Welcome to my blog, thank you for stopping by. If this is your first time to my blog, it's nice to meet you. If you've been here before, welcome back.

My writing journey has begun. The road will have some bumps and detours. I only hope that the first hill is not too high, and the journey is long.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Books With Cookies And Milk (42)

Waltur Paints Himself Into A Corner
And Other Stories

Waltur Paints Himself Into a Corner and Other Stories

Written by Barbara Gregorich
Illustrated by:  Kristin Sorra

     Waltur and his friends Matilda and Darwin are in this collection of three stories that help beginning readers understand funny everyday sayings—like trying not to paint yourself into a corner but he winds up painting himself into the middle of the room instead.  There is more fun reading in putting the cart before the horse and letting sleeping dogs lie.  Funny sayings and situations, along with colorful illustrations, create a wonderful read.  Waltur is lucky enough to have friends that help him out when he needs it.  That is what these stories are about, friendship! 

Friendship Cookies


1 cup butter
2 cups brown sugar
1 cup molasses
1 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup oil
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups flour
2 cups oatmeal
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon baking soda
1/3 cup cocoa
1/2 cup coconut
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup pecans
1/2 cup raisins


Preheat oven 400F.

In a large bowl with a electric hand mixer, Blend butter and brown sugar together. Mix until creamy then add in peanutbutter, oil, vanilla and molasses. Blend until creamy.

In a bowl combine flour, oatmeal, salt, coco, baking powder, baking soda, coconut, chocolate chips, walnuts, pecans and raisins.

Add half of the flour mixture to the butter mixture and blend well with wooden spoon. Add the rest of the flour mix and blend all together.

With a teaspoon drop cookies on a baking stone or cookie sheet. Bake at 400F for 10 minutes then let stand for 5 minutes. But if you want a softer chewy cookie bake for 7 minutes and let stand on for 3 minutes.

Don't Forget The Milk!


Tracy Jo said...

Mmmm! Thank you for the recipe and the recommendation on the books. I think these look like great Christmas presents for the kids in my life. :-)

Abby said...

Ah - this book sounds fun! And these cookies sounds DELICIOUS! I think I will print the recipe now and make some cookies. Don't worry - I will not forget the milk! Thanks for sharing!

Peggy Eddleman said...

There should totally be a book like that! The origins of sayings have always fascinated me. I don't think kids get them right off. What a great idea for a book!

Rosalind Adam said...

I love the idea of that book. I think that every now and then we could all do with an occasional reminder not to paint ourselves into the corner of a room (or the middle if it comes to it). The cookies sound great but sadly my tum is not too good with nuts.

Patricia T. said...

What a fun book! I love humor in children's books, as do kids. I love your Books with cookies and milk. The receipe sounds yummy!

Lynda R Young said...

I love the sound of this book. And, of course, the cookies sound so yum. I'll have to give them a try.

Maeve Frazier said...

Tracy Jo - The book is adorable and the cookies are delicious!

Abby - Hope you enjoy!

Peggy - I like them, too! I wished I had thought of it for a book!

Rosalind - I will have to keep that in mind about the nuts.

Patricia - Thank you! It is one of my favorite things to do on the blog.

Lynda - Hope you enjoy!

Susan Barclay said...

I love that you include recipes with some of your posts, Maeve. You should tag those posts with the word "recipes" as well, to make them easy to find.

I'll check out the book suggestion. I still enjoy reading good picture books! (Partly because I hope to publish one one of these days - oh, editors, read mine, read mine!) lol