What’s going on!?!?!
The past few days I’ve had a craving for a wholesome cookie. Something dense and chewy. Something that is only a "cookie" because of its shape. Something made with real food, minimal butter and sugar. Basically just clumps of superfood baked into hand-held bites!
I went to the master of "throw real food in a bowl and bake" cookies and made Tina’s Banana Oatmeal Chip Cookies!
I didn’t have any flax, so I used chia. I didn’t have agave, so I used honey. I also used coconut oil instead of canola. OH, and I added 1/4 a tsp of kosher salt, which I recommend because it was detectable and delicious.
And I halved the recipe, because who needs two dozen cookies calling for them day and night!? One dozen will do just fine.
Scharffen Berger makes the best chocolate chunks!!
My dozen turned into 8.5 cookies, some of which were pretty small! Maybe I do need two dozen 🙂
Afternoon snack (plus one more hot off the pan)
‘Cause every good cookie could use a little frosting
We hosted Karen for dinner tonight and made Succotash with Millet.
I searched high and low for dried big butter beans at Whole Foods and couldn’t find any! I really wanted big dried ones to soak and cook, but all I found was a measly can so I decided to figure something else out. Much to my surprise, I forgot that we had gotten some fresh beans at the market in some gross looking shells – and there were big buttery beans inside! We just had to shell them to get to them.
The Succotash was a sauté of carrots (which went in first because they take the longest to cook), beans (second), organic chicken bratwurst (third), and canned corn + peppers, and celery (last). They were all cooked in Garlic Gold oil and season simply with black pepper.
Served with millet cooked with Creole seasoning!
While we cooked, Matt brought me some his Pumpkin Beer to try – fresh out of the keg!!
I am a tough critic when it comes to beer, ESPECIALLY pumpkin beer. I give his an A-. It’s got a bit of a yeasty aftertaste that I’m not crazy about, but you can detect the cinnamony aromas and it’s got a great body to it! Can’t wait to drink more than a thimbleful 🙂
For dessert, the cookies came out – what was left of them 😳
Karen liked them, but Matt said they were too "congealed" for his liking. He wanted buttery!
Man I love doing our budget. I’ve been putting off blogging to play in Mint and with my big old spreadsheet of financial planning. I love Excel so much!
You know what else I love? Reading in bed!! The Help is chugging along – still like it a lot!