Salad, Coconut Oatmeal Cookies & Painting

Here is Camden snitching from our salad. Something I thought would never happen…

Over the last 6-9 months Camden’s pickiness had become painfully obnoxious. I didn’t even realize how bad it had become until I stopped to realize that wherever we went Camden had a separate meal unto herself and that she never quite ate what we ate (unless it was pizza). Not wanting another picky eater in our family (my husband is very picky) I decided enough was enough. I never wanted to police the food scene in my house but I realized it was that or be a short order cook from now until forever.

Our rules are basically as follows:

* You must try it

-You don’t have to eat it all but you do have to try it. I don’t believe in the “eat it till it’s done approach

-We enforce the “try it” rule even it’s been eaten before. Tastes change. If over time it is very obvious this is a disliked food we’ll let it go.

*No more separate meals

-You eat what we eat. I do make sure that there is at least one food being served that I know she likes.

-Breakfast and lunch are typically her choice unless I am making something specific and then we go to the standard rules.

-If the food is legitimately tried and is not liked then the alternative is cold cereal and milk

They are painfully simple rules and amazingly that is all it took to solve the problem. The first few days she protested but we just remained consistent and *poof*. She is doing really well. Here is Camden enjoying our lunch of salad, grapes and cantelope.


After lunch we decided we hadn’t baked cookies together for a long time so we made some Chocolate Chip Coconut Oatmeal Cookies. YUM! Here is my mini-baker at work.


While they were baking she decided to paint. She loves to paint these days and it is fun to see how her paintings change from month to month. She is starting to explore with the form her painting takes now rather than just experimenting with color combos and filling up the paper.


Cookies are done!

The Best Oatmeal Cookies Ever

Oh My Stinkin Delicious

Ok, I have to share this because I am dying in oatmeal cookie heaven over here. After many disappointing oatmeal cookie recipes and hours of reading later I have finally found the perfect oatmeal cookie recipe for my family. I looked at a ton of recipes online and combined a few of them for a great combination. The cookies are crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside. They keep their shape and best of all they are SOOOOOO Good!The secret is the raisins. You have to soak them. I don’t even like raisins. In fact, I typically really DISLIKE raisins. But I decided to brave it and I can’t believe how good they are! You have to try it with the raisins (even if you normally hate them, you’ll see). I added chocolate chips to ours but they are totally not necessary. We had to omit the nuts because of nut allergies in our house but they would rock with some chopped pecans or walnuts. These cookies make your house smell soooo good.

1 cup butter, room temp
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
2 eggs, well beaten
1 TBSP (yes tablespoon) vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinammon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
3 cups oatmeal (quick cooking or old fashioned, not instant)
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

To prep: The key is to soak the raisins. This makes all the difference in the world. Beat eggs and vanilla together and then add the raisins, stir. Soak for an hour or two. I just walked by a few times and stirred it while I waited.


Preheat to 350 F

Cream butter and sugars with mixer. In a seperate bowl combine flour, salt, baking soda, cinammon, ginger & nutmeg. Stir the dry ingredients until well blended. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture and mix well. Now add in the egg & raisin mixture (I used my hands). Then add oatmeal and chocolate chips/nuts and combine well. Form into balls on cookie sheet. Bake 10 minutes. Let cool on cookie sheet for 2-5 minutes or until firm enough to transfer to wire rack.

Made about 2 1/2 dozen cookies for me and I made them pretty big. You could get 4 dozen if you make them small.


UPDATE: Cooking time will vary depending on your oven. Since we’ve moved to a new house I have needed to up the cooking time to around 12-13 minutes. Just keep an eye on the cookies. Also, there are lots of great suggestions in the comments for great variations so be sure to take a look.