Today the average American household has 2.73 televisions and 2.55 people. What a reversal. In addition to televisions, there are home computers and smart phones. You name it and we got it. We are now spending more time in front of a computer than ever before. The average child spends 4.5 hours per day watching television.
For those of you looking for a little help with reducing screen time, here are a few resources
- UNL-Extension Food Website
- Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood
- The US Department of Agriculture Screen Free Week
To help you get started, try this recipe for Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies from - Fast Foods!, a UNL-Extension 4-H Foods Curriculum. Hope you enjoy, and please go to Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/DiscoverFoods and post pictures of your Screen Free Week activities.
Makes 2 dozen.
½ cup sugar
½ cup brown sugar
⅓ cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 large egg
¾ to 1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup regular or quick oats
⅛ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ cup raisins
1. In a large bowl beat together both sugars and butter. Mix in vanilla and egg.
2. In a small bowl stir together flour, oatmeal, salt, and baking soda. Set aside.
3. Add flour and oat mixture to the wet ingredients. Stir to combine. Stir in raisins.
4. Refrigerate dough for about 30 minutes. (Dough can be refrigerated for up to one day.)
5. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto cookie sheets coated with cooking spray.
6. Bake at 350°F for 12 minutes.
7. Remove cookies from pan and place on a cooling rack.