a tale of two cookies

it was the best of times, it was the worst of times…

and it’s all in the eye of the beholder…  in my attempts to produce healthy options for my kids lunches I have completely altered what they will grow up knowing as a ‘cookie’…

case in point… Miss Sienna was making cookies with me the other day… part of the process is I make her guess as to what the ingredients are and then we discuss their health benefits…

we cannot use peanut butter or nuts as our school is ‘nut-free’ so hemp hearts and Wow Butter are substitutes…

and when it comes time for the best part for every kid making cookies – that is licking the beater – Sienna kindly takes a pass…

this is when it hit me that I need to show them and the farmer that I remember how to make cookies that have more than 2 tbsp of sugar and 2 tbsp of oil in them…

flaxseed and cherry cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup ground flaxseed
  • 2 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 large bananas, mashed
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

  • preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • in a large bowl, combine oats, flour, flaxseed, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt
  • wisk to combine
  • in a mixing bowl, combine bananas, coconut oil, egg and vanilla
  • mix until frothy and well combined
  • add to the oats mixture in the large bowl and stir
  • add dried cherries and chocolate chips and mix
  • using a medium ice cream scoop, scoop cookie dough out onto a baking sheet covered in parchment paper
  • bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes

and show them I did…

now, in the winter months I consume a lot of tea…  mostly black or herbal as green tea makes me feel like throwing up…  which could maybe be considered to be some sort of detox I suppose.. similar to the juice cleanses some go on in January… except you throw up a lot…

on this particular wintery day, I was drinking Glitter & Gold from David’s Tea…  just lovely…

and in the afternoon, over a cup of tea, I was craving a sugar cookie… dilemma… do I make a cookie that requires 2 cups of sugar, 1 cup of butter and 1 cup of oil…  or do I munch away on flaxseed and oats like a horse? I concluded that it was high time for me to bring a little sugary goodness back into our home…

in moderation of course… something I am really, really good at… moderating myself…  really have had a lot of success at this trait in my life so far…  might as well add 60 sugar cookies to the list of things that tempt me…

and part of the goal was to make a dough batter that a seven year old girl would actually want to lick… I feel like I can’t fail as a mother creating this memory for her…

I did use coconut oil instead of canola oil… telling myself it is so much better… and I had to use hemp hearts instead of nuts… but I actually enjoy them in a cookie… other than those healthy changes, these are old school, unhealthy but ever so tasty cookies…

 

turns out at 3 pm when I am having a cup of tea that I do just fine with the sugar rush that comes from a lovely little sugar cookie…  these ones aren’t as delicate as a regular sugar cookie… thus me calling them ‘crunchy’… but the quick boost to your mood will be the same…

my boys received Fit Bits for Christmas… and I told them that I made cookies that require them to get over 20,000 steps in a day to consume…

so far they’ve had three days this week they are rewarded with the sugary goodness…

my synopsis after considering the cookie options… make both… you will find times where it is appropriate to eat the sugar ones and then other times where you should dive into the flaxseed ones.. keep hitting your system with a rotation of sugar and then flax and keep it guessing… this might even boost your metabolism… it just might…

crunchy sugar cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 cup Rice Krispies
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup hemp hearts
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 3 cups flour

Directions:

  • mix in order given
  • mix baking soda and cream of tartar with flour before adding to mixture
  • using a medium ice cream scoop, scoop cookies onto a parchment lined baking sheet
  • flatten with a large fork
  • bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes

who wants a hug?

we ate some yummy granola this morning to start 2016 with some fibre… I do love the first day of the new year… I’m a goal setter and I love setting completely unrealistic goals that I have trouble even getting through day 1 achieving…

my list of goals:

more fibre (check), consume less/buy less, read more books, write every day, workout 5 days a week, edit my house and get rid of clutter, compliment people more, not lose my temper, become a better hugger…

if you are wondering what I mean by become a better hugger, that is most likely because you have never had to say goodbye or hello to me or comfort me…  you would know that my hugging skills could use a lot of polishing…

over Christmas people hug a lot more than usual… and on New Year’s Eve the hug usually is accompanied with a kiss… which is why I fell asleep before midnight last night…  avoiding the hug/kiss nonsense…

I know I’m not good at hugging so over the years I’ve began to avoid it almost like I’m avoiding getting the flu from someone…  winter is easy because I can quickly throw on a huge winter parka and then it is like hugging someone with a pillow in between you…  I’ve been known to slip out of large group goodbye’s with a fake phone call…  which everyone should know I only ever text… so being on the phone during a hug session is quite suspicious…

if you decide to hug me… these are few of the options I generally go to…

the open faced hug… this is half a hug where you don’t finish it by wrapping both your arms around the other person… just one arm… that way the fronts of your bodies don’t need to touch each other… this is usually what I do with a man heading in for a hug… it can make it seem like you are waiting for a third party to come join your hug… if this happens it becomes more of a huddle and less of a hug…

the shoulder to the throat hug… my older brother is a master at this one… you do this once to someone and they won’t come looking for a hug anytime soon…  and it seems innocent and like a mistake but I know when hugging my older brother it is calculated and he is letting me know ‘you should have known better than to try and hug me’

the ‘are we going to kiss’ hug… this happens to me more than I’m proud of and it is entirely my fault…  I’m so poor at hugging that I enter into them at an irregular speed and this leads to a situation where it seems like I’m waiting for a kiss… when in reality I’m just not sure which of my body parts you want to feel pressed up on you…

the fade-away hug…  in an effort to try to be polite and respectful I tend to curve my body so the only thing touching the recipient is my shoulders… just shoulder on shoulder action and the rest of my body curved away from you at an angle I’m needing pilates classes to help me get flexible enough to pull off…

the Facebook friend hug… so you run into a friend that you have not seen in 17 years but have totally stalked them on Facebook the entire time… and this is a person that when you knew them the thought to hug them would never have crossed your mind… but now so much time has passed and you’ve seen them go through so much on Facebook… and you find yourself heading in for a hug with basically a complete stranger… and saying ‘it’s been so long’…

the wedding/funeral hug… these are times that you are required to hug people that you normally would not hug…  again, I am so terrible at hugging that I did not have a receiving line at my own wedding so that it cut down the number of hugs I had to doll out…

the handshake hug… this is when one party feels a handshake is appropriate and the other party is like ‘nope… come here you’ and brings it in for a hug that has a handshake going on in the middle of it…

the farmer told me there are only three people that he is comfortable hugging… his daughter, his grandmas and yours truly… although he says I could try to make it less awkward…

but there are people out there that love to hug… these are people that volunteer to pick you up from the airport… because they know they can squeeze in a hug there… and they seem to not be able to sense who enjoys hugging them in return… they head in for a hug that often involves an extra squeeze, pat on the back like they are burping you, smelling your hair or making a ‘mmmm’ noise as they settle into the hug…

and even though I’d be perfectly comfortable avoiding hugs for the rest of my life, I don’t want to have my children say it’s my fault they can’t hug properly someday… thus my resolution to improve at hugging…

I started with hugging my 13 year old today and he tensed up like I was going to hurt him… and then he said ‘are you ok mom?’… I replied ‘does a mother need a reason to hug her boy?’ … to which he said ‘usually’

I’m going to hug the farmer today and then again at the end of 2016 and see if he thinks there has been progress…

cherry nut granola

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseeds
  • 1/4 cup All Bran Buds cereal
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 2 tsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt

Directions:

  • preheat oven to 325 degrees
  • on a parchment lined baking sheet, place quinoa, coconut and oats
  • bake for 10 minutes
  • in a bowl mix flaxseeds, bran buds, almonds, pecans and cherries
  • in a small bowl melt coconut oil and add honey, vanilla, cinnamon and salt and stir till combined
  • pour the oat mixture into the bowl with the cherries and combine
  • add the honey mixture and stir
  • return to the parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 12 minutes
  • let cool and serve over yogurt