Friday, January 25, 2013

7 Quick Takes Friday

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Today is the annual March for Life   in Washington D.C.  I waver between wishing I could have gone, and then looking at pictures friends have posted on Facebook and being all "Man, it looks cold, really, really we don't even have warm enough clothes for that level of cold."   Living in Florida sure can spoil a girl.   The last time I attended the March was back in 1999, and I must say that it was an awesome experience marching with so many other pro-lifers in defense of the unborn. 

 Photo taken from here.

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Speaking of living in Florida, I think the thing I like least about it is that I feel such a disconnect from the rest of the country.   Everyone else is posting on Facebook about playing the snow and the cold temperatures and showing off their cute boots. 
And, we're down here sweating.
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One thing I don't miss though, is dealing with this! 

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My kids want to make "healthy cookies".   So, I made up the following recipe.  They came out, really, really yummy.  

Molasses Cookies (Gluten-Free)

1/2 cup softened butter
1 cup unprocessed cane sugar
1 cup blackstrap molasses
2 eggs
2 cups gluten free flour (I used a 1:1:1 blend of potato starch, rice flour and coconut flour)
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 cup ground flaxseed
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon nutmeg.

Cream sugar and butter.  Beat in eggs, molasses and vanilla.   Mix in dry ingredients and drop by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until done.

And unlike most gluten-free baked goods...I didn't even add xanthum gum.  Shazaaam!!

Don't they look yummy.

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We've been following meatless Fridays here in the Bentrup household.  For a variety of reasons, which I will perhaps...maybe...someday address in a future post, I've been trying to stay away from cheese-heavy meals.  So, much to the chagrin of the other members of the household...we've been eating more fish.  Which they protest..loudly.   But, I think I finally made a way to make it *slightly* more acceptable to the miniature members.   I've been making fish cakes out of the fish and them mixing it with eggs, bread crumbs, spices, minced onion and garlic..etc..making little cakes and baking in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or so.   I wouldn't say anyone LOVES them..but they eat them... and get their protein and omega-3's.. works.

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Despite my best efforts to discourage it...Elsa seems bound and determined to be a thumb-sucker.
Is there anything cuter?
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I've been getting so crafty lately..which is pretty unlike me.  I had an old stained white cardigan shirt from Newport News which I loved..except for the fact that it was a white shirt with a blue ink stain on it.  So, I picked up some blue dye from Wal-Mart the other day and tried dying it this afternoon.  Not too bad.  I probably would have liked the color to come out a bit darker..but oh well.  It was my first time dying anything..and I even managed not to dye myself or the baby or anyone else blue!

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1 comment:

  1. Those cookies do look yummy... I am going to play around with your recipe and try to lower the sugar content by using my homemade date paste/fluffy-yummo stuff and applesauce. Should be fun!! Thanks for sharing.
    Peace and Raw Health,


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