I guess it appears that I no longer have any interest in blogging, but it is not true. Our family has been going through a rather challenging time lately with my dear sweet Grandma. After a short hospital stay, she is now home and doing somewhat better but as expected, it is not a “bounce back” kind of situation we are in.

Grandma with Tuki

Grandma suffers with Alzheimer’s Disease. If you have never experienced it, it is a horrible disease! Heart breaking and gut wrenching to watch. I can’t imagine how much more difficult it must be for our mom to see her own mother slowly slip away from her.

Thankfully, Grandma still recognizes her, although it is in her own way. Even though most days, she can’t remember that mom is her own daughter, she thinks it is her favorite sister Molly. (and I believe that even though in some ways it must be so painful for mom, she is still comforted that Grandma still has that “connection” with her)

As you can imagine, it is a very emotionally draining place to be. Some days are good and other days are just not. Period. I do not question why, because I know with all my heart that God is a loving God and that He loves her so much more than me or any of our family.

Now don’t get me wrong…

I am not saying it flippantly or casually. It is painful. It leaves me raw some days. It has even made me angry, not at anyone or anything particularly, just MAD. Mad that it is happening. Mad because she is my GRANDMA and I love her and I don’t want it to be happening to her. Then I have time to rest and refocus. I remember this promise from God: ” Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matt. 11:28

On a light note though, I also want to remember the good times with Grandma. Like her homemade oatmeal pecan cookies. OH MY GOODNESS! If you are soft and chewy kind of cookie lover, you may not be interested in this recipe. But……if you like a light and crispy cookie kind of gal or guy, you will love this recipe!

me….i’m flexible, it’s a cookie, what’s not to like!


Don’t you love how the writer (and I am the same way) always assumes you will KNOW how to mix everything together and cook it. LOL!

I will attempt to reach way back in the deep dark corners of my mind and remember how she did it. First I will give you the ingredients because as you can see in her hand written recipe, it is quite faded with time.

Grandma’s Oatmeal Cookies

3/4 cup of shortening, soft
1 cup brown sugar (i can not remember but i will say packed, but don’t hold me to it)
1/2 cup of white sugar
1 egg
1 cup of water
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 cup sifted flour
1 teaspoon of salt
1/2 Tablespoon of baking soda
3 cups uncooked oats (quick oats, best I can recall)
here is my best recollection of how to make them.

In a separate bowl, go ahead and sift your flour with salt and soda added in it, and set it to the side.
Cream your shortening and sugars together until light and fluffy. (this takes a few minutes and it the color will lighten)
Add your egg and mix until incorporated. Then alternate with water and flour mixture. Start and end with your water. Now add your vanilla and stir.
(if you wanted to add pecan pieces, here would be the place to do that. use the amount you desire)
Now… is where the secret to her cookies started because honestly, she might have just dumped all the ingredients in a bowl and mixed it all together. I made an educated guess from my knowledge from culinary school and how we would make cookies 🙂 But this next step…I REMEMBER VERY, VERY WELL!
Take a spoon and put it in water. Every time you dip your spoon, get some dough and place it on your cookie sheet and then use the back of the spoon (make sure it has water on it) and press your cookie down just so slightly.
Then bake at 350 degrees until brown.

So, if you decide to try this recipe I hope that with every cookie you think of your grandmother. Or mother, dad, aunt, uncle…whoever took the time to show how much they loved you through the special gift of a cookie.

Better yet, if you are blessed to still have them in your life, make them a batch (or their favorite cookie) and go share it with them. Don’t just drop them off…take the TIME to sit down with them and enjoy the moment with them.

For we do not know what tomorrow will bring…..

Let them cool and you have the most wonderful crunchy oatmeal pecan cookies!


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7 Responses to grandma

  1. debi henson says:

    I am right in the middle of making these, and discovered two things: one, you don’t say when to add the oats, and two…you don’t say how much WATER to use!! It is quite a dilemma. I’m going to look through similar recipes and hope I find the answers. I do like reading your blog, keep plugging along! In His love, Debi

    • Debi,
      Oh my goodness. I didn’t even catch it and I swore I looked over the post three or more times before I published it. I went in and added the 1/4 cup of water.

      Thanks for catching it. I am glad that I scanned the recipe card and the ingredients are on it.

      As far as when to add the oats, i would add them at the end after the water and flour mixture are incorporated. (that is just me though…)
      There is no back to the hand written recipe card and Grandma doesn’t even remember making the cookies, bless her heart.

      I hope you found your answers in time but more importantly, I hope the cookies were as good as I remembered! 🙂

  2. Tony Blumenberg says:

    Kris, thanks for writing about your struggles with your Grandma & my Aunt Dalvie, and your love for her. Remember, she is just as valuable now as she ever was & we do not get to choose everything we get in life. But God is faithful & it’s great to see you trusting Him. He will see you through this tough time in life. Mom, your Great Aunt Mollie, had Alzheimer’s for many years before Aunt Dalvie got it & it is tough but you can make it. I’ve been so impressed over the years as Uncle Elmer & Aunt Dalvie & Valarie & Jerry have taken such great care of Monte & now your Mom & Dad are taking care of both of Aunt Dalvie & Monte too, so I know it’s tough. Try to help them as much as possible as it can get overwhelming being a full time caregiver. Our sister Patty Rose took great care of our Mom & Dad, Roy & Mollie Blumenberg for many years & we owe her a great debt. She, like your folks, did a great job.
    Kris, you’re a great writer! I’ll put your blog in my favorites & it will be a way to keep up with your family. Hope you write about them often.
    God bless! (Tony Blumenberg, the youngest of six children of Roy & Mollie) Muskogee, OK

  3. Rick Blumenberg says:

    Thanks for the memories Kristia. I have many good memories of your grandmother and those cookies sound delicious. As you know, our family knows how hard Alzheimer’s is for the family since we’ve been there too, but I am so thankful that mom and apparently the same for Aunt Dalvia, never totally disappeared. Even when she didn’t recognize us, there would be moments when her real personality would return for a few seconds and what a blessing that was.
    I also want to tell you what a fantastic writer you are. I really enjoy your blogs when you have time to write them. I know how that is–time is hard to find with so many parts of life pulling at you, but do it when you can because it is definitely you have.
    Praying for Aunt Dalvia and all her family!

  4. Kristin Sickling says:

    Kris, I made them last night and they were delicious! Of course I changed the recipe a little. I used part Splenda and added dried blueberries and pecans. Brandon even said they were the best cookies I’ve ever made. Not sure what that says about my previous attempts at cookies! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Shannan says:

    Kris, what a precious tribute to her. I’m so glad you have that recipe…and my mouth is watering thinking about those cookies. You were born to be a cook because I don’t remember ONE THING about her making those cookies…just EATING them! Praying for rest and peace…with love. Shannan

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