Summer party planning….

For my household summer is finally here.

Organizing wise I am washing and packing away the rest of the winter coats.  I had packed away the boots and snow pants a few weeks ago.  My kids are older and the amount of “after school’s out” paper deluge is becoming less and less.  In fact I only have one packet of papers from one child and a small pile from the other. Such a relief.

We are having a few friends over to celebrate the end of school and are planning a super simple menu.  Chips and salsa, fruit, drinks and some yummy baked goods.  (Including the awesome little sugar cookies in the above picture!)

In the garden I have lots of seedlings coming up and have planted plenty of tomato plants.  I know, “but you can’t eat tomatoes”! But I feel a vegetable garden is not a garden without tomatoes. So this year I have 5 different types, and a few pepper plants too.  My favorite part of gardening is letting things bloom and go to seed.

Garden 5/28/2019
Carpet of seedlings.
Garden-2 5/28/2019
Carpet of seedlings.

In part of my garden I currently have a blanket of fennel, dill, cilantro, mustard, and borage seedlings.  It smells heavenly when you walk through them.  I’ll pull most of it up in a few weeks when I plant another round of seeds.

The Nourished Festival is in Chicago this weekend.  If you are new to Celiac/Food Allergies it is a great place to get know companies that truly care about allergy friendly foods.  If you have been living with Celiac/Food Allergies for awhile it is always good to scope out the new finds and sample some of the new products that will be in stores soon.  I shared the event on the Cygnet Organizing facebook page and if you buy tickets ahead of time there is a discount.

Part of being an AllerCoach™ is Auto injector education.  Always have at least two auto injectors with you.

Can you spot the auto injector?
Can you spot the auto injector?

I’m not sure I would be brave enough to not have my auto injector secured inside of something, but this made my day to see this woman biking.  I usually use a running belt to hold my Auvi-q’s and phone while biking, but may need to get a real bike shirt.

I hope summer arrives for your home soon.  -Susan

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Chocolate Chunk Peppermint Cookies (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Tree Nut-Free, Peanut-Free & Nightshade-Free)

Today is National Brownie Day!  And I may be making Brownies later, but I am finishing up these yummy soft cookies I made the other night.

I usually top them with Candy Cane bits, but they have been hard to find this season.  I could try to break up some candy Canes, but the last time I did that it was not pretty.

I use chocolate chunks in these cookies, but they would be just as good with chips.  The teaspoon of peppermint oil gives it a nice holiday taste.  I have made these at other times of the year and left the peppermint out and they are just as good.

One of my goals for this winter is to add more Hygge to my life.  To slow down and enjoy the holiday season.  To be thankful for my snuggly cats and the warm blankets.  To listen to Christmas music and turn the lights on on my tree whenever I am home.  Some coffee and the soft cookies were a great Hygge addition to today.

Chocolate Chunk Peppermint Cookies

  • Servings: 24 large cookies+
  • Difficulty: easy-moderate
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Ingredients

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Chocolate Chunk Peppermint Cookies
  • 1 cup Earth Balance Soy-Free sticks
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2 cups Namaste Flour
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • dash of salt
  • 1-2 cups chocolate chunks or chips
  • optional Candy Cane bits

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In the bowl of a mixer cream together butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and peppermint extract
  3. In a separate bowl combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt
  4. Add dry ingredients slowly to running mixer until combined.  The batter will be extremely thick.
  5. Mix in chocolate chunks
  6. Using a medium scoop or a large soup spoon make 2 inch diameter cookie balls and place on silpat lined cookie sheet.  I only had room for about 8 cookies per sheet
  7. IF adding candy cane bits sprinkle them over the top.  You may need to add some pressure to get them to stick.
  8. Bake for 12 minutes
  9. Cool before moving to a rack to cool all the way.  Although we enjoy them hot and melty and often reheat them in the microwave!
  10. Enjoy!

 

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