Healthy snacks featured on show

By Sheryl Borden: Creative living

Information on healthy snacks for kids, making happiness a choice and online room planning will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday.

Mary Lee Chin is a registered dietitian and nutrition expert for the California Raisin Marketing Board, and she knows how important it is to have healthy snacks on hand for kids to eat when they get home from school — and these same snacks are good for all of us. Chin lives in Denver, Colo.

Kirk Wilkinson is a motivational speaker who has written a book called “The Happiness Factor.” He is going to talk about how we can all be happy — no matter what — because happiness is a choice and a skill that we can all learn. Wilkinson is from Mesa, Ariz.

Lacy Jones is the Visual Coordinator for Havertys Furniture Co. in Lubbock, Texas, and she’s going to show how to arrange any room in the house in just five easy steps with an easy-to-use online room planner.

Information on Asian cooking, preparing foods ahead of time and doing random fabric weaving will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at noon and 2 p.m. Saturday.

Kathy Moore, spokeswoman for Williams Foods Inc., will demonstrate how convenience mixes can help out with ease in Asian cooking. She’s from Lenexa, Kan.

Tara Gillette, of KitchenAid in Benton Harbor, Mich., will show a variety of foods that can be prepared ahead of time so the host can enjoy spending time with the guests instead of being in the kitchen cooking.

Patsy Shields, of Sulky of America, shows how to do a technique called random fabric weaving to create beautiful pillow tops. She lives in Sellersburg, Ind.

Oatmeal raisin cookies

• 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

• 2 teaspoons baking soda

• 1 teaspoon salt

• 4 cups rolled oats

• 1 cup sugar

• 1 1/4 cups brown sugar, packed

• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

• 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

• 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional)

• 1 1/4 cup shortening

• 3/4 cups + 2 tablespoons butter or margarine

• 3 whole eggs*

• 1 tablespoon vanilla

• 1 1/2 cups California raisins, plumped

Blend flour, baking soda, salt, rolled oats, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg for 2 minutes in mixer bowl on low speed. Add shortening, butter, eggs and vanilla. Mix for 1 minute on medium speed. Add raisins and blend for 30 seconds on low speed. Portion with No. 40 scoop in rows of six down and five across onto each of two sheet pans (18 x 26 x 1 inch). Bake until lightly browned. For a conventional oven, bake at 350 degrees F for 12 to 14 minutes. For a convection oven, bake at 300 degrees F for 6 to 8 minutes. Cool completely. Remove from sheet pans.

Yield: 50 cookies.

*Note: May substitute 1 1/2 ounces (1/2 cup) dried whole eggs and 1/2 cup water for shell eggs.

“Creative Living” is produced and hosted by Sheryl Borden. The show is carried by more than 118 PBS stations in the United States, Canada, Guam and Puerto Rico, and is distributed by Westlink, Albuquerque.