Aprons and Chocolate Chip Scones

Aprons are Awesome

You know since this is my online journal, I’ll just spit it out.

Aprons.

I love them.

I mean, I know that they are seen as a misogynistic symbol of women’s bondage to the home from the 1950’s, but DANG.

They are useful.

Okay, a little about me. I am as low matience as they come. Well, I shower and generally try to take care of myself, but I don’t wear make-up every day and I don’t do my hair every day.

Except my hair is a pixie cut right now, so not like anyone could tell.

Anyways, I only like to get dressed ONCE. And I don’t like changing my clothes thirty times a day. If I change into my PJ’s, thats it. I’m home for the day.

Here’s where the aprons come in. I would get dressed in the morning, but I have a notoriously bad habit of wiping my hands on my jeans or whatever is close. By the time we decide to leave the house, I look like I have lost a fight with a Kitchen-Aid.

Snot, flour, other unmentionable crud is strewn all over my person.

And because I like to get out of the door as quickly as possible, and apron was the perfect solution.

A little history on the Apron:
did you know that originally Aprons were used because it was easier to wash an apron (like hand wash in a tub of water) than to wash a dress all of the time. Dress could (and often were) worn several times before they had to be washed because it was such a pain in the rear to wash them.

Hence Aprons.

So I’ve become a convert. I wear an apron all morning while I am making breakfast, doing dishes and various other chores around the house. When I am done with the messy stuff, I can take it off and VOLIA, I am relatively presentable.

This way I don’t have to change my clothes anymore than I have to. It still chafs my tender soul to change for a work out, but I really hate stinky smelly clothes and I don’t have enough PJs to wear them for workout clothes as well. Sigh.

Anyways, It is raining here so here is an Awesome Chocolate Chip Scone recipe I found from the website Sally’s Baking Addiction. She gives a ton of tips for baking scones and they turned out AMMAAAZZZZING. I just ate one and I want another.

I think rain calls for sitting by my wood stove and reading books until I am comatose. Think my kids will go for that?

“Healthy” 30th Birthday Cupcakes

So my birthday is coming up. The big three-zero. Yup, I’m turning 30.

Honestly, I don’t really care. I kind of lose track of my birthdays, but the biggies, the ones with the zeros, always shine bright on my radar.

I am so relieved to be leaving my twenties. No seriously. No more pressure to find a significant other, no more pressure to party or to pretend like I actually like to party (NO). No more pressure to feel like I have to be a young, successful career woman or whatever stupid, unrealistic goals that the world seems to set for people in their twenties.

The thirties seem to be more of moseying along time of life. I am SO ready for that. Going to bed at 10 (or better yet, 9pm) watching movies with copious amounts of popcorn. Preferably a movie rated PG or lower. Disney related. Yup, I admitted it. I LIKE DISNEY MOVIES OVER ANYTHING WITH A PG-13 or R RATING. Reading novels, instead of messing around on social media. Have I ever mentioned I have read Dicken’s Bleak House? All of it? and that is not a short book.

*aaaaahhhhhhhhhhh*

Here is my birthday cupcakes. It is just a recipe from a Hershey cook book, but I have ‘healthified’ it. Yes that is a word. Shut up.

Healthified Dark Chocolate Cake

*makes 24 cupcakes

2 cups coconut sugar

1 3/4 cup whole wheat flour

3/4 cup powdered baking cocoa

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

2 eggs

1 cup almond milk (or raw milk)

1/2 cup coconut oil (melted)

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup boiling water

1. Heat oven to 350 F. Line your cupcakes pan with papers or spray them with oil.

.2. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter into cupcake pan. Don’t fill over 2/3’s full or it will cook over.

3. Bake 20-25 minutes (keep and eye on it) or until wooden pick comes out clean. Cool completely. Frost with something super YUMMY.

I’m going to use this recipe for Cream Cheese Cookie Dough frosting for my birthday. Because the cupcakes are slightly more healthy, so they deserve awesome not-so-healthy frosting, right? Also it looks really good.

I’ve been really into coconut sugar lately. The best deal I’ve found for coconut sugar is on Amazon. Honestly, it isn’t any less calories to eat it, but it won’t give you that nasty sugar crash and it has more nutrients in it. So it is better calories that are actually nourishing your body instead of being completely empty. I also find that in brownies and other chocolate baked goods it tastes REALLY good.

Also it isn’t as addictive as cane sugar. I don’t know about anyone else, but when I eat foods with cane sugar I eat WAAAAY more than I even wanted too. But when I eat cookies with coconut sugar in it, I eat exactly as many as I want and no more. I don’t crave more or have to ‘force’ myself to stop eating. I’m just simply done. Yay!

Happy birthday to me, and GOOD RIDDANCE TWENTIES!