I had a very active imagination as a child. My family went along with it.
My favorite television show was “Pound Puppies.” I had a few of the stuffed animals (honestly, I found one in the closet a few years ago and it looks like an early beanie baby).
However, Cooler the dog was also my best imaginary friend.
My family had been camping for a week and we had just packed up our entire campsite. We were all in the car, waiting to leave, when I told my father, “Daddy, we can’t leave yet! Cooler is still outside! We can’t leave without him!”
My father, bless his heart, then got out of the car, opened the door, and whistled and yelled for all to hear (and my father does have the reputation of being the loudest person in my family),
Here Cooler, come on boy! Here Cooler Cooler Cooler!
He then enthusiastically clapped and waited by the car door until I told him that Cooler had hopped in safely (and while the rest of my family died of embarrassment while the whole campground looked on).
I only hope that one day I’m that kind of parent.
Kid Approved Oatmeal Cranberry Chocolate Chip
a slightly healthier version of your favorite childhood cookie
- 1/2 c vegetable shortening
- 1/2 c granulated sugar
- 1/2 c brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp water
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 c white flour
- 1/2 c whole-wheat flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 c quick-cook oats
- 3/4 c dark chocolate chips
- 1/2 c dried cranberries
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Cream together shortening and sugars, then mix in egg, water, and vanilla.
- Add in flours, salt, and baking soda all at once and mix in.
- Add in oats, chocolate chips, and cranberries and evenly distribute through the batter (I find it’s best to use your hands for this step).
- Drop by teaspoonful onto a greased cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes until middle of cookies just starts to set (they’ll already look more golden brown because of the whole-wheat flour).
Makes approximately 20 cookies (this recipe easily doubles).