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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

{recipes} Avocado Chocolate Chip Cookies

Tea is my comfort food. Since I am naturally a morning person and scare my husband away with needless and endless chatter if caffeine enters my body before 11 am, I enjoy my tea religiously as an afternoon pick-me-up while my boys are napping. To accompany my daily cup of tea, I love a neat little stack of cookies: Sugar Cookies if I'm feeling indulgent or these Avocado Chocolate Chip Cookies if I'm feeling 'healthy'.

Around the time that one of my favorite food bloggers posted this recipe, my midwife (I was 8 months pregnant with my second son) advised me to pack as much protein as I could into every morsel that entered my mouth to aid in baby's brain development during those final weeks in utero. Thus, these nutrient packed cookies were created.

Months later my toddler and I still enjoy our "cado cookies" every afternoon. I usually omit the chocolate chips in half the batter for my little one.

This recipe yields 4 dozen large cookies.

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{Avocado Chocolate Chip Cookies}
adapted from this recipe

1 ripe hass avocado
1 large zucchini, shredded
1/2 c. butter, room temperature
3/4 c. brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 t. vanilla
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. baking powder
1 t. salt
1 c. whole wheat flour
1 c. almond meal
1 1/2 c. old fashioned oats
1 c. dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat avocado with handheld mixer for one minute. Add butter and sugar and beat until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla. Beat. Add dry ingredients with the exception of the oats and beat until just blended. Stir in oats and chocolate chips.

Scoop by heaping tablespoons onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 12 minutes.


{enjoy!}

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

{books} Tear Soup

After enduring a sudden and devastating loss recently, a friend of mine lent me the book, Tear Soup: A Recipe for Healing After Loss by Pat Schwiebert and Chuck DeKlyen.

One of the authors is a Registered Nurse with years of experience in Hospice.

It is actually a children's book, complete with detailed illustrations, but beneficial to all ages.

As I turned each page I found myself thinking: Yes, that's exactly how I feel! (With the exception of being angry at God... I plan on tearing that page when I purchase my own copy.) This short, sweet, little book put into words everything that was going on inside of me but that I hadn't been able to express.

Afterwards I felt validated and "normal" which gave me hope that if others have survived such losses, I suppose I can too.

At the end there are tips for those who are grieving and those who's loved ones are grieving. This is my favorite part. Never having suffered a major loss prior to this, I now wish I had read these tips years ago so that I would have known what to do when my loved ones were grieving.



Monday, September 16, 2013

{family} Menu Monday

Last week at this time we were having a random September heat wave and it was ninety-seven degrees outside! Now it's chilly and rainy putting me in the mood for soup. I'm not a huge fan of fall's cooler temperatures (I really don't like being cold) but since they're coming whether I like it or not, I may as well enjoy all the comfort foods that come with this season. :)

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Our Menu: September 16th - 20th
{monday} Italian Tomato Soup with fresh Italian Bread
{tuesday} Fried Eggs & Sauteed Vegetables over Polenta
{wednesday} Burgers with Sweet Potato Fries, and Garden Salad
{thursday} Spaghetti & Meatballs with Ceasar Salad
{friday} Crispy Cheddar Chicken with Roasted Potatoes and Broccoli