It is better to give than to get.
We've all probably read or heard that somewhere, especially as the holiday season kicks into full gear and we're shopping like mad people in order to pacify our families with needless and often thoughtless treasures, that it's better to give than to get. While my cultural naivete is baring its bright white ass right now, I will say that it is also a very humble and simple proverb with Biblical origins. As I processed through, and continue to process through, my feelings about indie craft and where I belong and what I like, I was reminded of this at a particularly important time.
Today, Adam's Morgan was chock full of crafty folks and carnation pink balloons - heralding in the celebration of one of the mid-Atlantic's most well-known and respected indie markets, Crafty Bastards. I did not apply to sell at this show, and some friends who did were not accepted. Alternatively, there were a number of friends who were accepted into the show, and I decided that I needed to honor their accomplishments. At craft shows, there's a lot of pressure to buy, and things are tight right now as we're siphoning most of our free cash into sending Seamus to day camp (look - it was that or locking Em and me up in a loony bin). I think my friends are the beesknees so I decided to do what I do best...bake.
Picture courtesy of Ms. Broken Plate!
I took a cookie recipe that I found randomly on a far away farmer's market website. It sounded promising and easy, and I edited it slightly. After baking them up, I wrapped them in parchment paper and finished the little parcels off with baker's twine. I carried them from booth to booth, saying hi to my favorite crafty people and sharing what I could. My mom taught me how to bake, and though I never saw it (like I never saw Santa!), I grew up believing that love was a necessary and invisible ingredient.
Apple Oatmeal Cookies
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 cup quick oats
- 1/2 t. salt
- 1 t. baking soda
- 1 t. ground cinnamon
- 1/4 t. ground cloves
- 2 t. grated lemon zest
- 1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
- 3/4 cup salted butter, softened
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce (or make your own)
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 cup diced fresh apples
- 1 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
Combine dry ingredients: flour, oats, salt, soda, cinnamon, cloves and lemon zest and whisk. Cream sugar and butter together, add egg, applesauce, honey and beat until smooth. Add flour mixture and mix well. Add apples, pecans and raisins and blend. Drop in 1.5" balls onto ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake 20 minutes or till golden brown on the bottom. Yields approximately four and a half dozen.