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i have a friend who believes christmas would not lose any bit of ‘special’ even if it was celebrated every single day of the year. as long as the stresses and frustrations that come with the holidays don’t also stay strong, i’m fine with that idea. am i the only one who still has candy canes from last winter?

after a couple weeks full of busy days, i was suddenly confused by all the free time i have. whenever my sister suggests we watch [yet] a[nother] movie, i, out of habit, consult my mental planner to see what tasks i need to finish before i have any free time. but it’s empty now.

and what a great thing! for now i have about a month of free time before i start a very busy couple months governed by lectures, hopeful class participation, office working hours–not to mention serving deep-fried-mars-bars-hungry customers, if i can help it. this means for now i have some time to watch films, watch the magical benedict cumberbatch in and as sherlock, and rewatch episodes of modern family, all the while anticipating my new roles for the summer period. hopefully i’ll also spend a significant amount of time more actively so that i can do things worth watching, as well. in a non-creepy way.

a couple days ago i decided it was time to use a few more of those leftover candy canes i still keep in the cupboard from last christmas. sister by my side, i made candy cane crinkle cookies after reading table for two (whose recipe for oreo cheesecake bars i am always dreaming about soon making). sister took care of the fluffing up of sugar and butter, and i looked after impatiently combining the dry ingredients so i could have myself some cookies.

for whatever depressing reason our cookies didn’t spread like table for two’s. fattydumpling and i experimented with flattening the dough before baking to see if we could produce nicely flat things, nonetheless, to my delight they were still wonderfully chewy regardless, and induced a late-night gorging of cookies. i think i’ll make them again before this week ends. it’s not like time is against me.

i can’t eat peppermint sugar cookies and not think of christmas! and today while at a bakery i saw hanging christmas lights and metallic bows. perhaps it’s time to start buying gifts on behalf of nick.

yo ho.

ed sheeran/the a team 

also, my sister said to me today,

‘i have a theory that when we go out, you become ten years younger.’

(let me point out that while this may be read as an endearing sister-to-sister comment about youth and life, by ‘younger’ i’m completely sure she meant ‘more immature’. my sister’s a bully)

my friends’ interests always have a way to creeping into mine. i suppose this is something that is natural.

(once in a while i feel an emerging interest in weapon-themed merch!)

(as days pass i feel more and more inclined towards saving people from the discriminating and hateful)

(i want to be dark and cuddly at the same time !)

(…i enjoy the occasional story about britanna, and i really really wanna discover what adventure time is all about)

i’m not totally sure what amusing quirks I possess, but my friends are aware of my habit of making and eating sweets. sometimes i try to make baking THEIR OBSESSION… most of the time it doesn’t work, but my attempts result in hoot-ful fun days, regardless.

this holiday we made the decision to be charitable a tiny bit late, for all the volunteer spots seemed to be filled. however! we did discover that donations for baked goods were gladly being accepted for the many charitable events at yonge street mission. and so we baked.

pooling together some of my favourite ingredients, –albeit i have quite a few– we made some chocolate candy cane cookies (delicious! i love chocolate and peppermint :) and cookies and cream fudge (condensed milk + white chocolate + oreos = sweeet, in all of its definitions).

bellyfulla samplings from our labours of love, i hopped off with one of my baking buddies to drop off our donation.

conclusion of the day: i love love in all of its forms.

happy christmas/hanukah/kwanzaa/holidays and etc ;D

oreo-stuffed chocolate chunk cookies.

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oh yes, i just did.

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whilst making a pillsbury-inspired Google Doodle for an assignment, my sister and i also made some of the best cookies ever thought to be made. or rather, we combined two of the best cookies ever made to make an even better one.

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now dreaming of oreo-stuffed brownies.

a little while ago i forgot about my overdue books and multiplying fines

my imaginary friends

my sci-fi nightmares

my single-viewer movie sessions

my mediocre marks

my social skills,

i turned on the white stripe’s we’re going to be friends and i made cookies instead.

(recipes: cookies and cream cookies from sweet tooth/chewy chocolate chip oatmeal cookies from allrecipes)

and when i decided that i was going to have a good day,

i had a good day.

how do you make a cookie healthier?

i say keep the sugar, and the chocolate chips, and the butter/margarine; just throw in handfuls of oats, wheat bran, and whole grain flour (…flax seeds, some shredded carrots, granola…), and—behold—healthy cookie!

…usually, looking at such images of whole grain flour and oats and wheat bran knowing that they were going to be baked with cookies would make my mouth scrunch up disapprovingly and immediately make me think of my sister squeaking at me to Stop making sugar!

but not this time, because once i measure out these healthy fluff stuff and dump them into my white chocolate chunk cookie batter, i realize–i’m making ‘healthy’ cookies, which means i’m baking some sweet stuff my sister can’t yell at me about (for she’s taken the initiative of trying to make our family eat better, which automatically means less sugar—whattheheck?)! or at least, she won’t yell at me too much, because at least i’m putting an effort into baking with a health-conscious mind [*insert sly wink here*].

these cookies are really, really good. mind you, they’re quite sweet, but when they’re loaded with mouth-watering chunks of white chocolate AND enough healthy fluff for you to be able to shrug off any guilt, who can say no? not to mention those added oats and wheat bran add a nice, almost chewy texture. yumyumyum/nomnomnom.

and when you have these cookies with a glass of milk? well look at that, your daily intake of calcium! it’s only up from here, serrriously.

recipe: better-for-you white chocolate chunk cookies
makes 12 cookies

ingredients
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup whole grain flour
1/3 cup wheat bran
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
7 tbsp butter/margarine
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
30g (essentially half of 1/4 cup) granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 cup white chocolate chunks
1/2 cup oats

procedures
preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit; line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or lightly grease)

in a medium bowl, whisk together the flours, bran, salt, and baking soda. set aside.

in a large bowl, beat the butter/margarine and sugars until light and fluffy. add the vanilla and egg and beat until incorporated. add the flour mixture and beat until just smooth. using a rubber spatula, stir in the chocolate chunks and oats.

shape the dough into 12 balls, each about 2 tablespoons (i used a ice cream scoop, which my sister gave to me for christmas !) and place them about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet. bake in preheated oven until the cookies are golden brown, the edges are set and the centers are still a little soft, about 16-18 minutes. cool cookies and then devour them! with a glass of milk for calcium !