Well, this week I pulled them out. I knew Lucy and I would need some fun while Norman is away at a conference. So, I present to you, Cookie Dinner!
[Lucy took this one of me. She's getting pretty good!]
[Actually saying "Cheeeeese!"]
First, in the afternoon, we made a project of making these healthy chocolate chip cookies. They turned out really good! The amazing thing about these cookies is that they don't take any sugar. The bananas act as sugar and (I suspect) as egg, as well. (They're also gluten free if you use GF oats.)
[Gives her a hobby...]
We ran into a little trouble when I decided to use frozen bananas. Everything was going fine! I remembered to take them out of the freezer to thaw while we ran errands, and frozen bananas that have been thawed are practically already mashed, so that was nice. But the recipe calls for slightly warmed coconut oil, so that it's a liquid. Wellll.... coconut oil solidifies at 76 degrees F, so when it hit those semi-frozen bananas, it just chunked back up. I kind of mashed up some of the oil pieces, and microwaved it a little, but in the end I had to add a little extra olive oil to get it wet enough to stick together. But the cookies turned out great! They kind of remind me of those little bite-sized cookies from Paradise Bakery, except that they kind of taste like banana.
So in addition to actual cookies, we also had...
Roasted potato slices with ketchup frosting
and sour cream frosting and bacon sprinkles
And slices of havarti cheese, cut out with cookie cutters, topped with pear slices.
It was all pretty tasty! I highly recommend the potatoes with sour cream frosting and bacon sprinkles. I just sliced up a couple potatoes and roasted them in the oven with olive oil and a little salt and garlic powder. Yum!
Lucy seems to have had fun. I mean, she ate some of everything! And it was a nice creative outlet for me. So I'd say Cookie Dinner gets a B+. (Points off for my lack of presentation. It's just who I am.)