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  1. Lauren

    Ah, essay writing tips! My tutor-ee and I have been discussing the dos and don’ts of admission essays. Here is a thesis sentence don’t: “I would be a good fit for ______ because I have good qualities.” (Hey, gotta give him a break … he’s only 12.)

    And the advice is for his overzealous mother: When your adorable 6 year old starts crying and wheezing, it’s time to stop the math flashcards. Although I must say, that girl can multiply.

    1. Lauren

      PS — you should have received a USPS tracking email. Apparently, your chocolate is floating somewhere between Chicago and Australia.

    2. Hannah

      Oh, that’s awful! I’m so grateful that my parents were never crack-the-whip like that (although, in all fairness, they didn’t need to be… I was hard enough on myself!) And hey, good qualities are better than bad qualities, right? You’ve got 6 years to etach him application-writing skills 🙂

      Oh, is *that* what that email was about? I was so confused, trying to work out what I’ve sent to the States lately. I”m such a nincompoop. Squee, getting excited!

  2. jess

    ohh Number 3 is something I always struggled with, its just so easy to get side tracked and forget the question!

    1. Hannah

      My advice is write the essay question down on a piece of paper and keep it in front of you while you write the essay 🙂 Or just go and make yourself some yummy ice cream instead 😉

  3. Fiona

    Looks yummo!

    1. Hannah

      Absolutely was! (If only I hadn’t cut the recipe down…)

  4. Helen (grabyourfork)

    oh dear, you do have your work cut out for you.

    and as for these vegan cookies, aren’t we supposed to have 5 serves of fruit a day? 🙂

    1. Hannah

      Why, Helen, you’re right! Turns out I had 8 serves of fruit the first night 😉

  5. Anna Johnston

    Not only did I read the recipe for yummy apple cinnamon cookies with glee (apple + cinnamon = scrumptious taste) but I just had to read the skank bed blog… what the!!?? (but now all is explained & I totally agree…., beds like that make moving simply not worthwhile (I’m absolutely sure I have not upgraded my living conditions for fear of the bleeping lounge that requires a masters degree in carpentry).
    Had an absolutely awesome weekend, so can’t think of a thing to vent over….., can I have a rain-check for that?

    1. Hannah

      Teehee, I’m glad Skank Bed gave you a measure of entertainment. Just last night I started freaking out about the idea of moving out and dealing with it…
      And absolutely, you can have a raincheck! Wouldn’t want you to be searching for annoyances just for the sake of it 😉

  6. Conor @ HoldtheBeef

    You are allowed to eat whatever you damn well please, in whatever quantities you damn well please, when you are marking. Anything to keep your will to live at safe levels.

    I think when I get back to baking again (soon I hope!) I might have to whip up a batch of these babies. I’m not marking anything but I still deserve cookies. For previous marking efforts when I had no cookies. I think I have built up quite a credit in the lack-of-cookie-marking stakes!

    Can’t think of anything I’ve been holding back from telling someone. Perhaps if I had a cookie I could think of something…

    1. Hannah

      Oh, you must have an horrendous cookie deficit that NEEDS be remedied, stat! Heavens, Conor. Marking with no cookies? What were you thinking?

      I’m so close to the end of this lot of marking (until they start again next month), and yet the late essays are still trickling in, darnit…

  7. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    Golden syrup – there’s one thing we don’t have in the US that I’ve been curious about. What exactly IS it? How processed vs. “natural”?

    Damnit, why don’t I have dried apples on hand?!? This recipe looks great, AND impressively low in sugar :]

    1. Hannah

      I guess you’re right, although to me they taste rather sweet! (Although that could be because I ate 8 the first day I baked these.) I think golden syrup is quite natural, but I’d have to do some research for you on that. I would’ve used golden syrup but the one in my parents’ cupboard (I was baking at their place while looking after the dog) expired 4 years ago…

  8. croquecamille

    I love oatmeal cookies of all varieties (excepting those with raisins, of course) but your post makes me a little sad. Why? Because you have reminded me that I am getting apples in my panier this week. Apples! Already! Where did my summer go?

    1. Hannah

      I’d forgotten you hate raisins, as do I! Every now and again, our twin-ness reemerges and makes me happy 🙂

      And where did your summer go? On its trip down south to me, of course! But before you get cranky, remember I’ve only had one summer in the past three years. I deserve your warmth and summer fruit! 🙂

  9. hungryandfrozen

    I love your advice. Sage, sound advice. Although if someone did go back and change the Founding Fathers to Founding Mothers I couldn’t feel toooo harshly against them 🙂

    These cookies look amahzing. I’ve never tried the ground-flaxseed-as-egg thing before but as I always have ground flaxseeds kicking around, I don’t see why I couldn’t. I love that it has dried apples in it, they really don’t get enough exposure, I feel (now banana chips, ugh, they can all be banished as far as I’m concerned).

    I haven’t got any secret advice for anyone, in fact the only person I can think of to advise is myself – stop eating baking mixture, tidy your room already, that sort of thing 🙂

    1. Hannah

      Oooh, what if the Founding Fathers *were* actually mothers, George-Eliot style, and simply pretended to be men to get published? (Actually, that would get even odder than normal in Weber’s case, as he had the hots for his niece. So it would become lesbian incest…)

      I’m finding the flaxmeal subsitute brilliant, as I don’t often buy or eat eggs, so I usually either don’t have any or they’re past their expiry date. Yet flaxmeal keeps for ages, hurrah!

      P.S. Laura… NEVER stop eating baking mixtures. NEVER. 🙂

  10. Mandee

    Cookies! Cookies always help 🙂 I love the combination of apple cinnamon and I bet your place smelt delicious while they baked!

    1. Hannah

      You go it in one! It was like an apple cinnamon wonderland of aromaness 🙂

  11. Lisa (bakebikeblog)

    now THEY look like some tasty cookies!!!
    “Want to know what helps you, in a grades-affected manner? Answering the essay question”…. So very very true!

    1. Hannah

      Isn’t it just? It amazed me, with my external marking in particular, how many people didn’t get this simple concept!

  12. theresa

    Marking undergrad essays is a trying experience, isn’t it? It’s shocking that people can write so poorly, and it isn’t because they’re dumb, but because they put almost no effort into things. I have tried to drill into my students’ heads that they need to state an argument in the first paragraph! But I still get essays that waffle on aimlessly. Ack!! Be warned, however, that it doesn’t seem to get better as you go beyond first years. Andy marked two sets of masters by coursework essays over the weekend and they were shockingly bad — like, no paragraphing in some of them. How did they get to the masters level?!

    1. Hannah

      This is exactly the conversation I’ve been having with my mum, who’s currently marking postgrad essays that are significantly worse than my undergrad ones! And yep, stating the argument is a key issue… I’m also finding myself writing “lacks critical engagement” a lot. Oh, and the essays that have no referencing in the entire 1500 word piece? Hurts my heart…

  13. Vaala ◪

    Ooo, they do sound good. My brother emailed me last night to say he had to provide baking for some function next weekend and he’s expecting me to, well, provide it for him. Perhaps I could make these. I just can’t think of what to make. Although it either has to be able to be frozen inbetween Wednesday and Saturday or would keep deliciously till then…

    Why didn’t my lecturers give me such sound advice when I was at uni? Perhaps that’s where I went wrong all along!

    My head hurts. I should stop thinking.

    1. Hannah

      Hmm, for a function something more “decadent” might be better, but then again these are quite lovely and sweet and cinnamony 🙂 Keeping from Wednesday to Saturday coudl be a bit tricky – these might last? I’ve eaten mine too quickly to know for sure 😀 Maybe you should just provide your brother with a recipe? 😉

  14. Emily

    Hilarious! Seems we had a similar weekend – I was writing an essay, Saskia was marking essays and I baked cookies to ward off the gloom!

    Agree entirely on many of your points, including the ‘answer the question’ one. Another tip would be having some sources for your arguments rather than just going out on your own (“aaaallll by myself, don’t wanna be aaaall by myself anymooooooooore).

    These look tasty, I’ll give them a try once I get through my backlog. And don’t worry, I think I ate about 8 of them in 24 hours too!

    1. Hannah

      *laughs* oh, that was the best lyric to quote there, and so true! “Needs illustrative evidence” and “reference!” were common comment on mine too!

      Ah, now I know why you simply had to bake some of your 36-hour cookies straight away, to get through the essaying… must say, those look more decadent than mine 😉

  15. Danielle [crispandverdant]

    Dried apples in cookies seem like a great idea… That’s it, now I really think I need to buy a dehydrator! 🙂

    1. Hannah

      Oh, heavens, just buy them from the supermarket! 😀 Far cheaper!

  16. Iron Chef Shellie

    mmmmmm def have to try these! I love anything with apple and cinnamon. I must remember to cook them slightly under like you said… love that doughy interior!

    1. Hannah

      Squee! I’m so glad someone else feels the same way about the doughy interior! So divine 🙂 (Oh, and for the record, I baked mine for 9 minutes 🙂 )

  17. Tammy McLeod

    Hmmm, you’ve given us a glimpse of what you are up against. I’m sorry. Advice on essays? Really? I like the vegan cookies and if you say they are not too sweet, then I may really even bake them. My own personal vent is in the form of notes to parents from the teachers of 2nd grade. yes, they frighten me sometimes.

    1. Hannah

      They have a nice level of sweetness – you can tell it’s there, but it’s not cloying, if that makes sense 🙂 I’m intrigued by these notes you mention… I want to know what they say 😀

  18. Monique@She's Going The Distance

    Thanks for the advice.. and the cookies, they look soooo good 🙂

    1. Hannah

      They really were, and so easy to make! 🙂 And if my advice helps anyone at all… then I shall feel my marking hasn’t been in vain 😉

  19. gmasydney

    Cookies (or biscuits I prefer to call then!) sound delicious.
    If you don’t like/can’t eat raisins, sultanas etc. try Craisins (i.e. dried cranberries) – juicy and delicious and save all that cutting up of dried apples. Don’t know how the cinnamon would go with it – probably quite good, though.
    Speaking of spices – every tried a sprinkle of ground cloves in green or even black tea?

    1. Hannah

      Would you believe that I stood in the dried fruit aisle for ten straight minutes (I’m really not kidding… I was there for so long) picking up and putting down craisins, apples, and prunes, trying to decide whether to follow my heart or the recipe? I even moved towards the registers with craisins in my basket before turning back and deciding to make the “proper” apple and cinnamon kind first 🙂

      Cinnamon goes with everything 🙂 I’ve never tried to cloves in tea, though. Will definitely have to give it a go!

      P.S. Can’t wait to see you tomorrow night 😀

  20. Simply Life

    oh those cookies look amazing and are definitely necessary for essay writing 🙂

    1. Hannah

      It was actually essay marking, but you’re right, so necessary! 🙂

  21. Honey @ honeyandsoy

    AAAAH I’ve been exactly there with essay marking, though think Psych instead of Soci. I think though, that even if we shoved these down their throats, some people will just Gah! Lucky for you, you had these treats on hand. And apple and oats?! That makes these healthy! A percentage of your recommended fruit and fibre intake for the day! As for ranting….. you have sparked my essay-marking wrath as well… some people don’t even have an argument!!

    1. Hannah

      Exactly! I was being stupendously healthy, eating 8 in one night! 😀 Seems like many of us have had the soul-crushing experience of marking… I must say the second batch have been miles better for my psyche than the first, but you’re absolutely right that many forget about having an argument. Description does not an essay make, people! 😛

  22. newlywed

    I hear so many of those complaints from my husband, who teaches history at a local college. The cookies look great — I am totally ready for apple season to begin here! I love those Women’s Weekly mini-cookbooks, wish they were easier to find in the US!

    1. Hannah

      And I’m absolutely ready for summer-fruits season to begin here! 😀 Berries and plums and melon and figs and mangos!

  23. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Now Hannah you wouldn’t happen to be procrastinating would you? 😛 I’m pretty sure bribing lecturers with these cookies also helps grades wise 😉

    1. Hannah

      Not procrastinating, procrastineating! 😀 😀 And sadly I don’t have anyone to bribe myself, unless I’m bribing my students to answer the essay question?

  24. Libby

    1. No paragraphs.
    2. Assignment cover sheets written in bright, pink ink.
    3. ‘Definitely’ being spelt with an ‘a’ in it.
    4. Getting ‘licence’ and ‘license’ mixed up.

    These cookies look delectable. I think I’ll make a batch this weekend and let you know how I go.

    PS: Your blog is AMAZING.

    1. Hannah

      Oh, Libby, thank you! Your comment actually made me feel a bit teary (in a lovely way). Well, the last parts did – your first four points made me shake my head in sympathy! I also get annoyed by people mixing up affect/effect, and they’re/their/there, and it’s/its… actually, we could go on forever, couldn’t we? 😛

      Please do let me know what you think of the cookies! I have one lone cookie left that I’ll be crumbling over ice cream when I get home from work tonight 😀

  25. Jess: cheshirekitykat

    I snorted in public whilst reading this lovely post. It was worth it. 😉 I can just imagine the wonderous essays you get. I’m mainly the essay writer over here and not the reader, but if they’re giving me A’s on the sheep dung I write, I cringe to read the other essays the TA’s receive.

    1. Hannah

      I’m sure your essays are objectively brilliant 🙂 And hurrah, I made you snort out loud! That’s pretty much the crowning glory of all my life’s achievements 😉

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