My husband rarely shows up on this blog because he is almost always behind the camera. This past weekend we headed out to take some winter photos, and I grabbed the camera for a few minutes. He is a great husband and father, and I love watching the relationships that are growing between him and our children. Soren is mildly obsessed… and usually asks when Daddy will be home from work about 45 times per day. And Poppy, well, she is just starting to bond with her daddy. The first few months with a newborn are kind of tough on dads, since they can't really give the baby what she needs (nursing - 24/7!). But we're turning the newborn corner, and Poppy is interacting more and more every day. She recognizes both of our voices and tries to turn her head when we enter the room. She loves holding her Daddy's hand, and her little fingers seem to be perpetually cold. Are girls just born to be colder than boys? Soren could not be in more than one layer or he was covered in sweat, and Poppy would happily live in layer upon layer. I think she likes being a winter babe.
Speaking of winter, it is here in FULL effect! Some years we manage to get almost to Christmas with barely a dusting of snow, but this year seems to bring flurries every other day. It's making me long to go skiing or snowboarding… it makes me nostalgic for a year spent in Whistler when I was 18. What a life… wake up, check the snow report, head to the mountain. I did work too, but my work was on top of Whistler mountain and required me to ride a gondola to get there. And then I got to snowboard home at the end of my shift. I can't wait to teach these guys how to snowboard in a couple of years! So many fun things ahead.
Lastly - don't make these cookies! I just dumped the entire batch in the garbage, which for a cookie lover like me does not happen very often. Perhaps it's better in the long run, I am going to have a hard time fitting into a holiday dress this year. The second baby weight does not come off as quickly as the first.
I saw these absolutely beautiful cookies on pinterest and had to try them. My sister has celiac disease, so I am always on the lookout for gluten-free recipes, especially desserts. A lot of baking I can do without making a special trip to the grocery store, but some unique ingredients required me to head to Bulk Barn. I adapted this recipe slightly, and they turned out great. The rich colour makes it a perfect cookie to wrap up and tie with a bow! (If they last till Christmas…)
Gluten Free Chocolate Cookies
- 6 squares (one package) bittersweet chocolate, 3 ounces melted and 3 ounces coarsely chopped
- 1 1/2 cups almond flour (found at Bulk Barn, but beware it is very expensive!)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened natural cocoa (found at Target, Ghirardelli brand)
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 stick (8 Tablespoons) butter, cubed
- 1 cup dark brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Melt half of the chocolate in the microwave.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer combine the almond flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt and sugar; pulse together.
- Add the cubed butter and process until the dough resembles coarse cornmeal. Add the eggs, vanilla, and melted chocolate and process until the dough is smooth. Fold in chopped chocolate.
- Drop dough by heaping Tablespoon, a few inches apart, onto two parchment lined baking sheets. Bake until just set, about 8 to 10 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through. (Do not bake the cookies to a crisp; they will be soft when you take them out of the oven, but firm up as they cool, so be careful not to over bake.)
- Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.
We went on a little winter walk today - in the sleigh! I had explained to Soren how sleighs work, and told him that if he wanted to ride in one he would have to hold his sister. He is not interested in holding his baby sister normally, so this was quite a big deal for him. We got all tucked in and off we went!
Of course, about five minutes into our walk Soren decided he needed a snack and started crying… but such is life. We had fun anyways, and the weather was a perfect temperature. Cool enough to feel crisp and refreshing, but not so cold that it froze us to pieces. As usual Tyler took some fabulous photos that I cannot wait to get framed. Happy December!
Tuesdays are perfect because I get to spend all of my time focusing on this beautiful baby! Soren spends the day with his Grandma, which gives me lots of time to pull out the camera and snap some photos of this sleeping beauty.
I was so thankful that both babies decided to take naps at the same time today, so I took full advantage and tried two new cookie recipes. These chewy molasses cookies were listed in my latest Bon Appetit magazine, and while they could be a tiny bit chewier, they are pretty darn good. Next time I think I will pull them out of the oven a good 30 seconds earlier.
I'm planning on making cookies for lots of Christmas gifts this year, so I've been on the lookout for cute packaging ideas. I found some beautiful boxes at Homesense last week that are perfect for cookies. They are quite big, but not very deep, which makes layering easy. I think decorated sugar cookies would fit perfectly.
While I was searching for almond flour to do some gluten-free baking (recipes coming!), I came across these cute Christmas jars. It's hard to see, but there is a faint reindeer on the jar. Since gingersnaps are pretty hearty they keep their shape when piled in a jar like this, and it's super easy to give as a hostess gift. I can't believe Christmas is in a month!