I love homeschooling my daughter. This photo sort of sums up the awesomeness of it all -- Maddie, sitting and drinking a latte (which she made), watching a geometry video on Khan Academy (great website!), surrounded by origami models she has made.
I follow a lot of GF and Foodie blogs and there has been a recipe floating around for a while -- a Peanut Butter Cookie recipe that only requires a few ingredients. It is noticeably lacking flour -- seriously -- which made me think these were going to have a weird texture. But no, these are seriously good!
The fact that they contain a huge amount of peanut butter means that they are rich and have an almost creamy mouthfeel, however, the edges are crisp and crunchy. I think these are seriously dangerous to have around the house and I'm glad it doesn't make a huge batch.
I would love to credit the original creator of this awesome recipe, but it's been around the internets for so long, that I'm not sure of its origin. Here is the recipe:
(Gluten-Free) 5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
(Makes about 2 dozen)
1 C. Peanut butter -- I used an organic, all-natural variety
1 C. Sugar -- I used 1/2 C. organic brown sugar and 1/2 C. minimally processed organic granulated sugar
1 Tsp. Baking Soda
1 C. Chocolate Chips
Add all ingredients to a mixer in order, mixing after each addition. Roll into 1 in. balls and place on parchment lined cookie sheet. Flatten in criss-cross pattern with a fork. (Mine were a bit crumbly, so I just pushed them back into shape if they fell apart upon flattening.)
Bake at 350º for about 11 minutes or until lightly browned on edges. Let sit on cookie sheet for about 5 minutes before moving to cooling rack.
When writing the title for today's post, I actually looked up the correct spelling of Mother's Day. I thought for sure that it should be Mothers' Day, but apparently the creator of the holiday -- Anna Jarvis -- wanted the spelling to be singular possessive as she meant for each family to honor their own mothers, rather than the mothers of the world. (BTW, everything I've read points to the fact that she was distraught over the commercialization of the holiday.)
My weekend included flowers, donuts*, Catan and other good things, but most of all time with my daughter -- who turned me into the crazy mother that I am. (Best time was probably pulling weeds with her in the garden -- no kidding!)
Herbivore is so difficult to photograph. First of all, the cloudy day is making it impossible for me to get the color right in any photograph -- especially orange. And then we have the bunch-up-ed-ness of this quickly growing thing on my little circular needle.
Despite it's lack of photogenics, this is a great little project. The pattern is very easy to remember and I can literally set it down and pick it up without any thought about where I'm at in the pattern.
Reading A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin on my iPad. Yes, the book is excellent, but I want to talk a bit about the method of delivery.
Since I read quite a bit, I often get my books from the library which means they are good, old-fashioned, paper books. Advantages: Free, huge selection, tactile. Disadvantages: Longer books are heavy and awkward, some books have a 2 week limit, not all fonts are good for my terrible eyes.
Then there is the Kindle. When I got my Kindle, I loved it! I could embiggen the font, carry lots of books around in a small package and those longer, heavier books were now easy to read. Negative: Costly, Amazon store on Kindle is awful.
Then for my birthday I received the iPad2. (Cue chorus!) At first I was worried that the backlit screen would strain my eyes which would have me running back to the Kindle. After reading a good portion of this very long book night after night, I have to say that my fears were unfounded. The Sepia option, easy contrast adjustment and multitude of fonts and sizes have made it easy to be comfortable reading on the iPad. In fact, I like the iBooks app better than the Kindle app. I think it could use some improvements (I have a tendency to accidentally flip forward several pages every now and again), but overall, it's quite nice.
Speaking of reading, I also finished Ape House by Sara Gruen which was pretty good, but nothig to get excited about.
SInce I've already blathered on for quite a while here, I'll leave the knitting and quilting for another day.