Today was the first day in a while that I felt more like myself.
I lost my mojo there for bit. I’ve been at a loss for words lately with my posts and I haven’t been around all that much to see what everyone has been up to. I might as well break the silence because I’m a bit at a loss, and I am hoping one of you (or some of you) can help me out.
For a while now we have felt that it is about time to ‘upgrade’ Living the Gourmet. We are looking to broaden our focus and revamp our look. I never knew it could be such a difficult task…such a daunting task.
We have interviewed so many web developers, designers, and web pros that it makes my head spin. It seems like everyone has a different answer to the same question. Right now, I don’t even know what to ask, or who to ask next.
Needless to say, I need help. Your help. So, I’m sending out an S.O.S.
Here are my top questions:
1. WordPress or Blogger? I know most people say WordPress but why exactly? Some people have told me that Blogger is just as good, the only difference is that Blogger can be a bit prohibitive when it comes to designing. However, I have also been told I can work around that with a good enough web designer.
2. When moving over to another platform, will this transfer effect our SEO data? This is the most important question I have. Moving to WordPress really depends on this answer because if moving to WordPress wipes out our SEO data/ blog ranking, we’re sticking with Blogger. Is there anyone out there who can transfer SEO data?!! I’ve gotten a whole lot of ‘maybes’ and a very expensive ‘yes’.
3. Reasonable quotes. I’ve been looking at some of my favorite sites but have been discouraged to see their website design cost them over a $1,000. So, this may not be a question, but an equally important point to mention. We need to stay within budget.
If you know the answers to my questions, or if you know of someone who can answer these questions, I would greatly appreciate it. Drop a comment below, or shoot me an email at BakingGypsy[at]AOL[dot]com. I also want to thank the bloggers who made me feel comfortable enough to reach out for help. Your kindness and patience has been overwhelming. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!
Now, onto the recipe 😉
I don’t even think I’ve been baking with the same enthusiasm lately. Today was different. I was in the zone, had my French music going and made perhaps, some of the best cookies I’ve had in a long while.
We had half a package of leftover cake mix sitting in the refrigerator. Mom suggested I use it up and make cookies.
I admit, I can be a bit of a food snob. I scoff at cake mix. What can I say when you grow up with “Lady Gourmet” as your mom, everything has to be homemade. Moving along though, I also hate to waste ingredients. So, I conceded.
Originally, these would have been chocolate chip cookies, but cake mix is really sweet and I didn’t want a very sweet cookie. I figured a nice oatmeal raisin would be best because the cinnamon would balance out all the flavors.
I was pleasantly surprised. The cookies were soft and chewy. They weren’t too sweet and I wasn’t left with that overwhelming ‘artificial cake mix’ taste in my mouth afterwards. I think the key to perfect oatmeal raisin cookies might just be a little cake mix.
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 8 minutes
- Total Time: 13 minutes
- Yield: 2 Dozen 1x
- 2 cups vanilla cake mix
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3/4 cup rolled oats
- 3/4 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 3 tablespoons whole milk
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients. Then add all the wet ingredients.
- Stir until a thick, sticky cookie dough forms.
- On an ungreased cookie sheet, drop a tablespoonful of dough leaving about an inch of space between each.
- Bake for about 12 minutes or until the edges are slightly golden. Transfer immediately to a cooling rack.
- Try to let cool completely and enjoy with some warm milk or tea!