Snapshot #131 | 10 Things for 14 July 2019



1. eating… all the strawberries.
2. noticing… that I’ve broken a few bad habits, completely unintentionally. An unexpected benefit of that cold, apparently. (Don’t worry: I’ve still got plenty of bad habits. Glad to be rid of those ones, though.)
3. finishing… the office coffee station. I finally found a tray I like! (This is the kind of thing I get excited about.)
4. tackling… that chore that I’ve been putting off since… last summer. Really. But it’s done and I can move forward with the big photo project, and I’m thrilled! (The bus ride wasn’t quite as tedious as expected, but it was close.)
5. hoping… that the new sunscreen I picked up will solve all my (sunscreen-related) problems.
6. looking… for good baked doughnut recipes. I finally broke down and got a pan, and I can’t wait to try it. Just as soon as the humidity breaks and I’m willing to turn on an oven again.
7. troubleshooting… an annoying computer problem. Not sure if I’ve solved it yet. Fingers crossed.
8. taking… care of the balcony plants. Finally. If they die now, it’s because of the oak trees, not my neglect.
9. cleaning… up the files on the ancient MacBook Pro, in the hopes that maybe it can be repaired and used again for less than the cost of a new laptop. I’m not optimistic, but it’d be nice to have something in between the desktop and tablet. (And, yeah: a lot of computer stuff going on lately.)
10. trying… those ruby cocoa KitKat bars. The chocolate is really interesting—I’d love to see it show up in a form that I can experiment with (chips or plain bars, something). I feel like it’d make a really good ice cream.

Snapshot #22 | 10 Things for 12 April 2015



1. getting… back into my routine.
2. eating… far too much leftover chocolate.
3. making… plans for the week.
4. wishing… the snow would just go away. Now. Please.
5. taking… down the Christmas wreaths. (In all fairness, there has been a four-foot snowdrift in the way since early February, and it’s only just melted enough to be able to reach the wreaths.)
6. admitting… that I really have to get back to writing fiction. The stories are there, waiting, and now I have to decide how to write them without getting too obsessive.
7. working… out the fine details.
8. troubleshooting… a computer issue. The fan keeps spinning up for no reason. Not sure what’s going on.
9. trying… very very hard not to fall back down the rabbit hole. (The temptation is strong.)
10. feeling… so inspired. So many ideas—for photos, for stories, for tattoos (Why am I thinking about tattoos? I have no plans to get a tattoo any time soon.), for paintings, for media I don’t normally work in—I don’t know what to do with them all.

Oatmeal-Chocolate Chip Cookies for Two | Small-Batch Recipe

Art + Craft

(Happy Thanksgiving to American readers. Happy Thursday to everyone else. Either way, here’s something that has nothing to do with pumpkin or turkey. I think we all need it.)

You might remember a few weeks ago, when I mentioned an experiment I was working on. (Or you might not. It was a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it kind of thing.)

What happened was this: I had a sudden, out-of-nowhere craving for oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. Not just any oatmeal chocolate chip cookies—the ones I used to make when I was a kid: thick and chewy, loaded with chocolate, but not too sugary, and not too big. Pure comfort food. Which would have been fine, but it was just coming up on Hallowe’en, and I didn’t want to be stuck with the 9 dozen cookies that the recipe makes on top of all the leftover candy that I could see in the future.

Now, if I’d been smart, I’d have just cut the recipe in half, or maybe quartered it. That would’ve been the easy, straightforward thing to do.

But, no. I only wanted one or two cookies. I only wanted to make one or two cookies.

I tried adapting my go-to single-serve cookie recipe. It… didn’t work. Tasted good, but they weren’t the cookies I wanted.

So I tried again. And again. (Not right away, because Hallowe’en.)

And here we are. I didn’t manage to get it down to just one or two cookies, I did manage to cut my original recipe down from 110 cookies to four. Share ‘em with a friend. Or keep them for yourself. I won’t tell.

(And, if you’d like the full recipe, all 110 cookies worth, drop me a line, and I’ll be happy to send it to you. It’s slightly different—the cookies end up a little chewier—but it’s my favourite cookie recipe, ever.)

Oatmeal-Chocolate Chip Cookies (for Two!) |