May 12th, 2010
***Don’t forget about my Dove Visibly Smooth Giveaway!***
Dave and I always said that we would never have a TV in our bedroom.
I guess that’s what happens after almost two years of marriage.
Looking back on it now, I really don’t know what our rationalization was. And what’s even more alarming is that the thought was brought up this weekend, and on Tuesday Dave purchased it. If you know Dave, you know that is so out of character. It takes him forever to make a decision (that’s why he went by himself to buy it—I don’t have the patience) and he is so reluctant to spend money. He also got us Netflix and X-box Live to stream said Netflix. Who is this man?!
We set down some “rules” and some “guidelines” concerning our addition. My one request that the Pens remained OUT of our bedroom. I get enough of them, and so far my only reprieve from hockey is in my bedroom. Heaven help me if I ever fall asleep to Bob Errey. I will not have this sanctuary adulterated!
Dexter is kind of sad that he will now get less attention than he already does. I know secretly he was wishing this meant he could watch TV with us in bed. Nope, you’re stuck on the floor. I know you sneak up on the couch when we’re not around.
Meanwhile I’m going to sit on the bed, blog, eat Caesar Salads and watch New Moon. Can you believe I haven’t seen New Moon yet?! I’m over Twilight, but I’m still excited to see the movie.
As for Caesar salads—I’m in need of intervention. I’m going on a solid week of at least one Caesar salad a day.
Other obsessions? Honey and dates. But I’m quite content to continue stuffing my face with those.
In fact, my friend and reader Lindsey (Hi, Lindsey!!!) sent me a message on Facebook looking for a chocolate chip and nut cookie recipe made with honey instead of cane sugar. While I didn’t have one ready, I did some searching, found a decent one, and made some modifications (like adding dates).
May I present to you…
The Ogre Cookie
Affectionately known as “Shrek”.
Yup, they are green! I substituted avocado for butter and I LOVE the result!
1/2 cup pureed avocado (about one medium avocado—thrown in the food processor)
1/2 cup honey
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. vanilla
~1/4 cup chocolate chips
~1/4 cup chopped dates/raisins/whatever fits your fancy
~1/4 cup chopped pecans/almonds/whatever floats your boat
Preheat oven to 375.
Mix pureed avocado, and honey until “fluffy”. Add in egg.
Sift flour, baking powder, and salt, then add to the honey mixture. Add in vanilla and mix.
Fold in chocolate chips, dates, and nuts.
Spoon onto lightly greased baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes. The dough looks like ogre poo!
Keep in mind that honey browns more easily than sugar.
These little Shreks are moist and cake-like. Next time I will add more “stuff” (nuts and chips and all that jazz), but I really can’t complain about these especially because I have never baked with avocado before and I didn’t have any cold, hard “avocado for butter” facts.
And since I was already channeling my inner Ashley, I made some pecan butter with the remaining pecans while my ogres were cooking.This was so easy! I’m kind of bummed that I bought 2 jars of nut butter on Monday.
Pecans + food processor = pecan butter. I will never buy nut butter again.
Well, I think that completes my kitchen-quota for 2010. Check back in January for a new recipe.
Just kidding. I have some other recipes up my sleeve…
Like Caesar salads.
Have you made any wacky baking or cooking substitutions lately? Is there something you used to buy at the store but you now you make yourself?