Friday, January 21, 2011

Snow Days & Cookies (& winners announced!)

sledding with kes

kestan in the snow

sledding with ash
And more...
chris and kes in the snow

We've been playing in the snow a lot these past few weeks.  And with snow days comes making soups and baking cookies.  I've been experimenting with more gluten-free and vegan cooking and I have some yummy soup recipes I want to share with you.  Until then, here's a really good gluten-free, vegan chocolate cookie that I think you'll like.  

chocolate chip cookies

Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Chip Bites
2 1/2 cups of gluten free flour 
(I use Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Mix)
1/2 t salt
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 cup all  natural peanut butter (optional)
2/3 cup agave
1/2 cup sunflower oil
1 T vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips

gluten free cookie dough

Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl.  Then, mix the agave, sunflower oil and vanilla together, and pour into the dry ingredients.  Mix for about two minutes until the ingredients are combined.  Finally, add the chocolate chips.  Form small balls and place directly on a cookie sheet.  I bake these at 350 degrees for 7-9 minutes.   At 7 minutes I check them and press them down with the back of a spoon to flatten them while warm.  Then I bake them for another minute or two.

cookies and milk

I love these cookies because they are simple, very low in sugar and everyone in my house can eat them.

yummy cookies

And for a kid who doesn't get to eat dairy and eats very little sweets, well, you can see these cookies make him very, very happy!

Your Personal Reflection:  What kind of fun are you having this winter?

And...the winners of Megan's "Rooted" e-course are...

Angela of Peach Coglo
Trisha of Miscellany
(Megan will be in touch with you soon!)


  1. Angela - I found your email address and will be contacting you shortly.

    Trisha - I was unsuccessful in hunting down yours. Would you please send me an email to so I can get you enrolled in the course.


  2. Oh boy! The great things I find out about on snow days! This is awesome. I am psyched! Thanks Shannon and Heather!
    xoxo, Angela

  3. Those cookies look amazing, and I'm even more smitten with that mug beside it!! Happy snow days. :-)

  4. hi you! Am catching up with Sunday morning blog reading. What a lot of snow! But what fun you guys are having. I am totally up for this gluten free recipe especially now that I can't eat wheat anymore. Going to buy the ingredients tomorrow :)

    In response to your personal reflection question I am having total fun right now reading up on the Fluxus art movement which was just so experimental and fun. Yesterday was spent down at the tate modern art gallery and I bought myself a book on it which I am trying to read whilst holding down my excitement :0



  5. Oh, look at the great snow bunnies! And YUM! The cookies look delicious! Low in sugar? I'd eat the entire batch by myself. Nom nom nom!

  6. Gorgeous photos! Those cookies have made me hungry!

    When there was snow (we don't get a lot in Cornwall) then obviously much fun and excitement was had. I love to snuggle up in front of the wood burner and watch the flames. That's one of my favourite things about winter. And I do love to wrap up warm and spend time at one of the many wonderful beaches around here. Winter by the sea can almost be more magical than summer (honest) - its all the drama of the weather and the comfort of wrapping up in woollies that inspires me.

    Kat X

  7. What a fun day! And those cookies look SO GOOD!

  8. i totally made these cookies soon after you posted them. they were delicious, thanks for sharing!!!


Thanks for sharing!