Snapshot #147 | 10 Things for 23 February 2020



1. starting… to think about picking up the camera again. I’ve been decompressing for a month (exactly), and I’m starting to get twitchy.
2. going… a couple shades lighter blonde. It’s not the white-blonde I’ve been daydreaming about, and I’m not 100% sure I like it yet, but I’m giving it some time.
3. trying… a new waffle recipe. Good, but I do need to fine-tune it a bit.
4. psyching… myself out. I need to get my head back in the game.
5. shopping… for new pens.
6. troubleshooting… a new cookie recipe. All of the ingredients and proportions make sense, and everything seems right, but there’s something missing. (Nothing that kept me from eating the cookies, of course, but I’d like to make them better.)
7. daring… to hope that I might be able to start my running season before the end of March. (That’s always my goal; the weather has never cooperated.)
8. marvelling… at how terrible the combination of Chapters/Indigo and Canada Post continues to be.
9. getting… ready to redesign the site. Again. (Sort of.)
10. wondering… why my downstairs neighbours are blasting ‘Jingle Bells’ at full volume. In February.

Snapshot #49 | 10 Things for 24 April 2016



1. settling… on a cake recipe. I think it’s gonna be good.
2. making… these cookies. I’ve been looking for a recipe that makes big, soft, and flavourful peanut-butter cookies for years. This is it. (So, yeah: baking a lot right now.)
3. cleaning… out the kitchen cabinets. I’m in full spring-cleaning mode.
4. feeling… strangely good about not buying something that I really want, but that isn’t quite perfect.
5. wondering… why someone in the apartment building thinks it’s a good idea to add those scent-booster things to the common laundry machine. Horrible.
6. hoping… that I’ll get a chance to repaint the patio furniture before the trees start flinging pollen everywhere.
7. getting… distracted. Now that I’ve decided to do NaNoWriMo (more on that tomorrow), I’ve started trying to turn my (fantastic) premise into a viable plot, which has led to falling down weird internet rabbit holes as I search for inspiration and missing pieces. I keep having to remind myself that I’ve got six months.
8. having… kind of a terrible week. Even before Prince died.
9. scrambling… to clear my to-do list. See Numbers 7 & 8, above.
10. finding… inspiration. This week hasn’t been all bad.

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

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(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!) |