all kinds of delicious

7 Nov

Praise the Lord for daylight savings time!  I keep forgetting today, and the husband keeps reminding me.  With every sweet reminder I let out a mini squeal of joy at having one extra hour left in the day…kinda like when I’m certain there’s not one more can of green enchilada sauce and the husband reminds me that I bought double on our last grocery trip.  Pure joy.

The weekend here at the McCoy house has been all about the small things.  You know, the little details in life that if you’re not careful can pass you right by and leave you wanting more out of the days and weeks, but having no idea where to look.  I’ve always been one to overlook these little details, but the older I become the more I’m (slowly) learning that life really is mostly about these things.  Finding thrills in the mundane and creating moments as sweet as pumpkin butter by no other effort than focusing a little bit deeper and seeing things – a pile of laundry, taking the long route home from church, discussing our dreams and goals for the millionth time – from a different perspective.

For us, this included tossing smiles at each other through the small space between the office and the living room and hollering (brutally honest) feedback on each other’s projects as we passed the hours, hard at work.

And then breaking for (admittedly) cheap pizza and fizzy drinks, beyond exhausted and with our stomachs begging us not to wait another moment before filling them.

It included waking up late (as usual) and procrastinating getting out of bed, taking one more snooze to cuddle each other…and the pup before rushing around like mad to get dolled up for church.

It included sudsing up the baby, doing our best to avoid making contact with her pleading eyes as we reassured ourselves over and over that it really was “for her own good” and wondered how in the world we’re going to handle having a human baby.

And it included cranking Ingrid Michaelson in the kitchen, letting the final rays of light of this short day seep through the sink window while making a classic gooey vegan chocolate chip cookie pie for the husband.

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie
adapted from here

Ingredients

  • 2 cups unbleached white flour (gasp! it won’t kill you I promise:)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup vegan carob or chocolate chips (or as many as suits your fancy)
  • 1 cup organic pure cane sugar (or any raw sugar – turbinado, sucinat, whatever)
  • 1/2 cup Earth Balance, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk (water will work if you don’t have milk)

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Use Earth Balance and flour to coat the sides of a round cake pan.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, carob chips and sugar.  After mixing well, make a well in the center and set aside.

  • In a small bowl, mix together Earth Balance and sugar.  Then add vanilla and soymilk and continue to mix.
  • Add wet mixture to the middle of dry mixture and mix well, but don’t overmix.  Okay, guys, I had to seriously man-handle this dough.  I forgot to use my KitchenAid (how does a girl forget her KitchenAid???) and after about 10 minutes of trying to get the dough stirred, I went into a rage and threw the spatula aside and got down and dirty with my hands, basically kneading the dough like a big happy loaf of bread dough.  It was fun;)
  • After dough is completely mixed and moist, press it into cake pan until it is even all around.

  • Bake for 30 minutes, checking it every 10 minutes or so.  When it’s ready to come out, it should still look very pale.  This cookie pie will not be brown on top. I promise, it is done.
  • Immediately transfer cookie pie to a wire cooling rack and allow to cool before cutting.

I’m anxious to see how this holds up when stored in a ziplock baggie (I promise to give an update).  By the time this handsome guy was done with his photo shoot (the cookie, not the husband:), we pounced on him, having been enticed by the melty carob chips and heavenly smell for far longer than any person should.  The outer rim of crust had already gotten a little crispy, but everything else remained ultra soft, just how we like it. It was all kinds of delicious. The husband is always too honest about my vegan expeditions in the kitchen, and tonight he proved that this recipe rocks – and he has the tummy ache to prove it.  Poor husband.

We’re planning to finish off the weekend by making dinner, watching Amazing Race and probably scheming our audition video to get on the show just like most other Sunday nights.  Hope you all had a lovely weekend, full of wonderful things, whether big or small.

What was the best part of your weekend??

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19 Responses to “all kinds of delicious”

  1. Rhea November 7, 2010 at 7:38 pm #

    Must. have. that cookie! It reminds me of the giant Mrs. Fields’ cookie cakes I used to drool over at the mall 😀

    Glad to hear I have a partner in Daylight Savings fandom! Everyone on Facebook was all, “Nooo, it gets dark earlier!” but they don’t think about we crazies who toil the day away over a warm stove 🙂

    • candice November 8, 2010 at 9:15 pm #

      I know exactly what you mean! Everyone’s all down on DLT, and I’m like bring it on! Glad I’m not alone:)

  2. Jon November 7, 2010 at 7:50 pm #

    The cookie was quite good, dear. I guess I now know your secret – manhandling the dough. Wow, never thought I’d say that.

  3. Heather (Where's the Beach) November 8, 2010 at 7:47 am #

    Yes it really is the little things and those are the things that are easiest to miss somehow. Sounds like a great weekend. I am soooo happy for the time change too. I got to sleep in late without the guilt 😉

    • candice November 8, 2010 at 9:16 pm #

      can’t beat having that extra hour, huh?

      It’s only when I take time to really notice and appreciate the little things that I realize how much I take for granted every day.

  4. Joslyn @ missfitbliss.com November 8, 2010 at 9:55 am #

    Awwww, bathtime for the little one. Even though Clint enjoys bathtime, he still gives me those pleading eyes when he’s been in the tub for too long;) I love the photos capturing all of the little moments…

    • candice November 8, 2010 at 9:17 pm #

      I wish Olive loved bathtime! The only way I can resist the eyes is by thinking about her landing in the middle of our white sheets!

  5. Paige @ Running Around Normal November 8, 2010 at 1:39 pm #

    The picture of hubby and Olive snuggling is adorable!!
    I gave Niko a bath this weekend too. Poor thing! 😦

    • candice November 8, 2010 at 9:17 pm #

      Hate giving puppy baths, but love the way puppy feels after bath:)

  6. kate November 8, 2010 at 1:46 pm #

    Your weekend sounds like it was amazing! I went to a yoga festival and it was incredible. But I am in major need of a relaxing cookie filled weekend with the dogs and my boyfriend!

    • candice November 8, 2010 at 9:18 pm #

      Yoga festival sounds awesome! Are you certified now? Are you teaching?

  7. kelli November 8, 2010 at 2:13 pm #

    olive is so sweet, and the cookie pie looks amazing.

    white flour may not kill you, but coke zero/aspartame, i’m not so sure about…

    • candice November 8, 2010 at 9:18 pm #

      yes, yes. point taken:)

      • kelli November 8, 2010 at 9:36 pm #

        i said it out of love.=)

      • candice November 9, 2010 at 12:03 am #

        I never thought otherwise, friend:) Thanks for caring and being honest.

  8. Bekah @ runtrackmind November 8, 2010 at 8:25 pm #

    Sounds like a busy but wonderful weekend. How much do you love the Amazing Race? It is one of my favs and the last 2 weeks have brought back so many memories of my short time in St. Petersburg.

    • candice November 8, 2010 at 9:21 pm #

      Love it! I always spend all day Sunday looking forward to it. How fun that you went to St. Petersburg. And I totally know what you mean – they were in Thailand last season and I was ecstatic and so nostalgic watching it.

  9. Kelly November 9, 2010 at 3:19 pm #

    I absolutely HATE HATE HATE Daylight Savings Time. It takes me a month to get adjusted. I have found though that changing the clocks mid-day and helps a lot.

    I also spent most of my Sunday cooking…two soups, two granolas, cookies, granola bars, bread…had to keep busy. It’s fun making food that makes my DH happy.

    • candice November 9, 2010 at 9:03 pm #

      What a great idea to change the clocks mid-day. Hope you’re adjusting better this time!

      Wow, you did cook up a storm! Mind sending some of that my way? 😉

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