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I made some organic gluten free cookies this weekend that turned out well enough I thought they’d be worth sharing. I tend to steer away from cookie recipes because of the huge amounts of sugar called for, but lately I just want some cookies!

After finding a few different recipes on the web that I could relate to, I made my own variation with less sugar, some changes to the flour mixture and the addition of coffee grounds. They came out light, a little bit flaky, moist and soft, with a slight crisp around the edges – not to mention super tasty. Pretty close to perfect.

Recipe:

1 3/4 cups brown rice flour

1/4 cup tapioca flour

1/4 cup arrowroot powder

2 Tbs ground flaxseed

3 Tbs ground sesame seeds

1 tsp xanthan gum

1/4 cup raw sugar

1/2 cup maple syrup

2 eggs

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

3/4 Cups softened butter (1.5 sticks)

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 Tbs coffee grounds

1 1/2 Cups dark chocolate chips

Mix together your dry ingredients, including chocolate chips, and with the exception of the sugar.

Cream the softened butter with the sugar, maple syrup and vanilla extract.

Add the eggs to the butter mixture and stir well.

Now combine everything together and mix well.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Spread your cookie sheet with oil, or cover with parchment paper. Since we don’t cook on metal, I used oiled glass bake pans.

Spoon dough onto the pan, spaced about 1.5 – 2 inches apart.

Bake for 9-15 minutes, depending on how you like them, and what kind of pan you cook them on. On glass, I cooked mine for close to 15 minutes. Glass takes longer to heat than metal though, so set your timer for 9 minutes and then keep a watch on them. When they are done, make sure to eat some right out of the oven! When they fully cool, they are a soft cookie, and I am happy with how well they retained their moisture.

Next time I will try adding twice the coffee grounds and only about half the sweetener, and I’d probably add some seeds, nuts or oats for a more balanced snack. With all the chocolate chips, I think they would be sweet enough (for me) without any additional sweetener.

I have heard enthusiastic mentions of these cookies at least half a dozen times today. They were a big success… and I got my cookie fix.

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Hi friends! I know, it’s been pretty quiet around here. We have jumped on this stretch of dry weather we’ve been having, and have been working on our house like crazy. Among the projects has been painting the exterior. The lower level is almost done! The lower level is a daylight basement, and all the outer walls are concrete block. Much of the surface was very funky. It took days of power washing and scraping to prepare for re-covering.

Since moving here, the basement has been mostly ignored. It will be a huge project down there, to bring it to a state that we feel will be comfortable and fully live-able. Inside, it is still empty, with bare floors. We have been slowly devising a plan, but in the mean time our efforts have mostly been focused on our current, immediate living space. It has been nice to put some attention down there. One thing at a time.

The Ruche (shown above, with snaps!), will be getting a bit of a revision to make it even more functional. The Ruche has been a long time favorite, and there have been a few ways I have wanted to improve upon it. If you own a Ruche, and have any suggestions, please email me! I would love to hear about them. If you order a Ruche before the revision gets released, and would like snaps added, just make a note when you check out and I will add them for you, free of additional charge.

And one more little tidbit (tidbit? what kind of word is tidbit?)… According to the Farmer’s Almanac, July is The Full Buck Moon. “July is normally the month when the new antlers of buck deer push out of their foreheads in coatings of velvety fur.” We found that pretty interesting, because we have definitely had a lot of energy building around here among the bucks. Last July they put on quite a show, butting heads and running around in circles with each other in the yard. I often wish that I could be a deer for a day and see what they are thinking and how they are perceiving. What kind of animal would you be for a day, if you could?

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world of water

New morning unfolding. Wake up, start coffee, check email, sew… sip coffee in sunshine, put on swim suit, pack a snack, and go to lake! This is really easy to get used to : )

I hope everyone enjoyed the weekend. The weather is hot here today, and supposed to be throughout the week! “Hot” is not a common word used to refer to the weather on the Oregon coast, so we are soaking it right up.

Here’s to new adventures, big and small.

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simple celebrations

It was my birthday this week. Celebrations were simple, the kind I like best – swimming, sunning, laughing and enjoying nature with family. Feeling really happy in my life, and grateful for what I have.

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