Saturday, September 15, 2012

Colorado squirrel

Yes, we are in Colorado. More on that later.

This little guy has been visiting the deck all summer.



Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Air conditioning – Off

I thought it would be a cool or at least cooler day this morning.  It is September 12th, fall is around the corner.  For these reasons and the fact that we are supposed to have cooler weather the rest of the week, I turned the air conditioning off this morning.

Somewhere along the line, we were told to leave air conditioning on once it is turned on.  So, we have always followed that rule.  For one thing, it keeps the humidity low in the basement.  Rather than temperature, it might be the humidity all over the house that requires catching up when the windows are opened at night. 

Once we turn it off, though, we usually keep it off.  Unless we have a stretch of weather that is just too unbearable.  I do enjoy fresh air in the house.

Right now, I think I hear thunder.  I talked to Doug in Colorado and he said it was so cool and damp out there he actually was thinking of building a fire.  Even though those 100 plus temperatures are still on my mind,  I know I would love a fire if chill is in the air. 

What I am ready for most of all is to have fall days where it’s cooler outside than inside the house.  And, with that fall feel that makes this time of year my favorite.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

I am thinking of making a new cookie recipe for the weekend.  I’ve been trying to “think healthy” for the past several weeks so this recipe reflects that. 

Only thing is, I don’t know what some of these “healthy” ingredients are.  Stevia I find out is a herbal sweetener.  I don’t have one of those super blenders that grinds oats or almonds into flour.  Sucanat I guess is raw brown sugar and why is coconut oil called “oil” if you have to melt it. 

All I know pumpkin snickerdoodles sound really good.  Mine might not be quite as healthy but I’ll see what I can do. 

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

Makes 28 cookies


1 1/4 cup oat flour (grind oats in your food processor or blender OR use your fave gluten free flour mix)
1/2 cup almond flour (just grind almonds in your food processor or blender)
1/3 cup stevia baking blend like Krisda or NuNaturals (or 10-11 packets stevia or 1/2 tsp to 3/4 tsp pure powder extract stevia OR 1/3 cup of your fave alternative)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup pumpkin puree (I used canned pumpkin)
1 egg
1/4 cup sucanat (coconut palm sugar or another type of raw brown sugar)
1/4 cup butter or non-dairy margarine (I used Earth Balance)
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted

Topping (to roll the balls of dough in):

1/4 cup cane sugar (could also use Truvia, erythritol or xylitol…you’ll just need to use something granular. Typical stevia is almost powdered, so wouldn’t be the best choice)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger (the powdered kind, not fresh ginger)


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. In a larger bowl mix together oat flour, almond flour, stevia, baking powder, soda,  salt & cinnamon.  In a smaller bowl, whisk together the pumpkin, egg, sucanat, butter and coconut oil until smooth.  Add to dry ingredients and mix together until combined.

Place dough in freezer for 10-15 minutes until easy to roll into balls. Meanwhile, combine to topping in a shallow dish.

Roll dough into balls with your hands and roll in the topping.  Place on a cookie sheet (greased or lined with parchment paper).  Bake for 13-14 minutes until slightly firm to the touch, and slightly cracked on top.

Allow to cool on  a rack. Can be stored at room temp or frozen.

Nutrition (per cookie)   Calories: 75   Fat: 5 g   Carbs: 7 g   Sugars: 3 g   Sodium: 80 mg   Protein: 1.2 g

Monday, September 10, 2012

Huff & Puff Balloon Rally 2012

It has been years since we attended the Huff & Puff.  I had forgotten how beautiful it is.  Our friends from Arizona, Lynn and Kay are parked at the Lake Shawnee campground.  They invited us in on Friday night for the “glow.”  Definitely aptly named.  Truly beautiful. 

Then Saturday midmorning, Lynn called to say a camp spot was open in the sold out Lake Shawnee camping area.  We threw the camper on the truck and took off. We couldn’t believe our good fortune—just down the way from Kay & Lynn and also a beautiful view of the lake.  And, we were right there for the early morning launch on Sunday.
These are some of my favorite pictures—and one for Drue.  Click on this link if the slide show doesn't show up on your view of this post.