Snickerdoodle Blondies

Today marks the 1 year anniversary when my hubby and I made our lifestyle change. We started to attend the gym at the local YMCA. We changed our diets completely. And every other aspect of our lives has had to adjust as a result of the 2 major changes that we put into place.

So, how do I celebrate this big health change? By making cookies of course, during the middle of an Arizona heat wave. Because the things that I do make sense……


This recipe is a combination of 2 of my favorite cookie variations; snickerdoodles and blondies.

Snickerdoodles are one of my all time favorite cookies. But the rolling of each individual cookie ball in cinnamon and sugar is tedious to me. This is a great alternative, you just shake the cinnamon and sugar on the top.

My grandma has a blondies recipe, I might need to find a way to snag it. They would be the most perfect of treats if she would only stop putting nuts in it.

The Recipe: https://sugarspunrun.com/snickerdoodle-blondies/

The results:

It smells heavenly.

Yea, I’m going to be making these again. Hopefully when it’s not 120 degrees outside. They have a really good consistency. The pan is still warm, though, so while they were soft when I tried them, I can tell that they will get chewier as they cool down.

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Oatmeal butterscotch/craisin cookies

Habits are hard. At least they are when they aren’t already automatic. I’m always thinking about this blog, and feeling guilty when I don’t do any baking. I know that I’ve had some good reasons to put this on the back burner for a time, but there was also a lot of laziness involved.

A fun new baking challenge has presented itself recently. At my last doctors appointment I learned that I’m sensitive to wheat, and Hubby is as well. I know about this flour called Kamut. It’s pretty amazing stuff. (I included health info, and the supplier in MT where I purchased the flour. Links are at the end)

My goal is to try all of my normal recipes with the Kamut to see how it affects us. Which means that I just have to make all of my favorite cookie recipes, and bread recipes, and I can’t forget my cinnamon rolls. I have to do it for research…oh the sacrifices that are made in the name of science!

I purchased the white flour because a)I don’t have experience cooking with wheat flour and b) Hubby told me that he had bread made from the Kamut white flour and it was one of the best breads he’s ever eaten…I mean how can you turn away that raving review?

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10 lbs of baking experiments

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/228736/devouring-oatmeal-chocolate-chip-cookies/

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The best of both worlds in our house

Again, I love this recipe. It made almost 5 dozen cookies. They are chewy and delicious. I made the batch 1/2 craisin (Hubby’s favorite) 1/2 butterscotch (my favorite). That’s the joy of cooking right, being able to make it how you want it?

I’m still not 100% comfortable in the kitchen, but I’m still working at it. I can’t promise that I’ll be back next week but I’m sure going to try.

http://www.montanaflour.com/

https://kamut.com/en/health/research

Pumpkin Bread

I’m just going to pick up where I left off. I was thinking about what I was going to write about the past 6 months and try to explain why I stopped doing this for a while, but I realized that I don’t owe an explanation. I was gone for 6 months and now I’m back. My life is like everyone’s. I have my ups and my downs. I’m happy to still be baking, and it has helped me feel more comfortable in my own kitchen. Which has led to more dinners being made at home. I’ve also finagled my way into getting my Hubby to help cook some dinners, because they are great and easy, but I just don’t have the skills he has for making them. So I do all the prep work and when he comes home he does the cooking. It’s kind of nice.

I got this recipe from a church friend, and it’s AMAZING. My whole family has been digging into the bread. I caught my 3yr-old sneaking chunks off of BOTH loaves. She makes me laugh so much that it’s some times hard to discipline her.

Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread
by Church Friend
Ingredients
1 15oz. Can pumpkin puree 2 t. Baking soda
4 eggs 1 1/2 t. salt
1c. Oil 1 t. cinnamon
2/3c. water 1 t. nutmeg
3c. sugar 1/2 t. cloves
3 1/2 c. flour 1/4 t. ginger
Grease and flour 2 7″ X 3″ loaf pans. In a large bowl, mix together puree, eggs, oil, water, and sugar until well blended. In a separate bowl, wisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger. Stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until just blended. pour into prepared pans. Baking about 50 min. In a pre-heated oven (350 degree F). Loaves are done when toothpick inserted in venter comes out clean.

Hubby specifically asked that I cover one of them with cinnamon and sugar on top. I don’t know if it really makes it any different, but he’s happy so mission accomplished. This is a really good bread, and it’s one that I really enjoy making. It’s a recipe that I’m keeping forever.

Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites

So, I’m just going to forget last week again. Trying to get back into a habit takes a miracle after you’ve missed a time. I’ve noticed this with other things. Like going to church. If I miss a week of church, I feel like the next week it takes even more energy to even decide to go, that doesn’t even count how hard it seems to be just to get ready. When it comes to positive goals and habits in your life, it feels like it can take so much more effort to get them going, and to keep at them during the turbulent times in your life. The most important thing is to have the attitude that no matter how difficult it might be that you are going to keep at it, and not let the negative voices in your head win. (yes I have voices in my head, I bet you do too)


Week 23

Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites

http://reciperunner.com/pumpkin-pie-energy-bites/

I added extra cinnamon and a bit of nutmeg to try and give it more of the actual pie flavor, it could have used even more.

I added extra cinnamon and a bit of nutmeg to try and give it more of the actual pie flavor, it could have used even more.

All mixed together. It was a bit sticky. Could use more oats to take care of that.

All mixed together. It was pretty sticky. Could use more oats to take care of that.

Final product. Made quite a few.

Final product. Made quite a few.

Final verdict. They aren’t bad. But they just don’t do it for me. So I probably won’t spend the time/money on making them again.

next week: Dark Chocolate and Cherry Energy Bites

Oatmeal Craisin energy bits (yes again)

I can’t really sugar coat things, last week was not a good week for me. Mentally I was completely shut down, and had problems even conversing with my long time friends. So I missed a week, and you know what, it’s okay. I can dust myself off and jump right back into my habit. Just because I missed one week doesn’t mean that I’ve failed.


Week 22

I did the same recipe as my last post. I’m okay with that too. It’s a really easy recipe, and I don’t have to use too many tools, or heat up my house. It was perfect for what I needed this week. Plus, hubby really liked them. He would snag a couple every morning before work because they would keep him tied over until lunch.

For next week, I’m kind of feeling these Pumpkin Pie bites.

Oatmeal (C)Raisin Energy Bites

This week threw me off. Monday was like another Saturday (I’m not complaining, but it wasn’t very conducive to my weird way of working my week). Yesterday was my Monday, so of course I had to procrastinate my baking until the next day. It makes no sense, but that’s me.

Habits and routines are amazing things. They can help you check out while you need to process information. They can give you an escape for a little while so that you can come back later to look at a situation with new fresh eyes. How I’m grateful for the good habits and routines that I have.


Week 21

Oatmeal (C)Raisin Energy Bites

http://www.getcreativejuice.com/2014/11/oatmeal-raisin-energy-bites-no-bake-healthy.html

I learned some interesting things about flax seed. I want to do some more research on it.

I learned some interesting things about flax seed. I want to do some more research on it.

The nice thing about this recipe is that you don't have to use too many tools, so there is less clean up. I would suggest using your hands to finish mixing the ingredients together. At the top the balls were sticky, but at the bottom a little dryer. If I had my hands in the mix I would have been able to easily fix that.

The nice thing about this recipe is that you don’t have to use too many tools, so there is less clean up. I would suggest using your hands to finish mixing the ingredients together. At the top the balls were sticky, but at the bottom a little dryer. If I had my hands in the mix I would have been able to easily fix that.

It made quite a few balls. Baby girl already ate some as did I, and we still have this many.

It made quite a few balls. Baby girl already ate some as did I, and we still have this many.

For whatever reason, these ingredients made the mixture smell like a Cold Stone Creamery ice cream shop to me. It was strange to say the least. The Bites are good. The Almond butter has a subtle flavor so it doesn’t bowl you over like a peanut butter would.

Everyone likes them so they will be made again.

Next week: will be a surprise I’m too overwhelmed right now to decide.

Cinnamon Apple Energy Bites

I had every intention of writing this last night. I even had all the windows open, pictures downloaded, and was thinking through what I would write. And then my body decided that I was going to have a major headache and go to bed at 8pm. It just reminded me that there are many times in our lives where our minds are willing, but our body’s aren’t able.


Week 20

Cinnamon Apple Energy Bites

http://reciperunner.com/cinnamon-apple-energy-bites/

I added nutmeg, and more cinnamon later.

I added nutmeg, and more cinnamon later.

I only had whole allspice so I got to use our handy dandy mortar and pastel. It made me feel so fancy.

I only had whole allspice so I got to use our handy dandy mortar and pestle. It made me feel so fancy.

This looked like big cockroach bodies to me...just saying.

This looked like big cockroach bodies to me…just saying.

Here's everything mixed together. I think I may have added just a little bit too much extra water, so be very careful if you have to add any.

Here’s everything mixed together. I think I may have added just a little bit too much extra water, so be very careful if you have to add any.

The final product.

The final product.

The author said it tastes like apple pie. It really doesn’t. I could barely taste the cinnamon, which is why I added more (plus nutmeg).

Both of the Kiddo’s liked them. Hubby said that it made his mouth hurt.So I need to figure out what ingredients didn’t agree with him

I thought the taste was fine. The texture is something to get used too though. I’m still interested enough to try more recipes.

Next Week: Oatmeal Raisin (I’ll be using Craisin’s) energy Bites