A Thought of White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

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Well hello, old friend. It's been a while, hasn't it? Here we find ourselves, already a month into January. The time passed as quickly as one can snap a Polaroid, the days captured in a snapshot in the mind's eye. Looking back, the image of where we were becomes clear as the negative develops into a positive, concrete in time. And all we have is that image, and the emotions it evokes in us. But we hold close to that image, because it's all we have. The relevance ...

Almond Oatmeal Cookies, In Real Life

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"Lost in a maze with strangers but not too upset about it." This is what I wrote in an almost illegible scrawl in my dream journal (yes, I did say dream journal and if you don't keep one you probably should) when my alarm woke me at 5:14 yesterday morning. I don't remember the dream; I don't even remember writing those words in my journal. So I have to wonder which maze I was lost in and who the strangers might have been. Was the maze New ...

Battle: Ruthie vs. Oatmeal

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At the ripe age of 23, one would think I'd have learned how to cook a bowl of oatmeal by now. One would think. I mean, how hard can mixing oats, water, and maybe a dash of salt until it comes together in a goopy mass really be? For whatever reason, though, oats and I have never gotten along. My goopy mass unfailingly turns into a pot of too-dry clumps, or remains a soupy porridge that I'm sure would be appetizing to Goldilocks' bears, but not me. And when ...

Pleasurability

Growing up, my brother and I had completely different approaches to food. He was the kind of person who would forget to eat, who wished he could take a magical once-daily pill to fulfill his nutritional needs rather than taking time out for several meals (luckily, he has since reversed that mindset). I, on the other hand, regarded meal time as sacred, and often wondered what was for breakfast soon after finishing dinner. For me, food isn't about sustenance. It's not even about achieving optimal nutrition (I'll devote ...