Muesli chocolate chip cookies

Yesterday was National Cookie Day. Coincidentally, yesterday was also the cookie-themed food swap! Hurrah. Cookie swaps are a big holiday thing, right? This was my first-ever cookie swap, but there were plenty of pros there who had, I don't know, ten more cookie swaps left this season. Are you a cookie swapper? Yes? Well then send me some of your extra cookies. Do you make really fancy cookies with icing and cut-outs and blood/sweat/tears? I don't. I make wonky little cookies, but they taste good. Especially when you eat them for breakfast.

This recipe borrows from my mom's world-famous Cowboy Cookies, but is modified to include the Maple Muesli mix published in the From Scratch Holidays e-book. So to make these cookies, you'll need to go over there and download your free copy. These are of the chewy and soft variety, because that's the best kind of cookie of course.

Muesli Chocolate Chip Cookies
Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup white sugar

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour

  • 1 tsp baking soda

  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 2 cups

  • Maple Muesli Mix

  • 1 package semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

Cream sugars, butter, eggs and vanilla together until fluffy. Stir in the dry ingredients completely, and then add the Maple Muesli Mix and chocolate chips. Drop by a teaspoon on a cookie sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes, removing from the oven when the bottom edges begin to brown. Let cool for 3-5 minutes on the cookie sheet (they also keep baking a little, which is good) and then transfer to wire cooling racks.

Makes three dozen cookies, with enough wiggle room for a few cookie dough tastings :)

And who doesn't love a big glass of milk with a few cookies? I'll tell you who, people who can't tolerate dairy so well. Post-cleanse, I'm finally starting to admit that I may fall in that category. Fortunately, it's not an actual dairy allergy and it's not super severe. This week I'll share with you my Unscientific Non-Dairy Milk Comparison and Analysis! All the non-dairy milks you never knew existed, with taste test results, nutritional comparisons and recommendations for use.

free e-book!

The ladies of From Scratch Club are offering a FREE E-BOOK to help you create your very own From Scratch Holiday. The free digital book has brand-new edible gift ideas and recipes, never before published on FSC. From limoncello to gluten free pasta and the famous vegan cinnamon bun recipe from All Good Bakers, this handy little download has plenty of ideas for creating homemade, from scratch holiday cheer this season. Ooh, and I share my Maple Muesli recipe, perfect for a hearty yet simple winter breakfast.

You could even download and print this free e-book to give as a gift to your favorite cook. This is From Scratch Club's gift to you this holiday season, so spread the cheer :)

To get your free digital copy of From Scratch Holidays, head over here!

thanksgiving, battleship & happy hour

I (sort of) promise not to get lazy and just post Instagram photo recaps instead of actually blogging, but it's just so easy and addicting. We had a lovely Thanksgiving up in Plattsburgh; fortunately we avoided driving during the middle of the storm that dumped a foot of snow in the North Country.


We feasted, drank, played Battleship and wove old-school potholders. Many of them. A lovely time was had by all, even on Thanksgiving morning when we snuck out to run a private, two-person Turkey Trot around town. In the cold. With snow on the ground. I was rewarded with my first cup of coffee in over 21 days, so it was worth it.

We were back in town Friday evening so my girlfriends and I could catch a showing of the new Twilight movie. Because isn't that what young professionals in their late twenties do? (Yes, I believe after yesterday's 27th birthday I am officially in my late twenties. Where does the time go?)

We went for a walk Saturday night only to find ourselves indulging in happy hour at a few neighborhood bars. The convenient thing about our neighborhood is that when we finally got hungry, we didn't have to settle for a slice of pizza: we just walked a block home to make dinner. Sliced up, roasted potatoes with a micromix, radish, cucumber and goat cheese salad plus amazing leftover butternut squash soup.

How were your Thanksgiving celebrations? Does it seem strange that I'm now 27 and have been blogging here since I was 22? Yowza. That means my five-year blogaversary is coming up soon. We shall celebrate, friends, we shall celebrate. In the meantime, we will try out a few new recipes, knit a new hat to hide my slightly grown-out pixie cut and maybe we'll make a Christmas terrarium together. Sounds like fun, no?

introducing... the vitamix

Well well well, look who it is. My new best friend Mr. Vitamix. Yes folks, the Twitter rumors are true: we are proud owners of a brand-new Vitamix. I have been pining for this appliance for a long time, showing demo videos to anyone who would watch. Then I ordered it. And it came in the mail. Now we are inseparable. Classic love story, no?

 Before:  A mess of berries, greens, avocado, almond milk, cucumber and Vega Whole Food Health Optimizer powder.



After:  A smooth, creamy drink.
"So, this thing just makes good smoothies?" No. First, as a point of clarity, this thing makes killer smoothies, not just good ones. It will pulverize almost anything. Kale? Perfectly acceptable. Ice cubes? Crushed instantly. Uncooked vegetables, whole fruits, nuts, rice, etc. The list goes on.

Smoothies aside, though, it can also make nut milks, nut butters, sauces, dressings and dips. "Pretty much standard issue, though, right?" False. This thing also makes hot soups and ice cream. What? I KNOW. You put room temperature ingredients (veggies, broth, etc.) into the Vitamix and a few minutes later you have HOT SOUP. Something about the friction of the blades and 200+ mph and bam! Hot soup. I personally like my soups to simmer awhile on the stove, but still... pretty neat. "What did you say about ice cream?" Oh yes, I can make ice cream in my Vitamix. As in, put some cold ingredients in and a few minutes later you have real, scoopable ice cream.

Clearly I will be recording my own demo videos to share. And for the record, I'm not an employee nor am I getting any benefits from writing this except for the comforting knowledge that I can now blend up every ingredient in my kitchen into a delicious smoothie. I mean, come one, my blender has a two horsepower motor. That's the only time I'll ever brag about how much horsepower something I own has. 

Just wanted to formally introduce you :)

ps- Today is the last day of my 21-day cleanse!

Updated July 2012 to include my Vitamix Affiliate link for Free Shipping. Order through this affiliate link and your new Vitamix ships for free. $25 value, folks. You're welcome.


Also, a quick note about my affiliate status. Eight months after I purchased my Vitamix, I became a Vitamix affiliate, which means that I can offer my buddies free shipping on their Vitamixes and then I snag a percentage of the sale. I did that because I sincerely, dearly love Mr. Vitamix. Ask anyone. I'm a fanatic. It's dreamy. And since I'm pretty sure I've already sold 3-4 Vitamixes based on my wild enthusiasm, I thought why not pass along the benefit to you & me. You get the free shipping, I get a few bucks and we all blend fruits and veggies happily ever after. Nothing else will change here, and I will still be just as obnoxious about the Vitamix in person as I've always been :)

a weekend in old montreal

A few weekends ago we had the chance to spend some time in Old Montreal to celebrate a lovely family wedding. In a wildly uncharacteristic move, I forgot my camera! So we played around with Chris' iPod to capture a few memories from this beautiful city.

Our gorgeous hotel room at Hotel Nelligan.

Occupy Montreal. 

I would like to buy a stone house like this one. It would be perfect for wreath-hanging and reading by a fireplace and hosting late-night dinner parties.

 Coffee and crepes.

Back to the United States.

Wishing you all a great weekend. I'll be finishing up my last weekend on the cleanse (always the hardest days when you don't have a strict schedule), finding a new pot for a houseplant that has long outgrown its current home and experimenting with lots of new smoothie recipes. I'll explain more about the smoothies soon...