The way to the heart…

There is this saying that goes something like: “The way to a man’s heart is food”; I have only been married to my husband for 6 months, and I already know this to be true. But, don’t discriminate…I would also agree that The way to a woman’s heart is food, at least mine. My husband would definitely cook (Probably not bake) if I let him, and when he does, everything is mouth watering; but for the most part, I wear the cook hat in our house. So I am usually cooking things that will satisfy my heart (my husband rarely complains about what I decide is for dinner-bless him!)

Friday night, I was browsing a blog when I came across a yummy oatmeal cookie recipe and decided to channel my inner Julia Child to make..not really, these cookies were the easiest thing and I already had the ingredients on hand so I did not have to go out in the rain either! I wanted to share the recipe, because they definitely made their way into mine and my husbands bellies Friday night as well as our hearts! 

Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 very ripe medium banana

1/3 cup canola oil

2/3 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, or as needed

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 cups quick-cooking (not instant) oatmeal or rolled oats

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1/2 cup chocolate chips (vegan, if desired).


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray two baking sheets with oil. In a mixing bowl, mash banana well. Add oil, sugar and vanilla, and mix with a strong fork. Add flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon, and mix until just moistened.

2. Add oatmeal, walnuts and chocolate chips. Using your hands or a sturdy spoon, mix well, making sure oats are well moistened. (If dough is very slippery, add one or two extra tablespoons flour.)

3. Using clean, wet hands, re-wetting as needed, roll dough into balls slightly smaller than a golf ball, about 1 1/3 inches in diameter. Flatten slightly and place 2 inches apart on a baking sheet. Bake until lightly browned, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 2 minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

Yield: About 2 dozen cookies.



Speaking of food making its way to hearts, I wanted to share a recent promo item I did for a customer in North Carolina. IMC, International Market Centers, leases space in Highpoint and Las Vegas for Furniture Markets. They wanted a fun but inexpensive giveaway for their Spring Market a few weeks ago-an item that would appeal to multi-gender and multi-generational employees. We landed on customized caramel popcorn-what a better way to say Thank You and win over hearts! The customer wrote me after market was over and said that the popcorn was a huge it and that everyone loved it! I kind of had a sneaking suspicion they would!


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