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!


Red, White & Blue Decorating

This year I started my decorating for Memorial Day and the Fourth of July a bit earlier than usual.  One word will make it clear what sparked my inspiration – Boston.  My heart ached for those who have been affected in body and spirit.  There are times in life we can make no sense of.  These times make it easy to concentrate on the darkness and forget that there are moments of light even in challenging times:  First responders and citizens switching to auto pilot and doing the unthinkable to help, people opening their homes to strangers and the fact that we were newly reminded that hugging someone we care about is a blessing and not something we are entitled to.  So for me on this day – it was the simple act of sweeping my front porch and putting out a few things to help me remember not to lose heart.

I started with my welcome sign and hung my patriotic bear (a purchase from a thrift store for $1.00 a few years ago – all I needed to do is add eye screws).


 Several months ago while on another walk through Goodwill, I saw three yard sticks on a shelf way in the back.  They still had the tags on the stars that said “Glory” “Liberty” and “Freedom”  I remember thinking I didn’t need anymore decorations but then I realized it was 50% Saturday and as often happens they went into my cart.  I paid $4.50 for all 3.  Fast forward – when I saw how cute they looked I was very happy I didn’t listen to me.




The last thing I did was dress up my bench.  I put out two red pillows (yes – they still had the price tag on them at the Goodwill and I purchased them for $1.00 a piece).  I had an old rectangle pillow but it had seen better days.  So I took a piece of navy blue cotton fabric I had and wrapped it up like a present, securing with safety pins in the back.  I finished it off with a decoration of a cloth “yoyo” and ceramic bird button in the right hand corner.


It is amazing how much a clean entryway can brighten a mood.   Maybe it’s symbolic to dusting off the dirt in our lives – to take on a new look and make things just a little brighter for ourselves and others.

I would love to hear about one of your favorite ways to decorate – leave me a comment.