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Food fun is all about using your garden harvest to prepare delicious meals.

fresh produce

We love to grow carrots and we love to eat cookies, but cookies aren’t always so easy to make. After a few failed attempts, my daughter and I created a new recipe and boy, is it yummy! This one’s called Oatmeal-Carrot cookies and is really tasty.

A couple of notes regarding the recipe: dark brown sugar lends a more intense flavor, though light brown sugar will work perfectly fine. In fact, you can use dark brown or light brown sugar for the whole recipe. Up to you. Creaming the sugar and butter is key to success. Use real butter that’s been allowed to soften at room temperature, too. No substitutes here.

Next, the carrots should be shredded very fine, or blended to a grated consistency. I have a mini-Cuisinart blender and it works wonders for producing tiny chunks of carrot. Missed a few, as you can see the larger chunks in the dough photo. We also noted a difference between using an ungreased cookie sheet and a greased cookie sheet. The spread factor was greater on the latter, so watch the baking time and the spread. Enjoy!

Oatmeal Carrot Cookies

oatmeal carrot cookies1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 1/4 cup rolled oats, not instant

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup finely shredded/grated carrots

1 TBSP orange zest

6 TBSP butter, softened

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup dark brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1 egg

Preheat 350° F.  In small bowl, combine oats, raisins, carrots and orange zest. Set aside. In small bowl, combine flour, salt and baking soda. Set aside. In a medium-sized bowl (or standing mixer bowl) combine sugar and butter and beat until creamy smooth. Add extract and egg and beat until well-blended. Add in flour mixture and stir until well-combined. Add oat mixture and stir until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.


Using teaspoon or a small ice cream scoop, drop balls of dough onto ungreased cookie sheet.

spoonfuls on cookie sheet

Bake 10 – 12 minutes or until cookies turn golden brown. For more even baking, rotate trays in oven halfway through cooking process. Cool completely (if you can!) or go ahead and eat warm and gooey from the tray.

cooling cookies on cookie sheet

Recipe makes two dozen cookies.

Talk about food fun, do you love carrots? Try my recipe for The Fluffiest Carrot Cake ever!

bunny closeup

Or maybe some Healthy French Fries? Yes, that’s a piece of yummy homemade SWEET Potato Pie on the plate with those fries. We love sweet potatoes! Grow some this summer–you’ll be glad you did!

sweet pie and fries

With the weather warming, perhaps a sip of Rosemary Lemonade would refresh you. It’s an interesting mix of flavors that kids adore. Try it–you’ll like it!

rosemary lemonade

And if you MUST eat your zucchini? There’s no better way than Zucchini and Cheese Supreme.

Zucchini and Cheese Supreme

Ahhhhh… I love them all!

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  • by Blair Bancroft, Author

    Although Show Me the Green! is clearly a strong “Let’s garden” for country and suburban children, even city dwellers should be inspired by this charming tale of how to grow veggies. With chapter titles like “Slippery Eggs & Seeds,” “Wacky Weeds,” “Shiny Frogs & Flittering Flies,” this is a fun story in itself and an inspiration to children everywhere.


  • by Sharon Grier, Teacher

    Not only were the characters easy to relate to and real, one can learn quite a bit about gardening without feeling like you’re reading a textbook. My students commented that they had felt just like Jason and Lexi a few times, and I shared that I had surely felt like the mom, too. Having read many books, I feel strongly about recommending this book to students as well as teachers. Great, well-written children’s book!


  • by Kirkus

    Venetta’s debut children’s book conveys the thrill of growing one’s own food.

  • by Indie Reader

    A cheerful, welcoming way to plant seeds of interest in gardening for elementary-school aged children, SHOW ME THE GREEN! falls on fertile soil.


  • by Queen Bee Books

    This is a story that kids will be absorbed in without realizing how much they’re learning–about seeds, planting, plant life cycles, bugs, fertilizer… If you’re looking for a chapter book to get kids excited about nature, gardening, and science, this one would fit the bill.