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Nora's Oatmeal Cherry Cookies

RecipesChristine Silbaugh1 Comment



2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon kosher salt


1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

1/2 cup coconut oil, melted

1 cup sugar

1 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed

2 large eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla


3 cups oats (not instant)

1 1⁄2 cups dried cherries 

1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Whisk dry ingredients; set aside.
  3. Combine wet ingredients with a mixer on low. To cream, increase speed to high and beat until fluffy and the color lightens.
  4. Stir the flour mixture into the creamed mixture until no flour is visible. (Over mixing develops the gluten, making a tough cookie.) Then add the oats and raisins; stir to incorporate.
  5. Fill a cookie scoop and press against side of bowl, pulling up to level dough (to measure 2 tablespoons of dough).
  6. Drop 2-inches apart onto baking sheet sprayed with nonstick spray.
  7. Bake 11-13 minutes (on center rack), until golden, but still moist beneath cracks on top.
  8. Remove from oven; let cookies sit on baking sheet for 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.

Making Marks... Sliptrailing

Pottery StudioChristine SilbaughComment

Making designs on my pottery is one of my favorite things to do.  

Drying Dinnerware...just sliptrailed 

Drying Dinnerware...just sliptrailed 

There is so many ways to make marks (designs). I love Sliptrailing because it leaves a raised texture so it adds an extra level of tactile experience when using the dishes. It is a very time consuming process...but it's worth it.  

Here is a high speed video showing just how I do it... 

Plates & bowls...just decorated  

Plates & bowls...just decorated  

Seeing Things in a Different Way

Christine SilbaughComment
Mountain Boxes

Mountain Boxes

Hanging planter

Hanging planter

New ideas have always come easy to me... 

One day when I was making some of my hanging planters, I looked at them and saw mountains... That is how my mountain boxes were born! 

Mountain Boxes Drying

Mountain Boxes Drying

Mountain Boxes glazed in Deep Sea Blue & Emerald Green

Mountain Boxes glazed in Deep Sea Blue & Emerald Green