Category: Bucket List

2015 Reading (2015 Bucket List- #5)

booksOne of the things on my Bucket List in 2015 was to read 120 books, and me, being a homeschooled kid, and an avid reader, managed to reach that goal.

This post is more of a record to myself than anything else, but it also might interest whoever else is interested.

  1. The Charioteer of Delphi (Roman Mysteries #12) by Caroline Lawrence
  2. The Thieves of Ostia (Roman Mysteries #1) by Caroline Lawrence
  3. The Pirates of Pompeii (Roman Mysteries #3) by Caroline Lawrence
  4. The Secret of Vesuvius (Roman Mysteries #2) by Caroline Lawrence
  5. The Fugitive from Corinth (Roman Mysteries #10) by Caroline Lawrence
  6. The Assassins of Rome (Roman Mysteries #4) by Caroline Lawrence
  7. Spiderweb for Two: A Melendy Maze by Elizabeth Enright
  8. The Fences Between Us: The Diary of Piper Davis, Seattle, Washington, 1941 by Kirby Larson
  9. Gone Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright
  10. A Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck
  11. Project Mulberry by Linda Sue Park
  12. Keeping Score by Linda Sue Park
  13. The Bronze Bow by Elisabeth George Speare
  14. All Things Great and Small by James Herriot
  15. All Things Bright and Beautiful by James Herriot
  16. All Things Wise and Wonderful by James Herriot
  17. The Chosen by Chaim Potok
  18. Clue in the Castle Tower (An American Girl Samantha Mystery) by Sarah Masters Buckey
  19. The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
  20. The Haunted Showboat (Nancy Drew #35) by Carolyn Keene
  21. The Master Puppeteer by Katherine Paterson
  22. Moonshiner’s Son by Carolyn Reeder
  23. The Dolphins of Laurentum (Roman Mysteries #5) by Caroline Lawrence
  24. The Gladiators of Capua (Roman Mysteries #8) by Caroline Lawrence
  25. Cannons at Dawn: The Second Diary of Abigail Jane Stewart, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania 1779 by Kristiana Gregory
  26. A Dog Called Kitty by Bill Wallace
  27. Return to Gone-Away by Elizabeth Enright
  28. Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables #1) by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  29. Anne of Avonlea (Anne of Green Gables #2) by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  30. Anne of the Island (Anne of Green Gables #3) by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  31. Anne of Windy Poplars (Anne of Green Gables #4) by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  32. James Herriot’s Animal Stories by James Herriot
  33. Anne’s House of Dreams (Anne of Green Gables #5) by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  34. Rainbow Valley (Anne of Green Gables #6) by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  35. Anne of Ingleside (Anne of Green Gables #7) by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  36. Rilla of Ingleside (Anne of Green Gables #8) by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  37. A Season of Gifts by Richard Peck
  38. All-of-a-Kind Family Downtown (All-of-a-Kind Family, #4) by Sydney Taylor
  39. Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton
  40. Mystery of the Tolling Bell (Nancy Drew, #23) by Carolyn Keene
  41. The Clue in the Old Stagecoach (Nancy Drew #37) by Carolyn Keene
  42. Out of the Dust by Avis Goodheart
  43. Betty Gordon in Washington: Or, Strange Adventures in a Great City by Alice B. Emerson
  44. The Christmas Promise by Alan Riehl
  45. The Measure of Katie Calloway by Serena B. Miller
  46. Chasing Hope by Katheryn Cushman
  47. Hazardous Duty (Squeaky Clean Mystery, #1) by Christy Barritt
  48. Keeping my Sister: A Story of Sibling Survivalry by Nancy Paul
  49. Trail of Thread: A Woman’s Westward Journey (Trail of Thread #1) by Linda K. Hubalek
  50. A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
  51. The Coach’s Daughter: A Journey into God’s Faithfulness by Jill Woodruff
  52. Savvy Stories (Savvy Stories #1) by Dan Alatorre
  53. Letters to My Wife by Terry Dean
  54. The Jellybean Club and the Case of the Puzzling Package (The Jellybean Club #2) by Sally Butler
  55. A Sugarcreek Amish Romance (Amish of Sugarcreek Romance #1) by Anna Fisher
  56. Grace and the Drawl by Dale Cusack
  57. Leaving Liberty by Virginia Carmichael
  58. The Calling of Emily Evans (Women of the West #1) by Janette Oke)
  59. The Mystery of the 99 Steps (Nancy Drew #43) by Carolyn Keene
  60. The Great Airport Mystery (Hardy Boys #9) by Franklin W. Dixon
  61. A Little House of Their Own by Celia Wilkins
  62. Archer’s Quest by Linda Sue Park
  63. The Legionary from Londinium and other Mini Mysteries by Caroline Lawrence
  64. The Scribes from Alexandria (Roman Mysteries #15) by Caroline Lawrence
  65. The Clue in the Crumbling Wall (Nancy Drew #22) by Carolyn Keene
  66. The Colossus of Rhodes (Roman Mysteries #9) by Caroline Lawrence
  67. The Twelve Tasks of Flavia Gemina (Roman Mysteries #6) by Caroline Lawrence
  68. The Sirens of Surrentum (Roman Mysteries #11) by Caroline Lawrence
  69. The Man From Pomegranate Street (Roman Mysteries #17) by Caroline Lawrence
  70. The Missing Chums (Hardy Boys #4) by Franklin W. Dixon
  71. The Mystery of Cabin Island (Hardy Boys #8) by Franklin W. Dixon
  72. On the Other Side of the Hill by Roger Lea MacBride
  73. Fifteen by Beverly Cleary
  74. The Slave Girl from Jerusalem (Roman Mysteries #13) by Caroline Lawrence
  75. The Year of the Dog by Grace Lin
  76. The Year of the Rat by Grace Lin
  77. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  78. Life with Lily by Mary Ann Kinsinger
  79. Echoes of an Angel by Aquanetta Gordon
  80. The Mystery of the Missing Money by Paul Moxham
  81. Little City by the Lake by Celia Wilkins
  82. In the Company of Secrets by Judith Miller
  83. Anya’s Story by Julia Gouvessa
  84. Going Solo by Roald Dahl
  85. Cameron Townsend: Good News in Every Language by Janet and Geoff Benge
  86. Dumpling Days by Grace Lin
  87. Whistler in the Dark (American Girl History Mysteries #16) by Kathleen Ernst
  88. Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan
  89. Blue Willow by Doris Gates
  90. Mozart’s Last Aria by Matt Rees
  91. Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff
  92. The Maze of Bones (39 Clues #1) Rick Riordan
  93. One False Note (39 Clues #2) Gordon Kormon
  94. The Sword Thief (39 Clues #3) by Peter Larangis
  95. The Kite Flyers by Linda Sue Park
  96. The Tower Treasures (Hardy Boys #1) by Franklin W. Dixon
  97. The House on the Cliff (Hardy Boys #2) by Franklin W. Dixon
  98. The Secret of the Caves (Hardy Boys #7) by Franklin W. Dixon
  99. The Sinister Signpost (Hardy Boys #15) by Franklin W. Dixon
  100. The Secret Panel (Hardy Boys #25) by Franklin W. Dixon
  101. The Secret of the Old Mill (Hardy Boys #3) by Franklin W. Dixon
  102. Hunting for Hidden Gold (Hardy Boys #5) by Franklin W. Dixon
  103. The Clue in the Embers (Hardy Boys #35) by Franklin W. Dixon
  104. The Secret of Skill Mountain (Hardy Boys #27) by Franklin W. Dixon
  105. The Arctic Patrol Mystery (Hardy Boys #48) by Franklin W. Dixon
  106. Danger on Vampire Trail (Hardy Boys #50) by Franklin W. Dixon
  107. After the Dancing Days by Margaret I. Rostkowski
  108. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
  109. Henry Reed, Inc by Keith Robertson
  110. When My Name was Keoko by Linda Sue Park
  111. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  112. Anne Frank Remembered by Miep Gies
  113. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  114. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  115. Rebel With a Cause by Franklin Graham
  116. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Koingsburg
  117. The Secret of the Forgotten City (Nancy Drew #52) by Carolyn Keene
  118. The Shore Road Mystery (Hardy Boys #6) by Franklin W. Dixon
  119. Henry Reed’s Baby-Sitting Service by Keith Robertson
  120. Henry Reed’s Journey by Keith Robertson
  121. The Power of I Am by Joel Osteen
  122. Across the Rolling River by Celia Wilkins
  123. Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry by Mildred Taylor
  124. The Greek Symbol Mystery (Nancy Drew #60) by Carolyn Keene
  125. Jacob I Have Loved by Katherine Peterson
  126. The Clue of the Broken Locket (Nancy Drew #11) by Carolyn Keene
  127. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  128. In Too Deep (39 Clues #6) by Jude Watson
  129. Waiting for Summer’s Return by Kim Vogel Sawyer
  130. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  131. The Rising Tide by Jeff Sharra
  132. Killing Reagan by Bill O’Reilly

I also participated in a reading challenge-

  • A book with more than 500 pages- The Rising Tide by Jeff Sharra
  • A classic romance-Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • A book that became a movie- Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton
  • A book published this year- Graceful by Wendy Mass (Read in 2016)
  • A book with a number in the title- Spiderweb for Two by Elizabeth Enright
  • A book written by someone under 30
  • A book with nonhuman characters- Grace and the Drawl by Dale Cusack
  • A funny book- Henry Reed, Inc by Keith Robertson
  • A book by a female author- Project Mulberry by Linda Sue Park
  • A mystery or a thriller- The Haunted Showboat by Carolyn Keene
  • A book with a one-word title- Son by Lois Lowery (Read in 2016)
  • A book of short stories
  • A book set in a different country- Anne of Avonlea by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • A nonfiction book- Rebel with a Cause by Franklin Graham
  • A popular author’s first book- Savvy Stories by Dan Alatorre
  • A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet- Keeping Score by Linda Sue Park
  • A book a friend recommended- All Things Wise and Wonderful by James Herriot
  • A Pulitzer prize winning book
  • A book based on a true story- A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
  • A book at the bottom of your to read list (the last book read in 2015)- Killing Reagen by Bill O Reilly
  • A book your mom loves- Anne’s House of Dreams by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • A book that scares you- Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
  • A book more than 100 years old- Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  • A book based entirely on its cover- Mozart’s Last Aria by Matt Rees
  • A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t- The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare
  • A memoir- Going Solo by Roald Dahl
  • A book you can finish in a day- The Great Airport Mystery (Hardy Boys) by Franklin W. Dixon
  • A book with antonyms in the title- All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
  • A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit
  • A book that came out the year you were born
  • A book with bad reviews
  • A trilogy
  • A book from your childhood
  • A book with a love triangle
  • A book set in the future
  • A book set in high school
  • A book with a color in the title- The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
  • A book that made you cry- The Measure of Katie Calloway by Serena B. Miller
  • A book with magic- Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
  • A graphic novel
  • A book by an author you’ve never read before- The Chosen by Chaim Potok
  • A book that takes place in your home town- not telling where my hometown is…!
  • A book that was originally written in a different language- The Diary of A Young Girl by Anne Frank
  • A book set during Christmas- A Season of Gifts by Richard Peck
  • A book written by an author with your same initials- yeah, like I’m going to tell you!
  • A play
  • A banned book- The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • A book based on or turned into a TV show
  • A book you started but never finished
  • A book you own but have never read

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Ginger Snaps|2015 Bucket List- #3.6

Ginger Snaps|2015 Bucket List- #3.6

As the year draws to a close, RockandMinerals4Him tries to bash out all the Bucket List summaries for the year, in hopes of getting them all done and posted before the year ends (and has failed).

In August, our county had its county fair. This year, I signed up to enter a cookie basket, not knowing what I was getting myself into! A cookie basket requires 6 cookies of 5 different types in a basket or box which the fair judges, then gives away to charity. I spent almost an entire day baking 5 different batches of cookies…by the end, I couldn’t quite bring myself to look a cookie squarely in the…well…eye.

I did make myself a little chart, though, to show how much of each ingredient to use, to keep me from having about 10 dozen cookies on my hands. It was pretty much splitting the recipe into enough pieces to make about 10, usually by quartering a recipe. As a result, I only had enough cookies to bring to the fair, with not many left over, so I don’t quite remember all the cookies and their tastes and the like, especially since I had 6 batches and also since it is now 3 months after the fair. I’ll do my best to rate them, but I can’t promise that they’re all fair.

Batch- 5 of 6


Ginger Snaps (from Pillsbury: Best Cookies Cookbook , page 82)

Ingredients-

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup margarine or butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup sugar.
  • (Since we didn’t have any cloves or nutmeg that I could find in our house, I used pumpkin spice powder. Bad, I know)

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Step 1: In large bowl, combine 1 cup sugar, margarine, molasses and egg; beat until light and fluffy. Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, ginger, cloves and nutmeg (or in my case, pumpkin spice powder); mix well. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate 1 hour for easier handling (I don’t think I refrigerated it, because I was in a time crunch, but I’d recommend doing so, because the dough was VERY sticky since I didn’t).

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Step 2: Heat oven to 350°F. Shape dough into 1-inch balls (which I am meticulous about; I’ll roll them into perfect balls as you’ll see in the picture below); roll in 1/4 cup sugar. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.

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Step 3: Bake at 350° for 8 to 12 minutes or until set. (Cookies will puff up, then flatten during baking.) Cool 1 minute, then remove from cookie sheets.

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Yield- 5 dozen cookies. (I obviously made less).

Prep time- 1 hour 45 minutes (including 1 hour refrigeration time)

The cookies were on the small side, being slightly bigger than a half-dollar. They were definitely ginger-y, which was probably due to my putting in too much ginger, but they were very good. I will definitely be doing these again in the future. I’m thinking that, made larger, they’d make wonderful Christmas presents.

RockandMinerals4Him rating- 10/10

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Addictive Double Chocolate Mint Cookies|2015 holiday recipe|2015 Bucket List- #3.5

Addictive Double Chocolate Mint Cookies|2015 holiday recipe|2015 Bucket List- #3.5

Every year around Christmastime, RockandMinerals4Him tries to make a holiday recipe, generally containing peppermint. Holiday recipes make great presents for teachers, friends, and family. They also work very well in Christmas parties as well as just to enjoy at home, with a cup of hot cocoa and a good book.

IngredientsP1010364_1

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon mint extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Beat butter, white sugar, and brown sugar in a large bowl until fluffy. Stir egg, vanilla extract, and mint into the mixture until thoroughly combined. Mix flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt into wet ingredients to make a smooth dough. Gently fold chocolate chips into the dough. Drop by spoonfuls onto baking sheets.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until cookies are set, 10 to 12 minutes.

These cookies are great! I found this recipe on Allrecipes with a high rating while I was looking for a suitable Christmas recipe. It’s an incredibly simple recipe, it smells heavenly, and the texture is also great!

I gave these cookies to teachers and friends, and they all enjoyed. I’m pretty sure I’ll do it again next year for friend/teacher gifts as well.

RockandMinerals4Him rating- 10/10

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Lemon Pie/Tart|2015 Bucket List- #4

One night in October, Mother turned to me and asked, “Can you please squeeze and zest the lemons?” Having just read this post by my friend Red/knittingfrenzy18, I immediately thought to make lemon bars instead of the lemonade that we usually make. After looking up a recipe, I decided to make lemon pies, since Mother’s favorite dessert is lemon meringue pie. It was after I finished making them that I realized that since they weren’t officially a pie, I could count them under my “Bake something cool” item on my bucket list!

This recipe is a recipe from one of the members of our former church’s mother, which she shared in our church cookbook.


Lemon Pie

Ingredients-

  • Filling
    • 4 lemons
    • 2 cups sugar
    • 1 cup flour
    • 4 eggs
    • 4 cups water
  • Crust
    • 2 cups of flour
    • 1 cup of butter

Only until after I measured out the ingredients needed did I realize this is a double recipe, which ended up working out perfectly, since I only had a little less than half a cup of butter.

Instructions-

  1. Cut butter into flour, and pat into 9×11 inch pan for the pie crust. I decided not to make it into a pie  couldn’t find the pie pan, so I put the crust into muffin tins and made tarts instead.
  2. Bake the crust for 10-12 minutes at 425°F or until light brown.
  3. Grate lemons, juice lemons, remove seeds, add zest to juice, add zest to juice, and set aside. (As I mentioned before, I had finished squeezing and zesting the lemons…therefore I googled how much lemon juice/lemon zest was in an average lemon- Turns out I had wayyy more than enough lemon juice, but not enough zest for even one lemon’s worth of zest!)
  4. Using a large microwaveable bowl, add 2 cups of sugar and 2 cups of water into the bowl and stir, so that the sugar is mostly dissolved.
  5. In blender (or mixer, or elbow grease, lots of it), add 4 egg yolks, 1 cup flour, and add 2 cups of hot water slowly while blending.
  6. Add the blended mixture to sugar and water in the bowl, and mix with whisk.
  7. Microwave this mixture on high, mixing every 2 minutes until thick. (The end result should be a mixture with a texture like paper paste and that looks like…well…errm…puke….)
  8. Add lemon and zest. Pour onto cooked crust.
  9. Beat the 4 egg whites until peaks form; add 1 teaspoon cream of tartar and 3 Tables of sugar, finishing beating untio peaks hold up. (I didn’t feel like washing the mixer, so I tried beating by hand….it didn’t work. I ended up having to wash both the mixer AND a fork and a bowl!)
  10. Cover the lemon filling, sealing whites to edges.
  11. Bake at 350° F for 15 minutes. Cool and enjoy!

I found that the meringue, although crisp and meringue-y when it first comes out of the oven, it becomes sticky.It was still good, though. It tasted more lemony than I expected it to be (different from store bought lemon pie), but it wasn’t sour.

RockandMinerals4HIm rating- 9/10

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Snickerdoodles (2015 Bucket List- #3.4)

Snickerdoodles (2015 Bucket List- #3.4)

As the year draws to a close, RockandMinerals4Him tries to bash out all the Bucket List summaries for the year, in hopes of getting them all done and posted before the year ends (and will probably fail).

In August, our county had its county fair. This year, I signed up to enter a cookie basket, not knowing what I was getting myself into! A cookie basket requires 6 cookies of 5 different types in a basket or box which the fair judges, then gives away to charity. I spent almost an entire day baking 5 different batches of cookies…by the end, I couldn’t quite bring myself to look a cookie squarely in the…well…eye.

I did make myself a little chart, though, to show how much of each ingredient to use, to keep me from having about 10 dozen cookies on my hands. It was pretty much splitting the recipe into enough pieces to make about 10, usually by quartering a recipe. As a result, I only had enough cookies to bring to the fair, with not many left over, so I don’t quite remember all the cookies and their tastes and the like, especially since I had 6 batches and also since it is now 3 months after the fair. I’ll do my best to rate them, but I can’t promise that they’re all fair.

Batch- 4 of 6


Snickerdoodles snickerdoodlesing

From Pillsbury: Best Cookies Cookbook, page 64.

Ingredients-

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine or butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

Steps-

1- Heat oven to 400° F. In large bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups sugar and margarine; beat until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and eggs; blend well. Add flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt; mix well.

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2- In small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of sugar and 2 teaspoons cinnamon. Shape dough into 1-inch balls; roll in cinnamon sugar. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.

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3- Bake at 400° for 8 to 10 minutes or until set. Immediately remove from cookie sheets.

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The cookies turned out pretty good; however, they never did spread out. As shown by the image above, after baking, they stayed small and round and lumpy. The sweetness level was just right, and the texture was great as well! I’ll definitely be trying these again in the future.

RockandMinerals4Him rating- 9/10

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Oatmeal Carrot Cookies|2015 Bucket List- #3.3

Oatmeal Carrot Cookies|2015 Bucket List- #3.3

As the year draws to a close, RockandMinerals4Him tries to bash out all the Bucket List summaries for the year, in hopes of getting them all done and posted before the year ends (and will probably fail).

In August, our county had its county fair. This year, I signed up to enter a cookie basket, not knowing what I was getting myself into! A cookie basket requires 6 cookies of 5 different types in a basket or box which the fair judges, then gives away to charity. I spent almost an entire day baking 5 different batches of cookies…by the end, I couldn’t quite bring myself to look a cookie squarely in the…well…eye.

I did make myself a little chart, though, to show how much of each ingredient to use, to keep me from having about 10 dozen cookies on my hands. It was pretty much splitting the recipe into enough pieces to make about 10, usually by quartering a recipe. As a result, I only had enough cookies to bring to the fair, with not many left over, so I don’t quite remember all the cookies and their tastes and the like, especially since I had 6 batches and also since it is now 3 months after the fair. I’ll do my best to rate them, but I can’t promise that they’re all fair.

Batch- 3 of 6


Oatmeal Carrot Cookies (Pillsbury: Best Cookies Cookbook page 43)

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  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats (I used old fashioned oats, since they were handy).
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup margarine or butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrot

Steps-

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The dough

1- Heat oven to 350°F. Grease cookie sheets. In large bowl, combine all ingredients except nuts and carrot; beat at low speed until well blended. Stir in nuts and carrot. Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto greased cookie sheets.

2- Bake at 350°F for 8 to 12 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheets.

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The finished product

The recipe doesn’t require refrigeration, which makes it a quick, easy, and healthy recipe. It took about 20 minutes from beginning to end, since I wasn’t baking the full batch of the cookies. In the proportions above, the recipe produces about 3 dozen cookies, but as seen by the image above, I only made 10.

The cookies turned out pretty good; however, the combination of nuts and carrot made for a somewhat soggy cookie with unpleasant chunks of hard nuts in it. I didn’t particularly appreciate eating a cookie, soft for the most part, then running into a random piece of nut in it. The carrot taste wasn’t particularly prominent, so I liked that aspect of it. The cookie was pretty soft and formless, apart from the chunks of nuts in it, so if I were to make it in the future (which I probably won’t) I’d lessen the amount of water in it.

RockandMinerals4Him Rating- 5/10

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Crisp and Chewy Molasses Cookies (2015 Bucket List- #3.2)

Crisp and Chewy Molasses Cookies (2015 Bucket List- #3.2)

Meep…the year’s almost over! What?! As the year draws to a close, RockandMinerals4Him tries to bash out all the Bucket List summaries for the year, in hopes of getting them all done and posted before the year ends.

In August, our county had its county fair. This year, I signed up to enter a cookie basket, not knowing what I was getting myself into! A cookie basket requires 6 cookies of 5 different types in a basket or box which the fair judges, then gives away to charity. I spent almost an entire day baking 5 different batches of cookies…by the end, I couldn’t quite bring myself to look a cookie squarely in the…well…eye.

I did make myself a little chart, though, to show how much of each ingredient to use, to keep me from having about 10 dozen cookies on my hands. It was pretty much splitting the recipe into enough pieces to make about 10, usually by quartering a recipe. As a result, I only had enough cookies to bring to the fair, with not many left over, so I don’t quite remember all the cookies and their tastes and the like, especially since I had 6 batches and also since it is now 3 months after the fair. I’ll do my best to rate them, but I can’t promise that they’re all fair.

Batch- 2 of 6

I got this recipe out of Pillsbury’s Best Cookies Cookbook (page 104). It makes 6 dozen cookies and requires refrigeration, bringing the total prep time to about 7 hours.


Crisp and Chewy Molasses Cookies

Ingredients-

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup margarine or butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger (I couldn’t find most of these spices, so I just used pumpkin pie spice instead…it obviously works, so that may be an option.)

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Steps-

  1. In large bowl, combine sugar and margarine, and beat until light and fluffy. Add molasses and egg, blending well. Add all the remaining ingredients and mix well. Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for about 30 minutes for easier handling.

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    Step 1- The dough
  2. On waxed paper, shape dough into a roll 9 inches long. Wrap roll in waxed paper or plastic wrap, refrigerate 5 hours or until firm. (This was a step I omitted, since I wasn’t going to be the person eating the cookies, and also since I wanted to get the entire baking process out of the way as soon as possible.)
  3. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Cut dough into 1/2 inch slices, then each slice into quarters. Place slices 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees F for 6 to 10 minutes or until set. Immediately remove from cookie sheets.

I didn’t take a picture of the finished result, sadly…I had my hands full with 5 batches and wasn’t sure which I had a picture of and which I didn’t. Evidently, I forgot to get a picture of this one.

If I remember correctly, this was a very chewy cookie, almost to the point where it was tough and hard to eat. It may have been due to the great chance that I could have messed it up, or it could just have been due to the “crisp and chewy” part of the cookie. I’m not sure. I’ll probably try this recipe again in future days.

RockandMinerals4Him rating- 7/10

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (2015 Bucket List- #3.1)

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (2015 Bucket List- #3.1)

One of my bucket list items/goals this year is to try to bake a variety of different cookies. The first cookies I’ve baked this year are these oatmeal raisin cookies. I got the recipe out of Pillsbury’s Best Cookies Cookbook (page 45, for those interested).

Ingredients-

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup margarine or butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups quick-cooking rolled oats (I used old fashioned- they were a suggested substitute for chewier cookies)
  • 1/2 cup raisins (I used more; I like lots of raisins)
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (I didn’t use any because of orthodontic treatment in my family)

Steps-

1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. (It was actually really cool how the oven finished preheating right as I finished mixing the dough). Grease cookie sheets (yes, definitely do this…and with a lot of oil, don’t just use the butter wrapper). In large bowl, combine sugar, brown sugar, and margarine; beat until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and egg; blend well. Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well. Stir in oats, raisins and nuts. Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto greased cookie sheets.

Bake at 375 degrees F for 7 to 10 minutes (it takes closer to 10) or until the edges are light golden brown. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheets.

My cookies turned out quite flat….but then I remembered that I was going to put in 1/4 cup whole wheat flour and 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour instead of 3/4 cup all-purpose flour…and I forgot to put in the 1/4 cup whole wheat flour.

The cookies were really good, but a tad sweet (maybe also because I forgot to put in enough flour?) The recipe made about 2 dozen cookies plus a super-sized cookie (which I made because I was too lazy to make little pieces of dough).

All in all, I think it is a wonderful recipe. If I make it again, I’m going to use less sugar and use the right amount of flour. ☺ I might even use it for a cookie basket item in the county fair, which is coming up!

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