My… sniff… last post…

What can I say my friends… we have had a good journey. I thought perhaps I was ready to handle it all, honestly, the blogging, school, my friends, my family. I was even combining them!

A couple of weeks ago my parents and sat down. Serious faces on (wow, it is hard to joke right now), they told me carefully how they thought blogging was affecting my schooling, how there was always time for this later on. I mean, (hopefully) I have a long life ahead right? During Uni, they said, I would have more time to constantly do what I want, not tied down by algebra and calculus and five essays in one week.

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What could I say when they were right? I was feeling the pressure build as my blog progressed, and I suppose school started to want to become a second priority almost. Who can say blogging was not more fun?

I don’t want to go, it genuinely hurts to just throw away so much that has been building, and soon, it would have culminated into a year’s diary of my baking. I think I will feel lost almost, coming home not to so many wonderful blogger posts but to watching random TV, mindlessly trawling through Facebook, and just casually sitting around reading books I have already read. And of course working. *Sigh*

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So, it is indeed with a heavy heart I say goodbye. I hope to continue to comment, please don’t think I want to completely lose all of you who have become a second family, people I can trust and who appreciate this passion which brings us together. It is just, a blog is much too much and I can’t help but feel it will overtake my studies.

I am so sorry everyone. I guess you will see me in 4 weeks after my yearlies.

brownie cookie 12WHAT?

You thought I was leaving for good? That this blog, everything it has been built up to was going to finish forever? Read the post carefully again my friends, where does it say forever? πŸ˜€

Of course I would never leave! I am here to fatten you up (not really, exercise is encouraged!) now and forever πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
And if you notice, I said I would not have a year of ’my baking’ and it is true. Because guess what?

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I have 8 STUNNING guest posts lined up for you in the coming weeks – yeah, just thank me later ok? πŸ˜€

No spoilers, no names, just letting you all know that each post features a great, scratch that, AMAZING blogger and the food theyΒ  present will have you drooling for more!

Just a note here: Any awards I have received will be tended to when I get back to my NO WORK holidays (sounds sweet no?) and my commenting from now will be reducing so if people are posting daily, I will be commenting every second day etc. – thank you for understanding!

 

ALSO: I lost around 70 subscribers somehow so if you are not receiving my posts, please resubscribe πŸ˜€ – Thank you!

Oh and the BIGGESTΒ note, (I cannot seem to leave you all alone) I just wanted to say thank you for all the support shown in my 40 hr famine post, truly by reading everyone’s wonderful words, it made the hours go by faster πŸ™‚
And a HUGE shout out to the wonderful Geni Telkamp, Anne Boeckl, Alice Hua, Cindy Kerschner and Heidi (Young Grasshopper) and for their generous GENEROUS donations to the cause, honestly, receiving the notifications was the best news of every day πŸ˜€

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I have made these before, you literally cannot see their goodness and I spiced them up a little bit (or should I say salted?) so they are even more delicious than before!

The cookies are soft and chewy and the brownies become fudge-like inside. The saltiness mixing with the caramel and chocolate flavour also takes them to a whole new level so if you don’t want to lose the delicious salty flavour by not adding chips, add in some sea salt πŸ˜€

Sweet & Salty Brookies

Makes: 8 HUGE cookies (the size of your palm – or my palm which is embarrassingly big ;))

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Ingredients

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees C. Line 3 large baking trays with baking paper
  2. Make a batch of brownies, adding in chocolate chips instead of nuts if desired or leaving plain
  3. Let cool and cut into bite size pieces (I cut mine triple that and it worked a charm! I got hude biscuits) – Refrigerate till needed.
  4. Whip up a batch of the cookies, leaving out the chocolate chips and nuts and replacing them with 1 1/4 cup caramel chips and 1/4 cup crushed chips (you can balance this out the way you want :D)
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  5. Refrigerate dough for 20 minutes or until less soft and easier to handle
  6. Get a large chunk of cookie dough and indent the middle. Squish in the brownie slightly.
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  7. Getting a slightly smaller chunk of cookie dough, place it on top and meld the sides together till it forms a ball.
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  8. Repeat with remaining dough and brownies
  9. Place well apart on the baking trays and using the palm of your hand flatten them all halfway
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  10. Refrigerate the balls not going in to bake (I baked two at a time πŸ˜€ and 4 on a huge tray)
  11. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden and brown around the edges.
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  12. Let cool on the tray forΒ  10-15 minutes or until cool enough to take off sheets and let cool completely on a wire rack.
  13. Store in an airtight container at room temperature, eating a lot little at a time πŸ™‚

Till I see you my friends, take care and enjoy the fantastic guest bloggers πŸ˜€

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  2. Kim Bee says:

    Goodness I thought you were actually leaving and about had a heart attack. I am glad your folks did what they thought was right. Oddly we usually are right. I can say that now that both my kids are officially adults. Lol. Good luck with school and we’ll see you when you return. I’m just recovering from some health issues but if you want a guest post let me know. I adore you and would be thrilled to help out. Keep school first, the rest will follow.

    Loving the cookies. I adore cookies almost as much as I adore you. xx

    • Haha I do know they are right, you parents usually are but I guess I should be grateful πŸ˜‰
      I hope your health is feeling better my dear friend and only one more guestpost before I come back πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
      And thank you for your offer my friend, whenever I need it, I would love to turn the tables and burn down the kitchen with you πŸ˜‰

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  3. You turkey! You had me for a moment there, I thought you were all done, and I was sad! Glad to hear its just a temporary separation! YAY! Hope your exams are going well and look forward to looking in on the guest posts. Great recipe too! I can’t wait to try them!

  4. Susan says:

    I’m still trying to catch up on all of my friends after our trip at the end of last month and saw this post. I thought, Oh No! Now I see you’re are just doing what you should be doing and won’t be gone forever. I’ll be checking out your guest posts even though I may not have time to comment on all of them πŸ™‚ Happy studies!!

  5. Oh my, look what I’ve missed! But of course your parents are right and I truly don’t know how you’ve managed to so consistently blog, keep up with everything and everyone in the blogosphere and do school work too. You’re amazing! But you sure have gained a well deserved following and we’ll all be here when you get back. Good luck with your school work and if I could reach in and hug you I would. I’d also grab one of these cookies! πŸ™‚

  6. Congrats on all your blogging thus so far! You’ve done sooo amazing and you should be proud of yourself! Your parents are wise however and have good advice to give. I’ve realized that my parents were always right (even though what they sometimes said hurt or didn’t feel right at the time!). Best wishes with your schooling and surely you’ll be back once you’re done. Thanks again for all your great work you’ve shared. YUMMY recipe by the way!

  7. I more than understand your decision! Even the shortest of entries take lots of time and care…and it’s hard to keep yourself away from a fun hobby! I myself have had to limit my blog time. It’s just too much! Congratulations on the hard choice…but your recipe looks delicious! And I love the new cookie background, btw. So fun!

  8. Food Stories says:

    Whew … You really had me going there for a minute … Blogging does kind of take over so it is good that you see this before it gets out of hand πŸ™‚

  9. I always wondered how you could keep everything going.. I’m not in school and I know it’s a lot of work for me, lol.. my family’s been pressuring me a bit as well! *sigh, in a perfect world we’d get paid for blogging and that’s all we’d need to do all day.. just check out luscious desserts like this one of yours.. and then bake them:D

  10. Uru, you’re a gem – I’ve said it before, but it’s just so true πŸ™‚ Take time to focus on your studies and I assure you, when you step away form your blog, you will come back with ignited passion, ideas, and a renewed sense of commitment. Crack open the books, pour into your schooling and enjoy the accomplishment of good grades!! πŸ™‚ Looking forward to the guest posts in your absense and all the goodies you will have to share upon your return. As always, thank you for your lovely comments on my blog and for your cheerful self that makes reading your notes a great pleasure.

    • Thank you my friend, I do not know even where to start to say it for all the support you are showing me πŸ™‚
      I cannot wait to return and hope you enjoy all the talened guest posters!
      You have a stunning blog and I hope you continue its awesomeness πŸ™‚

      Cheers
      CCU

  11. What enormous and amazing cookies! Don’t worry…we’ll all be here waiting for you whenever you have time to post, or comment:) There’s a season for everything. Do well with your studies. I will definitely check out your guest posts! Take care:)

  12. Oh my gosh you totally tricked me! I’m so glad it’s not forever!! πŸ™‚ let’s just think of it as a vacation:) good for you for putting your studies first. In the long run, that is the best thing you can do for you:) and we will all be anxiously awaiting your return and be excited to hear from you again! these cookies look insanely delicious by the way!

  13. jen laceda says:

    I wouldn’t want to be in your place right now. I, too, love blogging so much, but that I am glad I found this hobby later in my life! If I were still a student like you, that would be tough to give up…but then I know that I’d have to so that I can enjoy the journey of being a student. Good luck with your studies and blog once a month or something – there’s always a compromise for everyone.

  14. Well Im glad you wont be leaving us for good!! But, school is super important and there is always time after youre done for the blogging!! I took off the summer to spend time with my family and friends in the states and you will see how fast time can go! Looking forward to having you back.
    Meanwhile, I will be drooling over these delicious cookies! YUM

  15. Dara says:

    Good luck with school! I know it seems hard now, but you will have SO MUCH time for cooking and blogging when you’re finished. We’ll all still be here waiting for your return.

  16. Jennie says:

    You bad girl. I was about ready to cry there for a moment, thinking you were leaving me forever, without chocolate. I should have known better. I’m going to need one of these fudge stuffed cookies to make me feel better after the almost good-bye. If you need a guest post, count me in, Uru. I would be happy to whisk up something delicious for your blog. Good luck with yearlies.

    • Awww I will send you five batches of these πŸ˜‰
      Thank you for the wonderful wishes!
      And thanks for offering to guest post but I have organised for this time – too sweet!

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  17. vanessalillian says:

    Damnit, and I only just discovered your blog! Sometimes my blog sits idle for a few weeks because I’m just too busy living life and working and stuff. Study is definitely more important though! And in the meantime, you have left us with more than enough butter to keep us going πŸ™‚

  18. Uru…you made the right choice. Your studies need to come first. You won’t have another chance to repeat that work, but your blog will always be there and we will be here waiting for you! Work hard and we’ll see you soon! (Those cookies look amazing! Brookies…the best of both worlds!)

  19. Oh, you really had me going and sad there for a moment! I’m so glad you won’t be “leaving”, because I really do look forward to your posts, my dear…and am also looking forward to hearing all about how your arsenal of recipes grows and develops as you do also, moving into this new chapter of your life πŸ™‚

  20. grace says:

    i’m saddened to hear this, but then again, i had forgotten how young you are. your parents are right, and it’s so good that you recognize that they’re right! come back when you can!

  21. Kiran says:

    I perfectly can relate to having a set of parents that would know what’s right for you. Most importantly, I am so proud of how you’ve handled it so well and realize that priorities are priorities. Best of luck with your finals etc.

    ps: Looking forward to the guest posts. And send me some of these cookies, ok? πŸ˜€

  22. kyleen says:

    I totally understand what you’re going through. I’m going into my senior year this year as well and I’m scared shizzle about university applications and exams and keeping grades up and all that glorious stuff. I think it’s really good that you’re going to take some time off blogging to focus on that. I think I might do that too..

  23. We adore you CCU and we will be here upon your return. You are going to do something very special with your life one day and you need to stay focused now so that will be possible later. A big hug coming your way! Take Care, BAM

  24. helene dsouza says:

    Seriously, the food blogging world without you? never!
    I can not imagine and I was just wondering what you were up to that you seemed to “leave”us. ^.^
    Anyway Uru, cant wait for the guestposts, which are about to come up here.

    Oh and the cookies look super sweet! XD

  25. Hi Uru, wow! I figured that it would be a very sombre moment indeed if you had to give up something you enjoy so much! I look forward to your guests posts and no doubt you will ace your school work, focus on work and come back to the blog so fresh and clear about what you want to achieve! Hopefully you’ll still be baking and enjoying treats and we’ll still be salivating down the track!

  26. Well, you have created an entertaining, professional-quality food blog which was enjoyed by many and you should be very proud! Best of luck with your studies – I believe your future is bright! And you can always resume blogging at a later date, if you still have the interest. Allen.

  27. When I need to miss something (even temporarily), I always remember the following Emerson quote “For everything you have missed, you have gained something else…” Your life will certainly be full and I will look forward to reading your blog again whenever it works for you!

  28. spicegirlfla says:

    Oh you are so loved little CCU! All these comments I had to scroll through to be able to leave a reply to you! Your blog is my dessert stopping ground, you will always be around. It will feel funny to not be blogging, it becomes a part of who we are and I should know during my absense it was killing me!! But so many found me again and I was so happy to see that. With all your guests lined up, you should have no worries. Attend to your school and studies, we will be here and time will go quickly!

  29. So many thoughts! First off, these cookies sound like a dream come true. They’re similar to the compost cookies I made, but souped up and STUFFED WITH BROWNIES! Drool. Secondly, I will miss your regular posts, but I totally understand! I’ve gone through spurts of the same thing. I used to post twice a week, and it just became too much, so now I’m lucky if I post twice a month. Finish up your schooling first, that’s the priority, but I’ll be here waiting when you get back! All my best to you, friend!

    • I am sorry my friend, I wish I did not have to!!
      I have taken biology, french, modern history, ancient history and english and maths because I have to πŸ˜›
      And thank you for your amazing encouragement!

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  30. Glad to know that you’re just taking a short break! I know how time consuming blogging can be…but I know too that you are very good at managing your time, so I’m pretty sure you can handle it well! Wish you all the best in school! Can’t wait to read your guest posts!

  31. This was like reading a film, you starte dme in, a gentle tear to my eye, a little gulp to choke back the tears, and then a glimmer of hope !
    It sounds like your parents are right though, blogging, and bogging on your scale does take a huge amount of time and energy. I think you listened to them and to your heart.
    But phew we ar enot loosing you but gaining some guest bloggers, how fun will that be.
    Now girl, go and concentrate !!
    And you know we’ll all be here when you return !

  32. As sad as I am to see you take some time off, your parents are right. This is the time to focus on your school work and give it your all
    I know I speak for everyone when I say we will be right here waiting for you wishing you all the best of luck at school

  33. Denise says:

    Ahh, we will all miss you while you are on your short break to focus on school– studies and social opportunities. There are only so many hours in a day and sometimes you have to put something aside to focus on what is important at that time. It is so important to give yourself enough time for school and all the other things in life. This break will be over before you know it! And we look forward to the guest posts and to your return.You will be refreshed rather than run down from trying to do it all.
    Love these cookies–major yumminess!
    Study well and take some time to relax with friends and family, too!! See you around πŸ™‚

  34. Uru, we’re all bloggers who know how much time consuming blogging (cooking +photography + writing) can be, so we understand what you are going through in details. And now as a parent myself, I think your parents are right. If you do well in school, you will gain more out of it for the future path. I’ve known some bloggers who were gone for like nearly one year, but came back VERY strong. So don’t worry. There will be always readers, and we’re here too when you are back. Look, I’m 35, almost 36 and started to blog 1.5 year ago. Your few years in school goes by quickly and you can focus on your blog much better too when you don’t need to study anymore. πŸ˜‰ You are a bright girl and deserve the best! Good luck with school and I’ll come back to read the guest posts. Looking forward to your occasional posts as well. Hugs!

  35. Starr says:

    HaHa! Good one :-D… So glad that your absence will be only temporary and I’m looking forward to seeing who your mystery guest bloggers are… Good luck with your studies!

  36. Sophie33 says:

    Such a lovely post, my friend! πŸ™‚ I think your parents are right! Scool must be the 1st priority! Good luck with it all.
    Can’t wait for the guest posts & see you back after scool is over! πŸ™‚ Work hard though! πŸ™‚ xxx
    Your cookies look utterly tasty & I have never seen cookies with chips in them?? Yum!

  37. You are a very wise and bright young lady, and I like the way parents think too :). The time will go by in a flash and you’ll have all these great recipes stored up to share. Can’t wait :)) These palm sized brownie/cookies look A-MA-ZING!

  38. Tisa says:

    You scared me girl, with the heavy laden goodbye, I haven’t visited you in a while and when I come to visit I read this, was about to sob. GOOD it’s only for 4 weeks. WIll miss you, dear Uru- but will go through those guest posts. Love the sweet salty cookies too. Blessings for your exams, ok!

  39. Sammie says:

    oh gosh!! It’s the Guru’s cookies! These must be yummers for sure. haha.. oh my Uru! You really got me there for a sec! I actually thought you were leaving for good! And I was like, “noooooooooooooooo” but phew. Well! Good luck on your studies alright my dear? I’m sure you’ll be doing real well! And I gotta say I take my hats off to ya! It’s a lot of work blogging and commenting! Even I find it time consuming and I’m already done school!! Good luck my dear!

  40. Good luck with your studies! And I look forward to when you come back! There will be time for everything. πŸ™‚
    Looking forward to your comments and your guest posts too.
    Best wishes!!

  41. I’m looking forward to your guest bloggers…and to YOU when you get back to blogging. It IS terribly time consuming, so I totally understand you and your parents thinking you need to focus on school, family and friends! Take good care and we’ll see you soon. PS…the cookies look phenomenal! xo

  42. eliotthecat says:

    There is a huge hole in the blogosphere now. You will be missed. But, cudos to your parents (and you for being the responsible student) for taking a break. You will still be in my “must read and comment on” lists so I look forward to the time that you are back with us all.

    Good luck in your studies!

  43. Learning how to balance life’s demands and joys is one of the most important life lessons to absorb. After school, balancing family life, children – if you have them, work, and your own interests is an ongoing challenge. I’m at the other end now in retirement, and I STILL have to focus on balance. Congratulations for learning this early!! But we will miss your posts here, and look forward to hearing about what your baking up in the future. Good luck with your studies and life πŸ™‚

  44. Karen says:

    Schooling is so important…it leads to much greater things in life. We all support you and your parents with this decision and look forward to your return.

  45. A_Boleyn says:

    So sorry to hear that you’re having to step away from your blog but I’m sure you’ll be back eventually with more wonderful posts.

    Best wishes until then and many thanks for sharing your insights, fun attitudes and tasty recipes with us. You’re going out with a tasty bang. πŸ™‚

  46. Cucina49 says:

    So sad to lose your regular posts–you were one of the most frequent blogger/commenters I knew! However, you’re right that you can’t do everything, and school is way more important. Best wishes and keep us posted occasionally!

  47. I will miss your lovely posts and most of all your sweet nature Uru. I am going to make this today in honor of your little break and a toast to a great finish to the next part of your school year. School is MOST important at this time in your life. Your parents are 100% right my dear but it sounds like you are aware of that. Fun, like blogging, is so much more rewarding, but rarely gets you a future and you need a bright future my friend with all of your talents, your sparkling personality and your obviously big heart. Love—Geni

  48. I was getting scared! Don’t leave us!!
    Also, university? WAY hard to juggle everything. I try, and it kills me inside. Maybe because I’m taking 6 courses, 2 of them graduate courses, teaching a workshop, tutoring, and working. (whoa.. 3 jobs? no way.) I may also be MIA a lot come September..

    • Actually my year 11 exams – no way near as important as uni but still, should get into the habit now πŸ˜‰
      And wow, you post so much and juggle so much and wow… loses capability for speech… you rock! And we will miss you in september!

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  49. Allison says:

    Don’t toy with us like that! ; ) I was all ready to start railing against your parents for restricting your right to have a food blog… : ) Anyway, I’m glad you’ll only be gone for a month or so, and good luck with your studies during this time “off”!

  50. Mary says:

    I know a lot of thought went into your decision. I will miss your regular posts but will be the first to read your occasional updates. Good luck with your studies. Have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  51. OMG!!! I got so sad and thought you were really leaving. Thank goodness you’re not. But can’t wait until you come back!! I’ve been there and trust me I’d rather be baking than reading for class hahaha Take care and best of luck in all your classes πŸ™‚

  52. Kate says:

    AWWWW! Such a bummer. But, alas….school first. We all went through it. You’ll come out on the other side smarter and better for it. Parents sometimes know what they are talking about. πŸ˜‰ We’ll miss you.

  53. LinsFood says:

    I love these cookies! I have a similar recipe that started out because I wanted to use up some leftover dough and I did exactly the same thing, I sandwiched my brownies! Great minds!
    Good Luck with school, as a homeschooling mum of 4 kids and former teacher, I can’t argue with your folks!

  54. Wishing you every success with your school work CCU. It is such a time commitment (I struggle with that bit too). Thanks for being uch an incredible supporter of so many blogs. I’ve always been amazed at how you handle it all!!!!!

  55. Joanne says:

    Well good thing you’re not stopping your terrific posts forever. Especially when you leave us with such a mouth watering cookie recipe. OMG! It’s only 8:30am and I’m DYING for a cookie!

  56. juanitascocina says:

    Nooooo! Don’t leave us!!!

    I will forever be here waiting for any fabulous post of yours! Can’t wait to see what’s next!

  57. Medeja says:

    Well..many bloggers are very busy with other things..so I guess it’s ok to blog sometimes- weekends, holidays.. I am not blogging and cooking as much as I would like to πŸ™‚ You won’t be forgotten πŸ˜‰ we all will be waiting for you πŸ˜‰

  58. LOL!! You had me worried for a moment and I was going to suggest that perhaps you could just post once a fortnight to keep up your audience and the podgy bellies we are developing.

    Although your parents are obviously very wise, I think there is a lot of skill involved in writing a blog, taking photographs and research dishes. It is certainly more than most teenagers are doing in their spare time. I am pleased you came up with a compromise πŸ™‚

  59. libishski says:

    You scared me for a minute!

    But yeah, a short break is good (and plus, you need to focus on your studies, young missus!) and I’m sure you’ll be back with fresh, new ideas.

    All the best, Uru! πŸ™‚ x

  60. Karista says:

    Awww…. will miss you and your lively delicious posts but I must agree with your parents. School should come first. Blogging takes up way too much time, even for me, so I completely understand. Sometimes I just have to walk away for a week or two myself. We will see you again in a few weeks with I’m sure more fabulous fun and delicious recipes. All the best to ya!! πŸ™‚

  61. Louise says:

    Your parents are absolutely right, Uru. It is so difficult to keep up with blogging and concentrate on school work too. Although we will all miss you for these next few weeks, we certainly understand the need for you to keep up with your studies.

    I think I’ll whip up a batch of these cookies to hold me over until you return. Enjoy your learning experiences and do the best that you can!!!

    Thank you so much for sharing, we’ll “see” you real soon…Louise

  62. sugaredpecan says:

    What?! Oh my goodness, you will be much missed so do hurry on back now…..glad it’s not forever! So go concentrate on studies and we will see you back here soon. Til then, I will be looking forward to your guest posts. Take care my friend!

  63. Balvinder says:

    Don’t ever say this thing again, When I read the title, I could not digest what you were saying, then I thought May be- but Glad that you are not going anywhere. Even If I don’t make that many gluten free sweets I like reading yours.

    Your post on giant brookies will keep us engaged for 8 weeks. And also you said you have guest posts. Looking forward for that. Good Luck with your school.

  64. Zoe says:

    I have a little mixed feeling reading your post… I wish that you will do well for your studies but sad that you are going to “slow” down your blogging. Totally can understand your situation.

    Even for me, my family has been telling me to blog lesser because they need me to spend more time with them… so, all the best and hope to hear from you every now and then… in regardless, don’t disappear from the blogging world πŸ˜€

  65. Oh my goodness, you scared me there! As I was reading, I kept thinking “this has to be a joke. She’s going to say ‘gotcha!’ any minute now. Any minute now…” becoming more frantic by the sentence. I knew you couldn’t just up and leave, we’d miss you too much! Way to plan ahead- You’re gonna do great at school. πŸ™‚

  66. thelady8home says:

    You are too much Uru! A total clown. A clown that I have come to adore πŸ˜€ Your words brighten my day, and always bring a smile to my face. The drama that you create, jeez!! hahahahaha!! Love you girl. Good luck with your yearlies. Study hard, and though I know 4 weeks seems to be a long gap, they will be over in a flash.

    A big hug for your exams. Acche se padhai karo aur jaldi se wapas aa jao.

    • Haha sorry for the troll πŸ˜› I just wanted to lighten up my temporary absence πŸ˜‰
      You are the sweetest my friend, and always brighten my day!
      AND OMG I UNDERSTOOD WHAT YOU WROTE! I am so bad at writing hinglish πŸ˜‰

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  67. viveka says:

    Uru … thank you so much for the time we had .. and I hope that you will pop up again – I don’t want this to be goodbye forever and ever. You’re doing the right thing and school with the future it will give you – is far more important then .. cookies and calories. Have so much enjoy our time together and I will you all the best with what ever you decide to do and when you do it. You are a fantastic young woman .. with a generous heart and soul. Lots from Wivi

  68. kitchenriffs says:

    It’s so much fun reading about your adventures and life! But I’m sure we all totally understand that you have to dial back your blogging life a bit so that you can attend to some other things that are really rather important at the moment. We’ll be here for the guests posts, and will eagerly await your return.

  69. Cakewhiz says:

    For a second there, i was soooo sad that yiu were gonna leave 😦
    But, i am so happy to hear you are only on a break. I know blogging is alot of work but school comes first. It’s awesome how you are handling both so well πŸ™‚

    These cookies look wonderful…i am all for stuffed cookies…lol

  70. Suzie says:

    You had me on the edge of my seat thinking you were leaving for good. I’m so glad you’re not! I understand the break though and I’ve often wondered how you keep up with all you have going on in your life. I’ll be happy to read your guest bloggers too. Enjoy your time away and we’ll miss you!

  71. You scared me! That would have been the saddest news in all the blogosphere. It’s already sad enough that you’ll be taking a bit of a break, but it’s true–school has to come first! (with chocolate a close second;)
    We’ll all still be here when you can squeeze in a post and hope you don’t miss us too much:)
    Take care little Choc:) Hope to see you soon!

    • I like the way you think my friend ‘chocolate a close second’ πŸ˜€
      Thanks so much, and I promise my friend, once my holidays come, there will be no squeezing in a post at all πŸ™‚

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  72. Hannah says:

    You’ll be surprised by how quickly the time away from your blog will fly, and I truly do believe that it’s important to prioritise living and schooling, particularly at your uni-age! I honestly think I wouldn’t have achieved at the level I did at uni if I’d had my blog going throughout that time. The internet can prove too addictive! Enjoy your break, and I look forward to hearing from you soon πŸ™‚

  73. Best of luck with the (hopefully)brief hiatus, first things first right? School etc… are very important totally understand. That said will miss your posts but look forward to the guest posts. Your cookies/brownies are so delicious looking, I have to make them. Saving the recipes for when it cools down a bit here in NYC!! Best wishes, I know you will do well in school and can’t wait to see your next post.

  74. It will be sad to not have your posts to read with my morning coffee but I will be looking forward to seeing you again. You certainly have a successful, fun, and creative blog that is a pure pleasure to read but your studies are absolutely the most important thing to focus on. As a new blogger I do want to thank you for creating such a terrific place to visit but also for encouraging those of us just starting out with this blogging business. It’s always great to hear from you. I really hope that you do well and know that we’ll be looking forward to seeing you soon.

  75. After reading the first part, I was already gearing up to give you `the other talkΒ΄, you know, the one about `nothing is completely black or white in life…bla,blaΒ΄ but it turns out you already know that! YouΒ΄re such a breath of fresh air to read that I will gladly wait the four weeks to hear your voice again. In the meantime IΒ΄m curious to see your guest bloggers! Enjoy this month ahead of you, studying will take you places. The biggest hug for you my friend!

    • Haha many of my friends were ready to run at me with a jackhammer so I am glad you all ready further on πŸ˜‰
      Thank you so much for your support my friend!

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  76. mjskit says:

    You got me! πŸ™‚ Being a teacher, not a parent, I do have to support your parents! School comes first darling!!!! Bury your head in the books like you bury your head in your blogging and you’ll be set for life! See you in a few weeks and I’ll be checking out your guests!

  77. Soni says:

    Your parents are right.You can come back after your yearlies and wishing you all the very best with your studies U!!
    These cookies look delish!

  78. Gina says:

    You poor thing, but as a parent I would have to agree with yours. I always tell my girls school comes first. As for the blogging, trust me it will be here when you come back. One thing you have to come to accept if you want to write for years to come is that you control the blog, not the other way around.

    Good luck in school. Those are some mighty tasty looking cookies.
    -Gina-

  79. Like a stab to the heart!! I’m so glad it isn’t so and that you are just taking a break to concentrate on other important pursuits. Your unique voice and creations will be missed, but I look forward to the guest post! xoxox

  80. First thing first…everyone has their own priority…so I won’t blame you, but will miss you terribly. Don’t stay away too long.
    These cookies are sure a lovely afternoon treat with some freshly brewed tea!

  81. Kristy says:

    Shwoo! So glad you’re not leaving for good. Good luck on your school work and I look forward to your guest posts. The cookies look like more treats my kids would enjoy. They sure would love to live close to you!!! πŸ™‚

  82. Becky says:

    My dear CCU, you will find a balance in your life. Yes, you may have to cut back a bit in the blogging world, but I’m sure you will be able to find a way to continue blogging on a lesser scale so that you can concentrate on your studies. We will all be here waiting to hear from you when you have your breaks at school. You are an amazing blogger with much talent both in the kitchen and at the keyboard.

    Good luck to you! πŸ™‚

  83. aidaweb101 says:

    Well my dear friend,it’s hard…,good luck we will stay in touch..
    I wish you all the best with your studies,do what’s the best for your future.
    Don’t worry,stay well and all the best wishes,mate…
    Cheers CCU!

  84. Becky says:

    OMG, , I thought that you would be gone forever. You were “teasing” us a bit.” That’s why I love your blog, for entertaining us, and I’ll miss you, but I’ll see you when you are back:) Good Luck with exams.

  85. And I just “met” you on here!!! I’m glad it’s only temporary! Do what is best for you right now. School is more important and blogging will always be here. Take care and I look forward to your future posts!! πŸ™‚

  86. hotlyspiced says:

    That was just like a John Farnham farewell! Good luck for your end of year exams. We’ll certainly miss you but I’ll keep visiting your blog and I know I’ll enjoy all the guest posts you have lined up. With a daughter around the same age, I just know how busy you are and I think you’re amazing for all you’ve been able to achieve with your blogging and everything else you have going on. I’m sure you’ll do very well in your exams. See you in a few short weeks xx

  87. Wowzers, you had me going, Uru. I would have missed you for sure, sweetie. You are wise to concentrate on your studies for now.

    This cookie is so unusual. Your creativity knows no bounds. πŸ™‚

  88. I’m sorry to see you take some time off but your parents are right. We all get sucked in to blogging because we enjoy it, the friends we make and Sharing our passion with others that are also passionate about what we blog about.

    We will all still be here when you return so don’t worry. Focus on school and having fun with friends instead of typing away.

    Thanks for sharing these yummy recipes both favorites of mine that I will try.

    See you at semester break. Best of luck to you.

    Vicki Bensinger

  89. MY gosh…I was almost getting teary thinking this could be your last post! But hang on, you really had me tricked there. haha good to know that you will be back in a few weeks. πŸ˜‰ Good luck with school and look forward to all the lovely guest bloggers. πŸ™‚

  90. Jenbeans says:

    CCU – you never fail to impress me with your creativity: giant choco chip cookies AND brownie treat inside AND salty chips , oh my.

    And be assured, we wont forget you while you are hiatus-ing πŸ™‚

  91. kathleen1richardson says:

    You almost had me there, CCU. Here I was thinking my favorite blogging friend was going to be gone, maybe forever, and I was speechless. So glad I was mistaken! I’m now looking forward to your guest bloggers and what I can learn from them, but especially looking forward to your return.

    Keep writing…

  92. Ramona says:

    My goodness you have me really sad there for a while… I’m glad it’s just a hiatus so you can concentrate on school and studies. We will keep your place in the blogging world warm until you get back to it. You are truly an inspiration for young ladies to try to be like… you’re a smart, thoughtful, hardworking and passionate young lady and you’re funny to boot!! I see many great things in your future…

    Now.. pass me some of those awesome cookies!!

  93. As I read the first sentence of your blog…I felt so sad! You are such a pleasure, Uru! So glad you’re only taking a break. School work is so very important for your future.
    On another note….gorgeous cookies! Love the chocolate middle! I’m putting these on my baking list.
    Good luck with the school year…will be watching for your return!

  94. School always comes first! I have that problem myself which is why I only blog when I have a moment and really want to share. It doesn’t make for the best “social networking” but it makes for a great creative outlet. Enjoy school and I look forward to your “next time”!

  95. Ames says:

    Oh phew, you almost got me there! Was thinking what about your guest posts? πŸ˜› I totally understand the need to balance the blogging along with school, family and friends :). Best wishes for your upcoming exams! xo

  96. Ridwan says:

    School is priority,I’m agreed and I’m sure you are too πŸ™‚ and I know it takes times to blog,That why between blog and my job,I don’t have much time to write comments to other bloggers, and I only post on my blog if I have a chance in between my work schedulle.
    So,btw,,,goodluck with school and the cookies looks perfectly yummy πŸ™‚

  97. School must always come first. I am so glad you are the kind of young woman who is smart enough to listen to the wisdom of your parents! It is imperative that you devote all your time to your yearlies and those will be over soon enough when you will come back to baking! I look forward to your return in the fall/spring. The cookies look fantastic as always! xoxoxo Kelli

  98. *Sniffle* But, but, but, but… I’LL MISS YOU!!!! *wails* I guess I can wait 4 weeks. *sniff* And these cookies seem like the perfect send off. I’ll just go and make them. And eat them. All. By myself. In a dark corner. *sob*

  99. Eva Taylor says:

    School is very important, SI your parents are indeed correct to encourage you to focus on it. And there is always time for blogging. Thanks for the great posts, we’ll see you soon!

  100. Cher says:

    We will miss you, but school is absolutley the right place to spend your energies right now (says the mother of two girls – one who just left for college and the other who is a senior in high school. I have had “that talk” with my girls on an occasion or two).
    We will be waiting to hear how wonderfully you did with your end of the year tests and look forward to your sweet return.

  101. Veronica says:

    You really had me going you naughty girl! While I would totally understand having to say goodbye, I’m glad it’s only for four weeks. We do love your decadent, indulgent dessert posts! Now go get serious about school and we’ll see you when you come back!

  102. Good luck with your studies!! Blogging is a bit all consuming and I sometimes question whether I should carry on…but like you I’m aiming for one year in baking and blogging!! Looking forward to the guest posts!! πŸ™‚

  103. Amy says:

    Hey.. relieved you’re not leaving us for good, but the break will be worth it, parents are sadly always right, hehe. I’m contemplating how I’m going to fit it around my schoolwork too.. its a tough one! But good for you for making the decision and enjoy your break, study hard! πŸ™‚ x

  104. Jaime says:

    It’s been lovely following your blog, but a good education will open up more doors for you (possibly to returning to blogging even full-time!) someday. I wish you all the best in your studies and future career, and most of all I look forward to more scrumptious recipes when you return πŸ™‚

  105. glamorous glutton says:

    It’s only a temporary absence – so rather than say good bye I’ll look forward to having you back commenting and cooking. Good luck with the exams. GG

  106. Ambreen says:

    Oh dear! Your post title definitely made me sad, but glad to hear that you’ll be back with us soon! And these cookies look absolutely wonderful. A very good luck for your yearlies πŸ™‚

  107. Hello Uru πŸ™‚ I’m definitely going to miss reading your blog posts, but I think your parents are right ~ you just need to hang in there for 4 weeks after that you’ll be free as a little bird πŸ˜› HANG IN THERE!!! Time flies πŸ™‚ Don’t stress ~ We will still be here waiting for you!

    Take good care of yourself and good luck with your assessments and exams πŸ™‚

  108. Saguna says:

    I was so sad to hear you’d be leaving at first- but it’s good to hear you’re only away on temporary breaks! Yeah, I could never have balanced this all when I had full-time high school! I am looking forward to the awesome guest posters now!

    I love these brownie-stuffed cookies- they look luxurious. I’ve never tried stuffed cookies but I’d bet that now I will πŸ™‚ See you in a while! We DO need fattening up every now but we also all love a friendly and encouraging blogger, you! Until next time CCU! πŸ™‚

  109. You had me worried for a moment there! How you balance everything is amazing but I am glad you are devoting the month to your studies to do yourself justice. I shall look forward to the guest bloggers and their posts and wish you all the best with your yearlies!
    Those cookies look amazing! And you have very beautiful hands!
    See you in a month! πŸ™‚

  110. As one who has “had the talk” with my parents back in high school, I know you know when they’re right. I did wonder how you could do all that you were attempting with your blog as well as keep up with your family and friends and study and go to school and help out at home.. The mind boggles.

    The time will fly by and we’ll all watch our inbox to hear when you’re back. Good luck in school, sweetie!

    I love these cookies. They look like everything in the kitchen was tossed in. πŸ™‚

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