Husband has told me for a long time that I have a horrible bedside manner. It's true. I can't deny it. I have horrific bedside manner. If you are sick, achy, pained, or hurt in some way I am probably the last person you want to talk to. When Son and Daughters come to me complaining about some pain or some problem I'll simply slap a bandaid on it and send them on their way. No hugs, no kisses, no "mommy will make it better" type responses. I simply just send them on their way.
When Husband complains about aches and pains, or gets sick, my first and initial response is one of exasperation. He usually gets very scared of my response, and then gets mad that I'm not "nicer" when he is sick. But quite frankly, I've had three babies, two delivered without any pain intervention, and so pain or discomfort is not something that I have a lot of sympathy for. I'm not good with my words in that way.
But I am good with my actions. I'll cook Husband food, take up trays of hot steaming something, and try to nurse him back to health. Of course, I'll bark at him, "Wake up and eat while it's hot" and then stomp out of the room, but I really do try. I really want him to get better, if only so that I'm not suffering nursing him, so I'll do my best. I like to make or bake for him the things that he likes in order to whet his appetite.
In the end, when Husband complains about my bedside manner, I always remind him, "I still make you food to make you better!" He wishes I were nicer and sweeter in my tone and disposition, and I wish he just wouldn't get sick.
I made these cookies for a friend when she was sick, barked at her, "Hurry up and get well," gave her a hug and went on my way. I'm pretty sure that these cookies nursed her back to health faster than sweet words from my lips.
Oatmeal Toffee Raisin Cookies
Makes about 5 dozen
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup light-brown sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal
1 1/2 cups rice krispies (I use brown rice krispies from whole foods)
1 1/2 cup raisins
1 cup toffee pieces, (5 1/2 ounces)
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Sift together flour and baking soda, and set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugars on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl once or twice during mixing. Add egg, and mix on high speed to combine. Add vanilla extract; mix to combine. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
Add the sifted flour a bit at a time on a low speed until well combined. Add oatmeal, raisins, rice krispies, and toffee pieces; mix to combine.
Divide dough into three equal portions, and roll into logs using plastic wrap, approximately 1 1/2 inches in diameter. To bake, cut logs into 3/4-inch pieces. Bake on parchment-lined baking sheets, until golden brown, 9 to 12 minutes. Remove from oven, and transfer to a baking rack to cool.
Packed some up to also give to Daughters' teachers.
The texture and flavor of these cookies will have you feeling better in no time.
The brown rice krispies I like...good price too! (6 boxes you must purchase however.)
The toffee I buy - but not from here.