The Proper Way Of Dealing With School Blues

Before I begin this post, let me get one thing straight. I do not depression eat. But I am a baker (so you have seen throughout my holidays) and therefore am in dire need of relieving my deflated self at the thought of going back to school. And it is no longer just school. It’s senior school. And whoever I talk to jumps to the conclusion that being senior school, I am in for the tough.

I didn’t say Year 12, I said Year 11. Remember?

622But it does freak me out a little – a 17 year old me, peer support to little year sevens when I myself can remember that not-too-distance past? Hopefully getting my P-Plates. Ok, now I might need to eat because my heart rate has accelerated. Breathe… relax and remember – I can bake to relax :)

Anyway, before I go back to long days and early mornings (did you know I wake up at around 5am every morning NATURALLY? Talk about your body driving you over the edge…) I needed to prepare myself in two ways.

  1. I needed something to sustain me during those six hours of hard slog, 5 days a week for 40 weeks – and that is why I made these delicious Chocolate Malted Malteser Cookies – originally called Whopper cookies but here in Aus, we need the beautiful maltesers :) – I am a huge devotee of Geni from Sweet And Crumbyand inventor of this recipe!You will never realise how much self control I used not to eat one there and then, all hot and gooey from the oven – and me with being on such a chocolate malted kick too, I have no idea how I kept my hands away!224I did however, make only 1/4 of the recipes (gives me the excuse of baking something else for school!) and therefore slightly changed it around giving me very dark and almost richer results – oops :P
  • I used dark brown sugar instead of white (partial)
  • I used melted butter
  • I cut flour back to 1 1/2 cups (for full recipe)

4222. I needed to indulge myself, seriously – but not so that my oversized uniform (which I really should adjust considering I am wearing it tomorrow…) becomes too tight. So I made one single pancake. And though it wasn’t as soft and fluffy as my usual recipe, it was quick and easy and perfect with real Canadian Maple Syrup and a scoop of Sara Lee’s Honeycomb Butterscotch Ice Cream – sorry make that 2 scoops in syrup…
Get the recipe right here :)

I am really sorry, I would like to post more but I have to *aargh* pack my bag and *aargh* charge my laptop and * aargh* wear a pea green skirt and pee yellow top – not cool, no cute school girl look here!

I would like to thank all of you for reading and enjoying my blog over this summer – it certainly is far from over and I promise I will try to blog as much as my work allows me (as unfortunately I am forced to make it my first priority). My posts sometimes will be very short with a few pictures and if I reply very late to any very welcome comments, I apologise in advance but I promise you – the quality of the posts will NEVER be compromised or of my baking :D

521And to those who I have come to know on FoodBuzz, I will unfortunately only be making my share settings on every weekend since it is too much distraction for me to check out your posts every day (they are so delicious!) – I will attempt to comment as often as possible I promise! And I shall be sharing older posts so I don’t get forgotten in the vast community every couple of days as well!

And to those bloggers oblivious to FoodBuzz, it is the greatest sharing community online for bloggers – come check out my profile here and definitely get your account :)

Oh and just before I forget, have all your sharing settings been screwed over? I haven’t received a single share all day and every post sent out has not been received though it says ‘message sent’ – I have contacted them but fingers crossed it will work soon!

Wow what a long post :P

Old habits die hard and I will see you as soon as I can and for my very-excited-for guest post :D

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    • You are too sweet, I am so glad you dropped by!!! As for the gaining of 5 pounds, I have had to increase my treadmilling since I began this blog ;)
      But so worth it – enjoy :D

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  1. adamjholland says:

    Oh well. At least I can have an easier time keeping my blood sugar down. That pancake looks outstanding, and I want to go make it right now! Good luck to you. Don’t be a total stranger.

  2. Good luck, dear! Just be yourself, keep on baking, bring your delicious goodies to school, and everyone will totally love you. LOL. Seriously, I’m sure you’ll be just fine in school. Can’t wait to hear your stories!

    • Haha, thank you and trust me, my mates know exactly who to ask for a sweet fix ;)
      I’ll be posting today (wow after 3 days!) so see you there hopefully
      Thanks for the encouragement!

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

    • ILY for your star wars referencing – nice one :D
      Thank you for such great encouragement – Believe me, it is impossible to stop eating treats like this so I have stopped trying :P

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  3. I didn’t know that you are 17, you sound much older in my head, and bake better than many in their 30’s or 40’s:)) ..ohh I am sure that you will do just fine balancing school and everyday life! I am huge fan of Geni. She was the first person that came to my blog a year and half ago and I am following her from that day too! I love the way you made those cookies, very delicious looking!
    My motto: “Anything is possible if you believe in yourself”
    Have a lovely day sweetie!

    • Thank you so much :)
      I find it a little funny to imagine myself as a 40 yr old right now actually :P
      Thanks for the encouragement and I am so glad you are a Geni fan!

      Your motto speaks to me – I will most definitely be remembering it this year :)
      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  4. Great recipes — hope school is not so bad. maybe it will go by quickly once it starts!

    Thanks for your note on my blog — I opened up the Soup Day book giveaway to “the world” – it doesn’t make much sense to limit it, and I’m glad you commented. Now you will be eligible as well as others!

    • Thanks for the good wishes – and you are right since its year 11 i am doing the subjects I want to so it will definitely be a better year :)
      And thanks for accepting me into your giveaway, I didn’t realize it was world :P

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  5. Ann says:

    Best of luck with your studies…and, being new to your blog, I would have NEVER guessed you were only 17. You bake like a dream and handle yourself with grace and maturity.

    • Thank you so much :)
      You have made my day with such kind words! It is truly appreciated and gives me push to keep this blog going no matter what circumstances I am in :D

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  6. Paula says:

    Best wishes with your studies this semester. I have no doubt that you will do very well. Your cookies and your pancakes looks delicious (living in the Maple Syrup Capital of Ontario, Canada I’m a little partial to pure Canadian maple Syrup!)

    Whenever you have a chance to post I will be here.

    • Thank you so much for your good wishes and compliments :D
      I am glad you enjoyed this post though am so jealous you live in maple syrup capital :P – enjoy it by the tub!!!

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  7. There’s nothing a little baking can’t fix :) And I think the sharing settings are messed up on everybody’s account. I e-mailed the help center and they said they were fixing it so hopefully its up and running soon! Delicious looking cookies too, I love whoppers!

    • I love how optimistic you are – baking really is my one and only :P
      I also got the same reply from foodbuzz do fingers crossed we will all be flooded again soon :)
      Oh and if you try these cookies please save some for me – I have almost exhausted my stock ;)

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  8. Kristen says:

    Good luck with school. I can only say how glad I am that those days are over, yet, I know how important it is to keep studying. Those cookies look delicious, as does the pancake. I have a house full of pancake lovers, especially with real maple syrup on top!!

  9. Liz says:

    Oh, your cookies look amazing!!! Perfect for my chocoholic family!

    PS…my foodbuzz inbox is still empty. I left you a comment about it yesterday, but if you’re having the same problem, you won’t be able to see it.

    • Thanks – any true chocoholic will fall head over heels for sure :)

      And I got through to the fb people – the lazy said their technical team will try to fix it ASAP – but I am receiving and can send comments so maybe you should ask them about that :S

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  10. Aunty anu says:

    Hey little girl

    Thanks for your lovely posts. Loved the mouth watering delicious recipes jumping out at you from your pictures this summer. Though I have yet to try my baking skills, you have certainly inspired me to do so. Completely speechless. Will miss the frequency of these posts, but I am sure you will keep it going. Ah yes the school. Good luck dear girl and all the very best. God bless you.

  11. Cinnamin says:

    OMG I LOVE Maltesers! I actually ate a whole bag during a 1 1/2 hour flight with my husband. I know, not very ladylike…but they are Maltesers! This cookie recipe sounds and looks amazing. Good luck for the school year ahead!

  12. Among all, I can’t resist the last one, the ice-cream, floating syrup and lovely pancakes. Hi, we all have to do what we have to, so thats the practically of life.
    I am going to enter a busy time at work, so my blogging time will be cut down.

    Keep in touch and will come back from time to time.

    Btw, I am also having the same issue with fb.

    • Haha I myself am wishing back to that Sunday just for the syrup ;) – it is so addictive!
      And I am happy you look at life so practically – this is my greatest hobby but like all hobbies it cannot overtake real life :P
      I look forward to your posts when they come and wish you the best at your work
      Hope fb works soon :) – glad to know my account is not completely over!

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  13. Oh, You are just as old as my daughter. and there is so much difference.She never even warms her food when I am around let alone baking.
    I enjoy your blog posts as much as your recipes. I must tell you that I did make those chocolate muffins on Friday and my daughter enjoyed it. I will be looking forward for your sweet weekend posts.

    • Haha your daughter acts more like my brother – I suppose it’s all interest or none :P
      Thank you so much for your kind words – every weekend I will look forward to posting – and I am so happy your daughter enjoyed the chocolate muffins :D

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

      P.S. I totally agree on the syrup ;)

  14. Christy says:

    What an amazing lot of cookies to beat that back to school blues!:)
    Don’t sound so down, look to the positive side, you will be back with your friends!Hehehe :D

    • You are such an unbeat person – and it was wonderful to see my mates again :D
      These cookies though did help in the workload I got tonight :P
      Thanks for visiting!

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  15. Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting on my clafoutis! I could eat a few of these chocolate cookies for sure! The start of school year is never fun…how is the school year scheduled in Australia? Here, it’s roughly from mid Aug to end of May…but Sept-June in some states.

    • Thanks – I promise you these cookies are wonderful! And I loved visiting your blog :)
      In America holidays are for 10 weeks right? That’s how it becomes when kids go to uni here :)
      Right now we get half of december and all of January as our summer holidays then every 10 weeks we get another 2 weeks off :)

      See you soon
      Choc Chip Uru

  16. This was a very good read with some wonderful links. Glad you joined Foodbuzz, or our paths would have never crossed! Do not be too blue because of school, your blogger friends will always be here regardless. I will need to check out the Foodbuzz site to see what’s going on.

    • Thanks you :D
      And I do thank Food Buzz for al the friends which I have met! I feel better after going for the first day actualy – it is already intense but this is my relaxation :D
      And thanks for your help with the food buzz problem – I have re=emailed them my question on help so hopefully they fix it soon!

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

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