After we have now gone through the bustle of the holiday season, I suppose we should be napping more than ever. Do you nap? Once a week? Every day? Tell me about it. I want insight, direction. Do you think it’s a skill I could possibly learn, like knitting or kayaking or speaking Italian? Perhaps in the spirit of the season, I should make a New Year's resolution to master "the art of napping!"
Eating cookies in the middle of the afternoon might not sound like the best idea, but think again. These simple cookies are loaded with oatmeal (that’s good for you, right?) and dried figs (healthy and a good natural energy booster), and ginger.
•Traditional Oatmeal Raisin Cookies: 1 1/2 cups raisins.
•Apricot- Almond Oatmeal Cookies: 1 cup toasted slivered almonds, 1 cup chopped dried apricots, and 1 teaspoon cardamom.
•Cranberry-Orange Oatmeal Cookies: 1 1/2 cups dried cranberries, 2 tablespoons grated orange zest.
•Chocolate-Dipped Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies: Substitute 1 cup chocolate chips for the dried fruit. Melt an additional 2 cups chocolate chips and dip cooled cookies into chocolate to cover half of cookie. Let harden overnight on wax paper.
Crystallized ginger is shelf stable for up to two years. It can be used to relieve inflammation, motion sickness and indigestion. It helps open the lungs and bronchial tubes to relieve asthma symptoms. It is a soothing remedy for colds and sore throats, especially when combined with honey.
Place the ginger and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes or until you can smell and taste the ginger. Strain in a mug and add honey to taste. The tea will keep for a day or two. Makes about 2 cups tea.