Coco Chanel

As we are both fascinated by the life of French fashion designer Coco Chanel, last week Nancy loaned me her latest book purchase "The Gospel According To Coco Chanel" by Karen Karbo.  Exploring Chanel's life and philosophy on a range of subjects, it is a lively look at a woman who was a visionary and lived, for better or worse, exactly as she pleased. 

Peppered throughout with aphorisms, a favorite theme of Chanel's was regarding time:  "There is time for work, and time for love - that leaves no other time." My darling, I would love to do the laundry/ironing/vacuuming but, alas, there is no time.  Or "Every day I simplify something because every day I learn something."  While this may be debatable, I do believe in a "less is more" approach - whenever I am struggling with a particular design challenge, once I pare it down to its essential elements, the answer is usually right in front of me.

In the spirit of "cut to the chase and don't fool around with the extra stuff", I am sharing a recipe for chocolate oatmeal cookies - also Nancy's - that uses a minimum of ingredients.  Flour and eggs?  Non.  Baking?  Absolument pas.  Try them with or without the optionals - I added dried cranberries this morning but have had no difficulty scoffing them down without the extras.


1-1/2 tablespoons cocoa
1-1/2 cups oatmeal
1/2 stick butter 
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup raisins, dried cranberries, nuts, etc. optional

1.  Heat in saucepan: cocoa, milk, butter and sugar.  Bring to a full boil; boil one minute.  Remove from heat.

2.  Add peanut butter, oatmeal, vanilla and optional bits if desired. Mix well.

3.  Drop spoonfuls of mixture onto wax paper, working quickly.  Cool.  Especially yummy when stored and eaten from the fridge or freezer.

Yield: 12-18 cookies, depending on size.


  1. Wow! Those look easy and perfect for these hot summer days when the very thought of a hot oven is an anathema. Nice to read your posts again, Doreen!

  2. Thank you Susan! It's nice to be back and I hope you enjoy the cookies.

  3. Yum and a gluten free recipe! Can't wait to give this a spin :-)

  4. Gaelen - thanks for mentioning the gluten free aspect! It never occurred to me and I have a friend who would love the indulgence.

  5. Nice quotes. These look great. Love the addition of dried cranberries.

  6. Entertaining blog - kudos. I thought your blog was pretty intriguing. Thanks!

  7. UGH.... sorry, had my blogger account hijacked, that was not my comment above!!!! I have reset my password, etc.... So sorry for that lame comment above. That aside, me too, I'm very fond of CC, her designs and the allure behind her name.

  8. Not to worry and glad all is back on track with your account.

  9. Be careful dubbing this recipe "gluten-free!" While that's technically true as long as the oats have not been cross contaminated, their secondary storage protein is avenin. It's molecularly similar enough to gluten to trick many immune systems! Yes, it's GF folks' responsibility to know this, but the authors' seal of GF approval could be unintentionally hurting newbies =(

    (PS - I ADORE your blog! Not hating, just mentioning. Please keep being wonderful! <3)

  10. I appreciate your comment and will be mindful not to suggest that a recipe is/may be gluten free. Thank you for reading and the heads up!


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