Thursday, July 12, 2012

Finger painting fun & cookies for a friend!

This morning there was a scheduled power outage at the gym.  Booo!  That means mommy can't get her much needed workout in, and Zach can't play with all the toys & friends at the co-op!  Instead, we decided to spend the day crossing a few things off of our summer to do list.  
First up- finger painting!  Who doesn't love finger painting?  I know I love getting my hands all dirty in the name of art!  A toddler and finger paint is just a fun disaster waiting to happen, so we grabbed our paper and paint, and headed out to the back to have fun.  As a person who's spent a lot of time with toddlers and finger paint, I stripped Z of his clothes except his diaper, threw an apron on him, and grabbed baby wipes before heading outside.  
You know your kid is talented when he can paint two masterpieces at once!

Adding my finishing touches mom!

Mom!  I'm dirty!

trying to grab the camera

Gotta give myself a kiss because I'm so good looking!

OK- done.  Now hose me down!

After our finger painting fun, we hosed the dirty boy off, got his clothes back on, and proceeded to bake some cookies for friends.  I couldn't bear the thought of a cookie loaded with sugar for a 17 month old, so we found a yummy healthy, raw, sugar free, and even vegan recipe for a coconut lemon cookie.  I love both lemons and coconut in the summer and a healthy cookie recipe was just what I was looking for!  Unfortunately, this did not make as many cookies as we'd have liked.  We had to have some for ourselves of course, but there was not enough to share after that for everyone.  Instead, we chose to share them with our very fit and healthy neighbor, Alicia.  She just loves unique recipes like this one!  Here is the recipe for those who would like to try these cookies!  
Lemon Coconut Meltaways (adapted from ADDICTED to VEGGIES)
1 1/2 cups almond flour
1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
1/3 cup coconut flour
2 large pinches of salt
6 tablespoons agave
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp lemon zest

1.  Mix dry ingredients in your mixer.  
2.  Mix wet ingredients.  Slowly pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients with motor running.  
3.  Bake in oven at the lowest temperature for about 45-60 minutes with the door cracked open.  Put the cookies in the fridge when they are done to cool before eating!  
4. Consume, if you haven't already eaten all the dough (this dough is actually edible considering it's raw!)

Even though we couldn't share this recipe with everyone, we did enjoy making them.  There will be more cookies to come to the rest of our friends in Okinawa!

Stepanoff Summer Sixty Checkoff:

Finger Paint
Bake cookies for friends