I recently applied to “the Great Canadian Baker,” just for fun! They called me yesterday and asked me a couple follow up questions. On the same day, I made some pretty big changes to my Master’s thesis. And the next day I was put on a new exciting research project where I work. So, I have a lot going on! I instantly feel the need to finish my thesis, bake a million goodies to practice (just in case I get a call!), and work super hard on the project at my job.
For me, times like these are very exciting, but I should also think about balance, just so that I can keep it all together. I usually go to my mum for advice; she is very grounded and keeps me in check! When I moved to Kingston to start my Master’s she gave me a book by Pema Chordon called “When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times.” I read the title and couldn’t help but think, “does my mum think my life is falling apart?” But I knew I shouldn’t be offended because of that rule we learn in junior school, never judge a book by its cover!
My favourite chapter is “The Path is the Goal.” It might sound hokey, but it’s a simple reminder that life is lived in the chaotic moments, the happy moments, the crazy stressful days, etc. The journey is what it’s about and it should be enjoyed! So, even though I want to stay up all night to check off everything on my to-do list, just to be done, writing this is my conscious reminder to slow down and enjoy it!
3 cups rolled oats
6 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
2 cups sugar
½ cup milk
½ cup butter
1 tsp vanilla
Stir together oats, cocoa, and coconut in bowl and set aside.
Bring sugar, milk and butter to boil in saucepan; pour over oats and mix well. Stir in vanilla.
Drop by the teaspoonful onto waxed paper lined baking sheet.
When cool, store in covered container at room temperature. Best eaten within 3 days.
Makes 36 cookies.
*Recipe from The Farm and City Cookbook