Oatmeal Cream Pies ~ Simply from Scratch

Thinking back over my childhood, certain foods and flavors come to mind.  Little Debbie Snack Cakes….Fudge Rounds, Star Crunch, Nutty Bars and of course, Oatmeal Cream Pies.  Interesting how memories of childhood are sometimes better than reality.  The last time I had a bite of a Little Debbie snack, well, let’s just say it was better left in my memory and not my mouth.

snack cakes

We pass by those boxes of little packaged goodies and once in a while one of the children will ask to buy them. In our home, a box of these little snacks would be gone in a snap and everyone would still be hungry. Toss in the list of ingredients and preservatives, I think we will pass on that snack idea!

You know we love to cook Simply from Scratch so when a recipe for Oatmeal Creme Pies from Macaroni and Cheesecake popped up on Pinterest, I knew it was one the children would love to try.  Mary happily volunteered to whip them up and see if this was a special treat to add to our recipe box.

Kids in the kitchen

The recipe seemed simple enough; although the cream filling did give Mary a small challenge.  The filling called for her to use egg whites and use a whisk to make them frothy. We worked on it together and the cream turned out fine although it wasn’t quite enough for all the cookies we had.  No worries; plenty of people were willing to eat the soft, chewy oatmeal cookies without any cream.

Yummy

The final result….doesn’t it look delicious? No 5 syllable ingredients, no preservatives. Basic ingredients you probably have in your pantry.  The oatmeal cream pies didn’t take long at all to whip up and we learned a bit about dealing with egg whites and frothing.

boy and a snack

These oatmeal cream pies were enjoyed by everyone!  Will we make these again? Possible. With a bit of tweaking.  We might make some changes to the cream filling.  Some didn’t feel it had much flavor. However, there were no leftovers!

What have you and/or your children been whipping up in the kitchen? I’d love to hear all about it.

Needles…yarn…laughter…

Although I do not have much time to devote to knitting, I do enjoy the clicking of the needles. I don’t have speed and I can’t say that I’m all that great at knitting but I love it. The steady rhythm of the clicking of needles is so relaxing. I even love to look at my needles. I have a few of the Harmony Wood Circular Needles that are interchangeable from KnitPicks and I love them. I hope to be able to pick up more tips soon. (I won’t admit how much the new Sunstruck needles are tempting me….)

Harmony Wood Needles

It has been some time since I have cast on a new knitting project. With so much on my to do list, knitting was not even on the list. However, I have two talented knitters in my home and I just couldn’t resist the opportunity to join in the knitting fun. Bekah and Mary are both working on new knitting projects and the projects are fun, fun, fun!

Bekah is working on a Rag Doll that is so funky and cute! I can’t give away details but it is a gift for someone. I love how Bekah is not afraid to try a new project and learn as she goes. She has not fear of the knitting frog. Here the Rag Doll pattern she is using. I meant to snap a picture today but time slipped away from me.

Mary’s project is just adorable. I can’t wait to see it finished. Elefante is on Mary’s needles. It is coming along very nicely. She does have a bit of a bump to deal with. The ears are crocheted and Mary doesn’t crochet. She will need some support from Bekah to help with the ears.  Elefante is in high demand with a certain 4 year old her. Sadly, Mary does not like to do repeat knitting.

My project? I was going to do a dishcloth. Yep. Exciting, I know. Dishcloths are easy. I can stop and go and it isn’t any trouble. Knits up relatively quick. I was not having any fun! I decided it was time to join the girls for something fun. Headed over to Ravelry to see something fun and easy to do. I chose a lovely shirt/dress pattern for Martha called Longevity. Hopefully it will be a quick knit. I would love to make a matching hat and/or leggings. I will also be recruiting Bekah to crochet me a flower or two to accent the dress. I’m sure she isn’t busy!

It was a lovely way to end the day. The girls sitting around, knitting, chatting and laughing at Martha trying to catch all the yarn.

Proverbs 31:13 She seeks wool and flax, And willingly works with her hands.

Happy (just a month or so late) Birthday!

Mary, my wonderfully fabulous second born, turned 12 on April 14th. I’m just a tiny bit behind on blogging, eh?

Mary is a treasure. She is an amazing organizer, she has a delightful imagination and sense of humor that has me chuckling often. She is the best alarm clock; helping me to get up and get moving in the mornings. I really do love her for this. Really. I do.  Mary can turn anything from folding laundry to cleaning out the van in to fun.

For as long as I can remember, Mary has loved horses. While we were tossing around ideas for what she wanted to do for her birthday, I had a moment of sheer brilliance. We have friends who have horses and I was sure they would be delighted to have us crash their home and farm all for the sake of horse lovin’ gal’s 12th birthday. And I was right. Our friends so graciously set aside  a day in their busy life, so that Mary could make a dream come true.

Mary seems to be a natural on a horse. I wasn’t sure if she would be willing to come home. However, I think she is more determined than ever to have a horse of her own one day.

My Mary is such a  blessing to me. So hard to believe that she is 12 already. I blinked and she went from that cute little baby to a lovely young lady.

Mary, Happy Birthday!!! Love you bunches!

(We have more photos from the day at the farm. I’ll post them in a separate post. )