Ahhh. Back to normal, talking about what I do best–quilting and food.
Here’s dessert from a couple of nights ago–fantabulous. Apple topped with a wedge of laughing cow lite, walnuts, and those little things are some cinnamon chips. Yummy. This made me think of all the crazy fancy caramel apples that are out there ($9.99 at the grocery store the other day!) You could make your own lower calorie version any number of ways!
I was in a little quilting stall. Couldn’t quite figure out what direction to go it after my spa week and the big quilt show. Decided the best thing to do was to finish a project. This is the little quilt (probably 14″X16″) based on the drawings by the little 8 year old girl that I sponsor through Compassion. She is quite the artist and I hope to make more of her drawings into quilts as she grows!
This next food pictured is so scrumptious–my new favorite fall food. I used the base of Katie’s recipe for “Pumpkin Bread in a Bowl.” After trying it, I realized I loved the liquid part, but don’ t really want to eat cereal that much. I used her recipe as is, except for using 1/4 cup eggbeaters and 1/2 cup of almond breeze. I guess that means I didn’t use her recipe as is and should publish my own. Maybe later. Anyway, it is kind of a thick liquid, like a dessert soup, and then floated some greek yogurt in the middle and topped with pumpkin granola. Last night, I eliminated the yogurt and just had the ‘soup’ topped with granola for dessert. Serious yummmm!
Yesterday morning I did some batch cooking. Its always fun to try a new recipe. In my never ending quest to TRY to like bean creations, I had bookmarked this recipe. It is very different than what I usually would do myself, and I really had to talk myself into making it instead of another chocolate chip type creation. These are Healthy Cookies with Rosemary, Raisins, and Chickpeas. And this time I followed the recipe. Oh, wait. I had to substitute some stuff cause I didn’t have what it asked for. Basically, had to make some nut butter before I even started–had a bag of cashews in the cupboard. Saved 1/4 cup to chop and add to the balls, and made cashew butter for the recipe. I also didn’t have rice flour, so used oat flour. And, I decided to try peeling the beans, to see if that made a difference. Because one of the reasons I don’t like beans is the texture. Anyway, these were a HUGE SUCCESS. Really quite wonderful. I love the texture. The rosemary is very mild, and the raisins are just the right additive. I can see using this base recipe to make a lot of other ‘cookies.’ They remind me of shortbread.
Here’s the question, though. They are not calorie free, due to the nut butter, and the generous additives of raisins and nuts. 180 calories per ball. Sometimes I make/eat something like this and I think, why are you doing this. A cookie of a similar size would be about the same amount of calories. And then I think, well, you are never happy with one cookie, and besides when you eat this, you are actually eating something that is nourishing for you. What do you all think about this?