This past Saturday was our studio open house.We have been in our current studio (home) for the past 3 years. And every year we have had an open studio during the holidays. And every year I am grateful for the support and encouragement we receive.
Making your way through life as an artist/craftsperson is a complicated journey. It can be heartbreaking and it can be fantastic. And it can be both of those things within the span of an hour. I have come to realize the importance of the people around us that support what Kenn and I do. And I'm not referring to just the financial/money aspect. But also, the cheerleading and encouragement that we get from friends, family and strangers. Knowing that other people respond to our work and what we do is very humbling and makes it worthwhile.
So, truly, I want to thank you. Not just the people that come out to see us at shows. Or purchase online. But to anyone that has ever given us a kind word or a bit of encouragement. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
And now- a cookie recipe! It is pretty much the only cookie recipe I ever make. A few people requested the recipe, so I thought I would post it here. It is a much loved cookie from a much loved cookbook. A slightly adapted version of the Oatmeal Cookie recipe from The New Farm Vegetarian Cookbook.
1/2 cup margarine (room temperature so it is mushy)
1/3 cup oil
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup white sugar
1/3 cup soymilk
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. salt
2 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350.
Cream the margarine and oil together, then cream in the sugars. (I use an electric hand-mixer.) Add the soymilk and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Beat in flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix in the oats and chocolate chips. Blend well.
Bake at 350 for about 12 minutes.
***I find the key to a nice, chewy cookie is to pull them out of the oven right as they start to brown. If baked for longer, they will end up very crunchy. (also awesome, but some people prefer chewy to crunchy! Go with what you like!)***
(And a little note, in case you are like me and just don't think about christmas and
gifts and such until it is the actual day of. Orders must be received by Dec. 19th if you want them by Dec. 24th. *made-to-order/custom deadline has long past. Sorry!*)