Oatmeal Raisin Pecan Cookies! YUM! Fall Time Baking

Oatmeal Raisin Pecan Cookies! Saying the name gets breathless, but the taste takes your breath away!

I can’t resist oatmeal pecan raisin cookies, especially during the fall and upcoming holiday season. What could be more fun than scourging for a new recipe and baking with family during these times, right? This type of weather just gets me in the baking mood. If you have nothing else to do for the remainder of your day, go to your nearest grocer and make it a goal to bake. Baking is fun with family or alone for meditation (remember to include music and wear socks for kitchen dancing and sliding along the floor; this makes it fun as you’re preheating the oven. 😂)

So how does one enjoy such sweets without adding on the calories? Well my friends, the key is to not go crazy on the sugar ..letting the raisins sit inside gives the natural sweetness for me and where I can taste the oatmeal. I like being able to taste the oatmeal. 😋
(I didn’t add the vanilla and cinnamon though, but you can.)
I have included the ingredients below!

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/2 cups pecans

1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature

1/2 cup of brown and granulated sugar each

2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt (or kosher)

3 cups old-fashioned oatmeal

1 1/2 cups raisins

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1 teaspoon of cinnamin

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

Place the pecans on a sheet or sheet pan… and bake for up to 5 minutes, until it is crisp. Set it to the side to cool. Chop very coarsley.

In the bowl of mixer ..beat the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Keep the mixer on low, add those eggs after each other, and the vanilla.

Sift the flour, baking powder, the cinnamon, and the salt together into a medium size bowl. With the mixer now on low, add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture. Mix until combined, the oats, raisins, and pecans.

Using a small scooper or a tablespoon, drop 2-inch mounds of dough onto sheet pans lined with parchment paper. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until ligh brown. Move the cookies to a baking rack and cool completely. ENJOY!! ENJOY!!!

Are You Setting Daily Goals? YES, DAILY!

Over the weekend, I was talking with my niece on the importance of setting small goals daily and setting big goals during the month or through the year. Never think that setting a small goal means you are thinking small. Small goals are made for your daily routine and are little things to help you get get important things done. There is this game I grew up playing (and still play) called The Sims. On this game, you have to let your Sim’s character complete their daily goals before moving on to the next level or next task.

Once this happens, they are rewarded with points and prizes etc. If their mood chart is on red and not green, they aren’t really inspired to do anything. This teaches us a lesson that we have to keep our mood positive in order to be motivated to do what we need to do. A small goal of mine that I have always wanted to do was go to bed by 11:30PM or 10:30PM. I’m a night owl and that goal seemed IMPOSSIBLE lol Sometimes I’ll go to bed at 1am or 2am and wake up late because I work from home. Well, that is about to change because very soon I’ll be working in a building getting up early in the morning for my training. I knew that I needed to try and complete this goal for the future.

So this is what I did over the weekend- I took care of everything I needed to do for the day and hopped in my bed by 11:30pm.

My niece even went to bed early as well so I felt like maybe I must have inspired her. Her goal was to learn to cook eggs with my mom when we woke up. She had been wanting to learn how to cook something ever since the summer and she was finally going to take a risk and do so.

My niece listening to me during one of our heart to heart walks ❤

As morning rolled around, I woke up around 7:30AM feeling refreshed and bursting with positive energy. My energy felt like the rays of sunlight expanding from my body. I had to admit, that was the best sleep I had all year (besides my afternoon naps lol)

When I came back home from my usual morning walk with the dog, my niece was in the kitchen cooking her first pan of eggs. I was surprised because I didn’t even learn how to cook anything at her age besides pancakes lol She rushed up to me, jumping up and down as she showed me her skills. She felt encouraged from completing a goal that she had set her heart on to do. Her smile was like the bright sky just from her finishing that goal. I could tell she had a boost of confidence. The way she was jumping up and down showed me that she was very proud of herself.

I guess what I am trying to say is, set small goals daily to keep you motivated for the big goals you have ahead. Small goals daily should be just as normal as brushing your teeth. An example of my next small goals will be that I need to wash my car and vacuum it lol

Now go get yourself a cute little planner and strike off things on that to-do list! You can do it!