Grandma’s Oatmeal Crispies
It doesn’t yet seem real for either of us, but our grandma passed away last week at the age of 89. Fortunately I was able to come home a few days before to help Jen take care of her. It was hard, I won’t lie, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. Even though grandma slept most of the time, she had some moments of clarity. At one point the day before she passed, I was holding Carly when grandma reached out to her and smiled. I will treasure that memory forever. She loved all of her grandkids, but the girls, Mamie and Carly, were extra special to her. I’m also happy that Jen and I were there together holding grandma’s hand at the end. We will miss her so much, but it makes our hearts happy knowing that our mom and grandma are now together, smiling down on us.
In Loving Memory
Agnes Paula Rodenberg (Oler)
Date of Birth
August 18, 1924
Date of Death
July 19, 2014
We can’t begin to tell you about all of the amazing things our grandma did in her lifetime, but we can share a few. She grew up in a small farm community in Indiana and set out to New York City after high school to attend NYU. She majored in merchandising with hopes of becoming a designer, but when that didn’t pan out quite as she had hoped, she went back to Indiana and started a family. After our grandpa passed away, she continued sewing and even sold some of her creations to State Senator Julia Carson for her fashion boutique, J. Carson. We found this article from the September 26, 1985 issue of The Indianapolis Star in which she mentions sewing for her twin granddaughters. So cool…it brought tears to our eyes!
Our grandpa and grandma had plans to do a lot of traveling, but our grandpa sadly passed away 30 years ago. That didn’t stop grandma though and she has literally traveled all over the world. If we get a chance to travel to a third of the places she did in her lifetime, we will be very happy!
Our grandma definitely spoiled us our entire lives. We were “her girls”.
When we were little, she made us the most intricate clothes and Halloween costumes. When she kept each of us for a week every summer, she gave us the one-on-one attention that as twins, we needed. She took us to our first musical, The Sound of Music, and has taken us to countless musicals since. She took us to New York City after both high school and college graduations. When Purdue was in the Rose Bowl our junior year of college, she took us to California for the game. She also planned girl’s trips for our mom and us to Chicago and Savannah/Hilton Head.
After our mom passed away, we began including Matt on these trips and went to Myrtle Beach (where we went parasailing and on a helicopter ride). Then in April 2012, she took us on the most amazing trip to Napa Valley.
Sadly, since we both have young kids, we didn’t get to take as many trips as we would’ve liked, but we have made a pact to take a yearly trip somewhere from now on!
Our grandma also made the long drive from Indiana to Georgia to visit me several times. During one of these trips, when I was pregnant with Luke, she taught me how to sew (using our mom’s old sewing machine). Another time we saw Il Divo in concert. We saw musicals like The Lion King and Sweet Charity. We also went up to Chattanooga twice so that she could go tandem skydiving. That’s right, she chose to celebrate her 83rd and 88th birthdays this way…how cool is that?!?
As we said, we could go on and on…but let’s move onto these Oatmeal Crispies. Grandma always baked a batch of these cookies when we visited. In fact, one of our cousins brought them up when we were telling stories about grandma during her graveside burial. Little did he know, we had baked some up just before the service and were planning on sharing them with everyone. Somehow, neither of us had made them in the past, but one bite of these cookies took us back to our childhoods.
These cookies couldn’t be simpler to make, and you probably have all of the ingredients on hand. If you’re looking for simple oatmeal cookies that are hard to resist, you’ve found them! We made these together last Wednesday, but because I was really missing my family now that I’m back in Georgia, I decided to make another batch today. The dough is chilling in the refrigerator right now and I can’t wait to eat them again!
1 cup shortening
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, well beaten
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 cups flour
3 cups quick cooking oats
1. In a large mixing bowl, cream together shortening, brown sugar, and sugar until well combined. Add eggs and vanilla. Beat well.
2. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients (salt, baking soda, and flour) and add to creamed mixture. Add oats and mix well.
3. Shape the dough into rolls, wrap with plastic wrap, and chill thoroughly.
4. When you’re ready to bake the cookies, preheat oven to 350° F. Slice the dough into 1/4″ slices and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes.