Have you ever had that moment in life when you had to give in to the fact that your kids are getting older. That your kids are growing up and are CAPABLE to do hard things. Harder things then you realize and more than you give them credit for? I am the type of parent that has a near impossible time letting go. I hold my kids in so tight that they can hardly breathe. I want so bad to feel needed and wanted that I can't catch on to the fact that they can stand alone in a few things. And do a really good job at those things.
My oldest loves to cook. Here is a shame on me moment. I let him try here and there, but never wanted to give in to the fact that he was old enough to really cook. He is eleven. He has tried a few things, but I'd never given him a recipe and let him make it. 100% on his own. I guess I never accepted that he was old enough and capable enough to do that. But he is. He is responsible. He is capable. He is awesome. He is such a great kid. But man, his mom needs to let go. Not too much… 😉 just give him a little more room to fly. Little more room to run on his own. To experience. To try. To learn. To SUCCEED. To know that his mom thinks that he can.
He asked me tonight if he could make cookies. Normally, I would agree. Stand over his shoulders and help him every chance I could get. Because he still needs me. Right? Well, tonight, I let go of the reigns and let my son fly. I printed him up a recipe and went into the other room waiting for him to ask for my help. He needs me, of course, so I knew that it would be just minutes until he came asking for my help. Thirty minutes later, he informed me that the cookies were in the oven. And they smelled delicious.
My boy is growing up. It makes me sad, but I couldn't be more proud.
And, 10 minutes later, he pulled these out of the oven:
Funny kid. He then informed me that we should probably take pictures so we could blog the cookies and then asked if I could please put them on Pinterest. So here they are. Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies.
Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies
1 stick margarine or butter, softened
1/4 Cup(s) granulated sugar
1/2 Cup(s) firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 Teaspoon(s) vanilla
3/4 Cup(s) all-purpose flour
1/2 Teaspoon(s) Baking Soda
1/4 Teaspoon(s) salt (optional)
1 1/2 Cup(s) Quaker® Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
1 cup butterscotch chips
1.Heat oven to 375°F.
2. Beat margarine and sugars until creamy.
3.Add eggs and vanilla and mix.
4. Add flour, baking soda and salt to wet mixture stir til combined.
5. Add oats and butterscotch morsels.
6. Drop dough by spoonful onto cookie sheet.
7. Bake 7 to 10 minutes.