Monday, May 28, 2012

Happy Memorial Day…….Take a Moment to Reflect!!!

Happy Memorial Day! 

Take a moment to thank those who sacrificed!

These days tend to remind me of the past - family, friends and even my childhood. I realize it is important to remember those in our past and what they have given for us to be where we are. Whether it is service to our Country or giving for the needs of the family. 

There are those in our lives every day who give and aren't always appreciated for these sacrifices…. we need to remember they choose to give and let them know we appreciate them!

When I look back at my own family history, some gave for family, some for the Country and others in their daily lives continue to give.  We can so get caught up in the world, the barbecues, and even technology we forget the importance of life. 

I admit I am at fault for this……I work each day to remember this life is compiled of so much more than the daily grind……I need to remember to enjoy each moment and be grateful every day! 

In taking this moment to reflect, I thought I would reflect back to the past. We all remember these from childhood….so I hope you enjoy Oatmeal Cream Pies

I thank each one of you for what you give every day…….
I hope others in your life have done the same…
but if not…..please hear this from me….. 
I THANK you for what you do, who you are…
and what you have helped the world become!

Oatmeal Cookies
1 C Unsalted Butter, room temperature

3/4 C Brown Sugar, packed

1/3 C Sugar

2 Eggs

1 1/2 Tsp Vanilla

2 C Unbleached Flour

1 Tsp Baking Soda

1/2 Tsp Cinnamon

1/2 Tsp Salt
1 1/2 C Quick Cooking Oats
1 Tbsp Molasses

Using a stand mixer, cream the butter, brown sugar, and sugar together. Add eggs, molasses and vanilla mix well.

In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Add flour mixture to the creamed butter until combined. Stir in oats by hand. Place in fridge for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Using a dough scoop, Drop onto baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes until edges brown. Transfer to wire rack and cool completely

Marshmallow Filling:
2 Egg Whites

1/4 C Sugar
1/4 Tsp Cream of Tartar

1 Tsp Vanilla

In a double boiler over simmering water, whisk together egg whites, sugar and cream of tartar. Whisk until sugar is completely dissolved and mixture is frothy. Note: Do not stop stirring….or walk away!

Transfer to stand mixer bowl and whisk on high until stiff peak stage. Gently stir in vanilla.
Cool completely.

Place filling between two cooled cookies. Press together and enjoy!

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