Spotty Attendance For The Next Month Or So…

We are closing on our new home this week.  We move at the end of the month.  Between closing and moving, we have rooms to paint, roofing to do, carpets to install, carpets to clean, two entire houses to clean from top to bottom and still feed everyone, get everyone to school, Tae Kwon Do, dentists, doctors and the like.  Now, I know what ya’ll are saying “Well, Honey, June Cleaver would do all of that and more while serving homemade, fresh-from-the-oven biscuits to Wally and the Beav (and really – what kind of names are those for your children, June??) while donning a leather-and-lace garter belt and FM heels get-up for Ward and serving up his evening martini from her cleavage.  So quit-yer-bitchin’ chica.”  And while I don’t disagree that June could probably do all that, she only had two children deal with and I have five. So I win, June.  Eat it.

And speaking my five lovelies have I mentioned that 5 and 7 fight like MMA ultimate fighters at the drop of a hat and that  3 and 1 have a love-hate-love again thing going on that usually ends in tears or giggles (these emotional rollercoasters bite).  So, with the move and all the house stuff we have on the go, I have a feeling that we’re in for some good times…

But, I’ll try to post pictures as much as possible along the way and plan to do our Good Friday and Easter Sunday report later this week.  Between packing, puking (it’s just stress and nerves, people!) and refereeing I have nothin’ but time on my hands. *grin*

And, with that, Honey Badger, the happy, stressed, funny and frazzled housewife, pulls herself voluptuous self together regains her sense of fabulousness and posts:

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Recipe: Honey Badger’s Gluten Free Chocolate Chunky Chip Cookies

Welcome to this installment of Baking with Honey Badger *grin*

This batch in the picture turned out a little, slightly bit, itsy-bitsy, well, crisper, than I was going for, but they taste really, really good.  If you’re looking for a cakey-soft-chewy chocolate chip cookie, this isn’t it.  But if you’re looking for a really nice, gluten-free cookie recipe, this one may work well for you.  The recipe is adapted from a Betty Crocker recipe we used to bake before we had gluten concerns to contend with.  So, with no further ado:

Honey Badger’s Gluten-Free Chocolate Chunky Chip Cookies – and there ain’t nothing healthy about these, I checked!

Yummy cookies yes - but remember, yucky raw dough, so don't even be tempted!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup shortening (I use Earth Balance )
1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour mix (any will do, I get mine from the Bulk Barn, it’s more affordable there)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp guar gum
3 ounces (or more!) high quality milk chocolate chunks ( I broke half of a large Belgian chocolate bar into smaller pieces)
3 ounces (or more!) semi-sweet chocolate chips

The Method Leading to Cookie Madness:

Preheat your oven to 375°F.  Make sure your oven rack is in the second from the bottom position.  The middle or higher and these will burn faster that you realize and when you’re looking forward to a cookie, a gucky burnt mess is just a disappointment.  Mix sugars, margarine, shortening, egg and vanilla.  Stir in remaining ingredients.

Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls about 2 inches apart (these will SPREAD while baking) onto an ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake until light brown, 8 to 10 minutes.  Cool slightly before removing from cookie sheet.

*FAIR WARNING and FULL DISCLOSURE:  To all cookie dough sneak-eaters.  Do NOT eat this cookie dough raw.  Please.  I beg you.  It tastes terrible because of the guar gum (which is made from beans and is very concentrated).  Once baked, the cookies are delicious, but the cookie dough itself is gag-inducing and the after-taste is long-lasting.  Trying the dough may turn you off the cookies.  It’s not worth the risk.  You have been warned.  Govern yourself accordingly. *grin*

Happy (Gluten-Free) Baking!

A new year and a new blog

Begin as you intend to proceed (or something like that). Welcome to the new Keswick Blog! Happy New Year!

Monday thru Friday (and occassional weekend) I’ll be publishing new posts – about anything and everything. Often on life around the Badger house in the ‘wick (that’s my house) but probably just as often life in general, food, praise and pokes, and product and service reviews. There will be my rants, my take on the absurdities of life and living and, I hope, lots of pictures. Oh, and just because I love them so much, there will be the occasional giveaway – ’cause really, who doesn’t love to get free swag? 🙂

Some posts will be long, some will be short, some will be serious and some will be ridiculous. That’s just how I roll.

So, welcome. Come back often, leave your comments, tell me what you want to read about and what you think of what you’ve read. Suggestions, comments, or rants of your own are always welcome.

Oh, and my name is Allison. Depending my on mood, I sometimes also go by the monkier Honey Badger. Youtube it or Google it if you haven’t stumbled across the infamous Honey Badger yet. It’s not kid friendly, there is lots of ‘language’ and it’s so wrong, but on certain days for me, it’s just so right.

See you tomorrow!