December 2, 2007

Our Fun Day With Gary....

We had the privilege of having Gary spend the afternoon with us yesterday! Gary is a special young man, the son of our dear friends and 'one of the guys' to my kids! Audrey picked him up after doing her errands in town and brought him home for lunch and to hang out with us!

After lunch I asked Gary if he wanted to bake bread or make cookies .... (smile) the child in his heart said "MAKE COOKIES!" We had lots of fun making cookies together! It is interesting to look through the eyes of one who can't see! How does 'make cookies' translate to someone who is childlike in understanding? (mixing or eating?) We set out on this adventure together making oatmeal-raisin cookies!

Gary was a trooper...

He stirred and even felt the dough, but he wasn't too sure he liked what he was feeling! :) ......

He helped to crack the eggs,

and add the raisins.......

He checked out the dough ready to go in the oven......

AND ate the cookies after they were all baked!! :)

What a blessing Gary is to our lives!


1 Cup shortening (I use 1/2 C. butter & 1/2 C. shortening)
1 Cup sugar
1 Cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 Cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
3 Cups old fashioned Oats
1 Cup chopped walnuts
1 Cup raisins

Preheat oven 350* & grease cookie sheets. Beat shortening, sugars, eggs & vanilla. Add flour, soda & salt and mix. Add the oats, walnuts & raisins and blend in well! Roll into balls and place 2 inches apart on the cookies sheet. Bake 10-12 minute or until slightly browned. Let the cookies stand 1 minute before removing to the cooling racks! Makes approx. 5 dozen!! :) :) YUMMY!! (The only thing I'll do differently the next time is to add a pinch of cinnamon & maybe nutmeg!)


Carol said...

Dearest Mel; Cindy had forwarded me your e-mail on this blog. it is so awesome.I got all choked up reading about you day with gary and viewing the pictures.what a real blessing you and your family are.I am so thankful to know you. Love Carol

A. Sanborn said...

It appears that Gary enjoyed his wonderful day with the Blake Family... as we all do when in your families company! *wink* TFS!

Love & Hugs,
Anne :)