Julie’s Family Favorite Coconut Crisp Cookies

3 06 2012

It has been far too long since I’ve done a blog!! I know…. I really enjoyed blogging when I had the time off – can’t believe I had a year and a quarter off. Do not take anything for granted – when I had that time off it seemed like one day turned into another and I really enjoyed my days!! It was wonderful – unless I win the lottery -well reality hits and I’m back working again. I am working part-time and I do believe some things are “meant to be” and “fate” has it’s way. I was thinking that when I came back from our trip to Portugal that I had to find a job. (That’s a tough thought to carry around when you are enjoying a holiday) When I got home it was only a couple of days later when I got a call from a good friend that she needed someone to work in her accounting firm and if I could put the word out. Amazing! Well I called back and said “me!!!” She did hire me and it has been just the right thing for me.

So…….. enough about me…… I am so grateful for all of you that read my modest little blog! Sometimes I can see from what country people are “checking me out” – Russia, Malaysia, Latvia, Portugal, U.S.A. and many others. I really am so thrilled. Sometimes we feel overwhelmed in our day to day lives but when I see that other people all over the world are reading my comments on life I am so very very grateful. Life is very precious. Take things easy …. I find as I get a bit older for some reason life is getting easier. It doesn’t mean there is more money – in fact we just saw on tonight’s news there are a lot more people retiring than people starting in the work force. So the benefits for people retirement age will not be around forever. It is kind of scary. For you younger people – you do not know how much a benefit it will be to you later in life if you just start to put away $50 a month or more into an RRSP. ASAP!!!

So I am going to share with you one of our Popham family cookie recipes. (that was my maiden name) – my grandparents were from Yorkshire, England on my father’s side and on my Mom’s side my grandparents were from Scotland.

Coconut Crisp Cookies

2 cups coconut

21/2 cups rolled oats

1 cup flour

2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup sugar

1 cup butter or margarine

2 eggs

Mix coconut, oats, flour, baking powder and salt. Add all other ingredients and mix well. (it might be easier to use your hands.)

Drop by teaspoon on ungreased cookie sheet. Press lightly with a floured fork. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 – 10 minutes until golden brown. Let stand on cookie sheet at least 10 minutes. Enjoy! These freeze well! Don’t forget to check out my website or refer it – http://www.jacksjule.com

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Julie’s Banana Bread

9 01 2012

Mash 2 bananas (ripe) with milk with a potato masher. Leave aside.  Blend, margarine, sugar and eggs together with beaters or  a blender.  Beat till well blended.   Add the mashed banana to the margarine mixture and do not mix.   Add the following:

Fold this mixture in gently and add the chocolate chips and stir in.  Do not overmix.

Pour into a greased loaf pan and bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees.  Let sit in pan for 10 minutes and loosen sides with knife.  Have a piece while it’s warm. I would recommend next time making two!!  They freeze really well!  MMMMMmmmm!   Let me know what you think when you try it, ok?  Also please leave comments on my blogs – I would really appreciate your input and if you think there are any ideas you might like me to blog about.

I received a coupon on Facebook from Cadbury for any choice of 100 gram chocolate bar and tried the Toffee Milk Chocolate.  I really like it.  The little ground up bits of toffee blend well with the creamy consistency of the milk chocolate.  I have to say I really enjoyed reviewing this product.  At 230 calories for 9 squares I think I would just have 3 squares for about 75 calories as a little afternoon pick-me-up snack.  We keep hearing how a small amount of chocolate has good benefits for us.  I was thinking that next time I make my banana loaf I could cut up about 1/2 of this delicious bar and fold it in at the end instead of the chocolate chips.  Course I will have to buy a new one because this one will be long gone!!