You get song titles mixed up, you mispronounce band names.
You listen to the wrong radio stations.
Sometimes you even know their school teachers on a first-name basis.
That why's you appreciate compliments any way they come. And I got one of those yesterday from a friend of my sixteen-year-old daughter. A few girls had come over to work on a project, and I was trying to stay out of their way. But when I finally came downstairs, one of them looked at me and said, approvingly, "You dress like a normal person!"
I assume that is the opposite of dressing like a mother. And I will remind my daughter of that compliment the next time she catches me listening to the wrong radio station.
Nobody minds me being a mother when I bake cookies like these. Delightfully old-fashioned, they're spicy and soft, and a perfect after-school snack for daughters, mothers, and anyone else who loves a good cookie.
By the way, I asked my daughter to proofread this post before I put it up. She suggested I change the word 'hip' (which I originally used in the first sentence) to 'cool'. Because apparently hip isn't cool anymore, at least if you're a mother.
Molasses Raisin Cookies
(adapted from Robin Hood Flour)
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar (first amount)
1/3 cup molasses
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup raisins
granulated sugar for rolling (second amount)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
Cream butter and 1 cup sugar in large mixing bowl using an electric mixer on medium speed, until light and creamy in texture. Add molasses and egg. Beat until well-blended.
Combine flours, baking soda, spices and salt in a small bowl. Gradually add to creamed mixture. Mix well and stir in raisins. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour. Shape dough into 1" balls, and roll in sugar to coat well.
Place on prepared baking sheets. Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes.