Sometimes there’s nothing more satisfying than getting your hands dirty. Last evening I finally got around to giving the tomato and pepper plants a permanent home in my garden (at least till the frost gets ’em). They’ve only been sitting on my back step for a week. 🙂 Today I promised myself that I will finish planting the garden. For someone who had a relatively small garden prior, I have an ambitiously excessive variety of seeds that traveled with me from Illinois. Good thing I have a big garden!
Unfortunately, I can’t always find the seeds I’m looking for. I was hoping to try popcorn this year (since I have the space and it sounds like fun), but I can’t find seeds in the store and I’m not paying $8 to order seeds and grow popcorn when I can pay $1.75 in the store for a bag of kernels all ready to go. There are also many times when I wish I could grow things like chocolate. Peanut butter. Flour. Sugar. And I mean grow them in the already processed and packaged state. Talk about economical and convenient! 🙂
It’s Wednesday, and as many of you know, I try to go wheatless in my blog on Wednesdays. From what I can surmise from those I know living gluten-free, it isn’t easy, and it sure isn’t always economical and convenient! Or tasty…
Last week I set out to make a gluten-free cookie that didn’t involve funky flours but had chocolate. First, I tried using my gluten-free peanut butter cookie recipe, but substituted butter for the peanut butter. That didn’t go so well. So, I ended up adding the peanut butter back in, stirring in a healthy cup of chocolate chips, some peanuts, and ended up with a gluten-free chocolate peanut butter cookie.
I won’t ever be able to grow chocolate, peanut butter, or sugar, so I guess I’ll have to settle for tomatoes and peppers, beans and corn, and whatever other produce is hiding in the colorful paper packets I have. I suppose I can always wait for the chocolate, peanut butter, and sugar to go on sale. After all, chances are good that I’ll be making a trip to the store to buy some popcorn. 🙂
Gluten-free Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 3/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup peanuts (optional)