Recently, we moved into a brand new house. I love my house from top to bottom, but one of the things that bothered me a bit was that the house smelled sterile. It didn’t smell like us. The walls hadn’t soaked in hours of cooking, and living and greasy kid fingerprints. It just smelled like…new construction. That’s not all bad. I mean, there are much worse things to smell like than clean, new house, but I realized it was going to take a while to make the house smell like home.
If you added up all of the snacks you eat in a month, how much of it was healthy? How much did you spend on those snacks? How many of those snacks left you feeling satisfied and happy with your decision?
If you’re like me, you eat at least one snack a day, or are sometimes in such a hurry that grabbing a handful of something constitutes breakfast or lunch. It’s not the best way to go about things, but it’s the truth. Some days, I just don’t have time to sit down for a full meal before dinner, so I have a couple of snacks throughout the day instead. I’m always on the lookout for healthy snacks. Snacks that fill me up, silence the grumble in my stomach, and don’t leave me with that “Oh my gosh, I can’t believe I wasted the calories on that candy bar, and now I’m starving” guilt.
Every once in a while, a day comes along where it just won’t feel complete unless I have a little bit of chocolate. Yesterday was one of those days. I had a busy day, was running all over the place, but the voice in my head (There’s just one, and it’s my voice, just in case you’re a little nervous.) kept leading me to the kitchen. I wanted to bake something up, but didn’t have the time to fuss with long baking times and lots of kitchen mess.
If you could bake a cookie to represent each season, what would you bake? To me, each season has its own distinct “flavor”. When I think of winter, I imagine a minty, cool cookie (next to a mug of cocoa). Spring brings thoughts of sugar cookies with pretty little sprinkles, each one like a new flower ready to bloom. Summer makes me think of lemon bars and sunshine. After spending some time in the kitchen this morning with this recipe, I now know that this is my new fall cookie. All of the wonderful, savory spiciness of fall can be found in this sweet, easy oatmeal cookie recipe.