Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Here's to you Mr.Robinson

The past few days have been cooler, hovering around 20*C instead of the 30 and above we were lucky enough to enjoy for a bit there. With the cooler weather comes a chance to catch up on household duties that get neglected when the sun is shining, and the beach is beckoning. Between all the housework over the last few days, we've snuck some cookie and bread baking into the mix.

 One reason for baking cookies is for Hottie Husband who has an extreme endurance event this weekend and needs healthy snacks with a complex combination of high carb-healthy fats-and protien to keep him fueled and racing for a full 24 hours! Sounds like fun right? The boys and I are looking forward to cheering him and his team on -  and if the boys are happy, we'll make it a full hour on the sidelines...I can only imagine what level of exhaustion he will be feeling upon completing this; and what sense of accomplishment as well!

 And the sweeter, chocolatey cookies were whipped up to say 'thank you' to Mr.Robinson [as Darius calls him] whom has been driving the-best-Daddy-in-the-world to work the past few days so we could have the car to run errands. Pretty awesome service in deed! According to Darius,"Mr.Robinson doesn't feel old enough to be called Mr.Robinson, but that's his name; so that's what I call him." I love how he calls adults Mr&Mrs and at times throws their first names in the middle too! Either way, Mr.Robinson is a great guy, and we really wanted to let him know that we appreciate his kindness and thought cookies might help drive that message home :)

Once both batches of cookies were whipped up and taste tested I just needed to share! Not only have both recipes received high praise and rave reviews, esspecially from Eli who cries when his cookie is gone haha! but there is always a need for cookies from the two extremes - healthy, and not so healthy but oh so incredibly yummy!. So here's to you Mr.Robinson! We'd love to bake for you anytime!

Cosmic Cookies
adapted from Planet Organic's orignial recipe

2 1/4 cupsold fashioned rolled oats
2 cupsSpelt flour
1 cupSunflower seeds
3/4 cup + 2 tbspPumpkin seeds
1/2 cupShredded coconut, unsweetened
1/4 cupFlax seeds, measured prior to grinding
1 cupGranulated cane sugar
1 tbspCinnamon, ground
2 1/4 tspSea salt
1 3/4 cupsDark chocolate chips
1 1/4 cupsRaisins
1/4 cupWater
1/4 cupfancy molasses
3/4 cupapple sauce, unsweetened
1 cupalmond milk, unsweetened

Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line baking trays with a silpat pad.
In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients, everything from oats to raisins. In a separate large bowl, combine wet ingredients, everything from water to almond milk. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix slow at a low speed (or by hand) until just combined. Do not over mix.
Portion cookie dough using a 1/3-cup measure and place onto lined baking tray. Gently flatten cookies before baking. Bake for 24 minutes or until lightly browned. Yields 24 cookies [ we also made smaller cookies, which are pictured above. For the smaller cookies we used our cookie scoop, and they baked for 12 minutes] Let rest on pan before transfering to cooling rack to cool completely. These are a fabulous option for breakfast cookies, meal replacements, or snacks!

Double Chocolate Coconut Cookies
adated from Tasty Kitchen


1-¼ cup fresh ground whole wheat  flour*

¼ cups (Rounded) Cocoa Powder, Unsweetened

1 teaspoon Baking Soda

1 teaspoon Baking Powder

⅛ teaspoons Salt

6 Tablespoons  Vegan Butter, Room Temperature

3 Tablespoons Coconut Oil

½ cups Granulated Cane Sugar

½ cups Powdered Maple Syrup [alternatively use brown sugar]

1 whole Large Egg [alternatviely use egg replacer, flax egg, or chia egg]

1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla

1 teaspoon Coconut Extract

1/4 cup apple sauce, unsweetened*

1 cup Shredded Coconut (unsweetened)

1 cup Old Fashioned Rolled Oats

1 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

Combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
In an electric mixer, cream together the butter, coconut oil, and sugars. Scrape down the sides and then add the egg, coconut extract, and vanilla, applesauce; mix to combine. On a low speed, gradually add the flour and cocoa mixture, until incorporated. Add the shredded coconut and oats and mix. Add chocolate chips and mix until just folded in. The dough will be pretty solid. Form into balls about the size of a heaping tablespoon and place on a lined-baking sheet (with a Silpat or parchment paper).
Bake at 350ºF for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for about 2 minutes more on the sheet, then remove and place on a cooling rack.

* omit applesauce if using all purpose flour.

Makes the most of these wonderful summer days, and bring the fun inside when outside isn't quite cooperating. Darius and I had a blast baking up a storm; and I'm sure Hottie Husband and Mr.Robinson will enjoy the fruits of our labours as well! 

Tuesday, 10 July 2012


Starting tomorrow and running through to July 15th is an amazing opportunity to learn more about living conscientiously, eating healthfully, and doing more good! Better yet - this is a free online event! To learn more about it, and to register for this event, head on over to Veganpaloozas home page here.

Friday, 6 July 2012

a little bit of heaven


          Summer is in full bloom in our neck of the woods - and we are loving it! Two mornings this week my sweet Darius was able to attend Stay N Play in our local park while Eli and I played on the playground, ran around, and snuck up on Darius to give him loves and hugs. Stay N Play is a program our city puts on for 3-5 year old kids from 10am-12pm for a week straight in several communities across the city. Because the weeks don't all coincide, you could potentially hit up a new community each week and have your child playing it up with others all summer long.
             Darius was thrilled to join this program, and I was equally happy as I watched him in his element - socialising, running, and laughing! It is a return to real entertainment, good old fashioned games like "What time is it Mr.Fox?", "Sleeping Giants", "Frozen Tag", and "Duck, Duck, Goose." I have such fond memories of these game - that was a major benefit to growing up in a cul-de-sac full of kids! The one downside was the port-o-potty on sight was a new sight for many kids, including Darius, and so it was a hot commodity. Because it was so popular, the camp leaders kept it pad-locked unless a child was using the facilities. Darius being the quiet ninja he is, was using the bathroom and the leaders didn't realise it; he had simply slipped in when another child was done. So when the activity changed and they were heading away from the port-o-potty area, Leader Buzz [the two girls took on special names for the week, one being 'Buzz', and the other 'Glitter'] locked the toilet and walked away. Meanwhile Eli and I were at the park, and noticed the kids moving on, but couldn't see Darius, so we began sweeping the park looking for him - fully expecting him to jump out at us from one of the stands of trees. The longer we looked, the more worried I became, and then I saw the port-o-potty door rattling...but no sound coming from inside. I ran over and said,"Buddy is that you?"
            "Mom, I locked myself in here hahaha!" Thankfully he thought he had done it, so it was funny! I told him to hang tight and that I would get someone to help me get him out. He calmly waited while I went and got Buzz, and she and I ran back to let him out. Darius amazes me daily, but really this is one of those situations where he took my breath away! Without loosing a beat, he ran right back into the fray once the door was opened - no worries, no need for consoling, simply pure confidence that his Mama would deliver the rescue that was had promised! Later when I told him that hes one of the bravest people I know he laughed and said,"of course I am Mom!" I simply love this boy!!

           After a morning of running with the neighbourhood, we head back out after nap time to play at the beach. Basically we are living outdoors haha! But it is wonderful, sunny, and a shame not to take advantage of the beauty of it all! I am looking forward to getting to the beach with Hubby in tow so I can enjoy some paddle surfing while the boys build sandcastles with Daddy - something that will make this summer really stand apart from all the rest! Loving lake living - loving life! And loving learning important life lessons - like trust and confidence - from my sweet men!

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Time Crunched

Between work, travel, catching up with friends - and of course being a Mama! - I have had little to no down time in the past few weeks! It seems like every moment I think I will have to sit down and ruminate for a minute gets swept up in reading Bob the Builder, making popcorn, playing at the park, or returning phone calls! Not that I'm complaining! In fact its quite the opposite, I have been having a great time with my little family as summer has finally decided to arrive in our neck of the woods.

 The important thing to remember, health wise, when life sweeps you up and carries you with the current, is to stay consistent in choosing good foods, making fitness a priority, and getting the sleep your body needs - regardless of the length of your 'to do' list! Caitlin over at Healthy Tipping Point illustrated this point perfectly today, so instead of reiterating, I am going to gladly link you over to her! Have you seen her blog before? I seriously love it! And for time crunched fitness, head on over to bodyrock.tv for 12 minute workouts - a great alternative to doing nothing when you only have minutes to spare!