Today I Made

by HEAB on August 23, 2013

I always enjoy reading about what Katie made today, especially her DIY projects and cute skirts.  She also bakes cookies…a lot of cookies, and after bookmarking several of her recipes, I finally got around to making a batch.  Um, definitly waited way too long to try your cookies, Katie.

Vanilla Almond Butter Spiced Cookies

Katie’s maple cardamom tahini cookies were my cookies of choice…but I was without both tahini and maple extract.  Therefore, I subbed almond butter for the tahini and used vanilla extract.  Oh, and I also doubled the oat flour and halved the sweetener as I like my cookies a little more oaty and little less sweet.  So, although I didn’t follow Katie’s exact recipe, these turned out sooooo good.

Crisp on the outside and chewy in the middle, and I love the hints of cardamom.  Definitely some of the best tasting (& easiest) gluten free baked goods I’ve made.  Plus, I love that you can make them sugar free.  Thanks Katie – these will be made often!

Today, I also made a chickpea cucumber salad.  My MIL sent me the recipe (see below), and it made for a lovely light summer lunch…which I balanced out with a very heavy bagel + mashed avocado.  Perfect.


Cucumber-Chickpea Salad


  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 to 3 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 TBSP lemon juice
  • 2 to 3 tsp chopped fresh dill
  • 2 large cucumbers, seeded and diced
  • 1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas, rinsed and drain
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta


  • In a small bowl, combine the yogurt, lemon zest, lemon juice, dill, and salt and pepper to taste.  Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, combine remaining ingredients and toss to coat with dressing.


 So yeah, I stayed busy during nap time.  It’s nice to enjoy spending time in the kitchen once again.  Laundry didn’t get done, but the cookie jar is full.

Other things made in the HEAB household this week…

A weather wheel made from leftover paint color samples.  Summer loves talking about the weather every morning and deciding where to put the pin.

The above was yesterday’s lunch.  Hehe, sweet tooth got the best of me.  We made a batch of these sweet potato brownies for a friend, and I had to taste test a few.  Not sure why it’s called a “brownie” mix as there is zero chocolate flavor – more of a cinnamon vanilla.  Anyway, they were delicious. I frosted them with my go-to cream cheese frosting and ate them with strawberry ice-cream and whipped cream.  Sweet tooth satisfied.  Ha, a little too much.  Didn’t think I’d be up for cookies today…but I was.

We painted some reclaimed wood to add a little more sunshine to our craft corner…

This was a fun and easy project – just painted an old piece of wood I used to use as a background for photos with acrylic paint, sanded it with sandpaper, and then applied a brown glaze and wiped off with a wet lint free cloth.  I would love to do more paintings like this – just need to find some more wood.

I did not make this skirt, but I love wearing it…

Skirt and 26-week bump

It’s one of Emily Falconbridge’s upcycled teeskirts, the second one I’ve purchased.  Em really makes me want to learn how to sew and make my own clothes.

Close up of the patch…

 What have you made this week?  Anyone made anything special for you?  Do you know how to sew?