Hey guys,

Hope all those who are also on reading week are enjoying it! It has gone by abnormally fast, which makes me sad, but it’s been a nice little break. I love being home for a week or two, it gives me my Toronto fix but also makes me appreciate my own place in Kingston.

Here are the top 5 things I love about being home

1. Seeing my baby sister/friends/family

2. Eating leftovers that I did not cook ( me luv leftovers)

3. Reading the paper when I eat breakfast

4. Toronto culture: Queens can feel a bit like a very large high school sometimes. Everyone is in their 20s and very attractive. It’s refreshing to be around different people and just blend in.

5. FIZZY WATER! I love perrier but it is expensive and HEAVY. I went down to my basement fridge and discovered an entire case…..


Another thing about being home is that I see doctors. Ive been to the normal doctor, optometrist, and dentist to be checked out. However, I have unfortunate news.


I have to go off wheat/gluten.


I LOVE WHEAT! however, I do not love what is happening to my insides lately after I eat (rhyme!).  I get these weird stomach cramps, and after seeing my doctor the only thing he recommended was trying to go off wheat and see if it helps. Which was exactly what I was afraid of, but oh well. My poor mother will never know what to make me for dinner when I come home now.

Surprisingly, the biggest change will be getting different bread and flour. I actually almost did a backflip when I found out that oats dont have gluten in them, so I can keep that. Which is good cause I’m really into oats cooked in milk with honey for breakfast lately.


The biggest impact of this gluten free nonsense is the lack of snacks. Most of my go to snacks are gluten-y, like toast, crackers, cereal. So I had to come up with a lil snacky to have at home.

Enter gluten free cookies


Cranberry Pecan Apricot Jam cookies



{I am really good at tearing wax paper…}

I used apricot jam cause I found some fancy stuff in the back of our fridge that needed using. However, these can be easily adapted if you don’t have apricot jam. Just add in 1/2 cup maple syrup and some chopped apricots and youre good to go!


-1 1/2 cup quick cooking oats (certified gluten free if youre life is over like mine)

-1/2 cup melted butter: okay, normally I would use coconut oil here to get some healthy fats in there, but there was none at my parents house. that being said, I forgot how good butter is in cookies. Your call.

-1 egg

-1 tsp baking soda

-1 tbsp cinnamon

-1/4 cup apricot jam (Note: start here, taste the batter, and if you want it sweeter add more. I think I ended up with an amount between 1/4 and 1/2 a cup)

-1/4 cup chopped pecans

-1/4 cup dried cranberries

Makes about 12 smaller cookies, or 10 bigger ones


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Mix everything together (really, just mix it all up). Be sure to get rid of any chunks of jam.

3. Use a tablespoon to drop down cookies onto wax paper coated cookie sheet.

4. Bake for 20-25 minutes.


These were a little crumbly, probably because I didn’t use flour, but they were exactly what I had in mind. Needless to say, they are all gone. Another thing that’s nice about being home, I don’t have to eat everything I bake myself. Also I don’t pay for ingredients.


Also sometimes I come home to a pie with my name in it:


{thanks grandma!}

Enjoy the last of your Reading Week, or just Happy Friday!



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