cold outside. warm in.

The high outside today will be 11.

But, my oven is set to 350 and I’m baking my traditional “Thanksgiving” cookies.

Oatmeal Cranberry White Chocolate Chunk Cookies
1 cup butter (softened)
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 cups oats
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 cups dried cranberries (Craisins)
1 cup white chocolate chunks (chips)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Beat together butter, sugar and eggs. Add in dry mixture of oats, flour, salt and baking soda. Stir in cranberries and chocolate.
Bake for 10-12 minutes.

At some point in your preparations, stop and watch this video and let it remind you of all that is very familiar around you — all that you can choose to see “with new eyes” this holiday season.

See if it doesn’t fill you with appreciation for scrapbooking that *I believe* can help us see things again and again as if for the first time. Scrapbooking can teach us to have a greater degree of daily gratitude and that is incredibly cool.

Happy Thanksgiving.


  1. I make these kind of cookies to and I add chopped Macadamia nuts. Yummy!!

  2. peggy leland says:

    Thanks for that recipe they sound yummy. And thanks for the video I agree that scrapbooking helps make you appreciate things

  3. Happy Thanksgiving! And, thank you for the recipe — have been looking for something for a cookie exchange — found it! :)

  4. Thanks for the reminder to stop and look around – to breathe deep and truly see. That is what Thanksgiving is about, not the food. This morning my brother (who is visiting) said “if we were truly thankful we would give away the food and rejoice in the fact that we have it to give away.”

    Have a great weekend!

  5. I’m going to have to try your recipe, the cookies sound delicious! Luckily our elliptical machine is arriving today!

  6. Oooh Stacy, thanks for the reminder about those cookies. You posted the recipe last year (maybe on the WCS site?), we made them, and they were delicious!

    And again this year, I must thank you for posting your corn casserole recipe a couple of years ago. It has become a family favorite on our table at Thanksgiving (and Christmas, and Easter, and at any other pot luck we attend!).

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. Cookie receipe sounds wonderful. I might just make some this weekend – after the cool front comes thru on Thanksgiving evening. It’s 80 outside and the AC is on, not turning the oven on today. But temperature will be in the 50′s on Friday – good baking weather. Happy Thanksgiving.

  8. It’s in the mid 60′s here in georgia

  9. karen young says:

    I just printed out that cookie recipe. I think I will make those this weekend. Happy Thanksgiving Stacy!

  10. We make those cookies here, too, but we use coconut as well. (Guess that’s what you get celebrating Thanksgiving in Hawaii.) Try it!!

  11. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

  12. Very nice! My son is in Atlanta and missing this terrific (not) Washington weather. My youngest informed me that he does not like turkey. Sheesh! So, I am making turkey today, with stuffing, mashed potatoes/gravy, rutabega, a some dessert..maybe apple strudel and we are having it for lunch TODAY! since school was cancelled. So for T-day I am making him a roast beef..and probably pumpkin pie. I am grateful for so many things! Thanks Stacey!

  13. Kasandra Mathieson says:

    Dear Stacy……..loved the video but one of my favourite scriptures is Alma 34:38!! Nice to be reminded especially because we Canadians celebrated Thanksgiving last month. We can live in thanksgiving daily not just one day of the year! Off to make your cookies, thanks for sharing the recipe…’re a sweetie, love getting your blog in my mailbox!!

  14. LOVE the video message – thank you! :-) Also, the cookie recipe looks great. I am going to try it tomorrow. Maybe it will be a new tradition in our house, too.

  15. Happy Thanksgiving Stacy, and to everyone celebrating. The video was a lovely reminder to always be grateful. I do try!

  16. Ally White says:

    I started laughing when i was reading this post because i made the same cookies today with a recipe from All Great video message.

  17. Peggy Leland says:

    ok I broke down and ran out to buy the ingredients to make these tomorrow in the am. lol

  18. Those cookies look delicious! I’m going to make those today.

    I also joined The Project Life Community at BPC. So excite to get started on this.

    Have a fantastic Thanksgiving! Today I am thankful for BPC and for you and all the great ideas and positive words you share with us.


  19. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family Stacy!

    Many blessings…

  20. I can’t wait to make these cookies…they sound delish!!!
    Thank you for sharing that video. We all bneed to remember to slow down and appreciate all that we take for granted. Thanks fr the reminder.
    I joined Project Life on BPC. It’s going to be awesome! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Be Happy!!!

  21. Kathy Jo Camacaho says:

    Stacy – loved the video! An attitude of graditude can change a person’s world. Thank you sharing and Happy Thanksgivinig to you and your family. (I need to go make cookies now.)

  22. I was just thinking how everyone must be tired of all my pumpkin goodies from the past few weeks… and here is this yummy cookie recipe! Baking a batch right now. YUM!

    Thank you, Stacy, for all you do…

    Blessings to you this Thanksgiving and every day!

  23. What a wonderful message….Thanks for sharing it. Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

  24. Thanks for the recipie, it looks yummy.

  25. Thanks so much for sharing the yummy cookie recipe. My Mum, my 3 year old and I made these yesterday, and even though we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here in Australia, it was still great to enjoy time with family, and be thankful for them, and for the delicious cookies. Thank you!

  26. 11º, oh my! It’s cold here in Indy too (first snowflakes of the season last night) but the sunshine was so bright and beautiful today. I have to say, I watched the video and thanked God for the gift I believe I have been given to truly SEE beauty in things that other people appear to not see (because I ask them and they admit they didn’t see it, and because sometimes when I point out a beauty taken for granted, I get a “look” that tells me they don’t get my point at all.) Like a lone brown leaf swirling around in a mud puddle. I saw that once and thought it was the most beautiful thing. I truly thank God for my seeing eyes. This video made SUCH a good point about how so many become desensatized the beauty all around them.
    Happy belated Thanksgiving.
    p.s. I have to literally write out a time schedule to get the dinner to the table without half of it being cold, lol.

  27. Yum! I bought the ingredients and can’t wait to make these for our Christmas cookie plates!

  28. Made the cookies at 1:00 am Thanksgiving day (before the oven was busy with turkey, etc.) – DELICIOUS! Family liked them even better than the pies!

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