My real reason for hoping for a snow day today...
Thomas discovered a bag of Reese's peanut butter chips in the back of the pantry. He was demanding to know when I bought them, how long they'd been there, and what my plans were for these chips? How could such potential cookie goodness have been under the same roof as him without him knowing about it? So of course I needed to make chocolate peanut butter chip cookies (recipe on the back of the bag). Also, I used the basic muffin recipe from Christopher Kimball's Yellow Farmhouse Cookbook to make another family favorite. This recipe pleases everyone because I divide the batter and make different varieties of muffins. Today I made chocolate chip, plain, and my favorite: jelly. To make the jelly muffins, I fill the muffin tin halfway with batter, plop a dollop of raspberry jam in there and cover it with a spoonful of batter. Blueberries are also a great add-in for the basic batter. Also from Yellow Farmhouse Cookbook are the molasses spice cookies. The best non-chocolate cookie I know of. They are spiced with ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg and after rolling the dough into walnut-sized balls they are dipped in sugar before baking, giving them a nice sparkle on top.
But the biggest crowd-pleaser of the day is this... Cheesy Italian Oatmeal Pan Bread.
I clipped this recipe from the back of a bag of Pillsbury flour a few years ago because I thought it looked interesting. It took me about three years to get around to trying it. Now that we've tried it, I am making it all the time. Since I am too lazy to type out the whole recipe I took a picture using the document setting on my camera and it worked! (double click the recipe if you haven't faced up to the fact that you need reading glasses) Yea! I may never type out another recipe again.
Here's a tip... after you boil the water and add the oats and butter, like this:
you'll need to cool it down to 110 degrees. If you use the snow method for cooling, like this:
because you are impatient, like me... watch that thermometer carefully because things really cool down fast on the deck during a blizzard!
Oh and one other thing... if you are making a delicious dinner of lobster ravioli with a tomato cream sauce you've experimented with, thinking this bread will make a nice accompaniment, it will. But beware: if you get too busy cooking, you may forget all about the bread, even though the aroma still hangs in the air, and you may just end up having Cheesy Italian Oatmeal Pan Bread for dessert.
Please don't ask how I know this!
Snowy Blessings From,