Brett and my friends are always making fun of us because of the random words/concepts we learn in our Chinese language class. We're always whipping out the most random words in conversations, thinking that it's normal to have learned those concepts by our stage of learning. I guess by all the shocked faces and laughs, the concepts we're learning aren't exactly as common as we thought!
Both Brett and I have our own tutors and we have a lot of flexibility in what we learn/talk about with our teachers each day in class. Sometimes we'll used children's wordless story books. Sometimes we'll watch cartoons. Sometimes we'll just end up small talking with our teachers and learning that way.
I myself don't even know where some of the random words we learn come from. Brett especially is always using random words and phrases, usually feeling pretty proud of himself too:) We're talking about words and concepts such as the democrat and republican party, body building, random country and city names that we've never really talked about even in English, Sponge Bob Square Pants and all the Simpson's name (those are definitely Brett!), and other randomness.
Thinking about the random things Brett and I learn in class brought to mind a funny situation I found myself in right when we first moved here. Brett and I were out to dinner with some foreign and local friends and I ended up sitting by my (now) sweet Chinese friend. She's a mom, super cute and fit, and loves to run. We were sitting by side by side, waiting for our dinner to arrive, and getting to know each by talking about running and exercise (as best we could with my limited Chinese and her limited English) and suddenly, out of nowhere, she says to me with the straightest face, "You are smooooooking hot!"
I couldn't help but laugh out loud as that is not usually what one girl would say to another, especially a mom to a younger girl in her 20's. It made me wonder where she heard that phrase, either from a friend or a TV show I'm guessing!
Anyways, who knows what words and phrases we'll be learning in the near future, but what I do know is that these 5 Ingredient Peanut Butter No Bake Cornflake Cookies are amazing...not to mention suuuuuuper simple to make! I don't even remember what made me google "cornflake cookies," but a recipe similar to this popped up, except that it used corn syrup and butter. After a few swaps and ratio changes, these cookies were birthed and I'm in love with them and so are my friends!
I hope you give these sweet and unique 5 Ingredient Peanut Butter No Bake Cornflake Cookies a try. You'll love them I'm sure! If you end up making them, I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. Also, be sure to take a picture and tag #theconscientiouseater on Instagram so I can see them!
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- ½ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup coconut sugar
- ½ cup peanut butter
- 3 cups cornflakes cereal
- Line a baking sheet with waxed paper or a silicone baking sheet and set aside.
- Bring the coconut oil, maple syrup, and coconut sugar to a boil in a saucepan over medium heat. Once boiling turn the heat off and stir in the peanut butter until thoroughly mixed. Then remove the mixture from heat.
- Place the corn flakes into a large bowl and crush them slightly with your fingers. Pour the peanut butter mixture over the cereal and mix until the corn flakes are coated with the mixture.
- Drop by heaping tablespoons onto the waxed paper and then allow them to cool in the fridge before serving.