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Banana Oatmeal Cookies

I’ve been on a baking craze lately, looking for healthy-ish options that I can feed my little while also using up some of the food that’s ready to eat. This is an easy recipe I found that helps us use up some of our ripe bananas (because goodness knows I don’t want to be this person). The end texture is chewy but still delicious, and my 2 year old really liked them, so it’s a win in my books!

What you’ll need:

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 3/4 cups quick oats
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

What to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 and line up a cookie tray.
  2. Mash up the bananas.
  3. Mix in the oats and stir.
  4. Mix in the chocolate chips and vanilla extract and stir.
  5. Drop them by the tablespoon onto a prepared cookie tray. You can shape them into cookies with the spoon since they don’t spread at all.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes.

This makes about 16 cookies.sns

Point and Click surprise!

So I got home yesterday after work to find something stuck to my front door:


What's this? :)

Hurray! A post-it note surprise! Once upon a time when the hubs and I were first going out he used to leave me post-it notes all the time on my dorm door. And because I love notes, our 9 month anniversary consisted of a whole room full of post-its saying “I Love You”. I love the sappiness.

But these weren’t just any post-its (‘don’t forget to do the dishes, thx.’ – kidding, he’d never leave me those I’d kill him), These had a great message on them:


Hey Tee, Here's a game for ya. You can think of this as one of those "random clicking" games that you like to play online, but better b/c you get real stuff instead of a jpeg of it (or useless points). You will be rewarded so...

Instructions 2

The goal of the game is to find all 5 items. Here's the clue: !(Microloft and Kevin's Place). DeMorgan's Law might help: !A union !B = !(A and B). From our conversation last night.

Now a lot of people might be all “what in the” but the boy is a nerd and I love that he’s a nerd, and he loves that I’m not a nerd, so he included an answer sheet just in case. I love that man!


Hurray for an answer sheet!

So eagerly I entered my apartment, threw down my bag and began hunting! My first stop was to survey the room.  Like any good point and click game strategy, you need to first view your surroundings for anything that could look out of place. I did this also because I couldn’t understand what the clue was.  I honestly tried to solve it too, I stared at it for a long time.

What’s not a microloft and also not Kevin’s place? Well, they’re both studios but a microloft is 270sqft and Kevin’s place was about 400sqft.  So OUR place is not a microloft and not Kevin’s place. But clearly that logic doesn’t help me any way.

So when a strategy fails, I basically resort to where would the hubs hide me presents? My first obvious spot was the bed, since it was actually made and my bear with sitting in the middle. Sneaky!


Hi Bear!



Hurray! A cookie!! Now that I knew my prizes, I was eager to find the rest of them. Who can say no to cookies! So I wandered to the bathroom. A good point and click game will spread out the items in the different surroundings, so I figured the bed area was done. In the bathroom, I had no luck with the cupboards so I took a peek into the bathtub.

Cookie #2

Thank goodness he decided to put the cookies in ziploc bags. Phew!

While munching down on a cookie (brain food?) I went to the kitchen to see what I could find. I opened the fridge and rummaged through the contents. I opened all the cupboards and shifted to the pantry drawer. The cutlery drawer. Below the sink. Inside the oven. Inside the toaster oven. Inside the microwave. Inside my pots and pans. I was started to get fustrated (and worked up a sweat – who know finding random items in the house like this would actually be more work than playing point and click games on the computer!) when I lifted up our chef pan and found another cookie. Huzzah! (I forgot to take a picture here)

With three down and two to go, I decided I had scoured every area except the desk. So I shuffled through all the papers, all the clothes on the chairs, all the binders on the shelves under the table, inside the boxes, and behind my plant. I came up empty handed, so I became confused and started scouring through my clothes drawers and closet, his closet and his clothes, the shoe rack, basically everything. In a point and click game, when you get stuck and don’t know what else to do, you always just start randomly clicking on things. Don’t say you don’t, I won’t believe you. Fustrated and already down to one cookie after eating the other two, I gave up and went downstairs to the lounge in our building where the hubs was patiently waiting for me.

“If you were a cookie, where would you be?” :(

A came back upstairs with me to survey my findings: two empty ziploc bags and a half-eaten cookie. We went through the clue again, and while it made so much more sense to me when he explained it, I’ll spare you guys the details because it involves actually being around to listen to the conversation we had the previous night. So after thinking through the clue (and him being extremely impressed I found three cookies by sheer brute force method with no logic whatever), he told me that one of them was under the table. When I told him I had already looked under the table, he said “no really. like UNDER the table.” Like, taped to the bottom of the table. I did not think to crawl under the table and then look upwards because that’s a lot of effort and who does that!!

Cookie #3

Under the table?! Really?!

The last one was kind of a cheat too, because microlofts do not have a storage unit, but ours does. Except our storage unit requires a separate key because it’s in a separate room on the other side of our floor. I honestly would’ve never figured that one out. But off I went to the storage room to retrieve my last lost cookie. Hurray!

Cookie #5

Storage Room Cookie!

Thanks hubs for the fun game. I love post-it surprises, and I love baked goods. :)