Monday, January 19, 2015


Today I was experimenting with an older recipe of mine and after all was said and done, they turned out quite well. I replaced the white flour with almond flour and oat flour and replaced the sugars with coconut sugar and cane sugar.

So the recipe I used today is as follows:

Crackerjack Cookies

1 cup of butter
1 cup of cane sugar (to replace the white)
1 cup of coconut sugar (to replace the brown)
2 eggs
2 teaspoons of vanilla
1 cup of almond flour
2 ½ cups of oat flour (simply oat flakes ground in my Vitamix)
1 teaspoon of baking soda
2 cups of oats
2 cups of rice crispies

Drop by spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet (I lined mine with parchment paper) and press down slightly.
Bake for 10-11 minutes in a 325* oven. My cookies looked quite underdone when I took them out but they finished their baking while cooling on the cookie sheet. This made 50 good sized cookies.

A few notes about what happened today:

  • I think I only needed ¾ cup of butter, rather than a whole cup but I'll play with that next time
  • If I had used less butter, I would have needed less flour
  • Because almond flour isn't a very dry flour, it took a lot more oat flour to reduce the wetness of the dough
  • I also could probably cut the amount of sugar down as well, but I didn't want to experiment with too many variables at the same time

(A fabulous cookie jar from my sister!)

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Welcome to 2015

A new year is now upon us and our family sure ended 2014 in a great way. I have no idea how to condense a super fun week into a blog post but I'll try.

On December 25, our friends from Birmingham, Alabama flew up to see us for a week. Our time was spent introducing them to our family and friends as well as all the wonderful things that a snowy province has in store. On the 26th, we went sledding at a friend's acreage and they were amazed that they were walking on a frozen lake. The kids spent a lot of time with Arianna in the various yards enjoying the cold, the snow and the activities that we do here. 

The girls after church

One of our excursions included a trip to West Edmonton Mall which at 5.3 million square feet, the Mall is the size of a small city and is accredited as a zoo.
West Edmonton Mall is home to more than 800 stores and services including nine world-class attractions, two hotels, over 100 dining venues, the widest variety of one-of-a-kind retailers, and entertainment for all ages. It also holds the record for the world's largest indoor amusement park and wave pool. The waterpark was the main event of our day in addition to tackling some shopping during the busiest week of the year. We hung out there for a few hours and yet barely scratched the surface of what we could see.  I found out that it would take nearly 72 hours to check out every single store in the mall. This was also the evening that us adults took the time to have a childless dinner at one of mine and Doug's favorite food places. 

 James. Loved. Joshua.

The next day we loaded up into a 15 passenger van and headed for Jasper, home of our Rocky Mountains.  The day was clear and we were treated to a spectacular view of the snow covered caps of these magnificent rocks. We walked around the town of Jasper for a while, ensuring that our souther guests had a true experience of walking around in the cold. With a bone chilling wind to boot. Our hotel for the evening faced Pyramid Lake and was a spectacular view to wake up to. Doug was a wonderful tour guide as he took us down the Icefield Parkway with our main destination being the Columbian Icefield. The mountains did not disappoint us as Scott and Lelia experienced the greatness of walking on a mountain while seeing a glacier in the distance. 

 This lake was unbelievably beautiful - pictures don't do it justice

 Waterfalls freeze too

 This was the lake off our hotel

 Just about on top of the world!

 The Athabasca Falls

 The Columbian Icefield. It was getting cold and windy!

 Tourists? I think so! :)

One final group shot as we prepared to say good-bye.

Their flight was to take off at 6:00 on New Year's morning so our final evening was spent gathering up their belongings, doing a final load of laundry and helping pack their stuff. This was our fourth time since 2007 that we've gotten together and each time has been a lot of fun. We've made a lifetime of memories and I can't wait until we meet again!


Related Posts with Thumbnails