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angry cookies

since I’m all about keepin’ it real I’ll be honest –

I’m trudging through days that you just wanna pull hair out
…and not necessarily your own hair

so I decided spur-of-the-moment to make angry cookies


I tried to make them all ominous looking
{just kidding, kind of}

the kind of cookies that you look around and say,
“what could I throw in this mix just because?”

no recipe when you’re angry
no, no
just wing it and know they’ll prob be nothing you’ll make ever again

MY angry cookies consisted of honey, PB, handfuls of oatmeal, choc chips

{after a batch my daughter and I decided they needed bananas}

Are they the worst cookies ever? No
Will I make them again exactly the same angry way? No

enough said.

do YOU ever angry bake?

9 times out of ten it accomplishes nothing –
but it’s better than meditating on angry, I suppose??!!

banana bread {low sugar}


I should label this:
the bread that worked more than once

banana bread and brownies are two things I usually can NEVER make the same way twice
(homemade style, not box mixes)
and I don’t know why…just a fact

BUT, I’ve finally worked out recipes for both that actually work! repeatedly : )

Here’s the Banana Bread

1 stick butter (soften in your oven while it’s warming up)
1/2 – 3/4 c. honey
2 eggs
3 big, ripe bananas
1 t. cinnamon
1 small splash of milk (or cream)
1 small splash vanilla
2 cups whole wheat flour (or flour of choice)
1 t. baking powder
1 t. baking soda
small pinch of salt

choc chips, nuts, or whatever add-ins you may like (op.)
Mix butter and honey together. Add eggs.

Mash bananas in a separate bowl with cinnamon, milk and vanilla. Add to mix.

Add flour and rest of ingredients. Mix just until combined.

Bake at 330 for 1 hour.

Leave in pan 5 – 10 mins. Let cool on its side on a rack just a bit more.
{Makes 1 loaf}

My kids loved it and I seriously only used 1/2 c. honey, max.
You can substitute granulated sugar for the honey, but why if you don’t have to!!


DIY brown sugar


Always said I was going to try whipping up my own brown sugar,
so I finally did last week…

I’m telling you – easy!

2 cups white granulated sugar to 1 1/2 tablespoons of molasses

That’s a hefty amount of molasses so you may try 1 tablespoon first…
I knew I’d be adding extra amounts of sugar to get the quantity I wanted so I started out with more molasses.

*Also ~ you can adjust more or less sugar amounts depending on if you want light or dark brown sugar.

Use an “unsulphered” molasses.

tip: use a fork to blend the molasses into your white sugar

it WILL blend – don’t give up after the initial glopiness
Trust me!

and stirring the mixture in my biggest liquid measuring cup/pourer was waaaay easier than in a regular bowl

Pretty soon you’ll have brown fluffy goodness!!
of course we immediately tested it out with a batch of choc chip cookies : )

THIS cake? Yes, please!


I just saw this {from Pioneer Woman} in my Reader and without hesitation showed it to hubs in order to put in an early request for my Mother’s Day/Birthday cake.

My words: “I want this.”

He said to bookmark it and he’ll be all on that come May.
Shall we place our bets???

I think he can pull it off : ) …or else.

fun info

Have you seen this? Great way to teach our kids about good eating habits,

plus a fun homeschooling tool. : )

{love stuff like this…}

Titled: God’s Pharmacy


A sliced Carrot looks like the human eye. The pupil, iris and radiating lines look just like the human eye… And YES, science now shows carrots greatly enhance blood flow to and function of the eyes.


A Tomato has four chambers and is red. The heart has four chambers and is red. All of the research shows tomatoes are loaded with lycopine and are indeed pure heart and blood food.


Grapes hang in a cluster that has the shape of the heart. Each grape looks like a blood cell and all of the research today shows grapes are also profound heart and blood vitalizing food.


A Walnut looks like a little brain, a left and right hemisphere, upper cerebrums and lower cerebellums. Even the wrinkles or folds on the nut are just like the neo-cortex. We now know walnuts help develop more than three (3) dozen neuron-transmitters for brain function.


Kidney Beans actually heal and help maintain kidney function and yes, they look exactly like the human kidneys.


Celery, Bok Choy, Rhubarb and many more look just like bones. These foods specifically target bone strength. Bones are 23% sodium and these foods are 23% sodium. If you don’t have enough sodium in your diet, the body pulls it from the bones, thus making them weak. These foods replenish the skeletal needs of the body.


Avocados, Eggplant and Pears target the health and function of the womb and cervix of the female – they look just like these organs. Today’s research shows that when a woman eats one avocado a week, it balances hormones, sheds unwanted birth weight, and prevents cervical cancers. And how profound is this? It takes exactly nine (9) months to grow an avocado from blossom to ripened fruit. There are over 14,000 photolytic chemical constituents of nutrition in each one of these foods (modern science has only studied and named about 141 of them).


Figs are full of seeds and hang in twos when they grow. Figs increase the mobility of male sperm and increase the numbers of Sperm as well to overcome male sterility.


Sweet Potatoes look like the pancreas and actually balance the glycemic index of diabetics.


Olives assist the health and function of the ovaries


Oranges , Grapefruits, and other Citrus fruits look just like the mammary glands of the female and actually assist the health of the breasts and the movement of lymph in and out of the breasts.


Onions look like the body’s cells. Today’s research shows onions help clear waste materials from all of the body cells. They even produce tears which wash the epithelial layers of the eyes. A working companion, Garlic, also helps eliminate waste materials and dangerous free radicals from the body.

Sweet Treats



Don’t forget your furry friends this Valentine’s Day! Yes, I’m talking pets.

We made these simple treats for our Wheaton terrier during the Christmas season. A little special something for her because, after all, our pets are family members and deserve unique “I love you’s” too. : )

Yogurt Treats

*32 oz container of plain, or vanilla yogurt
(we use Stonyfield organic)
*1/2 – 1 cup peanut butter
*Honey (op.)

Mix yogurt with peanut butter in a medium bowl. Add a tablespoon or two of honey.
(We go heavier on the PB because our Emma looooooves it!)

Dollop into your favorite molds, or ice cube trays. Freeze.
Pop out and store in a ziplock bag in freezer – OR – toss a batch into a cute container with a fun bow on top for your pet’s BFF!!
*Always check your breed’s allergy tendencies – most breeds of dogs are fine to eat these ingredients – yogurt is very good for a lot of breeds, but check for yourself because I am no expert!



We used heart molds. The approx 2 inch sized hearts were the perfect size. We even packaged some in a Chinese takeout container for Emma’s favorite friend, Annie (gma and gpa’s Cavalier King Charles Spaniel). Both girls loved these treats on Christmas Day! We still have extras in our freezer from that batch. Bonus!


20130129-113441.jpg And definitely let them lick the spoons!!



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Gina from The Shabby Creek Cottage
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The DIY Dreamer

pie dish brownies


Baking brownies in the pie dish. Am I the only one that does these things for kicks?

Remember this recipe I found on Jen’s blog?!! Yep, we’re still makin’ them. Already had our black beans soaked and cooked so of course we’re on our second batch of brownies in two days : )
{Black Bean Brownies}