Breakfast Cookies!!

Ok, so there are muffins, doughnuts, and all sorts of pastries loaded with sugar that we get to eat for breakfast. Why not cookies? I looked around for a recipe and found one here, but it didn’t look complete. With a few changes, they came out much better.

I’ve got 3 kids. Mornings are hectic at best. When I have to work that day too, it’s complete and total madness. This morning these cookies saved me. Easy to store, bite sized, and the perfect pairing for your morning cup of coffee or tea.

Yummy coconut breakfast cookies 

  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) and 6 tbl butter
  • 3/4 cup rapadura sugar (brown sugar works)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoons organic vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground garam masala (can use ground cinnamon but the garam masala makes these amazing!)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup craisons
  • 1/4 c unsweetened coconut flakes
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Once that is done, add in the eggs and vanilla.
  2. In another bowl combine the coconut flour, baking soda, garam marsala, and salt. Sift out any lumps. Add to the wet ingredients. Once incorporated, add in the oats, unsweetened coconut, and craisons.
  3. Roll the cookies into a ball, roughly a tablespoon in size, then smash them down so they look like a cookie. These cookies will not melt out like regular cookies because of the coconut flour. If you want balls, keep them that shape, if you want them more like a regular cookie, smash them.
  4. Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden brown on top. Let them rest on the cookie sheet for a minute before transferring to a rack to cool.

The fun thing about these is they aren’t overly sweet and are amazingly tasty. You can also play around with what you put in them. Next time I make these, I’ll be using 1/2cup craisons and 1/2 almonds for some crunch and to up the protein content even more. Hope you enjoy!

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This is extremely dangerous censorship that is against what the United States of America should stand for. This is the opposite of freedom. This is oppression.

For the New Year

I think everyone should do resolutions for the new year. I started doing them two years ago and I’ve loved it. They give me motivation and some basic goals to hit. Something about writing down things you want to do makes them actually happen. Just for fun I’ll share with you the list from last year. I always put some big things and little things so that by halfway through the year I have something accomplished. 🙂
2011 Resolution List:

Bigger garden

Herb garden

More canning

garage organized

start yoga

p90x

lower our debt load

learn to use more herbs

learn more recipes

incorporate more vegis

learn to make yoghurt

It really is funny to see what you actually ended up doing. I thought I’d get all the easy ones done, and the more daunting ones would end up getting done at the end. Found out it ended up being a mix of both. Now for the fun part: next year’s list.

2012 Resolution List

Expand the garden more

Herb garden

Double my canning

Use the pressure canner

Garage organized

Finish p90x

Learn how to make yogurt

Remodel the bathroom (haha yeah right)

For every gift send a Thank you note (so bad at that)

Build a patio

Organize crafting supplies

Get a chest freezer

Purge the house once a month

Make more homemade gifts

Write a blog post once a week MINIMUM!

Get all meat/dairy/vegis from people I know. If I want something new, get to know a new person. (and I mean the producers of said food, not the sellers)

 

I think that’s probably a good list for now. I actually like to add to the list later in the year as things change.  I’ve got some good realistic goals, some harder to reach, and some I honestly don’t think I’ll actually get done. Why? You seriously never know what’s going to happen in the year, so why not think outside the realm of what you think might be possible?! I honestly didn’t think I could lower our debt load last year, but I did, and even did better than I would have imagined I could! Did I honestly actually think I’d do yoga? Nope. Did it!! Think big and small when you’re putting together your list. Also remember this list is for the ENTIRE year!! Not just January! If it’s not done in the first month…well then you’re got 11 more months to get it done!! Most of my list didn’t get done until August.

So that’s my big list for the new year, what do you have planned?

 

A New Challenge

This month, I heard across Facebook an interesting challenge. This challenge is to go processed food free. My family has decided we are going to give it a go. This means, everything from scratch. If we purchase something, EVERY ingredient needs to be a basic, whole ingredient. For example: flour, sugar, water, you know, words you understand and ingredients you could actually purchase. The challenge is for an entire month. This means no running to Taco Bell on days I just don’t feel like it. It also means my crock pot is going to get a good work out.

For us, this will be completely worth it. Since we started eating more from scratch and removed almost all of our processed foods and dyes from out food we have all noticed we felt better. My kids are listening better, they’re feeling better, and frankly so are the adults.

Now the challenge is for an entire month. It was started here at Eatingrules.com. Hopefully we’ll make it the entire month, but who knows. All I do know is that we’re going to try our best, and maybe I’ll come up with some more quick and easy meals or ideas for those days that I just can’t seem to get cooking.


Skip the nutritional labels, they mean nothing. Instead, look at the ingredient list and see what you’re actually putting into your body.

Yes you can make laundry soap!

Ingredients
3c Borax
2c Baking Soda
2c Washing Soda*
2c grated soap**

Combine all together, and to get a nice smooth texture, I have a cheap food processor I mix it all with in batches. If you add some grated soap with the other power it processes better, gets finer and doesn’t gum up.

*Washing Soda = sodium carbonate. You can get it at most grocery stores, or at pool supply stores.

**For Soap I’ve used Zote, and am currently using Fels Naptha. If you have extreme sensitivity you can use Dove.

If you want, you can add some essential oils for extra smell, but I generally don’t bother.

I’ve been using this for the past year and it works great. Funny enough, we were using dryer sheets for awhile and when we ran out we were honestly too lazy to get more. We haven’t needed them at all!!!

Now this is a small version of what I do in batches. It’s what I used when I first started out to try it out. I do this recipe times four now for ease.

What to plant?

I started gardening last year. I started simple with really just some tomatoes, basil, cucumbers, and some different type of chilis. This year, though, I’ve got more to think about. I live in Texas. Texas isn’t like most states that has the summer to grow in. You can grow year round!! This got me to thinking….I want to grow a lot of different things, but what? And how expensive are seeds going to be? What type of seeds should I choose? How much do I really want to research this? I’ve got 3 kids, do I have TIME to research? Yeah I don’t, so now what?

Surprisingly enough, my kids gave me this simple idea. So simple you’ll smack your head in embarrassment that you haven’t already thought of this. If you already knew, shame on you for not sharing to the rest of us!!

Decker, my oldest, wanted to do a science experiment. I had just juiced a lemon for him to make some invisible ink, and he thought it’d be cool to plant the seeds. Why not, right? So, plant away we did. Guess what? We now have 2 lemon trees growing!!

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Jared has to get in on the growing action. This kid LOVES apples. So, he has to plant a bunch of apple seeds. I honestly didn’t expect anything to grow again, but they did! We now have an apple tree growing!

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Well, I thought, I need to get in on this action, but what do I want to plant? I want to plant EVERYTHING!! Well, that’s not helpful. So where to go for ideas? Shoot, I’m going to the market anyways, and they’re growing things right now I could grow.

See, the farmers at the market have done the research. They know what varieties work in the area. They know when to plant. They will generally give advice if you’re polite and don’t ask too much.

Now here’s the part people forget about. See, that nice cantaloupe you just bought? You know how when you open it up you scoop out the seeds? Yeah, those are SEEDS!! And free with your purchase of the melon!! So many people, so silly, go buy the melon, scoop out the seeds and trash em, then go to the store and BUY seeds to plant after mulling over what variety to buy!! STOP THE MADNESS!!! Scoop the seeds out! Save them! But how?

All you need to do, is separate the seeds out from the pulp, wash them up, and plant them right away! If you’d like to store them for next year, just lay them on a towel to dry. I like to make sure they’re truly dry before I package them up, and I lay them out in my windowsill on a terracotta plate. I use my plate to dry anything that shouldn’t be dried with heat, and it soaks up the moisture from under the seeds too, so no wet spots.

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This takes all the guesswork out of what to plant. You know what type of plants grow in your area, and which varieties do well, and all the research you had to do was go to your local farmer’s market and enjoy their wares. Happy planting!!!

Refrigerator Pickles

My kids love these and just can’t get enough. Being that in Texas we are full on in cucumber season, it’s nice. I can go to the market, pick up a couple cucumbers, make some brine, and in a day we’ve got pickles. I know all the ingredients in them, so no worries.

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Recipe:
1c filtered water
1c cider vinegar (white is fine)
1 tbl salt
1-2 garlic cloves.
I usually use 2-3 large cucumbers
Fresh dill

First, I get a seal-able jar…the one I’m using right now was from the last dill pickles we bought, but a regular canning jar, or anything with a lid would work. I then take 1-2 garlic cloves depending on how big they are (we love garlic, so I usually use 2 big ones), and I smash them with the side of a knife and put them in the jar. The, if using fresh dill, pop some of that in, as much as you like. I honestly couldn’t get a hold of any fresh, so I used dried dill. It doesn’t taste nearly as good, but it’s better than nothing. Now slice the cucumbers into little circles about 1/4 inch thick and put them in the jar. Once that’s all done, it’s time for the brine.
In a non reactive soup pan (stainless steal or glass) bring the water, vinegar, and salt to a boil. Most recipes call for pickling salt, but I only had kosher, so it took awhile longer for it to dissolve. Once the salt has dispersed into the liquid mixture, pour over the pickles in your jar, cover, and let sit until cool enough to go in the fridge. For BEST results, try not to touch them for over 24 hours. The longer they sit, the better they get.
These will be good for 2-3 weeks, and when you’re done, you can reboil the brine and use it again! The nice thing about his recipe, you don’t have to use cucumbers. We added onions in our last batch and my 3 year old can’t get enough of those! I’ve seen all sorts of things thrown in, including green tomatoes!