Monday, September 13, 2010

Scalloped Dehydrated Potato's / Oatmeal Cookies

It keeps trying to rain around here but it just can't seem to make up its mind.  We have had a little bit around here but hey, we could always use some more.  The garden boat and the other plants are loving it!  The cucumbers are blooming and so is the yellow squash.  I just love squash blooms.  I have always marveled at their beauty.  The one spaghetti squash seed that Mars planted is really taking off.  He has it in a cage so it can climb and man is it ever doing that!  It's at least four foot tall now with a single bloom on it!  There is even a bloom on one of the tomato plants! 

Mushroom and I made some oatmeal cookies yesterday.  They turned out really good.  They are huge too.  This is a recipe that she used to make for her kids when they were little.  She used to send them off to school with a couple of them for breakfast!  Now before you say "What?  Cookies for breakfast?"  just check out the ingredients in this wonderful recipe. It is also really versatile so feel free to play around with the ingredients!   Who says cookies can't be healthy!!

                             Moms Oatmeal Cookies

1 1/2 c flour                                                3/4 c Honey
1 teaspoon baking soda                             2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon salt                                        1 c shortening  or butter
1 teaspoon cinnamon                                 1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cloves (optional)                  2 c rolled oats
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg                    1 cup untoasted sunflower seeds
2 tablespoons toasted wheat germ
1/2 c coarsely chopped nuts (your choice)
1/2 c dried fruit, diced (raisins,crasins,apricots, dates, figs, currants ) ( we used dried strawberries and blueberries this time)

Sift together flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and ground cloves .  Cream shortening.  Add in eggs and honey, creaming after each addition.  Add vanilla.  Add flour mixture in 3 additions, mixing well after each addition.  Fold in oats, seeds, fruit, nuts and wheat germ.  Drop by spoonfuls onto cookie sheet.  Bake at 325 *F for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned.

Hint : Use any fruit that you like, mixed or alone.  Use any nuts that you prefer.  Sesame seeds are good too.

Last night for dinner we had baked pork chops, scalloped potato's and a really nice green salad.  I am posting the recipe for the scalloped potato's here because everything that is called for is probably in your food storage already.  They turned out wonderful. We put the pork chops on top of the potato's to save space and energy!  I have the before picture here but I wasn't fast enough to click a pic of the finished product right out of the oven. 

Scalloped Dehydrated Potatoes

3 c dehydrated potato slices
1/2 c nonfat powdered milk
2 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 tablespoon dried parsley or chives (optional)
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
2 3/4 c boiling water
* pinch of salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Place potato slices into a medium casserole dish.  Combine remaining dry ingredients and sprinkle on top of the potato slices.  Dot with butter.  Pour boiling water over all and stur gently to combine.
Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes, or until potato's are tender.  You can broil it for the last 1-2 minutes if you prefer the top to be a little more browned.

I was ,however, able to click a picture of the Oh So Finished pan.  I guess that this one speaks for itself!!

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  1. Dang those cookies look and sound good, the potatoes are a given, I love scalloped potatoes so I know they had to be good!

    Thanks for sharing the recipes, Mushroom and Sci :)


  2. G'day cookies look yummy. Plenty of rain here in Melbourne so far. Beautiful spring sunny morning at the moment. Not good for my hayfever, grrr.

  3. I made the scalloped potatoes last night, thanks so much for sharing the recipe! We loved them :)

  4. I'm sure glad you liked them! Thanks for stopping by.