Thursday, October 20, 2016

Chunky Chewy Oatmeal Choco Chip and Pecan Cookies..and WN...and pumpkins.


















These cookies are absolutely perfect..soft chewy chunky and packed with flavor..
I know I should be baking pumpkin stuff but these cookies were calling this family's name..meaning I wanted to bake and taste.
Not disappointing in the least..in fact I would say one of my favorites..
I did add a new vanilla sugar imported from France..Bourbon..just a hint but packs a nice nice punch..
I always say desserts are not my favorite..I think I know why..a rich chewy cookie..for breakfast..pleases me more that  piece of frosted cake after dinner:)

You can find the recipe here..as you know I don't invent recipes..I encourage others by trying theirs:)♥I used milk chocolate chips.
They are soft  and chewy.
Thank you ETK.

More painting sessions with some of my collection..

I have a little box....it's the Winsor  and Newton Sketcher's box..it was a gift to me..maybe 20 years ago..when a group of us sat in a basement for several weeks and learned a few things..
undoubtedly my favorite classes.

I have since bought another..maybe 10 yrs ago..I never thought or knew about refilling pans:(
Now I know..
It's a handy little set..comes w/ that tiny silver brush you.
I don't know why white is included in sets..it's opaque..does nothing for me at all:(..Payne's Grey does:)
It's the set I brought to Paris..as my Cheap Joe's one weighs more..

Maybe 6 years ago..I found a large WN set on Ebay from the UK and bought it..it was in the $20 dollar range then if I am not mistaken..and my canadian dollar was worth gold:)

I am ashamed to say I have another kit..from WN..that I bought in Fl..w/ a water bottle..the bottle never opened and closed properly so it is all taped together in a traveling cigar box..the Field Plus Travel Set..I hate my bottle:(..
Anyway as you can see over the years I've ..but increased my paint supplieshad a fondness for paints and papers...
The little pumpkin on  a neighbor's porch was painted in this fun book..
The Moleskin Japanese Accordeon Album
I fell in love with it while visiting Rita..
I love how hers is like a book that is a story..or of similar scenes..mine is haphazard..
It's not watercolor paper but works well:)It holds the paint..looks vibrant..and really so cute.
I would definitely get another when I finish this one.
Thank you Rita for the inspiration.:)



It is amazing how fast time flies..the collage you see  above.. above ..is about 5 years old..yet it feels like yesterday..when we packed my car w/ our cameras..bought pears..snapped things that were past their flowering prime but full prime seed forming..
fall does in effect have the richest colors of the wheel..the warmest colors..
my mom's favorite colors♥

Bon weekend~

54 comments:

  1. Oatmeal, chocolate chip cookies are my favorite. I'll have one with coffee for breakfast, too. Loving your painting and fall colors!

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  2. Tu sais, j'envie ton automne ... Superbes, tes photos du jour ! Bisous

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  3. The cookies look and sound fabulous, but what I love most is your chat about art and your paints and this glimpse of your journey as an artist. You are so kind to share these thoughts with us. I treasure them. I love all your work. You are an artist with the bowl and spoon, the brush and colour and the camera, and your words are spellbinding. Love you to bits. xoxo

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    1. Marie..you have been an inspiration to me for years and continue to be so!I think the words you wrote reflect you:)

      It is raining cats and dogs..strangely enough everything is glowing in the darkish landscape..not in a sunny way..like..lights:)
      x

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    2. You are too kind and I truly appreciate it! You have the gift to lift others. That is priceless. xoxo

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  4. Oatmeal, chocolate chip cookies are so good. Maybe next week :-) My sister surprised with an apple pie, and it's almost gone.
    I admire your painting M. Have a good weekend.

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    1. Thank you Debbie..How nice of your sister:)
      I want one..a sister..too late now..

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  5. Wonderful images of Fall. Love the cookies. Will be visiting the Grands for Halloween. Think I will take these. Have a great weekend Monique.

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    1. Good idea..make sure you pack them away:) Or else you might eat some on the way:)Have fun!

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  6. I love, love your photos, Monique. The one of the leaves is amazing. And I always love to read about your art finds, even though I have no talent in that department. Really....NO TALENT.
    And no, I wasn't kidding about the biscuits. The devil DID make me do it...I am dieting (as usual) and those are loaded with butter. That crunch all over the top is butter!!! I only had that one corner one and gave the rest away before I could nibble away rest. No will power here.

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    1. I will try them..I tried a beautiful wonderful recipe last week..proven winner and I goofed it..flat..and cupcake texture..I am a scone..bread..biscuit girl..I think we always have weight in the back of our minds and that bugs me.There I said it.We are watching a show on TV..called This Is Us..
      THis past week's episode..the little girl in the bathing suit..was me:(
      So much bullying...
      Anyway..that's la vie I guess..

      I think you knew I was going to say try painting:) I bet you do have talent:)

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  7. Oh, so beautiful - all your pics. I use milk chocolate chips too and have made a batch for my baby boy (30) and his wife and Penny Lane are coming for the weekend. Can't wait to see how she's grown. It is cool here this morning; mist is rising from the lake though its been hot and dry. You do have many sister's. We love you like a sister and tell you things and talk. That what sisters do. Only fly in the ointment, is my daughter-in-law is a rabid Trump supporter (always republican) and I adore Hillary. Will have to bite my tongue. I can't wait to start painting again. You let me know about testing. Okay?

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    1. What a nice thing to say..well many nice things to say:)
      I bet you cannot wait for the visit..I met a lady named Penelope..and I know one..I worked with but we called her Penny..it's funny..when the lady told us her name I thought of Penny here and Penny there:)PLane.
      What a nice nick/love/name.
      I didn't watch the last presidential debate..I watched the second one..
      I 'm not voting ..of course ..
      It will be very interesting to see what happens..
      I know there are supporters on both sides..it's funny..here I vote for the person..not the party..except a few parties..that I will never vote for regardless of who is running.
      I can't wait for you to paint again either:)
      Have fun..with your visitors..:)

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    2. Forgot to tell you, I am reading The Couple Next Door too.

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    3. Let me know how you liked it..I finished it..

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  8. Big chunky chewy cookies are my favorite too. I'll take one over a fancy dessert any day of the week. I'm home from my adventure and trying to adjust to the time change, something that gets harder and harder with each trip. Fall colors are my favorite. All wonderful pictures, and I especially like the little car in the shadows.

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    1. I am chunky oatmeal cookie lover also..I wonder..did you taste a lot of delicacies while away? I do love that about a trip ..coming home w/ ideas:)Not tp mantion taking photos..of EVERYTHING:)

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  9. I've pinned the recipe to try. Your posts of fall scenes have been a visual treat. We just had our leaves come into their fill glory in our garden but today it is raining and tomorrow will be windy so it maybe a short fall foliage season here. Enjoy your weekend.

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    1. They are good:) So good!It has been a beautiful one here..and today in the rain..they look like lamplights that is how outstanding this fall has been..I did not expect this w/ our drought.
      Very happy to have witnessed a pristine fall:)

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  10. I have my share of Payne's Gray love, too. It's just a magnificent color! Your watercolor is lovely and I'm so very eager to give those cookies a try. Yes, I'm more a cookie girl than cake lady. And chewy is essential!

    Loving all your beautiful fall images. How they make me smile and feel so very cozy!

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    1. Thanks Jeanie..and you sure have the smile:)
      People would pay big bucks for that smile:)

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  11. Oh, I would love those cookies! I'm an oatmeal cookie gal but rarely make them for myself so I don't eat them all :) I am tempted! I love how you've styled them. Glorious scenes of autumn there and on your watercolor paper ♥ Sad it's over so quickly once the leaves fall but the build up of color is exciting. Payne's Grey is one of my favorites too :) Bon weekend!

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    1. They are moist..some prefer cracker -like these are moist..I pick off little pieces..I am really bad w/ soft oatmeal cookies:)..young I loved Dad's Oatmeal Choco chips..Nice Cookies....:) Loved those and Speculaas..I cannot remeber my mom making cookies..


      I wonder why..

      Today at Costco..they had a box..called Cookie Exchange..4 packs of cookies..to bake..all done..I guess you just add the wet ingredients..
      I marveled at 3 tea loaves..marbled..vanilla..forget the other one..$6.89..(gotta love their pricing..) they offered a bite..EXCELLENT melt in your mouth..Jacques said you will have a bite and the 3 loaves will be for me..they had so many delicious all ready made things that look home made..!
      But..then..where would my fun be?
      The gathering..mixing..baking..smelling ..tasting..taking pics:)
      And so we bought no baked goods..as usual;)

      Today was umbrella a must day..except when a change of wind happened and umbrellas turned inside out!

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    2. We were just at our Costco yesterday - didn't see the cookie exchange nor the tea loaves. I so agree, would rather make and bake myself - more fun :) Bought Jarlsberg, baguettes, organic raspberries and wine for our dinner with L&W last night. My mom wasn't a big cookie baker either except for refrigerator cookies with harvested black walnuts and hickory nuts. She loved harvesting nuts :)

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    3. We bought Jarlsberg too:)

      Funny..you know Jacques makes our wine..but we buy for guests..:)
      My girls love Kim Crawford:)

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    4. Never tried Kim Crawford - will have to look for it next time!

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  12. Looks like you are enjoying every bit of fall. Love all your pics and the cute little car in your collage. I think chocolate chip oatmeal cookies have to be my all time favorites, love that you added nuts. Wish fall would last a few more months, this time of the year goes so fast.

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    1. It sure does..but I feel that all days fly by..you have an appointment in 3 months and there are ap 90 days in every 3 months and it's here befre we know t..I remeber being 20 and pregnant and hose 9 months seemed interminable..cause I couldn't wait:)

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  13. wonderful fall photos, we are beginning to see fall color here and i'm so excited about, and those cookies look delicious, i love chunky cookies and especially at this time of year. and yes time is just flying by so i guess all we can do is savor each moment and experience as much as possible.
    Have a happy fall weekend :)

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    1. So wise.. storing up sights and memories also..to always have something to look forward to..to know nothing stays the same..everything changes..:)

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  14. Your photos are just beautiful- the essence of fall! The cookies look scrumptious and full of lovely chewy crunchies. I envy your watercolor painting...wish I was artistic! :)

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    1. Honestly it's as if the leaves and trees are posing..as perfect models right now..the last 2 days..downpours..our lawn is covered with wet leaves..yit's dark..yet the trees really do look like lampstandards :) Just beautiful..
      You know..it's amazing what anyone can do w/ paints and paper..if only for us to see:)
      And the feeling of calm:)

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  15. Such beautiful images of autumn! We are having some cool weather with temps in the 50s at night. Feels fabulous! I'm curled up in a wool throw as I type. ;-) Wish I had one of those chewy cookies with my cup of hot tea. Delicious! Love seeing your water color work in your journal. I can close my eyes and see you painting with these wonderful paint sets. ;-)

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    1. I am happy you are having a respite from the heat..it is good to feel different..a change:)

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  16. Hello Monique, I don't seem to have the time to see all the autumn beauty that's going on around me so what a joy to see all your wonderful autumn photos, this morning. Just love your painting in your little journal. also being let into your private painting world, its so obvious you are enjoying it so much. Thank you for your recent thoughtful comment wondering if everything was OK with me. Not sure if you have seen my recent post where all has been revealed. I will try and pop in & out of blogging when the time is right .

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    1. I have not..in fact I have often gone to visit,as your posts don't arrive to me.. so I am just going to get my morning hot beverage ..and I am coming over..

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  17. Que de belles inspirations automnales ~

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  18. Monique those fall colours are just gorgeous. I miss the change of seasons here in California.

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    1. It's been magnificent ..a lot of rain the last few days..something the earth was in dire need of for the winter..

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  19. Merci d'avoir partagé ma recette de biscuits, Monique. Je suis bien contente qu'ils t'aient plu et tu sembles vraiment les avoir réussis à la perfection!

    Tes photos sont absolutement superbes, je pourrais passer des heures à éplucher ton site! Je reviendrai visiter souvent, c'est sûr et certain. :)

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    1. Mais c'est très gentil de ta part Sonia..et tes biscuits sont vraiment supers!

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  20. Loving your autumn collage - and those cookies! Oh, my! The clincher was the pecans, always delicious and often I forget just how good they are. Merci!

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    1. Bienvenue!:) They are so good..dangerously good.Bon Dimanche Katrina...

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  21. Ah..you got the Cottman set! I liked it until I started moving pans around. Impossible to put back together again...like a jigzaw puzzle for me :((

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    1. I like DS and M Graham better:) Going to try a few ..lesser brands that Parka Blogs says are ok:)I have never tried to move a pan around..I will:)

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  22. Loving your fall photos and of course the favorful chocolate chip, oatmeal cookies with pecans.

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  23. Merci, et à toi aussi! What brand is the box in the photo? (maybe I missed that) I think Cotman & W & N are my favorites, but yesterday I broke down and bought a 12 cake Koi set, it was just so cute!. The paints were gummy and streaky and weak, so I removed the plastic tray w the colors and put in empty half pans, waiting for my W & N tube colors. Your painting, soooooo sweet, are they growing more vibrant and confident? Might you make prints of that little painting (& send me one?) You are a multi talented artist!!!!
    I brought some new paper goodies too: Do not like the Strathmore soft cover wc sketch book but it was cheap. Hand•Books, the super white paper, is my favorite now. I'm thinking I must make my own long accordion book with wc paper as I am favoring the white instead of the Moleskine beige at the moment...

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    1. Oh and I know you can make accordions!!♥
      I have some new things on order too..:)
      I am so bad for art supplies..
      the set is Cotman W-N..I do like it..large pans..we do get to enjoy certain products more than others..Oh I would send you the original but then my accordion would fall apart:)
      I received Killimanjaro in a travel kit fro Cheap Joes..a 4x6 block and I like..

      I is the one you had in your post:)
      I was smitten..I must tel you know I tried tw landscapes and they were awful:( I wish I could tear the pages out;)
      Thank you as alwways for the encouragement and inspiration Rita!

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  24. PS If that is the Moleskine accordion book, you made those watercolors sing on it!

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