What is better than Chocolate Chip Cookies and quilts – not much. And if you can honestly say you have made a healthy chocolate chip cookie what is better than that! Even with the changes the cookies taste the same as always.
If you head over to my daughters blog All She Cooks – formerly At Home Take Two you will find a lot of recipes once again on Wonderful Food Wednesday. First the recipe than the quilt.
What makes these Chocolate Chip Cookies healthier for you – cut the salt in half! use some Truvia instead of all sugar, a little ground flax seed AND Dark Chocolate Chips – everyone knows that dark chocolate is better for you than milk chocolate! – Not much of a change but you can really and truly say they are healthier for you than regular chocolate chip cookies – not much but there you go – you have to have a sense of humor you know! Say it often enough and you will come to believe that chocolate chip cookies are a new health food!
Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter (or if you want a flatter chewy cookie do 1/2 butter and 1/2 shortening)
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup ground flax seed (can be omitted if you don’t have it or don’t want it!)
1/4 cup blended Truvia for baking (use a 1/2 cup sugar if you want to instead)
1 tablespoon pure vanilla
2 large eggs
1 – 10 oz bag dark chocolate chips
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
Cream the butter, eggs and sugars together then add the rest of the ingredients combine until well mixed.
Drop by spoonful’s onto a greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 10 to 12 minutes depending on your oven. Eat them hot out of the oven like we do!
I finished quilting the second baby quilt last night! Now to the binding today and then back to hexies I will take a photo of both of the baby quilts after they are washed and dried and have that lovely crinkly look later today or tomorrow.
Yesterday I didn’t spend much time sewing/quilting. I did bake bread, clean house, grocery shop and start to organize my fabric a little bit.
Last week Doreen from Treadlemusic posted a wonderful sounding bread recipe that I just had to try. I put my loaves in bread pans whereas she had made round loaves – but the end result is the same – wonderful home baked bread! The bread was at this post – Wildrice/Craisin Sourdough Artisian Bread. Go to her post for the recipe. Her loaves look prettier than mine the way she formed such nice circles, but as you can see shortly after it came out of the oven half of a loaf was gone – it was just that good! (I used cranberries as that was what I had and also I thought I picked up a bag of wild rice but it was actually a mixture of wild rice and 4 other rice’s – it still turned out good but it was probably a little different that Doreen’s recipe.
I am wrapping some of my fabric around the comic book cardboard’s that I got from Amazon. The fabric I am doing this with is mainly between 1/2 yard cuts to about 2 or 3 yards. I haven’t gotten very far but it is a start. I also want to go through all the fat quarters and arrange in stacks by color. I need to stop by Hobby Lobby and see if I can get some more of the empty bolt cardboard’s that they sometimes have available for the larger pieces – I was going to do that last week and didn’t get around to it. I will arrange these by color when I get done wrapping onto the cardboard’s.
And then of course there are all the small pieces stacked up in the wire baskets – they might be fat quarter size and they might be smaller or bigger – they are such a mess and not organized any longer so many things have been taken in and out of them. I would like to go through them as well.
The fat quarter stacks are almost to the point of tipping over – I have a lot of dark colors here don’t I. I would really like to organize in color groups so I can see more easily what I have.
Then there is always the never ending scrap basket that has not gotten cut up into useable scraps yet – I keep intending to do that and occasionally I do a little bit – but it never gets done – well it ever? It is packed to the gills. If I ever get it all cut I do believe I will need more of my boxes to keep the pre-cut pieces in. I already have 11 boxes on the top shelf – only 2 or 3 of them though are completely full – still room in most of them and that is after making 2 string pillows in January, and the two charity quilts earlier in the month – I really do think I can make 2 or 3 queen size patchwork quilts and still not use them all!
Some of you in the south aren’t as familiar with rhubarb as those in the north – I love it, I grew up with rhubarb in Wisconsin when I was a kid. I got a bit from my daughter Jessica who currently lives in Wisconsin and is growing a nice patch of her own – At Home Take Two – last September – I froze about 4 quart bags when we visited and brought home with me in the RV. I used up the last bag making a really good rhubarb crisp.
1 cup brown sugar
4 cups chopped rhubarb – if frozen keep frozen – stir the brown sugar in and set aside while making the crust
3/4 cups brown sugar
1 cup flour
1 cup oats
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
2/3 cup butter, margarine, or shortening chilled
Put the crust ingredients in a bowl, cut the butter into the dry ingredients until it is all crumbly – put half in a 8 x 8 inch pan and press onto the bottom. Spoon the rhubarb/sugar mixture and top with the remaining crumbs and press down a little.
Bake at 350 for about 1 hour until nicely browned. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream. For those of you who do not know this is what chopped up rhubarb looks like – it can be green or red – mine was a mixture. My recipe was for apple crisp and I replaced the apple with rhubarb and added a little more sugar (rhubarb is not sweet!)
First I am posting a recipe for Wonderful Food Wednesday and then my quilting.
I love pancakes. I do not make them real often as I don’t take the time to cook breakfast often. I wanted something different today so I made my granola pancakes. You can make these with store bought granola or homemade like my granola is. With mine I rarely ever make it exactly the same way – it depends on what I toss in my granola.
1/2 cup granola of your choice (or substitute oatmeal if you feel like it and have Oatmeal Pancakes instead)
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cups almond milk ( that is what I use but you can use any kind of milk)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
I just toss everything in a bowl and mix it up. My granola had nuts and dried cherries and blueberries in it so my pancakes had a crunchiness to it and berries. Heat your griddle and coat with oil or cooking spray. Make the pancakes the size you want and cook on one side for several minutes and then the other. This recipe makes a small batch of about 6 medium pancakes. Put some butter and hot syrup on them and enjoy!
Now the quilting. I was only going to quilt this one following the seams once again but with the blocks being 4 1/2 inches I thought it might need a little more so today I will do diagonal lines also on it. I haven’t used that batting before that I used so I want to make sure it will be quilted enough. It is such a small quilt compared to what I normally make that it hasn’t taken up much of my time at all. I have the binding made and ready to get on it also and hope to get it up to the hand stitching part of the binding today.
What sidetracked me yesterday was Downton Abbey! I watched two of the shows and I think I have 3 shows left to watch and I won’t be surprised if I don’t watch more of it today. I can not work on the machine when I am watching something like that so the baby quilt got put aside while I got the Diamonds are Forever hexies out and got busy hand stitching. Each diamond takes about 20 minutes to stitch or so. I got these six done and then last night while watching NCIS I got 3 more done not shown here. Right now I do believe I have about 30 diamonds made. I have it written down somewhere how many I need and I think I will put a piece of paper in the box with the count so I won’t have to keep recounting to see what I have.
I do need to get back to hand quilting on the frame – I haven’t touched it in several days and I will when I get this baby quilt done – then I will have two of them to send off to Operation Home Front and I will take a break from those for a little bit. I would like to make one now and then to send off but I haven’t a clue at this time how many I will make. I have been glad to start using some of the squares that I had cut last year though in my stash – it gives satisfaction to make some thing quickly from pre-cut squares from the stash.
I ordered some Bella White (what I am using for the Patchwork of the Crosses) from the Fat Quarter Shop today as it is on sale and my bolt is coming close to the end. I really liked ordering a whole bolt to keep using instead of buying bits now and then. I knew that if I used it for a variety of things I could just order more as it is such a staple color – I kept it on the bolt with the color number and so glad I did as they have about 5 white colors. White is something I use so much. This time I asked for 10 yards and I got a phone call within hours asking me if it was ok to send it in two pieces as they didn’t have a full 10 yards cut and I said yes that was great – such fast service it is already supposed to be on it’s way tomorrow. I will wrap this 10 yards onto the bolt I have as I don’t need really long lengths most of the time. The big plus about Bella Solids is Fat Quarter Shop runs it on sale every now and then for about $5.60 a yard – can’t beat that price.
Quick run on over to my daughter Jessica’s blog At Home Take Two and see these quick meals to fix – you will have more time to quilt if you do something for anyone’s taste.
Just when you think the worst of winter is gone we hear we might be in for an ice storm. Snow sometime later today from what they say and then ice in the nighttime hours – lets hope for no power outages!
My daughter Jessica over at At Home Take Two has a feature called “Wonderful Food Wednesday” - you might want to check out the links to all the wonderful recipes . I am including the biscuits I made last night for this. Recipe is from the Southern Living Cookbook featured in the cookbook shown.
Sweet Potato Biscuits I made these lovelies last night for supper and have a bag of them in the freezer as well. Nice and soft – yeast and baking powder in them. So nice and soft that they are more the texture of dinner rolls instead of biscuits.
Too lazy to type it in = here’s the recipe. I had no canned sweet potatoes – I boiled and mashed two large ones and mixed the butter in with them when I mashed them and it worked out great.
I got all my pieces of the rainbow trimmed to the correct size yesterday and I plan on getting the design wall up and get started sewing today – of course if the power goes out I will work on one of my hand projects instead -
I have my two ferns and the petunia hanging basket back in the house to weather out the storm coming – of course I put them outside too early but I have only had to bring them in the house a couple of times in the past two weeks believe it or not. This cold spell won’t last that long I bet.