Thursday, October 22, 2009

Books & Bakes

I've been a busy little beaver today. Washed and folded 2 loads of laundry, did 2 loads of dishes, cleaned the toilets (hurray!), ran out to the post office, made some cookies, tidied my room... and I'm not even done yet! I know to a lot of women out there that probably doesn't seem like that tiring of a day, but hey, I'm a beginner and I am BEAT! lol. So much so, in fact, that I'm going to keep this post short and sweet.

My trip to the post office was to pick up these 2 books, which I have been eagerly awaiting for several weeks (I think. It definitely felt like several.)

I am super excited to get started on them!!

Next order of business, aside from laundry and dishes: I felt the itch to bake something. And Lord knows, when I get this itch, there's only one way to scratch it... I gotta bake.

So I decided to throw together some Multigrain Cocoa-Peanut Butter cookie mounds. I had no recipe for the kind of cookie I wanted to bake, so I just winged it (wang it?).

Here's what I used:

2 cups multigrain flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup organic peanut butter
Almond milk to moisten
Raw agave nectar to taste (though you'll see in a minute that my taste was a bit off)
1 tsp vanilla (which I forgot but would definitely be good :P) 
and the reason I didn't add the "vegan mofo" pic to this post, 3 tbsp butter. I simply didn't have anything else. Margarine, Oil, Apple sauce, nada.

I first mixed the dry ingredients, then mixed the peanut butter with the agave. I mixed the two, then began to add the almond milk. Once the mixture was combined, I transferred the mixture in globs to a lightly greased (ie buttered ;\). I was only able to fit 9 at a time on my cookie sheet (in hindsight I could have squeezed more on but I didn't know whether or not they'd spread since I'd never made them before)

The lack of sheet-space actually turned out to be a blessing in disguise, because as I somehow didn't realize until this batch was done, was that I had grossly under-sweetened the mixture. It was tasty, what with the chocolate and peanut butter, it just wasn't sweet enough at all. So I added some more agave nectar to the second batch. I still couldn't fit all the remaining dough onto my cookie sheet, so the tiny bit I had leftover, I just added some plain white sugar to. Just in case.

I also added a little more decoration to the first batch, to sweeten it up a little =P

When in doubt, add more chocolate :)

And that's all for me today. Tonight I'll be making some more roasted acorn pepper squash for the squash-hating boyfriend. I'll let you know how it goes, lol.


  1. You will have to post your thoughts on the History of Birth book, it sounds extremely interesting!

  2. I am about 3/4 of the way through it right now and I'm really enjoying it. It's extremely informative and also interesting to read. I can't put it down, frankly =P

    What sparked my interest in reading it originally was a documentary called "The Business of Being Born", directed by Ricki Lake. The author of Birth, Tina Cassidy, is one of the many people interviewed in it.

    I highly recommend both the film and the book :)