Quinoa Oatmeal Cookies

These little cookies use cooked, chilled quinoa as one of the ingredients which adds a bit more protein. Bake up a batch of these the next time you have some leftover quinoa.  

Quinoa Oatmeal Cookies

Quinoa Oatmeal Cookies
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  1. 2 cups White Spelt Flour or flour of your choice
  2. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  3. 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  4. 1/4 teaspoon fresh or ground cloves
  5. 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  6. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  7. 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  8. 3/4 cup brown sugar
  9. 2 large eggs
  10. 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  11. 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  12. 3 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
  13. 1/2 cup cooked and cooled quinoa
  14. 1 cup milk chocolate chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, salt, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and baking soda. Set aside.
  3. Cream together butter and brown sugar until smooth, about 3 minutes. Add in the eggs and vanilla Slowly add the dry ingredients into liquid ingredients and mix until combined. Stir in the oats, quinoa, and chocolate chips.
  4. Spoon about a tablespoon of dough onto a large baking sheet. Bake cookies for 12-14 minutes, or until cookies are just barely set. Remove cookies from baking sheet and cool on a wire cooling rack.
Adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod Blog
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The recipe also calls for nutmeg – this spice is always best when freshly grated.  Treat yourself by buying whole nutmeg and then keep a small grater with it – I guarantee you won’t reach for the ground  anymore.  You can purchase both for around $10.oo and it lasts for a long time.  Here are my suggestions – Whole Nutmeg and Grater 

Green Aprons - 5-18-14 Debbie and Caden

I had a little helper in the kitchen while baking these cookies. I am amazed at moments how quickly time flies. The aprons we are wearing are over 22 years old and my son wore it when he was little. They were handmade by my friend, Dorothy and constructed so well.  that I know they have years of memories still in waiting to be experienced.

May 2014 - Quinoa Cookies - Caden
“Is it cookie eating time yet, Grandma?”

May 2014 - Mason Jar Burlap
I also did a bit of crafting and learned how to make my own burlap ribbon.   I love mason jars because they are so versatile.

Wishing you a Happy Memorial Day!


A Week In Review – 5/17/14

Funny how sometimes the first time we see something, someone or try a new thing, it doesn’t make much of an impression.  In fact we may feel beauty can’t be found.  But I received flowers for Mother’s Day which are a lovely lesson that we should not easily toss something that hasn’t reached it’s full potential.   

MD 2014 - unopened

Let me set the stage – it’s about 3:00 p.m. the Saturday before Mother’s Day and my doorbell rings.  By the time I get to the door I can hear a truck’s engine moving down the road and see that someone (my son and girlfriend) has sent me flowers.  I open the overheated  long, rectangular box on my kitchen table and am not surprised to see a wilted looking bundle of stalks that are tightly tied.   My first thought is “What a shame – the heat has done a number on these.” but then I see a note tucked next to the gift – “Give your flowers several hours in water and watch them bloom.”  Truly I wasn’t at all sure water and a few hours could do anything but there was something about that message – It’s a 4-letter word – H O P E.  You see on that day I could relate to how these flowers looked because I was in a bit of a “wilt” myself.  So I cut 2 inches off the stems as instructed and into the vase of water they went.  I wish I had taken a picture of them at this stage – maybe you can just trust me that they were pretty sad.

The picture above was taken about 4 hours later and they are looking about 75% better than they did.  Water is amazing in the way it can take something tired and start breathing life back in.  I think this is why Jesus says he is the living water.

MD 2014 - Opened

But day after day a miracle took place – the leaves became greens and the weathered looking blooms began to open into glorious beauty.  After a week the blooms began to droop and I began to think my enjoyment was coming to a close.   Then my genius husband placed fresh water in the vase and they were as good as new. 

Pipe - Monterey

Picture taken in Monterey, California

I’ve been doing some reading this week – The first book is, Calm my Anxious Heart by Linda Dillow   I’ve read this book many times  and continue to glean nuggets I want to practice in my life.  The other book is one that was recommended after I attended a course at work The Resilience Factor by Karen Reivich and Andrew Shatte and I’m learning a lot from that also.  Resilience is a word we don’t hear that often – we hear strength, courage, buck up buttercup (well maybe most of you don’t hear that one) but you get the picture but resilience is “reaching out” in both hard times and new adventures.  

Chocolate Coconut Smoothie

If you missed the posted recipe this week, here it is one more time.  Chocolate Coconut Protein Smoothie  In this link I’ve listed my favorite blender and protein powder choices. 

Cookie Add Ins

This idea was inspired by ice cream and yogurt stores and even salad bars that allow you to “have it your way.”  When you want an assortment of cookies but don’t want to be in the kitchen all day – try this Cookie Tip.  Start with a chocolate chip cookie batter  but don’t add the chocolate chips in yet. Divide batter into thirds and mix in different combinations of chocolate chips (milk, semi-sweet, dark, white, mint and butterscotch), shredded coconuts, chopped nuts,  cut up candy bars (snickers, milky way, etc)  Bake and soon you’ll have a nice variety of cookies with just one batch of dough.  I use my scraper/chopper for so many tasks in the kitchen.

saying - gratitude

I hope you had a good week. We are excitedly waiting the arrival of our sweet princess granddaughter.  It’s my hope that next week I’ll be able to share what I have packed in my Grandma Hospital Bag – hey mamas of mamas need to be prepared when that happy call comes (especially if I’m at work and in a dress). I’d love you to share something from your week in the comment area.


Butter Cookie Dough and Vanilla Frosting

I’ve been using this recipe for over 20 years.  The possibilities are endless because there are so many cookie cutters, sprinkles and colors for frosting.  They work into any party theme or holiday and can be prepared weeks in advance and kept in the freezer until needed.    

Butter Cookies - done

Butter Cookie Dough and Vanilla Frosting
A easy to roll out dough for cut out cookies.
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Prep Time
1 hr 15 min
Prep Time
1 hr 15 min
  1. 1-1/2 cups (3 sticks) softened butter
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 1 large egg
  4. 2 tsp vanilla extract
  5. 1/2 tsp salt
  6. 4 1/2 cups spelt flour or flour of your choice
Vanilla Frosting
  1. 2 cups powdered sugar
  2. 1/4 cup softened butter
  3. 2 Tbsp of almond milk or milk of your choice
  4. 1 tsp. vanilla
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Beat Butter, Sugar, Egg, Vanilla and Salt in large bowl until light and fluffy.
  3. Gradually add flour; beat until well mixed.
  4. Cover dough with plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator for 1 hour or place in freezer for 30 minutes
  5. Work with 1/4 of the chilled dough at a time (keep remaining dough chilled).
  6. Place the dough between two long piece of wax paper that have been lightly dusted with flour until it's 1/4 inch thick.
  7. Remove the wax paper and cut into desired shapes.
  8. Place cookies on ungreased cookie sheets.
  9. Bake 8-10 minutes until cookies are lightly browned.
  10. Remove cookies to cooling rack and cool completely before frosting.
  11. Vanilla Frosting
  12. In large bowl, beat all ingredients together until smooth and creamy. Add a little more milk until frosting is the desired consistency. A thicker frosting may be needed for frosting bag where a thinner frosting is ideal for spreading with a knife.
  1. Remember you can always add color to your frosting to match a theme of a party or special occasion. Craft stores have colors you can buy in sets or individually - look in cake supply section
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Mixing up the cookie dough…I can’t say enough about my Kitchen Aid Mixer.  It is a war horse and I love the way it frees up my hands.  It is a higher end kitchen tool but oh, so powerful.  You know – Mother’s Day is coming up.  You can find the mixer HERE

Butter Cookies - Mixer

Divide the dough…  I love this little tool that cuts, scraps and lifts dough which you can find HERE

Butter Cookies - Scraper  

 Roll the dough out by placing between two pieces of wax paper…

Butter Cookies - Rolling Out 

Cut out the cookies.  HERE is the cookie cutter I used.  They come in a set for a sweet price.

Butter Cookies - Cutting 

I am thankful for these precut parchment papers for lining cookie sheets – Click HERE 

Butter Cookies - Parchment Paper

Now it’s time to decorate.