The very best oatmeal raisin cookies you will ever have! They are soft and chewy and I promise you will NOT be wishing those raisins were chocolate chips. (I know you) The trick is to plump the raisins in boiling water, and then add a bit of molasses to the cookie dough. It’s to die for!

There’s a new sheriff in town around here, folks. That’s what my new parenting book says to tell my children, anyway. Reading a new discipline book is always a sure fire way to shake things up when parenting gets too boring (har, har).

The book basically eschews all the “psychobabble” from the 1960s and tells you to parent the same as your great-grand parents did. (Minus the belt) Lots of common sense. No BS. It’s right up my ally, so no surprise I love it. No surprise, my kids are hating it.

You should see the looks on their faces when I tell them there’s a new sheriff in town. It’s as if I’m torturing them. You would not believe the weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth going on around here, yours truly included (the Bible just has the best punishment imagery, doesn’t it?)

My son Truman should really be loving our new discipline regime, because he’s basically an 80 year old at heart. His favorite food is Brussels sprouts (no lie). He will not eat cake. He does not like sugar cookies or anything too sweet. He loves to snack on nuts. He will eat a chocolate chip cookie, but only one.

These oatmeal raisin cookies, though? He can pound them down. “These are really good, Mom.” Why thank you, child from 1945.