May 07, 2010

so long mister

Mr.Tibbs 1996-2010
he was the best cat we could have had
he loved to purr and sit in your lap
he loved to sit in sunny patches on the wood floors
he caught flies and spiders
he caught mice, even with no claws
he loved to play with the easter bunny's eggs before the kids could get them
he loved to chew on the house plants
he loved us as much as we loved him
he was the best cat we could have ever had and we'll miss him forever.
like seth said, "i'll always remember him in my heart."
so will i

January 27, 2010

free! free! free!!!

my friend's third child, hazel, is allergic to many of the things i bake with everyday; dairy, wheat and soy. it's her 4th birthday and i wanted her to have something special that she could eat that wouldn't give her the itchiest arms on the planet! i texted her mum asking if she could have this product or that one and kept notes. i found a couple interesting recipies but the one i'm showing you now is a very simple one for spelt cookies (here). this cookie is dairy free, wheat free and soy free!
i didn't want to use oil for the cookies, so i got some organic coconut butter and softened it up. the only problem i had with this recipe was the directions. i think you should make these like you would any other cookie: cream the fat and sugar (in this case apple juice and oil) and then add in the flour mixture until just combined. i also think when i make these again i'll substitute the apple juice concentrate for apple sauce. the texture is very dense and combined with these milk free chocolate chips is a really great little cookie!



2 1/3 cups spelt flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup apple juice concentrate, thawed
1/2 cup oil
3/4 cup milk-free unsweetened or semi-sweet chips
-- (carob or chocolate) OR
3/4 cup chopped nuts, any kind


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly oil baking sheet. In a bowl combine the spelt flour and baking soda. In a separate bowl mix the oil and apple juice concentrate, and stir into the flour mixture, until just mixed. Fold in the chips or nuts.

Drop by heaping teaspoonful onto the baking sheet and bake 10-14 minutes or until they begin to brown. Using a spatula, immediately remove to wire racks. Allow to cool.

For sweeter cookies boil down 1 1/4 cups of the apple juice concentrate to measure 3/4 cup.