Poooootling past the local TIP during the Summer....
okay, it was a deliberately planned "Let's go home this way and OH look let's pop into the tip" kind of a trip out....
We stumbled upon this smelly Desk / Bureau.
Daughter is need of a such a thing. We have outgrown the cute little school desk that has served us so well till now (stifled Sob) and our bottoms no longer fit that tiny wooden chair.
We had a late warm day and decided to go for the project.
We tried EVERYthing to get all the varnish off. Nitromors is quite simply rubbish today, compared yesteryears when it was properly toxic and useful and DID the job.
We sandpapered til our hands were wrecked....
But we had to gloss it in the end. Not ideal (toxic smelly paint) but we are so impatient the pair of us.
I had a lovely grey/blue in the garage... and we set to.
Daughter chose to replace the handles (we had to, they were missing and/or not good enough to keep) with wooden round knobs that she decided to spray paint red. I was unsure of the colour choice but this was her project.
Stupidly, this object then had to be left outside - we couldn't move it! it was glossed. and all the tiny shitty flies and bugs attached themselves to the sticky paint like moths to a flame.
And then it rained.... so i tried to cover it with a large 'wheelbarrow liner bag' (gardeners will know what i am talking about) and i had to 'prop' it up so the bag didn't touch the wet gloss.... you can see i had made an entire HASH of getting this thing completed.
Well, fast forward about 4 days... and guess what?
It remained safe from the rain.
The Gloss dried(ish)
The flies wiped off - and left no fly fluid stains!
And my dad popped down to help me locate it.
We hadn't even measured if it fitted the space... YES! i know, i fly by the seat of pants.
It fitted - with a breath each side to spare.
And it looks awesome, hello!!??!! is that not fantastic?
My girl is 10yrs old - it's like her dream desk.
All those little pigeon holes! :)
So, i was lucky... this whole thing went horribly wrong at every stage.
And here it is, in locus, sitting pretty and everything about it is so right.
IF you have no idea what a 'Paleo' way of eating is, do not worry. the idea of these cookies is that they avoid Gluten & Wheat & Dairy & High Sugar. They are not a 'diet treat' as they still have calories and fat BUT they are a very nutritious version of cookie. If i am going to treat myself i like to have a 'maximal nutrition' mantra. I intend that, the food i eat, be as nutritious and nourishing as possible without becoming a bit of a bore about it all.
Second thing to note is: IF you do not already cook and eat in this way, then some of these ingredients might seem a little odd. Cooking in this way means cupboards full of non-standard baking ingredients. It also means a longer list of ingredients. And this is what people are talking about when they say ' A Way of Life' rather than a temporary 'Diet'.
(i am happy to share some AWESOME websites where you can read more, just say)
This recipe is adapted by me from many similar floating around the interweb...
Heat oven to 170/180C
1/2 cup (i love cooking by the American cup stystem) Coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup softened Almond Butter (Peanut Butter if you choose)
1 or 2 Tablespoon Soft Brown Sugar (it needs some sugar)
1 + 1/2 cups Almond Flour (i blitz my own almonds in a blender)
1/2 cup blitzed walnuts - so they are all broken down into a sand texture)
1/2 cup mixed seeds
- I also added Flaxseed as i had some
Sprinkle of cinnamon / mixed spice if you choose
1/4 tspoon bicarb soda
1/4 tspoon cream of tartar (baking powder if you have no allergies or choose to)
A scattering of chocolate chips (non dairy if u want but good quality)
I mixed all these together in a bowl, adding 1 ingredient at a time.
CHILL in fridge for 20mins - yes, do this part.
Then bake on a greased parchment paper on a biscuit tray.
I use an ice-cream scoop to get all my cookies the same size - flatten them a little before you bake them but keep them a bit chunky :)
Bake for 8 - 10 mins - then allow them to cool on a tray before devouring.
And, because i am seeking comfort today, i ate these with a big pot of Chai (sweet spiced tea)
and this is a high sugar kind of a blow out day for me!! The less sugar i consume, the less sugar i consume.... and this is the lifelong journey of health that i appear to find myself travelling down....