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C.S. Lewis

Friday, November 30, 2012

After School

 I think "after school snack" is like Miller Time for kids, don't you think so?
I often make these easy oatmeal cookies, in fact they're so easy I don't really measure anything and I tend to vary the ingredients yet they still turn out fine.
I made them yesterday afternoon with a new twist: butterscotch chips with vanilla and cinnamon for extra layers of flavour.

I buy organic large flake oats.
The eggs are also organic, I use two for a little extra protein.

This must be the world's most inaccurate measuring cup, I bought it for looks!
 After School Cookies

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 eggs

Mix well and then add:

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
small dash of salt
1 and 1/2 cups large flake oats
1 cup chocolate chips or butterscotch chips
(if using butterscotch add in 1 tsp of cinnamon)

Mix well, plop on your lined cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes at 350.
The cookie dough.

I plop the cookies on a large parchment-lined cookie sheet.
I try to measure them out the same size but that is not a skill of mine.

Warm cookies: the ideal after school snack.
Coming home to fresh warm cookies seems to never get old for the rascals, they love it.
Before my son left for University these would be gone by 4pm, these days they last until about 8pm.

Speaking of Miller Time, it's Friday and I hope you have something fun planned.
Have a good one.
xoDani

42 comments:

  1. Definitly will try those cookies,they look yummy!
    i am always looking for afternoon snacks,that are not junkfood.

    We are going out tonight for a dinner at my husbands company.I am still trying to figure out what to wear.As a top i will wear the lisette shell,but i havent figured out the rest.
    The shell i bought because i liked it so much on you!
    have a great weekend!

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    1. ina that kind of event is always difficult, I think the Lisette shell would be perfect. Have a great time!

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  2. miller time for kids. brilliant!

    i'm having a little dinner party tonight. pasta, records, a little dancing or a lot of dancing.

    have a great weekend too.

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    1. Janet I'm jealous I love dancing, we never do that! Have fun.

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  3. How lovely for your children to come home to that. My mum was completely undomesticated, she didn't really cook and never baked. I never went short of toast though!
    I've been trying to do my door wreath/pots, I almost ended up in tears, I'm one of those awful perfectionists who justs want to destroy something if it isn't exactly the way I want it/imagined it. It's a horrible, horrible trait.

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    1. I'm like that too - I keep a knife in my studio for slashing up paintings I don't like. Being a perfectionist is exhausting.

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    2. Kathy, that sounds just like me, it's a sort of madness isn't it?
      At least you are an artist, it's your birthright, when I lose it and I chuck a whole cake in the sink because 'something about it isn't good enough" I'm just one step from an institution.

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    3. You are killing me ladies! I am one of those fortunate fools who is comfortable with half-assed!

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    4. Tabitha- you have a very artistic nature, so you're entitled. I'm like this about everything as well. Yes, it's madness.

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    5. Ha! WMM I am also content with half-assed except for my clothes, then it's fussy-wussy has to be perfect.

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    6. Tabs have you read Nigel Slater's memoir Toast? I saw the movie recently, now I'm seeing you eating toast every day after school in your white pinafores!

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    7. No I haven't I quite like him too, he's so softly spoken, I find his cookery show really calming.

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  4. Lol at Miller Time for kids! So true. Those cookies look perfect, and I think I'll whip some up today. DH loooves oatmeal cookies as well, so it will be a happy household. Laughing at your measuring cup for looks. Tonight will be wine time plus movie, cozied up by the tree. :)

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    1. M my husband loves those cookies and our contractors had some for a snack yesterday too, men seem to love cookies don't they!
      That's my idea of a perfect night, have fun!

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  5. I'd love to come home to freshly baked cookies too. My mother was always worrying about my sister and I getting fat, so we'd get some carrot sticks or a half an apple. Celery with a little bit of peanut butter in the trough was a big treat. Not quite as cheery or comforting as cookies. Celebrating my son in law's 30th birthday tomorrow night with some family. And big news, my daughter is pregnant and now in her second trimester, some come June, I'll be a grandmother. I'm beyond excited.

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    1. Kathy, congratulations to the whole family! My husband's niece just had a baby - I've only seen photos so far, but my sister-in-law and her husband look like they are in seventh heaven!!

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    2. Kathy I'm thrilled for you, this is going to be amazing!
      As for your mother, I don't want to be negative but that doesn't exactly sound fun. Poor you!
      Have a great celebration with your family, lots to cheer about. And I bet you won't be serving them carrot sticks.

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    3. Thanks everyone - we're so happy about the upcoming baby. Dani, it's OK and appropriate to be negative about my mother. She's mellowed now, but she wasn't an easy or very maternal mother. We're going out tomorrow night - I cooked dinner twice last week for 18, and am done with massive cooking until the holidays.

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    4. Congratulations Kathy! Very exciting for you!

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    5. Thanks Sulky. Very exciting, but going to remain my naughty self.

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    6. Congratulations Kathy, those little ones find a way to re-inject wonder and silly fun back into life.

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    7. Congratulations Kathy! Such exciting news, and I'm sure you must be beyond thrilled!

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    8. A grandchild ! I'm so happy for you.

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  6. What a good mom! These look yummy and your girls are lucky! I am so behind as I had an event last night! Hope to get a couple of reviews up later of things I receieved and will send back...

    Phanton blouse has shown up again on JC website. i am not mad! This is a happy day! Dani, when I come for miller time I may bring some tea and scones. What do you spike tea with???

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    1. WMM as far as I know we should spike the tea with Grand Marnier!
      Love your reviews, I'll check in with you later.

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  7. Oh this sounds so nice. I wish we would have had something like this when we were children but it was off to boarding school for each of us at a tender age. My mother was busy with her career and my father often traveling so I know it was for the best but I want to have those homey things with my children when they come along.

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    1. xoxo I am sure you will and it's so nice for everybody, I know many women love their careers but it has been so important for me to be home after school for all my kids, that's when all the stuff happens, at least in my house.
      My mother was home but didn't make us after school snack, I used to haul out the popcorn maker every single day and it annoyed her to no end. But I was starving! It's funny as parents we seem to make those corrections from our own childhoods.

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  8. Dani, you are Super-Mom! My mother was always waiting with a To-Do list for me as long as her arm! I was like Cinderella. I'm off out tonight to see my friend who's getting married tomorrow. There will be champagne, I'm sure. Then tomorrow it'll be wedding fever. I love a good wedding!

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    1. I love a good wedding too. Now I go to weddings of our kid's friends, but still have a great time.
      And yes, Dani is Super-Mom. I also had a to-do list greeting me when I got home from school. The carrot sticks were my reward.

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    2. You too have me howling here, I just had reading time on the bed with mum and my plate of toast and a two inch fringe which made me look like a lunatic.

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    3. You had an enchanted childhood, Tabs. Toast and reading on the bed with your mom. Chanel bags from your dad...A good topic for the chat room.

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    4. Kathy, I'm jealous of your carrot sticks - I just got the stick! When are we going to start up our chat room - everyone welcome of course. Tabs, your 2 inch lunatic fringe? Me too! My father used to call me "the bat in the belfry"..this passed for affection in my family. He also referred to his offspring as "mugwumps". A huge Dickens fan, obviously.

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    5. I had the two inch fringe too - it was the style I guess, very I Love Lucy.

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  9. This post inspired me to pre-heat the oven and make some banana bread (the bananas are ready). I am more of a box cookie/muffin/bread kind of girl, but even these require adding real food ingredients so I figure it's not that bad. Whatever, I'm a terrible cook, I own it lol! My kids don't care if it came out of a box mix, they're always happy to eat it. They're not going to grow up mistaking me for Julia Child...

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  10. The cookies look absolutely delicious, Dani! I will definitely be giving them a try. Right now I have a giant loaf of my 'Best Ever Banana Bread' in the oven for my little guys. Even though we homeschool, I always make sure they get a yummy snack in the afternoon after they are all finished with their lessons.

    I'm looking forward to our own little Miller time...it's been an exhausting week, and I really need to relax and unwind. I hope WMM brings her '80s soundtrack again tonight. I'll try to bring some of my banana bread if the boys don't have it all gone by then. :)

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  11. Thanks for the recipe Dani and I'll also try them. It's raining here today and I feel like lying low but we've got 2 Christmas parties this weekend.It seems too early for me. When we went over to Vancouver last weekend Charlie requested "study cookies". So I made a batch of ginger molasses and peanut butter .
    Have a great weekend.

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  12. COOKIE MONSTERS Nothing like the smell of homemade/baked cookies or banana bread. My mum was a truly hopeless cook and only a pass-able baker and didn't care two figs about the kitchen. So I picked up the basics from my nan and got stuck in to prevent leftovers soup and cardboard carton granola bars. Glad I wasn't the only one with a "chores before fun" list, bad fringe, carrot snacks, odd family nicknames or boarding after-schools. And to be fair about the mater and her legacy she did throw a good house party and make fine profiteroles, "Thank you mum!"
    And trust it was a happy Miller Time, festive Friday for all.

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  13. I need to come home to a snack like that after work!

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  14. Thanks for the cookie recipe! My kids would love these. They are cookie monsters...

    Tonight we indulged in Indian curry takeout and a bottle of Moscato d'Asti - that's our version of Miller time. Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

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  15. Miller Time for kids, that is really hilarious!

    You are a sweet mother, Dani.

    I know my mom made us after school snacks as a kid, but I really can't remember what! Apple slices were popular, I think. I remember being allowed to sit on the window sill of the bay window to eat and watch the world. I always loved that. And she makes a mean grilled cheese, but that wasn't for snack time.

    p.s. I find your blog very comforting, you strike such a nice tone with it. I sometimes come read when I need a little respite from everything else.

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