Fist off, let me apologize for not posting for so long. I was finishing up my classes last week for grad school (yay!), which means I just have my thesis to write this summer and then I will graduate with an M.S. in Global and International Education. I have loved the program, but it has been a long two years and I’m very excited to know the end is in sight! Then my cat ran away.
This sounds like a silly excuse that kids give their teachers for not doing their homework, but in my case it’s true. He is an indoor cat, except for going out on our balcony. On Sunday night he ran away and we didn’t find him until Tuesday evening. It was a long two days and I was starting to feel pretty depressed about it. I love my little Harold and I’m so happy to finally have him home!
Anyway, enough with the excuses! I am happy to report that we are now two weeks into our challenge and so far things are still going really well. I have found that I am craving sugar a lot less, which for me is a HUGE accomplishment! I also think I have more energy. I have been subbing a lot in the past two weeks and spending a lot of time out in the hot sun, so it’s a little hard to tell, but I haven’t taken any naps and in the past, I was taking a 30-minute nap almost every day!
Although I am not craving sugar as much, I still want something sweet once in a while. I made some of HEAB’s oaties the other day. My friend Katie made some for me before and they were delightful, but without adding any chocolate chips or butterscotch chips, they were too “healthy” tasting and didn’t really taste like I was having a treat! I highly recommend them though with chocolate or butterscotch chips. HEAB has many variations and the ones I have tried are all delicious.
I sought out to find something else that doesn’t involve chocolate, but would satisfy my craving. I found a recipe for peanut butter honey cookies. These were excellent and definitely satisfied my sweet tooth. Dare I say they were even too sweet for me? I know that is hard to believe, but I’m finding that honey gives baked goods a very rich flavor so I need to start reducing the amount of honey called for in the recipes I try. Anyway, these were excellent and I thought I would share the recipe with you. I haven’t tried it yet, but I think they would be delightful as cookie sandwiches with cream cheese “frosting” (cream cheese sweetened with a little honey) in the middle.
Recipe from http://www.honey.com
Makes 2 dozen
3/4 cup honey
1/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup peanut butter**
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
In medium bowl, cream honey and butter until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, peanut butter and vanilla. Add flour, salt and baking soda; mix until combined. Drop dough, one tablespoon at a time, onto well-greased baking sheet. Dip fork into flour and press flat on each cookie to form an “x.” Bake at 350°F for about 10-12 minutes. Remove cookies from sheet and cool on wire rack.
**I used natural peanut butter (the kind with oil on top that you have to mix in).
**I also halved the recipe, so only used the yolk of the egg. I like my cookies under done so I only baked them for 8 minutes rather than 10-12 as the recipe calls for. Oh and the “x” in the cookies was not happening. I don’t know if it’s because it is super humid here or what, but the fork kept sticking to the cookies even after I sprayed it. “X” or no “x” they were excellent.