In the last week or so we've talked about Faking Orgasms. We've also talked about a bigamist. (By the way, I've already learned a little more about Joe the Bigamist and I'll update you on him as I hear more.)
What we haven't talked about yet are cookies.
I know, this is far from a cooking website. Just hang with me for a minute.
I was at my surgeon's office the other day. You may have heard about him. Dr. Schobert has been mentioned repeatedly during the Olympic coverage. He's also been mentioned on Dancing With The Stars. He takes care of some of the Olympians including Misty May (volleyball Gold Medalist). In fact, Misty May was in his office with me this week. He's fixed her shoulder (which works perfectly – way better than mine). Recently she ruptured her Achilles tendon on Dancing With the Stars and he fixed that too.
Dr. Schobert doesn't take insurance because he doesn't need to. People fly in from all over the country to see him and gladly pay cash for the privilege of going under his knife. I, of course, was in a little different situation. First of all, I had no cash. Second, Doc won't take car accident victims because he doesn't want the legal nightmare car accidents involve.
Dr. Schobert and I had met and become friendly years ago, however. For some reason he's remembered me for all these years. He heard about my situation (three failed surgeries) from a mutual friend last February. A week later he was operating on me and rebuilding my entire shoulder. Three weeks later he did a follow-up, more minor, surgery. Doc did stuff to my arm and shoulder that hasn't been invented yet in the world of orthopedic surgery.
It was the worst thing I've ever gone through.
It was the best thing that could have possibly happened to me.
Getting my arm to work again has become his personal and professional mission. I'm very grateful for that. I think back constantly to a year ago when I would sob daily because the pain I was in could not be made tolerable by the strongest of pain meds. I realize I will probably always have pain and limitations but where I was and where I am now …. Well, it's been a remarkable improvement.
This week as I was leaving Dr. Schobert's office he grabbed a homemade cookie a patient had brought in. As he talked to me he sighed with joy over his cookie. He offered me one, but I turned him down. I was in a hurry to get going. Then he paused and he said, "You know it's better than ClassOneDrug." Yeah, doc thinks a homemade cookie can give you more peace/relief than the strongest pain narcotics on the market.
It got me thinking.
I doubt if I will ever offer another recipe here on Twenty Four At Heart, but I'm going to give you one today. I am famous for my Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies. With Halloween approaching, and with Dr. Schobert's words in my ear, I've decided to share the recipe. They're easy to make and I've yet to meet a single person who hasn't loved them. I've had the recipe for so long, I'm not sure where it originated from.
If you have time, try making them this weekend. They are moist, they are healthy (for a cookie), and they are … yummy! Honestly, they are the favorite cookie of all 3 of my kids and all of their friends. I only make them in the Fall and people start begging me for them towards the end of summer each year. They're easy, I promise!
This recipe makes a ton – plan to give some away!
PUMPKIN CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
1 + 1/2 c. butter (no substitutes)
2 c. packed brown sugar
1 c. sugar
1 15oz. can pumpkin (pumpkin's healthy!!)
1 tsp. vanilla
4 c. all purpose flour
2 c. quick cooking oats (oats are healthy!!)
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
12oz. choc. chips (I use milk choc, but semi-sweet are good too!)
Cream butter and sugars in a large bowl. Beat in pumpkin, egg and vanilla. In a separate bowl combine the flour, oats, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture. Stir in chocolate chips. (If you want some plain pumpkin cookies without chocolate, you can remove some of the batter prior to adding the chocolate chips.) Drop by tablespoonfuls, two inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for approximately 10-12 minutes.