Monday, January 6, 2014

Finishing up the Christmas sweets

Why is it so hard to get yourself back to eating normal after the holidays?  At least it is for me.  It started Christmas Eve.  That thinking, "eat all you want of everything! It's Christmas!"  Well, Christmas is over!  

As much as I hated to, I finished off the crock pot chocolate covered peanuts, the brown sugar chew bread, the truffles, and the caramel popcorn mix with chocolate covered pecans.  With this out of the way, I was off to a new start.  But wait, Saturday night Poppy was plundering in the kitchen cabinets, craving something chocolate.  So being the nice person that I am, I made a batch of chocolate oatmeal cookies, or as Poppy calls them, "meadow flops"...



You know how it is, you eat something sweet, you want something salty.  You eat something salty, you want something sweet. Continuously!

Something salty...




I could not help but think about mama.  She loved shelled raw peanuts cooked slowly in a frying pan with a little oil and salt.  Reminds me of the warm salted nuts you used to buy in the dime store.  Again, this is Poppy's fault. His very words were, "If I shell some of these peanuts will you cook them in oil and salt".  

Jeffrey Pierce, who owns the deer processing plant where Poppy works part time, brought us a bag of raw peanuts, a pack of country cured ham, and a big chunk of hoop cheese for Christmas.

I must stop feeling like it is my responsibility to finish off all these foods!

Everyone probably makes chocolate oatmeal cookies.  It is so easy...

1 stick butter
2 cups sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
1/2 cup milk

Boil for 3 minutes.  Remove from heat.  Add a big scoop of crunchy peanut butter and 1 1/2 to 2 cups oatmeal (quick cooking), 1 tsp. vanilla.   Stir and quickly drop on wax paper. 

My heart is telling me to eat healthy and lite today...get back in the routine, but my mind keeps going back to those cookies and nuts.

Okay, I am getting busy, before Poppy gets home!!

Love,
Henny Penny 

14 comments:

  1. Oh, those cookies sound sooooo good. Never ran across that recipe before---good thing---- I'd be as big as the side of a barn since I love that chocolate and peanut butter combination. But wait! Oatmeal----that's good for you, fiber you know. That might just all balance out, don't you think?

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  2. Here I am back at the computer again! That is my thinking too! Oatmeal! It's good for you! You need to try these. :)

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  3. I was blaming our munchies on the cold weather. I like that recipe...and with Oatmeal it must be good for you! :)

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    1. I think the cold weather has a lot to do with all this eating. It's too cold to get outside and do anything. Especially up where you are! :)

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  4. These are my favorite cookies in the whole world but my family can not eat anything in moderation. Would love to try the peanuts. Daddy use to buy green peanut or raw peanuts but he would just eat them. sometimes he would put them in the oven and roast them but I loved when he would boil them. I love boiled peanuts. I did the some thing this weekend, I made a coconut pie and man it was good.
    Reply from the bull post my bull's name is Jimmy.

    Love you Vicki

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    1. Jimmy. That's right! I love boiled peanuts too. Mama loved boiled and roasted peanuts (mama called them parched peanuts). I don't who could eat more, mama or Jackie! They both loved peanuts, and loved them raw too. I just saw that coconut pie on my blog list. I'm going to your blog right now and read about it! Love, Henny

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  5. Meadow flops!! That's funny!
    Making cookies tomorrow...well ...coffee's too wet without them!
    Jane x

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    1. That's right! Coffee always needs a cookie! :)

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  6. Henny Penn, Love those "meadow flops" - I will be right there with my coffee cup in hand.. It is hard to be good in the cold, don't you think - other things that we crave in cold weather include hot cornbread, biscuits, gravy, sausage, any kind of warm cake or hot cooked pudding... so, there is all manner of things we can get in trouble with! You can always blame Poppy! Love Ya Terry

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    1. It is hard to be good in the cold! I just can't stand and look out the window without something to snack on. It helps to have someone to put the blame on! :)

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  7. Ok, so here in Southern California, it isn't very wintery at the moment, but I did roast a chicken last night and made an eggplant and mushroom side dish. The sweet stuff from the holidays got taken care of by guests at New Years, tho there are some unopened candy treats around here someplace. If I get into the salted chocolate covered caramels, it will be all over. You get salty and sweet together, and I like caramel way better than chocolate (weird?). Its a new year, wisdom will prevail! I have never tasted those peanuts!

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  8. The roasted chicken and side dish sounds good! Speaking of salty and sweet together. That is why those crock pot chocolate covered peanuts are so addictive. You put two large jars of Planters salty dry roasted peanuts in the crock pot. On top of the peanuts add 2 bags of chocolate chips and a bag of white chocolate. Heat on low for 1 to 2 hours. Mix and drop on wax paper. Caramel is good but I might have to pick chocolate. :)

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  9. Two nice ideas there Henny - thank you for sharing.

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