what do you do to feel normal?

If the world is slightly outta whack, even in the best way possible, what do you do to feel grounded? Have a bath? Glass of wine? 

My house, while mostly entirely lovable, does not have a bathtub.

And my pregnancy disinclination for wine is still hanging around. 

So I bake.

We have lots of lovely visitors at present, and I cannot resist a bit of kitchen experimenting!

And so we have:




125g butter, melted

½ cup brown sugar

1 egg

1 cup rolled oats

1½ cup self-raising wholemeal flour

1 tblsp wheatgerm

½ cup desiccated coconut

¼ cup orange juice

½ cup chocolate chips


Melt the butter and add the sugar. Add the egg. Stir through the oats, flour, wheatgerm and coconut. Add the OJ and then the choc chips. 

Bake on cookie trays for approx 12 mins on 180°C. Makes 24 (I think. I didn't actually count them.)

Titbit for the day (I apologise, dreadful, I know) – it takes approximately twice as long to type a post one handed if you blog while breast feeding.

(I did apologise!)


9 Comments on “what do you do to feel normal?

Alex Nolan
July 7, 2010 at 5:38 am

You, wonderful lady, are an inspiration. Blogging about baking, what- 48 hrs after giving birth?! You are just the most incredible woman I think I have EVER had the pleasure of meeting. Great cookies, well done, and great blogging, even if it did take twice as long to write up! xxxxx

International Woman of Mystery
July 7, 2010 at 5:43 am

Titbit…heh heh heh…still chuckling. I like your question. My life is kinda permanently “outta wack”. And what do I do to keep grounded? I play my piano or my guitar and I sing. That is always the same, no matter what language they’re speaking outside my door.

July 7, 2010 at 8:09 am

Inner Pickle & International Woman of Mystery- you both inspire me! And you are both incredible at what you do.

Alex- you’re awesome too 🙂 (Didn’t want you to feel left out)

July 7, 2010 at 9:19 am

Ah .. I bake when stressed or trying to regain some control… But I wouldn’t get around to blogging about it! You’re amazing.

Congrats on your gorgeous bubba. An I loved yesterdays post. It was so beautifully written, especially the but about Adam. I even read it to my husband.we hvw fond memories or that super connection after our buns were born

July 7, 2010 at 9:20 am

Grrr typos… Commenting from my phone

Alex Nolan
July 7, 2010 at 4:36 pm

Ah, thanks! xx

July 7, 2010 at 4:44 pm

Baking skills and sense of humour intact whilst looking after a newborn – well done Fi! x

July 7, 2010 at 5:41 pm

Hello, and welcome to the Inner Pickle LOVE IN. xxx

December 4, 2010 at 12:25 pm

So beautiful! I have a nine month old (& an 8yo, & a 4yo), and this takes me right back to those beautiful newborn days. Happy sighs. 🙂


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