Oatmeal Coconut Crunchies and Knocking out To Do Lists!

So, I figure if I am going to freak myself out about not getting stuff done, it’s time to get stuff done. So, I did just that this afternoon and it was wonderful.

I hung a bunch of new hooks in the kitchen window to space out the glass balls I hang there. Much better!

Some of the plants on my kitchen windowsill are a little bit out of control. I mostly have cacti and succulents including this insane Jade plant that just continues to grow like a rabid cane toad. Every time a piece of it gets knocked off, it sprouts and grows another plant. So, I wrangled it around and organized the windowsill to separate the other plants from it’s various pots of jade plant insanity.

Then I set out on a rescue mission to try to save one of my favourite cacti. It’s not my favourite because it is really beautiful or anything, but because of where it came from and the fond memories I have. It is Ferocactus Wislizenii or a Barrel Cactus. I got it from the South Bay Cactus Farm which was owned by John Munro-Cape and he had over 2000 varieties of cacti. All of them were amazingly healthy and large. He would sell off the younger plants but keep stunning adult versions of all the specimens, with their name plate engraved with genus names. I used to love going there. Sadly it has closed down as a few years ago John fell ill and I unfortunately have no way of knowing what has become of him. The last time we spoke was about 5 years ago and he was closing down, selling all of his treasured cactus friends. I bought as many as I could, loading them as carefully as possible into the car. I wanted to somehow take a piece of that place with me, and hope I would be able to always remember how nice it was and how intelligent and sharing John was. I think I will but I still miss it.

So, lat week I noticed that this cactus was starting to show signs of trouble. It used to have two heads/stalks but one had punctured the other, draining the life from one side. Today I carefully separated them and replanted the one you see in this photo. You can see from it’s yellowing it is not 100% yet but I am going to try to make it healthy again. 🙂

I also make Oatmeal Coconut Crunchies today; they are lovely cookies. I love the chewiness of coconut and oats.

It is a very simple recipe – I will share below:

1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened to cool room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups flour
1 cup shredded, sweetened coconut
1 cup quick oats

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl cream together the sugar, eggs, butter and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add the dry ingredients and mix until combined. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto a greased or lined (silpat or parchment) baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 9-11 minutes, until the cookies are set but not overly browned (bake a few minutes longer for a crispier version).

Then, to make something really simple become wonderfully decadent…you can add some homemade ice cream, a piece of maple fudge and some fresh local strawberries and voila! Serve with homemade iced chai too!

Today’s new thing – I planted poppies!