Grab-and-go breakfast cookies

If you’re like me, you can’t make it past 9a.m. without something in your stomach…but getting up 10 minutes earlier to scarf down a proper breakfast is impossible.

These cookies are the perfect solution. They’re more filling than a store bought granola bar and just as easy to grab on your way out the door. Plus they’re delicious.

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I’ve tried a few different recipes in my search for the perfect breakfast cookie but most were too crumbly. After a bit of tinkering, I’ve landed on the trifecta of moistness, texture and a touch of sweet.

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This batch will make about 20 cookies, so two weeks worth of workday brekkies if you’re sharing. If you store them in an airtight container, they should stay fresh until you run out 🙂

You’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 cups large flake oats (rolled, not instant oats)
  • 1 2/3 cups whole grain flour (whole wheat will do)
  • 1/2 cup bran
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup pepitas
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Mix together the first six ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. In a saucepan on low heat, melt together the coconut oil, canola oil, maple syrup and brown sugar.
  4. Pour the oil and sugar mixture over the dry ingredients and stir.
  5. Add eggs and vanilla and stir.
  6. Mix in cherries and pepitas or your choice of dried fruit and nuts (you could even get a little wild and add some chocolate chips.
  7. Line baking sheets with parchment paper and scoop golf ball sized mounds of cookie dough onto the sheets. If you’re using your hands instead of a scoop, you may need to rinse them with water occasionally to avoid sticking.
  8. Bake cookies for 12 minutes and let them cool slightly on the baking sheet before moving them to a cooling rack.

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These make a great after school snack too! Or you could toss one in with your lunch for an afternoon pick-me-up.

For those of you who are calorie conscious, each cookie contains approximately:

  • 185 calories
  • 2 grams fibre
  • 5 grams sugar
  • 129 mg sodium
  • 11 grams fat

Now you have no excuse to skip the most important meal of the day! Bon appetite, breakfast eaters!

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Crafternoon: DIY Hallway Catchall

Last weekend a bunch of girlfriends and I got together for what I like to call “Crafternoon”. Instead of tackling a project alone, we vote on a DIY that we want to make, I buy the supplies and do a bit of prep work, and we spend an afternoon creating something we can take home with us.

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It’s a great way to spend time together, especially if some of the friends in your group are eager to get into crafting but don’t really know where to start.

IMG_8446This “Crafternoon” we made hallway catchalls. They’re like a little all-in-one station you keep at your entryway to hang your keys and leave reminders for yourself. The perfect solution for anyone who can never seem to find their keys in the depths of their purse (ahem…me…ahem). Check out what an awesome job everyone did!

Are you on board yet?

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You’ll need:

  • A piece of wood at least 6 inches wide and 8 inches long (I cut a 1”x8” into a bunch of pieces so ours were each about 7.5” wide and 10” long)
  • Fine grain sand paper
  • Stain or paint and a foam brush
  • A mason jar
  • steel strapping
  • Wire cutters
  • Hooks
  • Screws that fit your hooks and aren’t longer than your wood is deep
  • A drill (or a screw driver and some elbow grease)
  • A clothes peg
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Something pretty to put in your jar

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1. Start by lightly sanding your wood and painting or staining it a colour of your choice. If you’re making this craft with friends, may I suggest a snack break while you wait for the paint to dry?

2. Using wire cutters, snip a piece of plumber’s strapping that fits around your mason jar minus about 1/4”.

3. Without attaching anything yet, arrange your mason jar, hooks and clothes peg on your board so you can envision what the finished product will look like. You can orient your board portrait or landscape.

4. Wrap your plumber’s strapping around the mason jar to give it a round shape. Drill a screw into the last hole on each end of the strapping so they are about ½” apart on your board. You want to create a ring that is snug enough to hold your mason jar firmly but loose enough that you can slide it in.

5. Using hot glue, stick your clothes peg onto your board.

6. Position your hooks and screw them into place.

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Now all you have to do is put some flowers in your jar, hang the board on the wall by your door and marvel at its beauty while it keeps track of your keys.

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Are you a fan of crafting with friends or do you prefer to Do It Yourself by yourself? What are some of your favourite projects to do with others?

 

Tasteful holiday decorating: Easter

If you’re a home decor addict, like me, you probably spend hours browsing the seasonal section at your favourite stores. I get it. Holidays are fun, and filling your home with signs of the season is a great way to get in the spirit. But when it comes to decorating for the holidays, I’m a firm believer that less is more.

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There are a few reasons.

Firstly, if you put time and effort into designing your space, everything you add, even temporarily, should suit the vibe you’ve created. Overdoing it on holiday kitsch usually works against that principle.

Secondly, simple subtle touches tend to have a lifespan beyond the holiday they’re celebrating. If you do it right, you shouldn’t have to furiously tear down your Valentine’s decor on February 15th.

Lastly, and possibly most importantly, the more you buy, the more you store (or waste). Going overboard on holiday decor means you have to find a place for it in the off season, or get rid of it and start again next year. Uncool.

Here are my tips for adding Easter flair to your home with a subtle, tasteful touch.

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  1. Start with the front door. A seasonal wreath that adds a pop of colour to your home reminds you and your guests that spring is around the corner. Making a statement at your entryway says, “Hey, I love holidays as much as the next guy” without cramping your interior style. I purchased this wreath at Target last year. It’s easy to store and because it doesn’t scream EASTER!!, I don’t feel obligated to take it down before I run out of chocolate bunnies.

2. Bring the outdoors in. Natural touches like pussy willow or forsythia are beautifully subtle signs of spring. I love pussy willow because it lasts for ages and its neutral colour doesn’t compete with my decor. In the winter, I fill this vase with evergreens or holly and swap it out when the weather warms up. Using the same vessel all year round and changing up what you put inside makes decorating easy!

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3. Keep your colours consistent, with a bit of flair. My centrepiece of gold foil eggs mimics the robin’s egg blue and cream of my everyday decor with a few pops of colour. The reds and pinks don’t overwhelm the room but add some fun to my normal palette. Filling a bowl with seasonal items is a simple way to switch up your decor between seasons.

What’s your seasonal decorating style? Share your tips and tricks for getting your home holiday ready in the comments!