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An Unlikely Duo: Carrots and Cookies

by caroline

And here is what I’m dealing with ….

My new Babycakes cookbook is killing me in all of its delicious glory. Chocolate chip death is upon me … I can feel it …

But while I’m still kickin’ let me tell you, these little wonders are beyond yummy … just go ahead and let ’em rock on with their gluten-free, vegan bad selves. Really — there’s nothing you and I can do to change it.

I made a few little changes in the original recipe, including the addition of my flour instead of the Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free All-Purpose Baking Flour the recipe calls for and I swapped some of the coconut oil for safflower oil.

Oh, my gosh. They are just divine. Seriously. Absolute heaven. I can’t wait to dunk these in some of my homemade almond milk tonight.

On another wonderful note, Dan’s appointment at the doc’s went A-OK and he is cleared to drive. Woot, woot! That means I am not longer his chauffeur. Not that I mind helping him, by the way. My issue is really more that I am much more of an indoor kitty and I hate to drive. Especially, on rainy, icky days like today.

Speaking of Dan, he is right about now whipping up a Thai Basil Coconut Rice with some tofu for me and chicken for him. He also put together a side of these tasty orange guys:

Quick and simple carrots in a (foil) bag! Dan preheated the oven to 400 degrees, then peeled the carrots and left them whole, placing them on a sheet of foil. He then topped the carrots with:

  • Tablespoon of butter
  • fresh herbs (he used thyme and rosemary sprigs,  and some chopped basil)
  • a dash of salt, pepper, nutmeg and cinnamon
  • 1-2 Tbsps of white wine
  • and a slice of lemon

Wrap the foil loosely around the carrots, so that it forms a “tent” and place in oven for about 40 minutes or until tender. But, really, this is not a “recipe” … have fun with it. Switch up the toppings by adding honey, chili powder, different herbs, garlic, onion, olive oil, a sprinkle of brown sugar — whatever! The convenient part about these is that you just toss everything into the foil packet and let the oven do the magic.

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Tonight, I am going to set aside the cooking books and health mags, and finish up the last book in my latest book series crush: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (the final book in the Hunger Games series). If you are a Harry Potter or even Twilight fan, pick this series up if you haven’t already — I promise it will not disappoint.

In fact, the only thing that makes me sad about this series is that it’s over. Does anyone else feel that way when you finish a book? I become so absorbed in a good story that I feel like characters are a part of my life. When Harry Potter was over, it was tough to come to terms with the fact that Harry, Ron, Hermione and the others would no longer be “familiar” faces.

What books have made you feel like that? Give me your suggestions — they might just fill the void that is quickly creeping up on me!

Nighty, night!