Coconut Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

These are my signature, go-to cookies that are a true crowd pleaser. Everyone I have made these rave about them. They are so easy and so yummy. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
1 cup oats
3/4 cup flour
1/2 shredded coconut
1/2 golden raisins
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 stick unsalted butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:
Heat oven to 350*. Combine oats, flour, shredded coconut, raisins, pumpkin pie spice, and baking soda in a bowl. Beat butter and sugar together in separate bowl… Add egg and vanilla until just mixed. Stir in dry ingredient mixture. Take heaping tablespoon amounts and drop onto nonstick pan. Bake 15 minutes or until golden brown. Makes about two dozen cookies, depending on size.

M&M Cookies

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Ingredients:
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 white sugar
1 cup vegetable shortening
2 eggs
3 teaspoons vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups m&m’s

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350*. Electronically mix together brown sugar, white sugar, shortening, eggs, and vanilla on low speed until well mixed. Add flour, baking soda, and salt… do not overmix this part. The dough will feel very thick and dry. Stir in m&m’s by hand. Roll into large balls and flatten slightly on the pan. Press extra m&m’s into tops. Bake about 12 minutes. Remove from cookie sheet and transfer to cooling rack. Enjoy!!!

Summer Cucumber Salad

I whipped this up tonight in order to use up a bunch of veggies that needed to get gone. My mother-in-law has a huge garden and lately I have been finding myself wanting to experiment with new and creative ways to gobble them up.

This summer cucumber salad is a no-brain recipe that tastes fresh and crisp. I think you’ll love it!

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Ingredients:
-2 large cucumbers
-8 roma tomatoes
-1/2 large yellow union
-10 fresh basil leaves
-garlic salt
-pepper

Directions:
Seed the cucumbers and tomatoes, dice. Finely chop the onion and basil. Mix all ingredients together in bowl. Season with garlic salt and pepper. Chill several hours or overnight. Enjoy, XOXO!