You know what I miss about teaching?

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Well, a few things. Those silly, sweet eight-year olds. My co-workers. Packed lunches.

I do not miss packing my lunch. That was a hassle. I miss having a nice little lunch to sit down to when I am hungry mid-day.

Theoretically, I could sit down to a nice little lunch every day, but it just doesn’t happen like that.

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I eat whatever is lying around. Literally. Yesterday, I found myself picking a piece of kale off of Adrienne’s high chair and popping it in my mouth before I realized that it was food she had already chewed up and discarded. Like a baby-bird in reverse.

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Yes, I miss the packed food. The mug of coffee in the car each morning. The after-school snacks.

These cookies are so little and crunchy and simple – they would make a perfect after-school snack.

Or after-work snack. Or even just an after-dinner snack.

After-School Cookies

  • 3/4 c butter or margarine
  • 1 1/4 c brown sugar
  • 1 T ground flax + 2 T water
  • 2 c whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t ground ginger
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 1/2 t kosher salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix the flax and water in a small bowl and set aside.

In a mixer with a paddle attachment (or with really strong arms and a spoon), mix the butter (or margarine) and sugar until smooth. Add the flax/water and mix again. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the remaining ingredients. Mix until smooth.

Drop large teaspoons of dough onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake until the edges are brown – 8-10 minutes.

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