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Peach-Oatmeal Cookies Luscious sweet summer peaches won’t be around forever, so try to serve them in as many ways as possible. For me, that means peach cookies! To assuage my guilt for craving cookies, I decided to try this recipe; it contains rolled oats, two types of fruit, less fat, and less sugar than an average cookie recipe. One bite of these cookies and everything will be just “peachy.”

Peach-Oatmeal Cookies
Martha Stewart Living Magazine, July/August 1996

3 large peaches, or 1¼ pounds frozen peaches, thawed and drained
1 T fresh lemon juice
3 T unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup dark-brown sugar, packed
6 T granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 T pure vanilla extract
1½ cups plus 1 T rolled oats
1¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup sun-dried cherries, chopped

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

2. Pit, peel, and dice two of the peaches. (If using frozen peaches, set aside 3/4 cup). Place diced peaches in a saucepan; add lemon juice. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring, until the peaches are broken down, about 20 minutes. Using a whisk, mash peaches; let cool.

3. Meanwhile, dice the remaining peach or reserved frozen peaches and set aside.

4. With an electric mixer, beat butter and sugars on high until well combined, about 2 minutes. Add egg and vanilla; beat until combined. Beat in mashed peaches. Add diced peaches; stir in by hand.

5. In a bowl, mix oats, flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and cherries. Stir into the peach mixture by hand until well combined.

6. Drop a heaping tablespoonful onto prepared sheet; dampen finger (with water) and gently flatten. Repeat, spacing 2 inches apart.

7. Bake until very golden brown and crisp around the edges, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool cookies on wire racks.

Makes about 3 dozen

1. Most recipes call for 1 tsp of vanilla extract, so make note that the 1 T of vanilla extract specified is not a typo.

2. Because of the peach juice, this is not a thick batter.

3. One recipe yielded 42 medium-sized cookies for me.

4. The introduction to the recipe states,”If you want these cookies crisp, leave them overnight uncovered; for moist cookies, wrap them well once they’ve cooled.”



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Flower with Bee During the time it took my camera lens to focus on a vermilion-colored blossom, a bee landed on it, dove into the center headfirst, and then flew off. Hurriedly, I pressed the shutter button. “Did I get the shot or not,” I wondered. On playback, I was pretty happy about getting a decent photo of the flower, but capturing the image of the bee made me even happier. Happiness comes into our lives in different degrees. Grab and appreciate every bit you can get.

#1 – The Science of Happiness
Called “An Experiment in Gratitude,” this video of a project from SoulPancake depicts the relationship between expressing gratitude and feeling happy.

#2 – Genius Ideas
Genius Decorating Ideas Discovering clever new ideas, especially those that involve upcycling, makes me happy. Check out these “31 Genius Ideas For Reimagining Home Decor.” It may be too late for me to build a Lego wall for my kids, but there’s still time to do so for my grandkids!

#3 – Just Peachy
Crab Salad With Peaches and AvocadosMaking homemade peach ice cream is a fun summertime tradition for my family. But after drooling over 62 Fresh Summer Peach Recipes, I’m going to make my family even happier. I’m shaking up my peach recipe repertoire. How does a Crab Salad with Peaches and Avocados sound to you?

#4 – Quiet, Please!
10 Most Beautiful Places to Read Books If you love to find quiet places to read, you’ll appreciate the Top 10 Most Beautiful Places to Read Books. They include both quaint and impressive libraries from around the world.

#5 – Your Choice
“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Go now and spread joy!

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Peach and Moscato Wine Slushies A blistering hot day has no beginning, middle, or end. Morning heat slides into afternoon heat which fades into evening heat. There’s no escaping it, so look for cool relief. How about a slushy cold drink? Something so light and refreshing that you’ll forget it’s over 100° F outside. Needing only three ingredients and a little freezer-time, you’ll be sipping this slushy fruit beverage before you can master this Japanese tongue twister: sumomo mo momo, momo mo momo, sumomo mo momo mo momo no uchi! Translated into English it means: a plum is also a peach, a peach is also a peach, both plums and peaches are types of peaches!

Moscato Peach Wine Slushies
Divas Can Cook

1 bottle Moscato wine (750 ml), plus more for blending
2 cups frozen peaches (unsweetened)
1/2 cup powdered sugar (can cut back, but it needs to be pretty sweet)

1. Add frozen peaches, sugar and a few splashes of Moscato to food processor or blender.

2. Blend until completely smooth.

3. Pour the rest of the Moscato and blend until incorporated.

4. Quickly pour the mixture into ice cube trays. (Stir mixture if peaches begin to settle on the bottom.)

5. Freeze.

6. Just before serving, place frozen cubes in a blender. (I never measure them out. I just toss a handful in and add more if I need it.)

7. Add a splash of wine to make blending easier.

8. Blend until slush consistency, adding a splash of wine to thin out if needed.

9. Pour into wine glasses, add a straw (if desired) and serve immediately.

10. Garnish with fresh fruit like strawberries and peach slices.

Serves 4

You’ll need to add a few splashes of wine to the frozen ice cubes for blending. You can reserve a small amount of wine or just use some wine from another bottle, which is what I do.

ADD ice! If you like for your slushies to have those tiny little ice chips, then throw in a few ice cubes and a little bit more wine.

1. I chilled the wine glasses in the freezer prior to serving to give them a frosty finish.

2. Purchasing an extra bag of frozen peaches, I used some of the frozen peach slices for garnish. They served both an aesthetic and functional purpose – making the drink pleasing to the eye and keeping the drink cold a little bit longer.

3. This is a great recipe to experiment with other fruit flavor combinations.

4. Because of the alcohol content, the frozen fruit cubes will not freeze ice-hard. To make ahead, you can freeze your fruit mixture in the ice cube trays and then pop them out and put them in zip-type plastic bags. Recognize that the cubes are soft, so don’t pile stuff on top of them in the freezer. Alternatively, you can leave the mixture in the ice cube trays until needed. You may need to buy a few more trays to do the latter.


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