at home decided to take it upon herself to make some delicious cookies for us with the three year old in tow!  What a blessing to me to see the fruit of my labor in training, be used in a way that was unrequested by me but by her own idea.

"Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children." -Chuck Swindoll

Loaded Oatmeal Cookies

1 cup softened butter
1/3 cup peanutbutter
1 1/2 cup sucanant (or sugar)
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 3/4 cup flour (we used whole grain, fresh ground wheat)
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 cups rolled oats
2 cups chocolate chip cookies
(add raisins if you'd like to)

Preheat oven 375*
Cream butter, peanutbutter and sugar,
Add eggs and vanilla until smooth.
In a second bowl, combine flour, salt, baking soda and oats.
Add to butter and sugar mixture.
Stir to make a goo, thick cookie dough.
Place by tablespoon fulls on greased cookie sheets.
Bake 375* for 10-12 minutes, until done.

These are excellent!


  1. Those cookies sound delicious. I started teaching my niece to cook when she was 2. She's now 3 1/2 and she can scramble eggs (I actually cook them, obviously, since she's too young for the stove), and she can do everything required to mix up a cake and then I stick it in the oven. It's amazing how much kids are capable of doing!

  2. Love this post. I have the pleasure of watching my grown up daughters caring for their own homes and families - they are amazing! I know much of what helped prepare them was the opportunity to work alongside me as they grew up.
    and thank you for this recipe - oatmeal cookies are one of my favorites!
    so glad you shared this week at our Encouraging Hearts & Home blog hop.