Coconut + Almond Thumbprint Cookies + Weekend Fun Times!

Wow, do I ever have a lot to talk about!

I think I’m finally over my cold!  Yay!  I was able to get my first run in, in a week!  I took it a little slow, but I feel pretty good for doing it.

Also, I’m eagerly awaiting the first physical proof of my book to arrive.  Fingers cross, it’ll be today!

Next, let’s start with a recipe.  I got a little creative and improvised this recipe, coconut + almond thumbprints on Saturday for post wine-tasting fun times back here at our house.  I’d give them a solid 8 out of 10 though I’m not sure how I’d improve them.  Everyone else gave them closer to a 10 out of 10 and kept going back to get another one to nibble on.  I guess they were a hit!  My mom always says that stuff tastes better when you don’t make it.  So perhaps it is this at play here, in my desire to only rank these cookies an 8?  I do have to say that I liked their consistency and that they weren’t too sweet.  Of course, they reminded me of marzipan, one of my all time favorite things to eat, so if you too like marzipan, these might be the cookies for you!

Coconut + Almond Thumbprints

Ingredients:

1/4 Cup Coconut Flour

1 + 1/3 Cup Raw Almonds – Processed into a meal

1/2 tsp Salt

1 tsp Baking Powder

1/4 Cup Almond Butter

1/4 Cup Coconut Milk

1 tsp Almond Extract

1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract

1/4 Cup Maple Syrup

Jam of Your Choice

Coconut to roll cookies in, if you choose

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In one bowl, combine all wet ingredients.  In a separate bowl, combine all dry ingredients.  Add wet to dry, stir to combine.  Form balls with dough (I used the size of my palm as my guide) then roll in coconut.  Lastly, use your thumb and press out centers of cookies and add a little doll-up of jam.  Bake for about 9 minutes or until they start to brown and jam becomes melty.  Let cool on baking sheet before transferring to a paper towel or cooling rack.

Photos for you all!

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Now I’m sorry, I don’t have any photos of the final, baked cookies!  I thought I’d get a chance to get a picture before heading out, but alas, time did not permit!  Rest assured, they look pretty much the same as that last photo when they come out of the oven.

Next, here are some photos of wine tasting!

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Everyone had a nice, relaxing time.  Yes, it was hot, about 93 degrees!  But the trees had misters all woven in throughout the branches that misted down on us and with the little breeze, it was pretty comfortable!  Afterwards we went to the Farmer & Cook again and it was a hit.  Great food, gluten free & vegan options, what’s not to love? 🙂  My dad said the jalepeno poppers were the best he’s ever eaten!  I couldn’t try them since they were loaded with cheeses–and pop they did!  All. Over. The. Place. lol

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I *think* we had too good a time however, and it bugged our server!  She seemed annoyed by all the fun we were having, joking about, laughing way to loud, you know, the usual.  It is a terrible thing when you really enjoy your family and would pick them for friends, isn’t it? 😉

Yesterday, the beautiful weather continued and Nick and I took a walk downtown, then headed to the beach.

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Here are my boys as we walked out on the wharf.  While I didn’t think we were out in the sun too long, my shoulders and back got a little crisped and a bit pink.  Not bad, but my skin is now a bit itchy/sensitive today.

After our walk, we stopped in at a little spot right off the wharf and got a drink, and just chilled.  Literally.  It was pretty hot!  We fed the Bubs ice cubes and he napped in the shade as we sipped our drinks–iced tea for me, a beer for Nick.  It felt like being on vacation!  After our little relax-y time, we headed home and I made more granola!  Oh yeah.  I’m nursing an addiction to the stuff, I feel.  I’ve messed with the recipe just a bit, added chia seeds, steel cut oats, and cut down on the raw buckwheat groats.  I think I’ve got it just about right.  I made a giant double batch and hopefully it will last all week.  Ha, *hopefully!*

Now, I know I owe you my banana bread recipe.  Don’t worry, I’ll post it here in the next few days.  Also, I haven’t forgotten to share my Aloo Mattar recipe, either.  The leftovers have been eaten, and yep, it’s good cold.  So I’ll have to share that one as well.  I’ll save that for when I run out of things to post! lol  Well, you know how it goes.  My brain will only think up so much in a day….and I can only bake/cook/EAT so much anyway!  Fortunately I have the Doo-Doo contingent in Santa Barbara that I can take goodies to.  🙂

I have a pretty slam packed day today.  Aside from my usual biz dev, emailing, project management, regular job-y stuff, I also have Birthday Trees to pen, and I need to look into flights to Portland for Christmas.  Nick and I have worked out a deal regarding Christmas–we trade off years and every other year we are either here with my family, or in Portland with his.  This year is his year.  So I’ll be looking into flights today.  Also, I’ve set myself a target of finishing up gathering together my favorite birthday trees.  I’m going to bet there is also a dog walk on the to-do list, too.

The weather today is overcast, and the heat has passed, for now, which I’m grateful for.  Our house didn’t cool off last night!  Anyway, I hope you all have a great Monday and had a very enjoyable weekend!

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