After School Snack

Day 30 - Chocolate Chip Cookies Milk illustration - Doodlewash

We’ve come to the end of our Sketching Like A Kid Again challenge in April and what better way to end things than with some cookies and milk. I remember how fun it was to enjoy an after school snack as a kid. This mostly consisted of an apple or a bit of cheese, but on very lucky occasions I’d get to enjoy some cookies. My mom would primarily make sugar cookies, snickerdoodles, and chocolate chip cookies in our house. Nothing terribly unique or unusual. For those cookies, we waited until the Girl Scouts came knocking so we could order something more exotic. Though, even then, I preferred the simple peanut sandwich cookies the most. Each day, when I get home from work, Philippe and I often have a little snack of some kind. It makes me feel like a kid again though it’s usually something very healthy and never, ever cookies. Not that I don’t beg for cookies, just as I did when I was a kid, but my efforts to date have not proven successful. He talked about making his own vanilla wafers and then said he was missing powered sugar, so I snuck some in during on a recent grocery visit. It didn’t work yet, and the bag is just sitting there in the cabinet like a waiting wish, but I still have hope.

A couple of years ago, we bought some fun cookie cutters in various holiday shapes. I ran across them the other day and they’re still brand new, having never been used. Apparently, in our house, just the thought of cookies is enough. As a kid, my favorite kind of cookie was really just about any of them, fresh out of the oven. I didn’t want to wait until they cooled properly and liked them best when they were a bit gooey. It’s not totally dissimilar to how I approach watercolor! I never quite let things dry like I should and so have just taken to using less water to compensate. Chocolate chip cookies are, I believe, the hands-down favorite cookie here in the Midwest, but my favorite type was a snickerdoodle. A chocolate chip cookie out of the oven was just a bit too gooey and messy for me. I did manage to get a cookie this weekend when Philippe and I went out to lunch. We split a smoked chocolate chip cookie that was totally awesome! Sometimes during experiences like this Philippe gets inspired to try his own version, but before that inspiration could sink in, he inexplicably decided he would like to make his own corn tortillas from now on instead.

As rare as cookies are in my world, I’m realizing now it’s been a very long time since I’ve had a glass of milk. Perhaps it’s because I associate the two, and without the cookie, there’s very little point. I’ve enjoyed this month of childhood memories, though I often talk about them, it was fun to play a bit when it comes to my sketching and try a few doodlewashes just a touch looser than my normal approach. Though it was nothing extreme, and it’s always tough to tell since our own style chases us down again no matter what medium we use or how we choose to play with it. And no matter what I’m creating, I always choose play and fun. I’m not a serious artist, as I’m not a very serious person. I’m lighthearted and insanely optimistic, so it’s practically impossible for me to be serious or even know what that really means. What I know is that I love life and I love to scribble, doodle, color, my way through it. I get such joy from creating something each day, so that’s why I’m literally always telling everyone I can to DO so as well! Making something each day doesn’t have to be difficult. Just think of it as gleefully showing up for an after school snack.

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Day 30 - Chocolate Chip Cookies Milk illustration - Doodlewash
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23 Comments
  1. JA Wilson 3 months ago

    Thanks for the memories…our cookies were peanut butter or oatmeal, ingredients we always had on hand. All served with milk delivered to our front porch from the local dairy.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      So happy this brought back good memories! 😃💕Yeah, fresh milk on the porch was the best thing ever!

  2. Sandra Strait 3 months ago

    I’m not to fond of chocolate chip cookies either – Mom’s snickerdoodles, peanut butter, and molasses cookies were awesome. Philippe’s handmade corn tortillas sound awesome too. Honestly, I’d like those as much as I’d like cookies!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Ohhhh Molasses! Yep Definitely another fave to add to the list! 😃💕 hehe… yeah, I’m quite curious to taste Philippe’s new tortillas… he just ordered the press, so I’m not sure when it will arrive, but I think it will be a tortilla weekend! lol

  3. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 3 months ago

    Maybe homemade tortillas with chocolate chips melted on top?
    I have to ask – what is a smoked chocolate chip cookie?

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      hehe! oohhhh that sounds like a good option, Sharon! 😃💕 As for smoked chocolate chip cookies… I’m still not sure… there was a smoky flavor to it, but I don’t know if they smoked the chips or the dough! lol

  4. smzang 3 months ago

    Charlie’s daily wisdom: “it’s been a very long time since I’ve had a glass of milk. Perhaps it’s because I associate the two, and without the cookie, there’s very little point.”

    Yes!!

    btw…I notice a whole stack of cookies beside that half a glass of milk…aha, now we know your true dreams.

    So very much enjoyed both the painting and the article.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sarah! 😃💕 hehe.. yeah… cookies and milk go hand in hand. And yep… just enough milk to swallow properly please… and then more cookies! lol

  5. Lisa 3 months ago

    Due to the fact that both Joe’s and my family trees are riddled with diabetes, I have pretty much quit baking. Between that and giving up carbohydrates, our cupboards are looking a bit boring. I don’t think I’ve made a cake in two years. I did make a half batch of sugar cookies at Xmas because I had to have them! I got a call from my best friend the other day asking if she and her husband can come and camp in our yard for a week over Memorial Day or the 4th of July. Yes! Of course! They mainly come for my cooking. LOL. Not exactly true, but partly true. Karen has never been a shining star in the kitchen. Her mom was a fabulous cook, so maybe that’s why. Anyway, I will probably make a couple of desserts when they are here because it’s a good excuse and Joe and I won’t be tempted to eat every bit ourselves.

    I painted rabbits today because rabbit rabbit rabbit is my favorite superstition. Look it up if you don’t know it.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Yay to sneaking in those treats anyway, Lisa! 😃💕 Everything in moderation… but to go without entirely sucks too much joy away. There’s always a moment were just a little bit won’t hurt. And, in fact, bring so much joy that it all works out! hehe

  6. Sharon Nolfi 3 months ago

    Those cookies look yummy. I wish I had some right now!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 hehe… me too!!! This was but a fantasy!

  7. Mary Roff 3 months ago

    Your painting brings back lots of good memories. Home baked dessert was always part of our evening meal when I was growing up but my favorite was always the molasses cookies baked in time for when we got home from school. We could smell them baking when we got close to home. Mmmmm good.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      So happy this brought back good memories, Mary! 😃💕Awww… Sandra mentioned molasses… and I totally didn’t include them in the list. YES, please!! Another fave!

  8. LoriCtoo 3 months ago

    Makes me want to have some milk and cookies! I don’t remember having after school snacks when I was younger. My mom passed away when I was 9 so I was a latchkey kid until my older siblings came home later. However, when my son was in school, I would have snacks for him. Normally fruit snacks or Gogurts were his choice. Occasionally I would surprise him with homemade cookies. 😉

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      hehe! Yep… sounds like your kids had my childhood, Lori! 😃💕Only, I don’t think gogurts were around yet. lol But yeah, cookies were the rare amazing snack. I still remember that fondly.

  9. Jodi 3 months ago

    Come to my house! I will have COOKIES for you 🙂 <3

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      I KNOW!!!! 😃💕And you KNOW that when I finally DO land on Mars… I’m going to come a ‘knockin!! hehe ❤️

  10. SnehLata Maheshwari 3 months ago

    This month we enjoyed kids memory
    Amazing work done.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks so much, Snehlata! 😃💕 Glad you enjoyed the month, my friend!

  11. Hummingbird 1 month ago

    This is such a cute watercolor? I just picked up watercoloring (it’s so relaxing). That pic is so inspiring!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much! 😃💕 Yay to starting watercolor… indeed… it is so relaxing! That’s what I love most about it!

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