*Written 12/20*
Knowing that I will be returning to Charlotte in the near future, I’ve spent this past weekend trying to make sure everything was done here at home. I really haven’t felt super cheery/social, so we stayed at home most of the time. I vacuumed and raced around the house Friday night. I didn’t have any Saturday plans so I was able to run to Old Navy to return a shirt & exchange a Christmas gift for Jason {me & everyone else in Raleigh!}. While I was there I found skinny jeans ($25) for me that are perfect for my brown boots & a super cute flannel shirt dress ($12). Between Saturday and Sunday, I did 7+ loads of laundry (lights, darks, red/pinks, delicate wash for sweaters, sheets & towels). I also talked & texted with my parents and stayed within arms reach of my phone at all times. **Update on Ma: she’s holding her own & been able to drink some thickened apple juice over the past few days and thus is not as critical! We plan to go to Richmond for Christmas then Charlotte next week.**

I’d planned to bake these cookies for my coworkers Thursday night, but since I’d been out of town that didn’t get done. I already had all the ingredients so I decided to make them Sunday so I could bring them to my coworkers and some for Jason’s work friends also. I doubled the original recipe so it ended up making around 75 cookies {posted how I did it}. I found this recipe from sparkpeople in an email. We both really like the cookies, but my favorite part is that they’re approximately 64 calories each & 1 g fat!


Cranberry Almond Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients
1 can Libby pumpkin
2 c light brown sugar
4 eggs
3 c whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
6 c oatmeal
2 c dried cranberries {craisins}
1 c sliced {then I crunched} almonds

Directions
Heat oven to 350.
Beat together pumpkin & sugar in mixer.
Add eggs & vanilla, continue to beat well.
Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon, & salt; mix.
Lower mixture to stir and add oatmeal, craisins & almonds.
Drop rounded teaspoons of dough onto ungreased cookie sheets. I used my silicone mats on basic sheets & nothing on my non-stick sheet & they didn’t stick. Also the cookies do not spread out much, so ok to place them pretty close together.
Bake 10-12 minutes then let cool for one minute before transferring to cooling rack.
Enjoy!