#Sponsored: @HodgsonMillinc #GRAINHoliday Recipe: Oatmeal Cherry Delights, Santa’s Favorite Cookie

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Hodgson Mill. I received samples in order to create this recipe, and am being entered into a contest along with other bloggers. Any opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Hodgson Mill Flour & Cookies

Anyone that knows me knows that I am by no means a chef. But, if there’s one thing I love to make, it’s cookies. Especially during the Christmas season. I love giving homemade cookies as gifts to teachers, neighbors, friends, and loved ones. And there’s nothing better than spending time with my kids in the kitchen.

I have recently made the switch to Hodgson Mill White Whole Wheat Flour for all of my cooking and baking. Why? Because it’s a better choice for myself and my family. Earlier this year, I made some big changes in our household, and that includes the way we eat. Now, whenever a recipe calls for flour, I pull out my bag of Hodgson Mill White Whole Wheat Flour. It works just like regular flour, tastes great, and it’s just better for everyone.

For this post, Hodgson Mill asked me to create an original recipe for a holiday cookie. Since that’s one thing I absolutely love to make, I jumped right on board!

Year ago, my grandmother gave me her oatmeal cookie recipe. (Which is my absolute favorite cookie in the world.) I decided to take Grandma’s recipe and change it up into what is now knows as “Oatmeal Cherry Delights” or “Santa’s Favorite Cookie.” And trust me, in this house, these ARE Santa’s favorite cookies. These cookies are perfect for cookie exchanges, giving as gifts, or leaving a few for Santa to enjoy on Christmas Eve.

Santa's favorite cookie

Oatmeal Cherry Delights

Materials Needed:

  • Medium to Large Mixing Bowl
  • Greased Cookie Sheets

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups Hodgson Mill White Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 cup White Sugar
  • 1 cup Packed Brown Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
  • 4 cups Quick Cooking Oats
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 cup Butter, Softened
  • 1 jar Maraschino Cherries, chopped (16 ounce jar)
  • Juice from the jar of Maraschino Cherries
  • 2 Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bars (4.4 ounce each), crushed

Directions:

  1. In a medium or large mixing bowl, cream together butter, white sugar, and brown sugar. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in vanilla and juice from the jar of maraschino cherries.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon, then stir into the creamed mixture. Mix in oats. Add in chopped cherries and crushed chocolate and mix well.
  3. Cover the bowl, and chill the dough for at least one hour.
  4. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Grease cookie sheets. Roll the dough into 1 1/2 inch balls, and place 2 inches apart on cookie sheets. Do not flatten cookies, but you can add sprinkles if desired.
  5. Bake for 7 to 9 minutes in preheated oven. Allow the cookies to cool on a baking sheet for approximately 5 minutes before moving them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Once the cookies are cool, you’re ready to enjoy them!

oatmeal cherry delights

My kids absolutely flipped over these cookies, and they’re our new favorite Holiday cookie. I have a feeling we’ll be making these every year from here on out, and it’s all thanks to Hodgson Mill.

oatmeal cherry delights

To get you into the baking spirit, Hodgson Mill has some great things going on right now. You won’t want to miss out on these!

First of all, CLICK HERE for a $1.00 off coupon on any 5LB bag of Hodgson Mill flour or cornmeal, which can be redeemed nationwide.

Next, be sure to enter the 25 Days of Grain Holiday Sweepstakes with a chance to win fantastic prizes from Hodgson Mill every day from now until Christmas!

And, lastly, use the Rafflecopter Gadget below to enter to win a prize pack of Hodgson Mill goodies – winner’s choice of gluten free products or a selection of whole wheat items ($25 value).

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oatmeal cherry delight cookies

Have a GRAIN holiday, everyone, and let’s get to baking! 🙂

Hodgson Mill’s Summer Pastabilities: Grilled Chicken Summer Salad #Sponsored #Giveaway Ends 8/31

Sample ReceivedDisclaimer: I received samples of Hodgson Mills Whole Wheat Pasta in order to facilitate my review and participate in the contest. This giveaway is sponsored by Hodgson Mills. Opinions expressed are 100% my own and have no been influenced in any way.

Once again, I am participating in Hodgson Mill’s Summer Pastabilities Recipe Contest. Last year, I submitted the Yummy Goodness Pasta Salad dish. I didn’t win, but it’s still one of my favorite pasta dish recipes to use for parties, picnics, cookouts, and more.

This year, I decided to step it up a bit this year. I wanted to make another pasta salad, but I wanted it to be hearty enough that you could eat it as a meal. So, my hubby and I put our thinking caps on and we created the Grilled Chicken Summer Salad.

Grilled Chicken Summer Salad

I love, love, love how this salad turned out. Best part? My kids love it too! It was the first time in a long time that I didn’t hear any complaints at dinner time, and every single one of the kids asked for seconds. It’s just that good.

Here’s the recipe so you can make this for your family. (Please note, this recipe is sized to feed my large family. You can cut the recipe in half for your family, or you can make the full recipe and take the leftovers to a friend. They’ll thank you for it.)

Grilled Chicken Summer Salad IngredientsIngredients:

  • 6-8 Grilled Chicken Breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 boxes of Hodgson Mill’s Whole Wheat Angel Hair Pasta
  • 1 Cucumber, chopped
  • 1 package of Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1 Bottle of Italian Dressing
  • 2 containers of Feta Cheese
  • 15 – 30 Spinach leaves, torn into small pieces

 

Directions:
Cook noodles as directed on package. Rinse in cold water. Set aside. Toss all ingredients together in one large (or two medium) size bowl(s). Refrigerate for 1 – 2 hours, or longer if desired. Serve and enjoy!

So, so easy, and so, so yummy!

If you want to get technical, I added the Italian dressing to the pasta first, then the cucumber and spinach, then the tomatoes and cheese, and then the chicken. I used my hands to toss it all together, and that was that! I can’t stress enough how easy this was to make.

I also made it a little better for us by using a cucumber straight from the garden, fat free Italian dressing, and fat free Feta cheese. No guilt, but all of the taste. Yum!! Plus, Hodgson Mill’s pasta is made with 100% whole grains, and it’s so much better for you. I paired my serving with a refreshing glass of ice water, a freshly baked roll, and it was perfect for a summer evening meal.

Grilled Chicken Summer Salad

Enter to win the Summer Pastabilities Gift Pack Give-a-way sweeps from Hodgson Mill! It’s your chance at a $50 prize pack filled with quality Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat pasta, a copy of the Hodgson Mill Whole Grain Baking Book, and so much more! Just make sure you hurry! The sweepstakes ends this Friday, August 9th.

This summer you can also take $1 off any variety of Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat pasta with the coupon available here: http://bit.ly/PASTA2013

And, as always, I encourage you to interact with Hodgson Mill in the following ways:

  • Join the email newsletter for Hodgson Mill coupons, giveaways, offers, recipes and more, all before they’re released to the public.
  • Stumped when it comes to “what for dinner?” Check out the Hodgson Mill blog for healthy, seasonal, and delicious inspiration. Just be sure to wipe the drool off your screen.
  • Interact with the community and get talking on the Hodgson Mill Facebook page.
  • For more mouthwatering foodie inspiration, follow Hodgson Mill on Pinterest!

Hodgson Mill also wants to get my readers taste buds tingling, and they’ve offered one lucky reader a $25 Pasta Prize pack. You’ll receive 6 boxes of different Hodgson Mill pasta varieties to try out this recipe, as well as any you want to create! (You’ll be able to view all the yummy recipes in the Summer Pastabilities contest after September 13th at this link: http://hodgsonmill.com/ourkitchen/recipes.)

To enter the contest, please use the rafflecopter gadget below.

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Hodgson Mill Summer Pastabilities {Ends 7/15}

I have been entered into the Hodgson Mill Summer Pastabilities Recipe Contest, and I am so excited about it!

For this contest, bloggers were asked to come up with an original recipe that uses Hodgson Mill whole wheat pasta as the main ingredient.

This was such a fun challenge for me, and for my family. We are pasta lovers, so trying different recipes was a blast. Some worked… some not so much. But, boy, was it fun trying!

I finally decided to submit the Yummy Goodness Pasta Salad. This was the favorite among my crew. And the best part is that it’s perfect as a side dish, or as part of the main dish. It tastes fantastic, and it’s good for you!

Since I’m part of a contest, I’m going to beg my wonderful readers to head on over to the Hodgson Mill Summer Pastabilities Page on Pinterest and “like” my pin. {Repinning doesn’t count toward the contest, but I hope you love the recipe so much that you want to repin it as well.} 🙂 Here’s the direct link to my pin to make it super easy for you: Yummy Goodness Pasta Salad

And to encourage you to vote for your favorite recipe and get involved in the Summer Pastabilities contest, Hodgson Mills is giving one of my fabulous readers $25 worth of Hodgson Mills Whole Wheat Pasta. This is my favorite pasta. It tastes fantastic, and it is so much better for you than the white flour pasta.

Head on over, like my pin, and then enter to win some Hodgson Mills pasta for your family.

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Disclaimer: I received samples of Hodgson Mills Whole Wheat Pasta in order to facilitate my review and participate in the contest. This giveaway is sponsored by Hodgson Mills. Opinions expressed are 100% my own and have no been influenced in any way.