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I can't believe I haven't posted about these yet. If I have to take a treat somewhere, this is it. It's easier than cookies because it's a bar (so you don't have to drop individual cookies) and EVERYONE loves it. I personally don't like peanut butter - but yet I love these.
Happy Mother’s Day! I hope all mothers are enjoying the weekend and their special day. These easy-to-make Raspberry Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies are a nice dessert for Mother’s Day or any day.
Amidst getting 20+ hours of sleep and taking pictures of my dogs, I somehow found time to make cookies this weekend. Just call me superwoman. I would love to say that these cookies were made with a purpose and gobbled up at a very important event. But that would just be a disguise for the fact that I definitely ate ten by myself, while sitting alone in my apartment. Try to contain your jealousy for my super exciting lifestyle.
Berry season is right around the corner. Well, almost. I go crazy for berries when they come into season and sometimes my eyes are bigger than my stomach. I buy a pint of raspberries, a couple pints of blueberries, and there was that buy one-get one sale on strawberries. Before I know it I’m up to my eyeballs in fresh berries and need to start finding creative uses for them including baking with them. But here’s a little secret, I didn’t make this recipe with fresh berries because it’s not berry season, yet I was craving something baked with berries.
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Cravings. We all have them. I too get cravings for things I ‘don’t typically eat’. Not much for crusty bread or bowls of ice cream these days. But I’ve been slightly craving a dense, moist, lemon poppy seed quick bread for oh 4 years now give or take. I think lemon poppy seed is the unsung hero of breads.
I think these could quite possibly be my new favorite cookie. Would you believe by looking at these that they are made from ingredients like whole wheat flour, rolled oats, fresh blueberries, unsweetened applesauce and some standard baking ingredients. Aside from the sugar this recipe does not include anything like butter, oil or shortening to create these soft and chewy cookies. I wanted to create a fairly healthy cookie for me kids to enjoy as a treat. I think this one comes pretty close to it.
Even though it’s easy for me to ask for the check and skip the dessert menu, I do have a twinge of nostalgia when it comes to the cookie jar. A kind, grandmotherly sort of woman who used to live across the street from me when I was but a grade-schooler would often indulge my precocious conversation and offer me my choice of vanilla or chocolate sandwich cookie from the container she kept on her kitchen counter. She also gave me a small china statue of the Virgin Mary which I still cherish well into adulthood and well past my Catholicism, but I have to say, I miss her cookie jar. However, I’m reliving some of that related joy this week.
Seeing red poppies pop up over the hearts of men and women around town always means one thing: it’s time to remember. It’s time to remember the sacrifices made by our fellow citizens. It is time to remember the soldiers that fell and the lives that would never be the same. It’s time to remember how lucky we are to have the freedom and the peace we all enjoy, and often take for granted, today. Having grown up in a family where my grandparents have lived through the war, both as soldiers and civilians, this time of year has always been very special to me. Hearing their stories, only a few as most are still too painful to recall and share, makes me incredibly thankful to live in a peaceful country.
It’s the little things in life … Little things, simple things… that occur every day. They (whoever they are…) say it’s the secret to happiness…enjoying the little things. And I agree…completely and whole heartedly.
I don't think many people know this about me - and you certainly cannot tell while I'm fully clothed - but I'm kind of (and by kind of I mean really) into weight lifting. Biceps, triceps, 6packs; I'm all about them. And as a result, I very rarely consume desserts that are loaded with butter, sugar and all of that other junk people use to sabotage their svelte figures. My idea of a dessert is something that tastes delicious, while still nourishing my body - not something that makes me feel sluggish for hours on end. Furthermore, I refuse to eat anything that will hinder the process of me developing a set of abs similar to those of the Greek gods. No, really.
I tend to get in a cookie rut during the holidays. I make sugar cookies and thumbprints but never really venture out of my cooking making box. Yet when I saw the orange-pecan cookies in the most recent edition of vegetarian times, I knew I want to make them. I also knew I wanted to update the to be more like those chocolate covered oranges that make an appearance around the holidays.