Sunday, April 26, 2015

Mary Kennedy's Crispy Oatmeal Cookies


It's MJ and Victoria here! Please welcome our lovely friend, Mary Kennedy, author of The Dream Club Mysteries.    


  The second book will be out in August.  We are captivated by the cover.


 We loved the first one and can't wait for the next installment. Mary’s sharing her recipe for Crispy Oatmeal Cookies today.  It’s super easy and they freeze really well.  We think they’re ‘dreamy’!

Here’s a double bonus: Along with the recipe, Mary’s sharing some fascinating insights into dreams and she’s offering you a great giveaway.  You know the drill, darlins: read ‘til the end!

Recipe: Crispy Oatmeal Cookies


Ingredients:

one stick of butter
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon molasses
1 cup sugar
1 egg, unbeaten
1 cup flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup rolled oats (the quick cook, instant kind)
1/3 cup each raisons, dates, nuts


Combine the first 7 ingredients and beat thoroughly. Add flour and baking soda. Mix well. Add remaining ingredients.


 Spray 2 cookie sheets with Pam and drop dough by tablespoons. I like to flatten each cookie with a fork before putting the sheets into the oven, 



I think it makes the cookies crispier.  Makes about 40 cookies. Bake 350 for about 12 minutes.


 

What the Dream Club series is all about: A group of Savannah women get together each week to share their dreams, eat some fabulous desserts, and solve a murder or two. 

Who is Mary Kennedy? Mary Kennedy is a clinical psychologist in private practice and lives on the east coast with her husband and eight neurotic cats. Both husband and cats have resisted her attempts to psychoanalyze them, but she remains optimistic. You can visit her at www.marykennedy.net

Five Things You Thought You Knew About Dreams

1. Most people don't dream. Actually, this isn't true. Sleep studies reveal that most people *do* dream, but they may not remember them.

2. Dreams really don't mean anything.  Actually, some dreams seem to be just a collection of random impulses, but when you see a pattern in dreams, it could be related to something going on in your life.

3. If you're dreaming, you're not getting a good night's rest. False. Most researchers believe that the brain needs to dream. It's a way of consolidating information and processing information.

4. If you dream about dying in your dream, it could be that your death is imminent. False! If you frequently dream about dying or being in dangerous situations, it could be that you're experiencing anxiety about something in your waking life. It doesn't mean anything beyond that.

5. You can train your mind to dream about a particular person or topic. I have some clients who have had some success with this, but in most cases, our mind goes down its own path when we dream and we can't control the content.





DREAM A LITTLE SCREAM, release date August 4, is Book Two in the Dream Club Mysteries.  We couldn't resist putting that cover again.  But you can pre-order right HERE

Leave a comment and you could win this beautiful dreamcatcher and a copy of Nightmares Can Be Murder, book one in the series.  Sweet dreams, everyone!







91 comments:

  1. Cookies sound delicious as does the Dream Series! Thanks for the recipe and the opportunity to win!
    angelhwk68@yahoo.com

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  2. SO interesting about dreams - the book sounds great! And I love the cookie recipe. EMS591@aol.com

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  3. The cookies look yummy! Thank you for the recipe.
    The info on the dreams are very interesting. Dream A Little Scream sounds like a great book. Thank you for a chance to win.
    myrifraf(at)gmail(dot)com

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  4. Learned that a few things I thought about dreams weren't true. And love the cover of the book.

    The recipe sounds great. Oatmeal cookies are always good, and crispy cookies are my favorite.

    Thanks for the chance to win.
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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  5. Welcome to MLK, Mary! Thanks for this lovely recipe and your generous giveaway.

    XOX

    MJ/VA

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  6. You can't go wrong with oatmeal cookies! My daughter and I used to battle over which kind: she liked soft (no crunchy anything, not just cookies), I Iike any kind.

    And I have great dreams that usually involve traveling and crowds of people, who may or may not include people I know. Here's a question: how can you invent someone in your dreams that you have never seen? Not just a blob, but a complete stranger that you could describe to a sketch artist?

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    1. Hi Sheila, that's an interesting question. I once had a client who encountered a "recurring character" in her dreams and she could describe him down to the last detail. I find it fascinating, especially as her "Mystery Man" spoke a word to her. I asked her if he reminded of someone in real life and she said no. When you're awakened close to your usual wake-up time and then go back to sleep for a few minutes, people often report seeing very vivid images of faces. These images are so detailed, it's quite surprising. I think that either we "have" seen them in real life, perhaps in a crowd, or our mind has just put together a composite of facial characteristics and formed an image. Don't forget, besides processing information and consolidating memories, dreams give our brain a chance to "play." Maybe they like inventing new characters, just as we do!

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    2. Sheila, I meant to say, her "Dream Guy" never said a word to her. I left out a key word, my bad!

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  7. The cookies look delicious. Thank you for the recipe and this chance to win these wonderful prizes! :) areewekidding@yahoo.com

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  8. MJ, thank you so much for having me here today! Great fun and I hope everyone tries the cookies.

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  9. Either one of the books in this series could be an interesting addition to a mystery bok club. People can talk about your book, dreaming, and their personal dreams - no end of things to discuss. Crispy or chewy, oatmeal cookies are one my favorites. Thanks!

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  10. I hit "send" too fast and I meant to say that if anyone has any dream questions, I'd be happy to tackle them!

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  11. The recipe sounds really good! I love all the facts about dreams pretty interesting! I love the dream concept of your book very unique! Thanks for the chance!

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  12. Thanks, Mary. Oatmeal cookies have always been a favorite. Dreams are such an interesting topic. I've had premonition dreams. patucker54 (at aol dot com)

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    1. Patricia, premonition dreams are always interesting. Women seem to report these, more than men do, and they tend to occur in families who are "dreamers." It's a fascinating topic, thanks for stopping by.

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  13. Wow, great timing, plan on making these for our son today coming home from prom last pm. He loves oatmeal cookies:) Thank you for the chance to win! Can't wait to take a bite out of this book. Pennymarks@frontier.com

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    1. HI Penny, I'm sure your son will love them! Thanks for stopping by.

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  14. I'm really looking forward to DREAM A LITTLE SCREAM. The cookies sound wonderful. As far as dreams go ... Why do some dreams stay with us, so vivid, while others fade away? Thanks, Mary!

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    1. Hi Lisa, sometimes we relate emotionally to certain dreams...they have a special significance for us, or they are emotionally satisfying. And some dreams seem to be what they call "residue of the day" (like me dreaming of feeding my cats). The brain is just processing what it encountered during the day and it has no special significance. LOVED your review of Carolyn Hart, btw. She will be thrilled!!!!

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    2. Thanks, Mary. I love dreaming. And weird dreams are fun to try and figure out.

      And thank you for the kind words on my review. I'm so happy Carolyn has decided to continue the Death On Demand series. Hey, maybe her characters told her to going in a dream? ;-)

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  15. Excited about new release. I am one of those people who dream a lot. My question is why is it that sometime when I wake, I remember in great detail while other times I can only remember that there had been a dream?

    Bettyjo.English@gmail.com

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  16. Excited about new release. I am one of those people who dream a lot. My question is why is it that sometime when I wake, I remember in great detail while other times I can only remember that there had been a dream?

    Bettyjo.English@gmail.com

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