It’s OKAY to Just Make Scotchies

I don’t know who needs to hear this today, but IT’S OKAY IF YOU HAVEN’T YET PAINTED YOUR MASTERPIECE OR COMPOSED YOUR MAGNUM OPUS.

Sometimes when you feel things more deeply, you need more time to process. Your friends who ARE running marathons and writing best sellers during quarantine are NO BETTER OR WORSE THAN YOU, they just handle things differently. We are not all built the same, which is a WONDERFUL TRUTH when you embrace it!

Did you shower today? Yes? Awesome job! No? Run and do that. It’ll take ten minutes.

Did you and your children survive the day together up until now? Yes? That’s a win!

Giving power to the guilt over not being where you thought you should be at this stage in life can only hold you back further. Set small goals and just put one foot in front of the other.

A few days into quarantine, I realized I was stuck, like so many others- afraid to plan for next week, when I was unsure of what tomorrow would bring.

One day, I decided it was okay to slow down and smell the roses. I gave myself a break and started to look for forward momentum again. I started to try recipes I hadn’t made in a while, I started a garden. Slowly, but surely, I’m coming back to life. It’s been almost two years since I’ve blogged, so trust me, I get being stuck, but I’m celebrating the small victories.

I thought a nice comfort food would be a fun recipe. Since many of us are stuck with what we have on hand, or what we can find buried in the freezer, I chose Nestle’s Oatmeal Scotchies recipe (butterscotch chips were buried).

I used to hate oatmeal cookies, but these were pretty good and I’ve already reached my quarantine fifteen (still can be an overachiever!). I can pretend these are healthy because, duh, OATMEAL.

To those who have asked, here’s the recipe and to those who need a small step forward, here’s a tasty one. Enjoy!

NESTLE’S OATMEAL SCOTCHIES RECIPE

INGREDIENTS
– 1 1/4 cups All purpose flour
– 1 teaspoon Baking soda
– 1/2 teaspoon Salt
– 1/2 teaspoon Ground cinnamon
– 1 cup (2 sticks) Unsalted butter ; softened
– 3/4 cup Granulated sugar
– 3/4 cup Brown sugar ; packed
– 2 large Eggs
– 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
– 3 cups Old-fashioned oats
– 1 & 2/3 cups (11 oz package) Butterscotch morsels

48 Servings

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. PREHEAT oven to 375 degrees
  2. COMBINE flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in oats and morsels. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.
  3. BAKE for 7 to 8 minutes (chewy) or 9 to 10 minutes (crisp). Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes, remove to wire racks to cool completely.

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