I had a hankering a few weeks ago for some peanut butter cookies. Now, there are a trillion recipes for peanut butter cookies out there. I’ve got lot of friends who are paleo or gluten free and I wanted to add a gluten free cookie recipe to my repertoire. I looked at and pinned a dozen recipes, all of which I thought might work.
I tried the three ingredient version but those we so liquid I couldn’t even do scoop and drop cookies, so I added some coconut flour to them and they turned out great. Even V who hates peanut butter really liked them.
So, because you need just one more peanut butter cookie recipe here’s mine:
- 1/2 cup of peanut butter… creamy/crunchy/homemade doesn’t matter
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup of honey
- 2-4 tablespoons of coconut flour
Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix peanut butter, egg and honey together in a bowl. Mix the coconut flour in one tablespoon at a time until you have a mixture that you can roll into a ball. Coconut flour absorbs a lot of moisture so be careful or you cookies might be really dry. When the dough is ready roll it into balls the size of walnuts, place them on a baking sheet and make the classic criss cross pattern with fork. Bake for 10 minutes. Let cool completely before eating.
Don’t worry about storing them… this only makes about 12 cookies and they will all be gone before the day is out.
I think this is the most waldorf-y birthday yet, and it was lovely. We started the night before with the retelling of her birth story and looking at some pictures since she was born in the middle of the night. In the morning I made her favorite soaked spelt pancakes with maple syrup and she opened her few gifts.
Over the past six years (since S was born) I’ve been slowly accumulating the little things for the making of a special birthday. The girls have come to love the birthday ring and the banner, and look forward to putting on their crowns every year. There is something so lovely about a plastic-free birthday.
V asked for a king and queen for her castle since we only had a wooden princess and those were her first gifts. I didn’t even bother to wrap them. They looked so pretty this way on the table. I do like wrapping with fabric and ribbons though and reuse those all year long.
I made two batches of cupcakes, one for the traditional foods eaters and one paleo. Both vanilla since V loves vanilla.
A birthday wouldn’t be complete without a new birthday dress too. This one was made from a japanese pattern book. I didn’t intend to make a dress until V told everyone she met that I was going to… for days and days before her birthday. Clever girl!
We had a small party (really a playdate with cupcakes) of which I took only one picture and that was a group photo, there was just too much fun being had.
It was a joy for me to have the time and energy this year to really celebrate her. Turning four is a big milestone and she moves out of babyhood. I can no longer say she is a baby if she can read simple books and write (all of her own doing). She still lets me snuggle and squeeze her but will tell me when I’ve given her one kiss too many and will ask me to take it back. She loves to play faires and explorers, but also likes to play mommy and Star Wars. She wants to be a Black Mamba hunter when she grows up, or a geologist. She’s silly and funny and full of compassion. She can be sweet and lovely one second and terribly frustrating the next. I love her fiercely and hope very much that she will be my friend when she grows up.
Happy Monday everyone!
We have several days in a row of rain and every morning that it isn’t raining the native bees are out in force collecting nectar from the flowers in the garden.
The garden has slowed down production, but there is a new wave of flowers and tiny fruits coming in. The girls and I have been talking a lot about the botanical classification of fruit vs. vegetable.
The ripe tomatoes are all but finished. But there are hundreds of new flowers out there. It’s like a jungle of tomato plants. Soon enough I will have another harvest of tomatoes!
This is the ugly part of my yard that I never show you. But I wanted to show you this because I plan on transforming it by painting the bricks and filling it with healthy living soil and planting lots of nettles and mint and maybe even comfrey in here. We don’t really go here other than to check on the greywater tank. But I would like to change that in the coming months and see if I can’t add some color to it! Here we are at the back of the yard, outside of the garden. As you can see there is nothing growing out here except that desert poppy in the picture above this one. We have decided we need more garden space. We’d like to add potatoes to our list of home grown foods and so we need beds that have full sun. The fence and gate will be extended out 16 feet opening a much large plot that is going to include a mini greenhouse for grown seedlings. With all the sun we get year around I figured there is no reason I should grow my seedlings indoor. When fall rolls around we will be literally digging into that project amending soil, building new beds, building new fence, and a green house.
Isn’t this a pretty picture of a newly filled bucket of non-gmo soy free organic chicken feed? Our chicks really love this blend I do too because it smells nice and isn’t powdery.
Thanks for walking around the backyard with me and checking things out.
How are your gardens doing? What are you harvesting right now?
The other day messaged a good friend telling her that “If the zombie apocalypse comes and $&it hits the fan that were covered because I can now cure and smoke bacon.”
That got me thinking about lifelong learning, and how important it is to keep learning to do, make, be new things. In the past decade-plus since I’ve known D, I have become a completely different person from the one he met (thankfully he doesn’t mind!). I like myself much more now than ten years ago. I would say I am much more interesting because of this desire to learn. So that got me thinking about all the things I can do, and I thought I would write some of them here for fun.
- speak a foreign language fluently
- start a fire in the rain without matches
- cure and smoke bacon
- sew my own clothes
- grow my own food
- whittle a spoon
- fix basic plumbing problems
- build a table/simple furniture
- make butter, bread, and jam
- sew a rope bowl
- change a tire on car
- make soap, lotion, and shampoo
- knit a sweater, hat, or socks
- cook dinner while breastfeeding a baby
- spin wool into yarn
There are a lot of other mundane things too but I don’t need to list things like boiling water or building a picket fence.
So tell me what are some things you’ve learned to do lately?
A girl can only eat so many tomatoes and eggplants before she’s bored. This past weekend we went to the farmers market and I hit up my three favorite farmers to get ourselves some fresh produce since my garden is just hanging out waiting for the summer heat to dwindle so it can get back to producing beans and cucumbers and so on. Even heat loving plants don’t love 105 degrees.
I really like chatting with these farmers because they know us, I’ve been going to them to buy veggies for the past six years. They are the real deal, I can go to their farms and see where the veggies and fruits are coming from. Often we come home with extra produce just because the girls are cute.
Did I mention we bought 5 pounds of honey? We do that every 3-4 months. That honey is so lovely and dark and aromatic.
I feel really grateful that I have the option to get fresh locally grown food when my garden is not producing enough. All of this food was grown within 100 miles of my house. I feel it is important to share that, although I have this rockin’ garden, I’m not to the point yet where I can grow all of our produce needs. I’m still learning what each plant need to thrive in this warm climate. And that’s ok.
Take the cucumbers for example. So far I’ve only gotten 5 cucumbers from my three plants. So while I figure out what I need to do to help the plants thrive, I can still make fermented pickles by picking up some cucumbers at the market. Next year I’ll do things differently and maybe I won’t have to buy them.
Every evening instead of a prayer at the dinner table we go around the table from person to person to say one thing we are grateful for that day. Often the girls are grateful for the food in front of them or for playing with D. Sometimes they say other really lovely things like my sister or something they did that day.
The weekend was a particularly lovely weekend and I am grateful for:
- grocery shopping by myself
- making all the meals for the weeknd with ingredients from the garden
- for old dear friends coming to visit
- for pounds of tomatoes coming in
- for time to wander in my thoughts and not rush
- for D letting me just read the afternoon away and taking care of the girls
- sipping wine on the patio with our new outdoor string lights
- treating myself to a lovely magazine
- for the new healthy exercisers that D and I have become (more on that soon)
- for the question I get every night before I wish the girls good night “what are we doing tomorrow?”
Let’s start the week off with something lovely, tell me what you are grateful for?