Styled Shoot: Chocolate Tahini Oat Cookies on Mothers Day ( 2018)

My friend Tanya Kovorsky, an award winning Mommy blogger posted an absolutely gorgeous photo of herself with her children on Instagram with the caption,
” When do you feel your most beautiful?”
She goes on to say that for her it is when she is with her children, “they never make me feel less than wonderful, and they dont look at me as if I’m anything less than beautiful.”
Leading up to Mother’s Day,  I had arranged this shoot with the lovely ladies at Nestling Photography. We had discussed using pampas grass in a shoot , and I was excited to style a shoot around the grass, and colors of autumn. Still trying to maintain my “don’t over do it ethos” I adopted earlier in the year, which I wrote about in my 
Easter post

I kept the styling and decor details down to a manageable level. I even went so far as to outsource a few items ( a real big first for me! and probably a post all on it’s own about the need to do everything ourselves – or maybe it’s just me ) I was absolutely thrilled how it all came together, the items I baked, the pampas wreath, the flower crowns and the adorable Zara outfits I picked out for Ms S were all exactly as I had envisioned.

BUT.
When I got the pictures I cried. I was disappointed, and so, so frustrated. Instead of focusing on everything that was beautiful, all I could see in every picture of myself were my faults ! My chins, all showed up in their glory, along with all the other extra bits I won’t mention. To say I struggle to see myself as anything near beautiful is a challenge I constantly wrestle with. I’ve always felt big  (I hate that word) At school I was the tall girl at the back of the line up. I have never felt comfortable in my skin, and even looking in a full length mirror gives me heart palpitations.
BUT.
Ms S doesn’t see or really care about any of my insecurities, she sees my faults and still thinks I’m beautiful. She doesn’t ignore them or not see them, in fact she regularly points them out, yet they make no difference to how she feels about me.
She loves me in spite of how I feel about myself.
To say parenting has, and continues to stretch me is an understatement.  Being a mother is the most rewarding, challenging, stimulating, exhausting, and beautiful experience, so imperfectly perfect!
Even if I don’t yet see myself the same way Ms S does, I’m working on it, and that alone makes me feel beautiful.

Happy Mothers Day, in whatever shape or form that is for you.I’m hoping you will have a beautiful day !

Happy Styling

Love

Taryne

xxx

 

Please see accompanying post for the brownie recipe, and below for the Tahini & Chocolate Oat Cookie Recipe

 

 

Tahini & Chocolate Oat Cookies 

This delicious and moreish cookie recipe is via another friend, Vanessa Lewis.  The recipe is great for little hands, it’s quick to mix up and your helpers can roll into balls. The smell of these cookies baking is so, so good, and they are so delicious I dare you to stop at only one. they’ve become a favourite of ours! 

AuthorTaryne JakobiCategory

Yields1 Serving
 130 g butter, softened
 130 g brown sugar
 30 ml tahini
 5 ml cinnamon
 1 cup plain flour
 5 ml baking powder
 ¼ cup desiccated coconut
 ½ cup rolled oats
 ¾ cup dark chocolate, chopped
 5 ml smoked sea salt ( optional)
1

Preheat oven to 180oC
In a bowl, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, and add the tahini.
sift the cinnamon, flour and baking powder together and add to the butter.
Mix and stir in the oats, coconut and chocolate.
Shape into even sized balls and place on lined baking trays. Flatten slightly with a fork and bake for 20 - 25 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove from the oven and cool on the baking tray for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
YUM!

Ingredients

 130 g butter, softened
 130 g brown sugar
 30 ml tahini
 5 ml cinnamon
 1 cup plain flour
 5 ml baking powder
 ¼ cup desiccated coconut
 ½ cup rolled oats
 ¾ cup dark chocolate, chopped
 5 ml smoked sea salt ( optional)

Directions

1

Preheat oven to 180oC
In a bowl, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, and add the tahini.
sift the cinnamon, flour and baking powder together and add to the butter.
Mix and stir in the oats, coconut and chocolate.
Shape into even sized balls and place on lined baking trays. Flatten slightly with a fork and bake for 20 - 25 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove from the oven and cool on the baking tray for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
YUM!

Tahini, Chocolate & Oat Cookies

 

 

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