Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies.

A couple of weeks ago I was feeling extra festive for this fall/autumn season. I was also hungry for cookies. After a little time on Pinterest I found the perfect recipe. I found some Apple Oatmeal Cookies at this blog here. You can go straight to that blog for the recipe, but I did mine a little different from that blogger.

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 and ¾ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 medium apple (peeled, cored, and chopped into small pieces)
INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  2. Using a handheld mixer or stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until smooth. Add in the egg and vanilla, making sure to mix well after each ingredient.
  3. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Mix in the oats, then the chopped apple until fully combined.
  4. Cover and refrigerate the dough for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or a silipat mat.
  6. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and scoop two tablespoon sized pieces of dough onto the prepared baking sheets.
  7. Baked at 350 for 12-14 minutes.
  8. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes, then transfer the cookies to a wire rack to finish cooling.
NOTES

Store cookies in an airtight container on the counter for up to three days.

This recipe will make about 22-24 cookies.

All the instructions are from the blogger that I found this recipe (she has a lot of delicious baking recipes). But I made some changes. These are versatile cookies so there can be many variations. I saw some people who said they added nuts or raisins. Now my cookies turned out to be more Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal cookies. I love cinnamon! This is because I put in at least one extra teaspoon of cinnamon in the mixture.
Another change I made was I made smaller cookies so I had close to a dozen more than what the original recipe predicts. It all depends on how big you want your cookies. Also, I only baked my cookies for 8 minutes. 12-14 minutes just seemed too long and I believe for my personal preferences it would have been. But based on how exactly my cookies turned out I would recommend 9 to 10 minutes for baking time. This is of course if you like soft and chewy cookies.
I enjoyed this recipe so much and it made such great cookies.

‘Questions You Never Thought to Ask’ Tag

Yay! Questions to answer. I love answering questions. I’m not entirely sure why, but I do. This questionnaire tag is different from when I asked people to ask me questions. That is a different post, coming soon. If you got more questions to ask me go ahead and ask them in the comments.

Anyway I was nominated by the amazing Laura from The Style of Laura Jane. She blogs about everything it seems (beauty, fashion, vegan recipes!, and life in general). If you don’t follow her yet, you’re crazy. She always has something insightful things to say and she’s always so nice.

So without further ado here are my answers.

What game consoles have you had?
I never really played video games when I was younger. Consoles are expensive. But I loved Wii and honestly anything I could play at friends houses. Also, I loved computer games whenever I could find a good one.

If you could tame any animal into being your pet, what would you pick?
I think a fox. I think they are beautiful and they are that strange mixture of catlike and doglike.

Are you a sexual person?
Not particularly.

Foods you despise?
Cottage cheese and pesto sauce. Both of those absolutely disgust me.

Coolest place you’ve ever visited?
I haven’t been enough places yet to honestly answer this. I really love every place I’ve been. Belize is amazing, but NYC is culturally diverse (something I love).

Why did you first start blogging/YouTube?
I think I want to be a writer (professionally). Blogging seemed like a great way to start getting experience. Also, it’s a great outlet for my writing. I’ve discovered I can be quite lost without writing.

Favorite item from closet? 
Leather jacket. I love it!

Do you prefer a backpack/big bag/small bag/just wallet?
Trust me, I wish I could say a small bag. But I need at least a medium-sized bag to carry all my crap.

Favorite video/computer/phone game?        
I really like Halo.

One celebrity you would sleep with?
Tom Hiddleston.

Favorite traits for a partner/friend?
Loyalty, humor, laid back, knows how to have fun (or at least willing to learn).

Your personality?
I’m funny, but more of in a sarcastic, dry, and witty way, often without trying. I’m extremely strong-willed and loud. But I’m introverted and like to be left alone. Mostly my personally is a giant contradiction.

When’s the last time you took a risk?
Writing and self publishing my book and then starting this blog (not sure which I found riskier).

Fashion trend you would never do?          
I do not, and will not, wear real fur or leather. I also will not wear high or mid waisted pants. They freak me out.

One physical trait about you that only you notice?
One eye is bigger than the other. I see it in all my pictures but if I point it out no one else sees it.

One emotional trait about you that only you notice?
I have low confidence. People don’t believe me when I tell them.

3 weird things about you off the top of your head?

  • I can lick my elbow
  • I will try any food at least once
  • Commitment-phobe

Favorite cheese?        
Parmesan cheese (powdered).

3 things you use everyday that you need?
Phone, toothbrush, hairbrush

Favorite you tubers/actresses/media people?
Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone, RDJ (I know he’s an actor), Skylar Grey, The Fitness Marshall (really good workouts for those who hate going to the gym. Check out his videos here).

One thing that makes you happy everyday?
Humor. I really like things that are funny. It’s something I need.

One question you wish you could get an answer to?
Why is it even a question that everyone be treated fairly and equally?

Something about your childhood that affects you till this day?
After experiencing abandonment when I was young I now have a tendency to push people away. It makes me feel like I have control, I think. Like if I can make them go away then they can’t hurt me when I just up and leave.

What life is all about for you?
Finding happiness in oneself. Being content in the life you live and living life to the fullest. To not let fear stop you.

 

I am tagging (but you don’t have to participate you don’t want to):

The Emma Edit

Nicci McShane

Eimearsantics

 

Romantic comedies…..Or are they?

Romantic comedies, every woman loves them. Or at least it seems that way. I’ve watched dozens and dozens myself. When I was younger they were my absolute favorite genre of movies. But then I got older……now I think I’m starting to hate them. I’m not entirely sure, but it certainly seems that way. I just always feel so………unsatisfied with the ending. Yeah, the girl and the guy get together and they live happily ever after. Maybe that is why I hate them, the whole way they portray happiness and love. Yeah, at first it seems amazing and to die for and then I start to think about it.

Am I supposed to turn off my brain with these movies? Do I have too many feminist sensibilities? Do I just care too much? It is JUST a movie after all. But is it just a movie? Doesn’t it teach us how love is supposed to be? How guys are supposed to treat us? How we, as women, are supposed to behave?

  • Strong, organized women are always shown to have a stick up their ass that only a guy can fix. Maybe she’s just that way. Maybe she should be accepted for who she is. She changes and becomes oh so sweet. Confidence is frowned upon. Think Devil Wears Prada.
  • Chick flicks bother me because the girl always gives up her life after meeting a guy. She gets rid of her dreams and decides a guy is all she wants and the answer to all her problems. Think Sweet Home Alabama.
  • It also bothers me that someone is often cheating on their significant. Maybe not physically but at the very least emotionally cheating. And in the end the person always leaves their significant other for the other person. Like where is the commitment? Do you think they won’t do it again? Think The Wedding Planner and The Notebook.

There are so many other reasons that I am beginning to dislike these movies too. But don’t get me wrong I’m not trying to ruin these movies for others. To be honest I still like plenty of chick flicks. In fact I even still like Devil Wears Prada (even though I just criticized it). It’s just that I don’t enjoy them like I once did. Why can’t they make movies where the girl is confident and happy with or without a guy.  Or role reversal sometimes is fun. That gives a new twists on things at least.

The two most notable movies that I can say switches things up is The Decoy Bride (yes there is one part that violate my above list, but the rest is original and refreshing), and Man Up! (in my recollection it is a complete role reversal, which is just fun to watch. And the movie is actually genuinely funny).

I wish I could still enjoy chick flicks, but I can’t like I once did. I just don’t feel very satisfied with most of the endings when I’m done (and yes, I do realize it is just a movie). I love finding that rare chick flick that is truly unique. So if anyone knows of any I’d gladly take suggestions.

Dear 16 Year Old

People like to say if they had the chance to go back and change something in their life they wouldn’t. Maybe those people are content and they are being honest; or perhaps they are full of crap. Either way I understand not wanting to change things, but at the same time if I could have gotten a heads up on things, my life would be better now. I wouldn’t be having to learn some of this stuff now!

If I could go back and somehow tell my 16-year-old self some of what I know now the current me would be so thankful. My 16 year old self was so cringy. Well, I still am cringy but teenage cringy is a special kind of hell. I’d have 10 pieces of advice to her.

  1. Whatever you do DO NOT fall for that boy next year. He’ll only leave you hurt and wondering why you could have been so stupid. You’ll hate the male species for a long time too. Save yourself and everyone else the trouble and pain.
  2. Start dealing with you anxiety and depression NOW! Work hard on it. It won’t go away on its own and you are not crazy or alone.
  3. Accept yourself now. It doesn’t get easier. People will attempt to bring you down. Accept that style/personality you have. Maybe it doesn’t fit in with everyone else. Just be yourself and stop believing those lies you are being told. You are close enough to perfect.
  4. Don’t hesitate on your decisions. You are good at those split second decisions. Stop the doubt before it starts.
  5. You have lot’s of skin allergies. Deal with them now. No more cats on your face. Your skin will thank you later.
  6. Your cat and the dog you begged for? Hold on to them. They’ll be gone soon. Take care of them and love them as much as possible. It’s going to hurt more than you ever thought possible and it’s okay. Accept the hole in your heart it leaves and keep living.
  7. Be careful with blush. Damn! Avoid those awful choices, wrong colors, and pictures that live forever.
  8. People are going to hurt you, abandon you, use you, and hate you. It does not define who you are.
  9. Stop being a little bitch and telling other people how to live their lives. It doesn’t make you a better person and only hurts them. Remember that being judged never feels good and it’s not constructive.
  10. You will never be a professional dancer. Accept it, quit taking those dance lessons, and dance on your own. For your own happiness.