What have I been up to lately? Well let me tell you… not that much. It’s finally starting to get cold and snow here in Kokshetau. I’m not 100% sure how happy I am about it. I mean I’m a huge fan of snow and the cold weather, but I feel like I’m just walking on eggshells or waiting for the other shoe to drop or holding my breath until the real cold arrives.
Of course I haven’t literally been doing nothing. We’ve figured out where to buy food and most other supplies necessary for living. We even managed to find baking supplies. This past Sunday, Marc and I finally went for a walk around town. There’s isn’t too much to see, but there’s this beautiful old Ferris wheel near the city center. It doesn’t run anymore. Instead, it just sits there aging slowly – providing a bit of color in an otherwise gray world.
We admired it for a while, and then continued our walk around the city – stopping in a few stores to warm up our numb feet.
On a side note, we booked our Christmas trip! We’ll be spending the New Year in Phuket, Thailand and I couldn’t be more excited. I’m working on a list of things to do and eat while we’re there, but I think we’re going to spend a lot of time relaxing and toasting ourselves in the warm sun. Of course, I’d love to hear suggestions so leave them in the comments section if have any.
Other cool things:
I redesigned my daily cleaning schedule to make it easier to print.
Peppermint White Chocolate Truffles by The Stylist Quo
Half Pound Cake by It Bakes Me Happy
20 Stocking Fillers for Foodies by Amuse Your Bouche
The other day while I was reading some of my favorite blogs, Marc happened to look over at my computer screen. “Wait. Go back,” he said, “I think those are the cookies that my mom used to make every year for Christmas.” I scrolled back up to the picture, and he got pretty excited and started telling me how good they are. So I sent my mother-in-law a quick message asking for the recipe because I – of course – have to make these cookies for Marc, especially since he barely ever requests anything specific and usually lets me make whatever my little heart desires. I couldn’t very well deny him of his Christmas wish.
Oatmeal delights are pretty simple to make. You don’t even have to turn on your oven, and they require very few ingredients. The recipe calls for 3 cups of oats and 1 cup of coconut, but I couldn’t find any shredded coconut here so I substituted another cup of oats. They turned out just fine, but I would definitely opt for the original ingredients if I had the choice. I love coconut and I think it would have added a whole extra dimension of texture to the cookies. But, if you don’t like coconut or don’t have it, feel free to just add more oats like I did.