Healthier LunchBox Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies, Avoiding The Cursed Ice Cream Truck and More Local Businesses!

Hi everyone and please click on the title of this post to read more. So much to discuss but I will begin by telling you about these cookies that actually passed the test of my kids eating and liking them. I have been talking to some moms who want to eliminate all the processed foods from their kids diets but want to substitute some kind of baked good that is healthy AND tasty. I came up with this variation of a vegan recipe and I hope you like it (it’s down below). I am freezing a ton of them and sending them in my kids’ lunchboxes. I also gave a bunch of them to my friend Kate for her son’s birthday-thinking out of the cookie jar, if you will.

Along these same avoiding lousy food lines, there is a great article that my sister Alice just sent me from the NY Times about Moms being very annoyed with the ubiquitous ice cream truck in Brooklyn.;=dining

My view is that it will not be as much of a burden saying yes at times if we know we are giving mostly healthy food at home. We can’t change the world in a day (although we can try :-)) but we can make a healthier menu for our families at home. If you are still not convinced that it is important to cook from home, watch Food Inc.-that Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser will rock your world.

Anyhoo, please enjoy the cookie recipe and check out the interview below with my friend and neighbor who is a FANTASTIC slip cover designer for furniture. She made me a gorgeous white slip cover that you can see in the photo above where my kids are eating the healthy cookies:
P.S. See the healthy pumpkin bread that is already on the blog that my daughter helped me make for the big 5 year old’s birthday today in the video below!

Healthy LunchBox Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies:

3 1/2 cups White Whole wheat flour (or white flour)
3/4 cups rolled oats, ground in a food processor
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup sugar
1/8 tsp salt
1 cup skim milk or whole milk
3/4 cup applesauce
1/2 cup brown rice syrup (can get at Whole foods or health food stores)
1 TBS vanilla extract
1 3/4 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper

Mix all wet ingredients in a bowl except for the chips and all dry ingredients in a separate bowl.

Mix both wet and dry ingredients together until fully combined and then stir in the chocolate chips. Mix with hands because it will be a bit dry.

Roll dough into one inch balls and then flatten out with a fork and place on the baking sheet. Leave an inch between each cookie.

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the bottom is a bit golden. They freeze nicely.

TBK: How did you become interested in reupholstering?

I became interested by necessity when Peter and I rented our first apartment in Miami.
He came home with a second hand sofa that had great lines but a terrible wool fabric cover.
I went to “Downtown Miami” and bought a cheap blue cotton at $1.00 or $2.00 dollars a yard and I created a new skin for the sofa.

TBK: What do you most like to make?

I love making cushions.
There is great satisfaction in taking a piece of fabric and turning it into something beautiful.
Designing to me is another way to express that energy and burning feeling, it is my way to communicate with others without using words.

TBK: What kinds of fabrics do you like to work with?

Natural fibers feel better to the touch and they drape well. When I have a choice I will always choose a natural fiber content such as linen or cotton sometimes a mix of both is even better.

TBK: How can clients contact you?

I, (Schela pronounced Sheila)can be reached at 973-509-0662


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