Arrangements Have Been Made
While Spring is taking its time to arrive, the flowers at my corner deli were especially bright and colorful on this gray rainy day. I couldn't resist these pink and magenta carnations. Cut low and crammed full into a galvanized pot, these will see me through the weekend with a pop of happy color. Finessed with just a little care, even the dreaded carnation can be a showstopper.
Feeling hopeful and inspired today!! The sun is shining and the thermometer is above freezing. The promise of spring feels evident! I love to garden, I love flowers! I'm so grateful to have a back yard (a rarity in NYC!) I look forward to planting, getting my hands dirty and enjoying seasonal flowers. Everything feels better and looks better with flowers. Unfortunately, my back yard is covered with several inches of snow.....so outdoor flowers will have to wait.
In Brooklyn we are spoiled with the possibility of fresh-cut flowers all winter long. It seems like almost every corner grocer has a bounty of gorgeous choices. And for very little effort and cost you can chase away the endless winter blues with a pretty bouquet.
Here is what I put together.....What do you think? I feel better already.
My son woke up with sugar on the brain this morning. He has a real sweet-tooth! (the apple doesn't fall far from the tree) It's not that I'm against a little treat once in a while--but when the first thing out of your kids mouth in the morning is--"I want candy", you know it's time to try something new! With a healthy Almond Butter, Banana cookie recipe in hand, I suggested we make cookies. My little guy had a great time mashing, measuring and mixing and in the end the cookies were a big hit!!
Molly's Healthy Cookies
. 6 Tablespoons of all Natural Peanut Butter
. 2 Tablespoons of All Natural Almond Butter (I used more almond butter less peanut butter)
. One banana mashed well in a bowl
. A dash of ground cinnamon
. Can add oats to thicken up. (I did. I'm not sure it would have held together if I didn't)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Mash banana in a bowl until nice and smooth. Add in nut butters, spices, salt and oats. Mix well.
3. Grease cookie sheet with healthy oil.
4. Plop into little balls on the cookie sheet and press down with a fork (or just smooth down with your hand)
5. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until firm to touch--but watch so the bottoms don't burn!
6. Let cool and enjoy.