I spent most of my formative years determinedly not living up to my potential. Having the attention span of a hamster and my grandfather's sweet tooth, nothing held my interest, except art and baking. I got a scholarship to art school, so still unsure, my mom and I went for a campus tour. I don't remember too many specifics of that day beyond seeing the student art plastered halls and feeling deeply and desperately sure in my seventeen year old heart of hearts, that I HAD to learn how to do it. I could not possibly live my life without that knowledge. I'm an illustrator because I still, many years past seventeen, feel that way about art. And maybe baking.

Laura's FAMOUS Oatmeal Scotchies
You can take the girl out of the Midwest, but you can't take the Midwest outta the girl.

2c. Unbleached, All-Purpose Flour
2tsp. Baking Powder
1tsp. Baking Soda
1tsp. Salt
1c. CRISCO (that's right, like mom used to use!)
3/4c. Dark Brown Sugar
3/4c. White Sugar
2 Eggs
3Tbs. Water
3 1/2 c. Quick Oats
12oz. Nestle's Butterscotch Baking Morsels

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

2. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.

3. In a large mixing bowl, combine Crisco, both sugars, eggs and water and beat until creamy.

4. Add flour mix, oats and morsels. Stir until combined.

5. Use an ice cream scoop to drop onto parchment lined cookie sheets.

6. Bake for thirteen to fifteen minutes, until edges lightly brown.

7. Share with people you love.





Red Chair Press/ Lerner Group
Boyds Mills Press
Harcourt Educational
Scholastic Educational
Scott Foresman
Houghton Mifflin Educational

Highlights for Children
Highlights High Five

Honors & Awards
Illustrator of the Month, Highlights for Children, December 2010
Bank Street College’s Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2010 edition for A Party in Ramadan
CCBC Choices 2010 for A Party In Ramadan
Parent’s Choice Award, 2009 for A Party in Ramadan
Illustrator of the Month, Highlights for Children, July 2008
Skipping Stones Honor Award, 2008 for The Best Eid Ever
2002 Austin Young Engineer’s Award for My Brother Loved Snowflakes
First Place, Stylized Realism, SCBWI National Portfolio Show, 2000

The Mary Wong Collection , College of Education, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
The Mazza Museum, University of Findlay, Findlay, OH
Festival Owl Project, Keene State College, Keene, NH
Private Collections