m a k e : these cookies look like crap

…but they are seriously good and really healthy and most importantly of all perfect for picky tween and teen lunches.

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Basically just buckwheat, cane sugar (evil, yes) chia seeds, chocolate chips and walnuts they are filling and chocolatey good with a host of beneficial properties.  Buckwheat is high in protein and easily digestible and the chia seeds are loaded with antioxidants, protein and fibre.  There is also some cinnamon which helps maintain blood sugar – awesome when these cookies may be all your kids are eating to get them through the school day.

Buckwheat Chocolate Chip Cookies adapted from Thrive Energy Cookbook

  • 4 tsp chia seeds
  • 3 T water
  • 1 c Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks (2)
  • 1 1/2 c natural cane sugar
  • 2 1/2 c buckwheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 c dark chocolate chips (fair trade if possible)
  • 1/2 c walnuts, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Line a baking sheet with silpat or parchment.

Stir together the chia seeds and water in a small bowl and allow to set in the fridge.  Meanwhile, in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter with the sugar until just fluffy.  Do not over-cream.  Add the chia mixture; mix until just combined.  Stir together the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.  Add to the butter mixture and beat just until combined.  Do not over mix.  Stir in the chocolate chips and walnuts until everything comes together.

Using your clean hands scoop up portions of dough just over the size of a rounded tablespoon and place on baking sheets.  Press down with your hand slightly.

Bake, rotating baking sheet halfway through, for 15 minutes or until the cookies are firm to the touch.  Let cool completely on the baking sheets.  The cookies should be crunchy.  I’ve undercooked them before and they were a bit chewy but I like them better crunchy.

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Now the cookies are cooling and I’m catching up on TV. I got a surprise double dose of this awesome man tonight on The Slap and Girls – he’s just so easy to watch.

Zachary Quinto

Zachary Quinto

p l a c e : Portland

In late March we took a short two night trip to PDX.  We’ve been to Portland several times before but this is the first time we’ve stayed at a McMenamins establishment.  We’ve heard plenty about McMenamins from friends and weren’t disappointed.  The Kennedy School Hotel was created out of an old community school and houses several bars, restaurants and a movie theatre.  The place was hopping and a real hub of activity.  It was also the first time we had explored Portland’s north east neighbourhood and we loved the relaxed and creative atmosphere.

pit stop in Seattle where we paid our respects to Bruce and Brandon Lee

pit stop in Seattle where we paid our respects to Bruce and Brandon Lee

 

checked The Grilled Cheese Grill off of our to-do list

checked The Grilled Cheese Grill off of our to-do list

 

ditto Salt & Straw (I tried the Olive Oil icecream!)

ditto Salt & Straw (I tried the Olive Oil ice cream!)

 

I love murals

I love murals

 

outside McMenamin's Kennedy School

outside McMenamins Kennedy School

 

Hoyt Arboretum

Hoyt Arboretum

 

Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden

 

me and Uilleam in our room at McMenamins - they are pet friendly :)

me and Uilleam in our room at McMenamins – they are pet friendly :)

p l a c e : The Fish Counter

I’m so glad we checked out this great new place last week.  The Fish Counter is a fish market and café combined.  The market looks well stocked with Ocean Wise fish, stocks and soups and the café menu is amazing.  It was really hard to make a choice on what to have but we settled on sharing the Bouillabaisse (awesome) and each had cod and chips.  I don’t know what to say except that everything was exceptional.  The only downside is a lack of seating for busy days but I wouldn’t want this place to grow or change to much so I’ll just try to make a point of going there on less busy days.

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sorry, ate half before I remember to take a pic!

sorry, ate half before I remember to take a pic!

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t h i n g : Shiny Fuzzy Muddy

This past weekend I had the good fortune to check out an amazing craft fair – Shiny Fuzzy Muddy was on at the Heritage Hall on Main Street.  I’ve never been and to be honest my expectations weren’t too high.  I’ve been to many Christmas craft fairs and in my experience they tend to be hit and miss but of course it’s all a matter of personal taste.  Shiny Fuzzy Muddy hit it right on the mark for me (and my companion).  There were a wide variety of items and each vendor was absolutely amazing.  I was floored by some of what I saw.  Since most of my Christmas shopping is done and I’ve reached my budget quota I could only afford to look but I’ve definitely got some items on my “For Me Wishlist” Pinterest board for 2014.

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a few of my favourite things from cathy terepocki

a few of my favourite things from cathy terepocki

this gorgeous eclipse series from jessie turner

this beautiful eclipse series from jessie turner

gorgeous onesies from Nana Fro

gorgeous onesies from Nana Fro

I really, really want one of these buffalo canisters from sandpiper studio

I really, really want one of these buffalo canisters from sandpiper studio

inside the Heritage Hall

inside the Heritage Hall

p l a c e : The Anchor Eatery

We were in West Vancouver last week and stopped at one of our favourite places for a snack but when told their kitchen was closing we headed across the street.  The Anchor opened last May in Ambleside but we had never been.  I’m so glad we happened to check it out because this is my new favourite spot for pizza.  We ordered a veggie.  It’s loaded with spinach, kale and olives and is absolutely delicious.  Seriously good.

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