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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!

One of the most Dangerous things that could be passed in Congress.

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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.

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!

School’s Out

I struggle with ideas for dinner. I don’t like cooking the same thing every night, and the kids really don’t like it when I do that either. So what do I do? Do I troll around the internet? All that ever yields me is lots of pretty pictures and things I never do. Where do I find inspiration? I guess that’s what kids are for.

When Decker came home from school on his last day, he told me immediately that he wanted to do home-school/summer-school. I was seriously shocked. “Decker you just got out of school, are you serious?” He said he was, and then proceeded to get onto Netflix and watch Nova all weekend. Man I have a weird kid. Well, crap. Now I need to get stuff together for that.

While I’m trolling the internet for home-school ideas, I’m thinking about things I can teach him. We need to do math, writing, art, PE, and other stuff. What am I going to do for history or world studies? Whoa, I think I actually have an idea and I don’t have to stress about what to cook as much!

So for the summer we will be “traveling the world” through food! Every week I will be cooking from a different country and we will learn about that country’s food, history, and other neat bits and pieces. I’m not sure if a week will be enough for each culture, but we’ll just have to see how it works.

Decker’s first request? Sushi. Seriously. He said it’s his favorite thing. Now, I don’t feel I can do sushi right, so this one we might just have to go out for, but the beauty is, he will learn that every culture is much more than the one small bit he knows it as. Right now, Japan for him is sushi. That’s it. So on this journey we will both be learning new things and having our own inspiration. This summer is going to be very fun. 🙂

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This will be my husband all summer long.