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Kitty’s Got A New Home

I HAVE WAY TOO MUCH STUFF!

I’m sure everyone feels like that when they move. I had high hopes of being super organized & getting rid of a lot of stuff before moving. But between projects at the house we wanted to do before moving in, & this pesky thing we call a full time job, we didn’t accomplish nearly what we wanted to & just ended up shoving crap in the UHAUL on Saturday. Not even boxed or anything. I was so ill prepared for this move that I forgot I had loaned out my cat carrier…

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Stanley had the strangest car ride of his life. Luckily we moved less than 2 miles.

I would NOT recommend this method of transporting animals long distances. We were in the car seriously for only like 5 minutes. The pictures were too cute not to share!

Now that we have a garage, we decided we wanted to put his litter box out there. We just had to install a cat door.

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A hefty cat door. He is big boned!

We were nervous he wasn’t going to get the hang of it. We put him through it a couple times & showed him that his litter box was on one side & his food bowl was on the other side.

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Within that first day, he got it!

I think he likes our new home. 🙂

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The Worst Cookies I’ve Ever Made

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WARNING: This post contains recipes. Use it at your own risk. Look at the title, people.

My friend Beth is doing what I’d call a modified version of the Whole 30 food plan. Modified in the sense that she is sticking to the Whole 30 foods but not exactly the Whole 30 mind set. So I asked her if I made a Whole 30 ‘friendly’ dessert would she eat it, & she said yes. I have made Paleo/Vegan cookies before with my best friend Frank & they turned out great. So what could go wrong?

I went to the store and bought some coconut flour. Why coconut? Because it was cheaper than almond flour. Then I went home to look up coconut flour cookie recipes that didn’t ask for butter. I came across a couple of recipes that called for coconut flour, cocoa powder, olive oil, & honey. Wanting to take out the honey, I figured I’d use a fruity reduction for the sweetness. I made some cookies with the cocoa powder & some without.

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This picture LIES. These recipes are NOT to be used on friends.

Chocolate “Cookies”

1/4 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3 tbsp fruity reduction
3 large eggs
1/2 tbsp olive
1 tsp vanilla extract

The dough for this was so bitter, that I added about 4 tbsp of brown sugar to get it to taste like super dark chocolate. Sugar is not Whole 30 or Paleo friendly, but at this point I was trying to salvage the brown mush I had made. I should have known…

Non-Chocolate “Cookies”

1/3 cup coconut flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
4 tbsp fruity reduction
3 large eggs
1/2 tbsp olive
1 tsp vanilla extract

The dough for these tasted promising. Not sweet like a regular cookie, but maybe like a biscuit that would be good with some milk or tea…


Somewhere in the baking process everything went to hell.

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Trying to be polite by saying they’re not that bad.

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Smiling through the pain.

My poor husband could not hide his disgust.

My poor husband could not hide his disgust.

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My disappointed face after I tried them for myself.

Man were these things gross! They were both equally horrendous. It wasn’t just a sugar problem; they were a horrifying consistency. I have since read that coconut flour is super absorbent & not the easiest to work with. What am I supposed to do with the rest of the bag I bought???

I felt so bad for serving these to people I love! The only way I could ever see using this type of recipe gain would be on April Fool’s Day. Or to send a care package to someone I hate.

I promptly threw them out & made some REGULAR peanut butter cookies. Sorry, Beth, but after this atrocity we needed some butter, milk, & sugar!

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Not everything can be a win. These cookies were an epic FAIL.

New Year, New Blog!

As we sat on the couch this evening watching Oregon mollywhop Florida State in the Rose Bowl, I announced to my husband of 12 days that I wanted to start a blog. Being the incredibly supportive & tech savvy man that he is, he helped me get my domain up and running in no time. What better way to start the new year than with a new blog? Or rather, what better day to start a blog than January 1, 2015?

2014 was a whirlwind of cooking & crafting. The crafting was for our recent wedding. It’s funny how I will remember 2014 as the year we got married, when really I should remember it as the year we spent engaged (well, 10 months of it). The cooking was both for nourishment & to keep my sanity during the aforementioned engagement.

I am a rookie. I’m a rookie Christian, a rookie wife, a rookie blogger, a rookie chef, & a rookie crafter. I don’t think I will ever feel like an expert in many of those categories. But if in 2015 I can honor God & love my husband while making cookies & writing about it I will count that as a win.