Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Okay...here is the recipe for the yummy cookies I mentioned in one of last week's posts. These are so good....and the best part is that no baking is required! This first version is for anyone who is on a candida (or yeast) control diet like this one or for those on low-carb diets or for anyone who wants to just give this recipe a try :) I'll also include a recipe using slightly different ingredients for those on a "normal" diet.

wholesome ingredients...yummy cookies!

Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

1/2 cup butter, not margarine
1/2 cup whole, heavy cream
4 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup sugar alternative...I prefer xylitol, but splenda, etc. should work fine.
1/2 cup plain almond butter...with no sweeteners, etc.
2 cups whole (old fashioned) oats, not the quick variety

Add butter, cream, cocoa, and sugar alternative to a 2 qt saucepan. Over medium heat, bring to a full rolling boil. Set your timer for 2 full minutes and let it boil. After 2 minutes, turn off the heat, whisk in the almond butter until smooth. Finally, stir in the oats and vanilla as the mixture begins to cool.

In the pan

Drop by the spoonful into a large pan (cookie sheet, cake pan...whatever you have) and put them into the fridge to cool completely. After they have cooled - a couple of hours or so, remove them from the pan and serve, or like me, store them in a ziploc in the refrigerator door.

Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

The recipe above will really need refrigeration. The whole cream, butter, & almond butter mixture makes for really soft cookies at room temperature and almond butter holds up much, much better with refrigeration.


This following recipe is the "normal" one....enjoy!

Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup milk
4 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp. vanilla
1 to 1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup regular or natural peanut butter (the natural works just as well)
2 cups old fashioned or quick oats (old fashioned will be more crunchy, chewy)

Add butter, milk, cocoa, and sugar to a 2 qt saucepan. Over medium heat, bring to a full rolling boil. Set your timer for 2 full minutes and let it boil. After 2 minutes, turn off the heat, whisk in the peanut butter until smooth. Finally, stir in the oats and vanilla as the mixture begins to cool. Drop by the spoonful onto a sheet of wax paper and let them cool and firm. After these have cooled, they will hold up nicely at room temperature.

These cookies have been a lifesaver on my diet....I love chocolate and it was the one thing I missed. However, with this recipe, I can have my chocolate fix whenever I need it and not feel guilty about what I'm eating. I'll go more into my diet in a later post, but until then, check out this lifeforce plan....my local holistic doctor gave me his version of this same diet....I started nearly 4 months ago and after years of struggling with feeling really bad and gaining a terrible amount of weight, this is the first and only time I have been able to see and feel incredible results. There were a few sacrifices in the beginning, but I cannot tell you how worth it it has been. And, the best part is that I really don't miss what I "sacrificed" in the beginning. This plan is truly life-changing! So, if you feel tired, depressed, anxious, overly stressed, have incredible sugar cravings, headache-y everyday, have way too many scary moments of brain-fog, have seemingly uncontrollable weight gain or not.....just a miserable feeling, I urge you to check out this plan. It has been so worth it for me. I can't remember the last time I felt this good...and clear-headed, LOL!

Either way, enjoy these delicious cookies!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

I've been tagged!

black eyed susans

I was tagged for this meme by Julie at Knitsational. Here it goes....

1. What I was doing 10 years ago.........I was very, very pregnant for the first time with my twin boys. I had just had my last baby shower and was busy putting all the multiple gifts into a tiny closet. I was eating, sitting, reading, sleeping, hoping, dreaming, scared to death, praying, and w.a.i.t.i.n.g. in anticipation of my first little ones :) They were born on July 24....I can hardly believe it has already been 10 years!

2. 5 things on my to-do list...........Well, 5 things is just breaking the surface of my to-do list, but here are the ones weighing heavily on my mind lately ;)
  • declutter and organize my kitchen cabinets
  • make curtains, throw pillows, and other accessories for my bedroom
  • make the same thing for my girls' room
  • work on my flower beds around my back porch
  • upload my photos to Kodak and order prints

3. 5 snacks I enjoy............Well, this one will put you all to sleep - I've been dieting changing my lifestyle and eating habits for the last three and a half months, so "snacks" in their usual sense no longer exist in my house. I know it sounds awful, but really, it's all good and I feel great (34 pounds lost! Yay!) and I honestly don't miss them...or the horrible way they made me feel! But here are the ones I can enjoy....

  • organic Fuji apples my husband brings from the market
  • tart Granny Smith apples
  • Coffee, twice a day
  • a fantastic fruit "cobbler" with cream and whole oats....yummy...I'll share the recipe soon ;)
  • and when I need a chocolate fix, I have one cookie recipe I use that includes, cocoa, whole oats, and almond butter.....it is SOOO good. I'll share it soon, too!
4. Things I would do if I were a millionaire..........Well, I'm not a fancy person....at all. So, mansions and expensive cars don't get me too excited. I'd probably stay in my current home, buy a new minivan, buy a Winnebago and travel around the country with my husband and kids....I can just imagine the wonderful lessons they'd learn! I'm sure my husband would insist on his very own hunting/fishing camp for us to hibernate in during the winter months.....I'd let that money buy us "time" ~ to be spent with each other.

5. Places I've lived.........Well, this one will definitely NOT get you over excited ;)
  • my current home, which used to be my grandmother's home, here in Alabama
  • and my parents' home, which is right next door to my current home.
Yes, I live next door to my parents. I have since my husband and I were married. We love it...it's wonderful for our children and our close family relationship, I can't imagine it any other way.

6. Now, a few tags.......

And, anyone else who wants to play along PLEASE feel free to join in.... and let me know if you do :) I love reading these memes!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

A new craft apron.....

...That is what I made last weekend....one for my me and one for my Mom's birthday on Sunday.

new patchwork craft apron

I made them exactly the same using the same fabric. I love the colors in this fabric, it has been one of my favorites from Urban Chiks. I combined the Heirloom Bark, Chickadee Bark, and osnaburg for the patchwork on the pockets. The actual apron body is canvas lined with solid brown. I got the fabulous tutorial over at Creative Little Daisy. Her tutorial was easy to follow and the aprons did turn out exactly like I hoped.

patchwork pocket detail

I really like how they turned out and this was my very first try at patchwork/quilting.....and I do believe I could get used to it! I felt a little intimidated at first, but once I got the pieces cut, arranged and then sewn together like I wanted them to look, I was really happy. I thought keeping the seams perfectly in line and the quilting stitches straight would be a slow process, but with just the tiniest bit of extra attention, it turned out just like I wanted.

Now, my mind keeps drifting back to Angry Chicken's book, Bend The Rules Sewing. She had a fabulous quilt idea in there....one I would love to make for my girls beds :) I do believe I'll be giving it a try before much longer!