Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Some things...

Here are a few of the things that we did yesterday.

I gave the kids some egg containers and sent them on a scavenger hunt.  Well, sort of.  I tried to engage the kids to help me make a list of things to find, but my daughter does not like following rules.  She prefers to do things her own way.........

So they picked out whatever they wanted.  Which was just fine with me.

Then we sat in the tall grass as I explained to them what a veteran is.

Suddenly, footsteps in the woods.

Udo checked it out..... 

...but not really.

We ate lunch, but that wasn't very picture worthy.

The kids drew some masterpieces.  

At the exact moment when this picture was taken, the striped one said, "I love you so much."  To which the one in white replied, "I love you so much too."  

Awww, it just warms the heart.

Just in case you don't quite know what's going on here, the kids offered their interpretations:

(Top)  The mommy and baby went to the fair but they accidentally passed all the fun.  And there was a horse.
(Bottom)  I was there and I found a wave and I jumped in the water and I was sleeping.

I find that the interpretations sometimes help.  

Let's just move on to the cookies, shall we...

A day wouldn't be complete without cookies.  But not just ANY cookies.  Chocolate chip cookies.  But not just ANY chocolate chip cookies.  

Chocolate chip cookies with coconut sugar.  All of the cookie you love, but with a whole lot less processed sugar.....

And I'm just going to put the recipe right here, before the pictures, so you can get started right away without having to navigate through all of that nonsense....

Chocolate chip cookies with coconut sugar

1 1/4 c. all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon (wonderful for an added warmth, but the cookies are just as good without it)
1 stick Earth Balance butter, softened
1/2 c. coconut sugar
1/2 c. packed light brown sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 c. dairy free chocolate chips or chocolate cut into chunks (I use Enjoy Life)

Preheat oven to 350
Combine flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon (if using) in bowl.  Mix well.
On medium speed, beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy.  Add the egg and vanilla and continue to beat until well mixed.
On low speed, stir in the flour mixture until blended.  Add the chocolate chips and stir to integrate them into the batter.
Grease one or two cookie sheets and drop dough by heaping teaspoonfuls, spaced about 2 inches apart.
Bake for 8-10 minutes.

But here are the pictures anyway, just for fun.  And you can pretty much figure out what I did here.  Other than reacquainting myself with my camera....  I know, I know.  It's been too long, baby.

Ahhh, sugars....

And along with the butter picture, I think this next one is my favorite of the set...

Just delicious, isn't it.

OOH!  And the mini scooper!  I received that as a gift, and it is the single most useful item in my kitchen.

See??  Perfect little scoops....

....make perfect little cookies!

I normally only bake one cookie sheet at a time, and then freeze the other half for later use.  I am partial to the "log and slice" method....

Mmmm mmmmm


  1. Oh I love it when I catch my kids telling each other how much they love everyone!
    And those cookies look good... tell me though, does coconut sugar taste like coconut? I really don't like coconut, but would love to reduce the sugar in some of our baked goods

    1. You know, I don't think so, but I'm going to go check. Ok. I just checked. No, I don't taste coconut. It is more of a deep, roasted, caramelly flavor- almost like roasted marshmallow. Which is probably why it was so successful in my marshmallow recipe... But it is very rich tasting, so I find that a little goes a long way. But these cookies can handle the richness, so it works great substituting 1:1 with white sugar.

  2. Spontaneous things are always worth remembering. What are the things they found on the hunt? I'm curious as to what your daughter picked. You say she doesn't like following rules; I’m sure her container had the most interest things in it. :D Rosalinda@Riddle Me