Last night I revisited the “Tone It Up” nutrition guide in search of a healthy meal. I stumbled across their Blondie Muffins and I’m so glad I did. I was a bit hesitant to make these muffins knowing that the main ingredient is garbanzo beans but I went for it anyway. Let me tell you, they’re the perfect alternative to a peanut butter chocolate chip cookie or any dessert. I modified the recipe by adding chocolate chunks and ended up creating these Chickpea Blondie Chocolate Chunk Muffins….
Thanks to my dad and his persistence, I made this delicious homegrown zucchini bread.
My Dad loves to garden in the summer, so much that he built a second and third garden behind his property. He also loves to show people his garden. He grows anything from tomatoes to watermelon though he has the best luck growing zucchini. Each time I’m visiting, he tries to send me home with a “home grown” souvenir. I was a bit wary traveling with a zucchini, though he insisted. I packed the zucchini into my carry on and headed to Atlanta. Just as I predicted, airport security had to check my bag due to the weird shape they saw….
Did you know the Christmas cookie tradition all started in the early 1900s when cookies were baked in different shapes and used for window decorations? My windows would have been filled with half eaten cookies; gingerbreads with no arms and stars with only 4 points! Ha.
The Christmas cookie tradition I grew up knowing is a bit different. My sister and I would stand in my aunt’s kitchen for hours making hundreds of cookies in all shapes and flavors, only to eat them—a much better end of the deal.
Continuing the cookie tradition I have to share one of my favorite cookie recipes. This Italian lemon knot cookie recipe is adopted from my “grandmother” and they are so delicious!