Wednesday, March 2, 2016

A Walk in the Park and an Easy Oatmeal Cookie Recipe



This past weekend my husband and I took our dog Ellie for a walk in a local park. It was a pretty dreary day and we were expecting rain so we got out in the morning to avoid the rainfall.


Ellie always leads the way and takes us down the path that she wants to investigate. She is so happy when she is outside so she gets regular, long walks every day.



This is one of my favorite places to walk. Depending on the season, you never know what you'll run into for wildlife. We have seen lots of ducks, heron, an eagle, a crane, deer, turtles.....you get the drift. I have put in many miles walking this park with family, friend and furbies, (my late and present dogs)


This cluster of birch trees has many sets of carved initials in them. I love birch trees. We had several in our yard that did not survive the heavy snow and ice several winters ago. We thought they might bounce back but sadly they did not and my husband had to cut them down. 


As you can see, the water was very high and moving swiftly. Though we have not had much snow this winter, we have had our share of rain. Last year at this time, we measured snow in feet! Not the case this year!


As we approached a bridge, Ellie's tail began to wag.  She loves crossing over this bridge and every time we cross, she stops to look down at the water. There is often floating debris and it catches her attention every time. Sometimes it is a ball or a large tree branch caught in the current.....


After we crossed the bridge, my husband tried a few times to get a photo of Ellie and I both facing the camera at the same time. We tried once....


We tried twice.....


and it appeared that the third time was a charm until I saw the goofy face I was making....oh well...


We walked down an embankment and Ellie noticed the balls stuck in the waterfall.....they kept shooting up in the air and that looked like good fun to her!


There were actually three bouncing balls in the water but they were hard to capture in a photo. In this photo there is a soccer ball that is almost in the center of the picture. Ellie was interested in that ball but not enough to warrant a retrieval. (Thankfully)

As it was just starting to sprinkle, it was time to leave. I completed 6,000 of my 10,000 steps before 10am.

Now I will get to the cookies. I was starving when I got home. I should have made a healthy early lunch but instead I raided a plate of oatmeal cookies that I had baked the day before:  Mom's Oatmeal Cookies. Here is the recipe in my mom's very own handwriting!



So easy to whip up!


First batch....


Second Batch...



Third batch....

These are the best cookies! I remember waaaaay back in the day, coming home from school and smelling these cookies baking in the oven. OH HAPPY DAY! They have always been one of my favorite cookies! 

After a walk in the park, I deserve a cookie or two....don't I? Of course now I probably need another walk in the park....