It is finally bright & sunny in Boston. That means, at this precise time of year, the moment the sun rises, I am also awake, it shines right down into my room. Which is both a blessing and a curse. A blessing b/c it makes waking up so much more pleasant than the dreary dark of dead winter, but, a curse because mornings when I want to sleep in the sun is taunting me.
You may be thinking, ok, on a weekend this is a problem, but a Wednesday, doesn’t she have to work? I do. But, of the few great things about my job, #1 at the moment is that I don’t have to be there until 10. That’s right. 10 am. As in, when the third hour of The Today Show begins. A couple of mornings a week I work out in the morning, but not on Wednesdays. Usually I’ll get up and putter – empty the dishwasher, blog, have my cup of tea with Matt Lauer & Meredith Vieira, and every once in awhile I even sneak in the host chat of Live! With Regis & Kelly.
Annnnyway, this particular Wednesday I awoke especially early sans alarm clock, before 6:30, and didn’t know what to do with myself. I read a bit of Vanity Fair, made my grocery list for Friday’s cocktail party, and it was barely 7 by the time I was done. I did not feel like putting my running sneakers on and hitting the Charles, I just didn’t have it in me. So. Instead, I baked.
I am still trying to work through the bag of mini cinnamon chips I bought, and decided cookies was the way to go. What goes well with cinnamon? Oatmeal. And raisins. I took out my ginormous container of Quaker Oats, took the lid of and “AHA!” The perfect recipe for oatmeal cookies. All I needed to do was add the cinnamon chips, and dial back the cinnamon spice it called for in the recipe.
I made a combination of cookies & bars. Let me tell you, the bars are amazing, just a wee bit undercooked so they remained soft & chewy. They were still warm by the time I brought them to work. Make these some morning and brighten someone’s day. Or ruin their diet. 🙂