For the Love of Lists – Week 8

Lists for Days | September 29, 2016 | By

First of all, I’m sad to announce that I have [finally] taken to wearing pants instead of shorts.  *Insert terribly sad face here.*  What a great summer!  But alas, fall has come, and I actually forgot about some of my pants.  Surprise!  Pants that I didn’t know I had.  Plus, I bought new socks.  So, we’re good, Fall.  Truce.  I love fall too.  

The boys woke up last Thursday morning (first day of fall), crept into the room I was in, and whispered, “Is it fall yet?!”  Like, it’s fall guys, not Christmas!  Too funny.  Of course, I said yes, and they went off whispering to each other, “I told you!”.  

We had gone outside a bit later that morning and they asked why all the leaves hadn’t changed colour and fallen down yet.  

It IS fall, you know, Mom.  

Yes, boys.  But leaves take time to change and fall.  It doesn’t all happen at once.  

They had counted down the days for a week, waiting for the seasons to change, and the leaves to fall.  Cael was so excited.

Oh, to be a kid.  

Anyhow.  There’s a little story to hopefully brighten your day.  

Love of Lists - Jude





















We’ll move on to the lists!  We be talkin’ about snacks, clothes, cards, etc. this week!  I really hope you’re enjoying the lists – I love making them.  

  1. Easy and healthy kid snacks here.
  2. These greeting cards!  (And this one!) I love cards.  They are just sooo much cooler than I am.
  3. I wrote an article on Buzzfeed.  I’d love for you to check it out, share it, give it some love.  I may try another soon.
  4. Anybody starting their Christmas shopping yet?  Because I’d realllly love to get this cake cookbook!  It looks amazing!  (I stumbled on this one when I was linking up the last one <—- it also looks awesome!)
  5. If you’ve ever thought about blogging (especially food blogging), this article is pretty good!  Written by Deb from the Smitten Kitchen (an absolutely scrumptious blog!).  
  6. Can’t have a list without a few food items.  This Caramel Apple Cheesecake Trifle sounds divine.  It’s about the time of year to make Pumpkin Cranberry Bread too.
  7. I made these Oatmeal Date Cookies this week.  They’re a go-to.  And they are soo yummy.  Breakfast, anyone?
  8. One last item.  You should all know that I love Anthropologie.  This design on all of these things.  It was love at first sight.  Everything is soo pretty!  Can you imagine the wallpaper?!  A whole wall of pretty!  

If you’re interested in seeing more lists, head on over to the Lists for Days page!  They should all be there, including my ‘Things’ posts from the old blog.  

*Jude showing off his pie, and fantastic smile.  We bought fall leaf sprinkles.  They boys thought for a week that they should go on top of everything.  In copious amounts.  🙂 

Canadian Oatmeal Shortbread Cookies

Back again!  And with a recipe at that!  I’ve actually been getting some baking on lately, which has been great.  Feels great, tastes great, love it.  You get the gist.  It feels so good to create good tasting things .

Canadian Oatmeal Shortbread Cookie | Whisks and Wooden Spoons





















In other news:

  • My baby is a whole 6 months old already!  She’s such a blessing to us.
  • We’ve been having some pretty great weather, which is helping mightily at keeping me sane.
  • Hubby is still home on parental leave (SCORE!).
  • I’ve started running again for the first time in three years!

That last thing there, let me tell you!  It’s feeling so good.  (I mean, it hurts like heck…  but it feels A-mazing to be running again!)

Hubby being home on parental leave has been such a great thing for us.  Spending every day as a whole family, sometimes is a bit crazy, but is nonetheless wonderful.  Daddy gets to play outside with the boys, while Mommy feeds Briar.  It works great.

Canadian Oatmeal Shortbread Cookie | Whisks and Wooden Spoons

Back to the food ordeal.  I stumbled on this recipe in an old church cookbook.  It’s pretty great, because it’s a shortbread-oatmeal cookie cross.  So, it’s basically fantastic.  If you decide to eat most of the cookies raw, there will be no judging from me.  (I may or may not have done the same thing.)  They are nice and  chewy from the oatmeal, and the perfect sweet from the brown sugar shortbread base.

Cael Approved Canadian Oatmeal Shortbread Cookie | Whisks and Wooden Spoons

Have I ever mentioned that brown sugar, butter, and oats are my greatest weakness?  Because they are.  And I do love them ever so much.

Canadian Oatmeal Shortbread Cookies
Think shortbreads + oatmeal cookies. (Both my faves!)
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  1. 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
  2. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  3. 1 tsp vanilla
  4. 1 tsp baking soda
  5. 2 cups rolled oats
  6. 1 1/4 cups flour
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Cream butter and sugars. Add vanilla, and beat until fluffy. (Or use a wooden spoon, like me!) Stir in flour, baking soda and oats.
  3. Scoop with a 1 inch cookie scoop or roll into balls, and flatten with a fork.
  4. Bake for 9-11 minutes on parchment paper-lined pans.
Adapted from Canadian Lutheran Ladies, Family Favourites Cookbook
Adapted from Canadian Lutheran Ladies, Family Favourites Cookbook
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Of course, no post is complete without more kid photos.

Three kiddos Cael










































**Three siblings of different sizes
**Cael playing soccer, all handsome
**Jude learning how to ride the scooter
**Little Miss Briar

Date Oatmeal-Goodness Cookie Sandwiches

Squares and Cookies | April 30, 2012 | By

Ever had one of those weeks?  You know, the ones where you feel like PMS is a permanent illness?  Because that’s just about how I felt this week.  Man.  It was bad.  Talk about mood swings, and chocolate cravings…  haha.

I did a ton of baking and cooking the last of the week, but have no pictures to prove it.  I WILL take pictures.  I WILL get the camera out.  I WILL.  I WILL.  (I’m going to keep chanting that until it happens, okay?)

Thursday was baking day, for the most part, and Friday cooking.  Jeudi consisted of raisin bran muffins, Nanny’s Cinnamon Rolls, garlic croutons, and cooked chicken.  Vendredi was stuffed potatoes (best kind ever – I vow to share this recipe with you in due time), chicken quesadillas, garden salad, and blueberry pie.  Whew.

{I just HAD to include this photo – he’s being such a goose here, and he’s just TOO cute!}

By the time Friday was over, all I wanted to do was eat and sit down, and eat, and sleep, and… eat.  So eat I did.  And do I ever feel gross today.  Totally worth it though, I must say.

And!  Kudos to Second Cup.  They have new Maple Lattes out, and they are all kinds of amazing!  I could have had about 5 today.  I remained slightly not content with one…

So in my first post on cookies, I mentioned these as one of the kinds of cookies that I really enjoy.

Date Oatmeal Cookie Sandwich

1/2 cup margarine, softened

1/2 cup lard

1 1/2 cups brown sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

2 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

Pinch salt

3 cups quick cooking oatmeal

Preheat your oven to 350F.

Cream together margarine, lard, and brown sugar.  Blend in  eggs and vanilla.  Add in flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Mix in oatmeal, until combined.

Next, roll the dough out, about a 1/4 inch thick.  Cut with a circle cookie-cutter.

WARNING – Cookie cutters are dangerous!  Mine broke on me, and give me a nice little cut on my finger.  Ow.

But I kept at it.  Bake these cookies for about 10 -12 minutes.  Give or take a little.

Let the cookies cool, then they’re ready for some filling.  As you may have noticed, I didn’t stick to date filling for all of these.  My brothers are averse to dates, or so it seems.  So I did them a favour, and filled half of my sandwiches with white buttercream icing.  I’d much rather the dates, but hey, that’s preference for you.

Date Filling

2 cups chopped dates

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 cup water

1/4 cup orange juice

Cook about 10 minutes, until thickened.  Cool.  Easy peasy,

*Just a note – You will have dates leftover.  I would just use them in a second batch (you can refrigerate them for quite awhile), or eat them on your oatmeal for breakfast – they are SO good.*

30 Day Challenge

Day 3 – Your views on drugs and alcohol

Now for me, this one is pretty easy.  No, and… no!  🙂

I’m not your average 20-something year old gal.  I avoid both of these entirely, unless you count the alcohol in vanilla extract that I use in baking.

I see no point in destroying my body, or losing control to a substance.  I can also have plenty of fun – sober.  I don’t believe that we should let things control us.

“And do not get drunk on wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit.”  Ephesians 5:18 (ESV)

I think it would be much more constructive to pray, read the Bible, and live the life described there – to be filled with the Holy Spirit – than to be filled with spirits and not able to control myself.  I want to know what I’m doing, not forget whole evenings.  I don’t enjoy being sick either, so count me out of being hung over.  Please.

I know many people will not agree with me on this topic.  But these are my views, I’m just sharing.  Think it over.  🙂

What is your favourite kind of cookie?