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Thinking Out Loud…


Sometimes it is nice to regurgitate the contents of my brain…to just let all those random thoughts out in no particular fashion…And now, thanks to Amanda @ Running With Spoons Thursdays have become my Thinking Out Loud days…

I came across this story last week, and I cannot stop thinking bout how one child can make such a difference. Eight year old Jonah has been battling a rare form of life threatening “Glycogen storage disease”, receiving the nutrition he so desperately needs through a feeding tube, every 3 hours. Dr. David Weinstein who has been studying and treating Jonah was running out of funding and so when Jonah’s then 6 year old friend, Dylan offered to help, the Doc just thought it was “cute”. But Dylan persisted and wrote a book called “Chocolate Bar” and decided to sell it, raising almost $750K in funds! Dylan named his book “Chocolate bar” as he equated a chocolate bar as being “awesome”…his book begins with “Disneyland is so chocolate bar,” and concludes with “I like to help my friends. That is the biggest chocolate bar.” You can read more about Jonah and his amazing friend, Dylan here.

I am not a huge fan of awards shows, but I caught a clip of Matthew McConaughey’s speech on the news and was blown away. My friend JB informed me that MM has said this before – but, again, I am failing miserably at my New years resolution to watch more TV aaaaannnnd …this was my first time hearing it!

So – Who do YOU look up to?

Who do YOU look forward to?

And, who do YOU chase?

thinking out loud cookies
chocolate chip oatmeal cookies

My curiosity got the better of me after seeing Joanne @ Eats Well With Others mention “The Leftovers Club” in a post; and I did what any curious person would do and signed up! Today is my first ever Leftovers Club share!

After I made a bunch of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies for my daughter’s soccer team last week,

I had a gazillion leftover, even after sharing some with JB…

So I decided to send the leftovers to my leftover club mate Kathia.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies


  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon powdered cloves
  • 2 and 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 2-3 handfuls of chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 375
  2. Using an electric mixer, cream the butter, white sugar and brown sugar
  3. Add the salt and eggs and mix well
  4. Add in the flour and baking powder
  5. Set aside the electric mixer, and using a spoon, add in the vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, oats and chocolate chips
  6. (I chilled the mix for an hour before baking)
  7. Bake on parchment lined baking trays for 10 minutes (12 minutes for a crispier cookie)
  8. Now the hardest part - let cool for 30 minutes

Did you make this recipe?

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The way The Leftovers Club works is that you will be randomly paired with another member, with whom you can swap leftovers. Participants post their recipes on the first Thursday of the month, after the swap has been made.

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Kiran @

Sunday 9th of March 2014

I need cookies, right about now. No thanks to you :D

Elizabeth Towns

Saturday 8th of March 2014

Wow! First, this is an amazing concept to begin with. Then the idea of sharing is always brilliant - everybody involved gains something wonderful. The Leftover club kicks that up a notch. I love it.

Helen @ Scrummy Lane

Saturday 8th of March 2014

The leftovers club sounds like a great idea! Can you send your leftovers over here to Greece next time? (smirk) The oatmeal cookies sound great too. Putting oats in cookies sounds like the best reason to declare them healthy and eat more!


Friday 7th of March 2014

That story made my heart melt. I know a child in that condition, so hearing how a friend did that all for him? Truly amazing. <3 I like that leftovers idea.. Very clever. Love the cookie recipe as well!

Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl

Friday 7th of March 2014

You just have me craving cookies oh so bad right now! You bad girl you. ;)