Thank Goodness It’s Fall Break!
The long weekend away from school could not have come at a more wonderful time.
Sometime around 10 o’clock, I pulled my lazy self away from the comfort of my bed to get started on the day.
And, by “get started,” I mean, “continue being lazy in another location.”
And, after a while of that, I decided to “get started with getting more started.” By that I mean, “bake some biscotti.” Naturally.
Double Chocolate Chip Biscotti
- 3/4 C whole-wheat flour
- 1/2 C all-purpose flour
- 2 T cocoa powder
- 1/3 C unsalted sunflower seeds
- 1 t baking powder
- 1/3 C sugar
- 2 T brown sugar
- 1/2 C dark chocolate chips
- 2 T milled flax seeds
- 9 T water
- 1 t vanilla
- Whisk together ingredients whole-wheat flour through chocolate chips in large mixing bowl.
- In a small bowl, beat together milled flax seeds, water and vanilla.
- Hollow out a well in the middle of flour mixture. Pour flax seed mix into well and mix thoroughly. Mixture will be crumbly—may need to use hands to knead into dough.
- Form into two rectangles on greased cookie sheet. Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
- Remove from oven and slice rectangles into long, thin slices. Rearrange on cookie sheet and bake for another 20 minutes.
Although I would have been more than happy to polish off the entire batch myself, I actually made it as a gift to Dan’s mom.
Fun fact: The first time I was going home with Dan to meet his parents, I wanted to bring his mom a gift. Dan told me she liked coffee, so I intentionally learned to make biscotti to bring to her as a gift.
I guess now that’s just becoming tradition!
Another fun fact: Dan’s mom is a fan of the blog! She even has one of my mantras hung on her fridge!
With an oven-fresh batch of biscotti, Dan and I had no choice but to go back to his house for a visit. There, we were greeted by a pack of cats.
There was no need to worry, though. We managed to scare the cats up a tree…
Without a doubt, the best picture came last…
As sad as I was to see the first full day of break come to an end, there is still a lot of excitement to come. On the list: Pick pumpkins, navigate a corn maze, get a pre-race dinner, run a half-marathon and go to the Maple Leaf Festival.
Questions: What fall-time activities did you do growing up? Do you still do those things?
My family used to visit “Uncle John’s Pumpkin Patch” every year. I loved running through hay, picking pumpkin and eating cider doughnuts. This year, I talked Dan and his sister into going along with me to a nearby pumpkin patch!