Just a little Farmhouse Zen...

Need a little zen? Grab a big pot and boil together the ordinary, the quirky, the simple, and the sweet. Reduce to a simmer and add a sprinkling of yoga and a dash of country charm. Enjoy!

Monday, August 24, 2009

I have the recipe, now I need a Cookie Jar!

OK, I LOVE cookies...most any kind will do, but my most favorite cookies involve chocolate chips. I love making them, I love smelling them, and I really love eating them! Cake is fine and I eat my fair share of ice cream, but cookies are definitely at the top of my list!

Years ago, my mother-in-law gave me a Winnie-the-Pooh cookie jar. Our son was only about a year old, and it was probably more for his amusement than mine, but I've always been fond of Pooh Bear and enjoyed having a deep jar for my yummy baked cookies. The jar managed to survive a couple of moves, but several years later, it met it's match with my daughters cat who took great pride in her ability to break and enter. That's exactly what she did to the jar...she broke it, then climbed inside. Poor Pooh Bear!

Now that I am back in an old farm house, storage space is once again more concept than reality and I don't have room to keep a plate of fresh baked cookies on the counter. (Not to mention, we now have a dog that could medal if Counter Surfing were a competitive sport). So, I find I am in need, once again, of a jar for my cookies.

I spent the weekend trolling through the shops of my friends at http://www.etsy.com/. Oh, the lovely things I've found! Etsy.com is the place for all things handmade. Etsy sellers are a talented and friendly bunch from all over the world, although you'll probably find someone right in your own community, and the types of items available on etsy.com are as varied as the artists. Now, I can't make up my mind what to buy!

Take a peek at my weekend etsy finds on your right, or visit my etsy shop at http://www.yoganoodles.etsy.com/ and click on "Favorites". Let me know which one you think would be the perfect cookie jar for me, or do a little shopping of your own and let me know what you find!

Now, for a recipe...since we are talking about cookies, here is a simple Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe to add to your cookbook:

3 cups unbleached white flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup applesauce
3/4 cup honey (try to buy local!)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips (soy chips work for my vegan friends!)
1/2 cup nuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and combine flour and baking powder in a bowl. In a separate bowl, combine applesauce, honey, and vanilla. Add the flour mixture to the applesauce mixture then stir in the chips and nuts. Mix well. Drop cookie dough by spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet (use parchment paper or oil the sheet slightly, as the honey will tend to stick). Flatten the dough with the back of a spoon. Bake for about 12 minutes or until brown. Makes 3 to 4 dozen cookies

Don't like to bake? No problem! For a limited time, I am offering my Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies in my etsy shop! To order, visit me at http://www.yoganoodles.etsy.com/. Enjoy!

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