Tuesday, January 15, 2008

oatmeal cookies,buttons,and why I got in trouble at the post office

I used to keep all of my buttons seperated by color and then one day I decided ah who needs all of these jars and poured all of my nice beautiful SEPERATED buttons into one big gallon jar...
Well not real a good idea because everytime I was looking for something I would have to pour them out into a cake pan to find what I was looking for so today I decided to seperate them all once again....4 hours later Iam almost done!
I dont know if anyone else does this but when I get a package in the mail I save the envelope box or whatever it is.Yesterday I took some things to the post office that I had wrapped with a cut up priority envelope that I had recieved in the mail.I used it for 4 differant packages so I was really pleased with my recycling.Well I waited in line all happy and smiling and when I get to the counter she says "mam,are these priority mailers turned inside out?" keep in mind these packages are about 4 inches square
I say "yes I took one that I had recieved and cut it up to mail these"
"mam do you realize that you are stealing from the United States Post Office?"
ok so now Im embarassed and everyone is whispering.
She proceeds to explain to me how Iam stealing and I decide to just pay priority mail even though its one envelope cut up into 4.It ends up being almost $5.00 more a package to mail them because I used that envelope ...lesson DONT RECYCLE! just kidding but if you do this be careful!
Im trying to stay away from the sewing machine today so in between buttons Im making oatmeal cookies,they are lowfat and I thought Id share the recipe,they arent too sweet and I think if my kids were still little I would make them all the time with carob chips instead of choc chips.

Low-Fat Oatmeal Cookies with Chocolate Chips (or Raisins)

1 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (optional)
2 tbsp butter, room temperature
1/4 c plain apple sauce
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 cups quick cooking oats
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add cinnamon if using raisins, instead of chocolate chips.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and the sugars. Beat in the egg, followed by the applesauce and the vanilla extract. Working by hand, stir in the flour mixture and the oats until just combined and no streaks of flour remain. Add chocolate chips or raisins just before the batter comes together.
Drop tablespoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake for about 9-12 min at 375F. Cookies will be light brown at the edges, but will not get as dark and golden as regular cookies.
Let cool on sheet for 3 or 4 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Store in an airtight container.
Makes 2 dozen cookies.
Anyway,whatever you are up to today have a good one!


T said...

I love your blog!
mmmm! those cookies sound yummy! Thanks for the recipe. Now I must decide if I am going to work on a dolly or bake cookies!
T (who thinks that the P.O. is run by poopy heads.)

Anonymous said...

that's unreal about the PO - they just laugh at me when I recycle my mailers - and tell me to make sure that all the previous labels &/or stamps are covered up....I think she was just having a bad day

Tharvey said...

I think the problem with the Priority envelope was not the recycling, but she thought that it was a new envelope.

I order the Priority mail boxes for shipping for work, and they send them to you for free, but you have to promise not to use the boxes for anything other than shipping with Priority mail.

She probably heard "I took one that I had recieved" as you using a new one that you had got from them.

Now, I don't know what the policy is about re-using the boxes/envelopes. Perhaps you are still only supposed to re-use them for Priority mail. But hopefully if you say you cut up a used one, they won't lecture you.

Tharvey said...

Right now all of the ambigrams I do are custom orders, but most of them are ordered for tattoos. I do know of another tattoo artist who does sell flash sheets & books.

Carol said...

You are such a trouble maker!
Sounds like something that would happen to me. Just so you know...the USPS doesn't care at all if you use FedEx envelopes turned inside out to mail stuff in, I do it all the time.
*looking around nervously for FedEx authorites*

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