Yesterday was Family Day. A week ago, the plan was to get out and do winter activities as a family. Then my husband accidentally sliced his hand open with a shattered glass, leaving his right-hand out of commission. Oh, and then it was freezing cold. I mean, really, really, watch for frost bite cold. Plans change.
Family Day is the name of a public holiday in South Africa, in the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Ontario, in the American states of Arizona and Nevada, in Vanuatu, in Vietnam and (as “Family & Community Day”) in the Australian Capital Territory. It’s encouraged to do something with your family!
This morning I woke up and played with my son in his room. We built Lego robots, we went to war with food that was falling from the sky trying to eat us, we played doctor (where I learned that he really knows how to take care of you when you’re sick!), and we even built a hospital where spiderman was the lead surgeon to help repair wounded dinosaurs.
Abigail was not herself for the better part of the day. She was fussy and insisted on being held and nursed. I think the only words she said all day long were Mama, repeatedly.
We baked these cookies when it was apparent that no one felt like playing in the backyard. Aiden, as much as he liked the snow, recalled the day before when he went outside to play with his godmother and he said he didn’t want to get that freezing cold again. I don’t blame him! His cheeks were the brightest red I had ever seen.
So cookies became part of the new plan.
In the afternoon, Aiden decorated a cardboard box, and turned it into a rocket ship – with Mr.Smith’s help. Abby and I rested together, caught up on some reading and drank hot tea. Hot tea is the best when it’s that cold out. Especially with raw honey. Mmmmm.
Especially when you have a delicious gingerbread molasses cookie to accompany your hot tea. Or a tall glass of coconut milk for Little A.
- 1 cup oat flour
- 1/4 cup almond flour
- 1 cup brown rice flour
- 1 Tbsp arrowroot starch
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup virgin coconut oil (creamy consistency)
- 1/3 cup fancy molasses
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 2 Tbsp freshly grated ginger
- Preheat oven to 350F
- In a medium sized bowl, sift the dry ingredients together. Mix well. In another bowl, combine the coconut oil, sugar, fresh ginger, and spices. Use a handheld mixer on low to blend together until smooth. Combine the wet ingredients with the dry mix to form the dough. Set in the fridge for 15 minutes. Prepare baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Remove dough from the fridge and make large balls (heaping Tablespoon) - roll in sugar and flatten on the baking sheet.
- Bake for 10-13 minutes. Watch for slightly browned edges or cracking in the centre. Remove and let cool. They are very soft, so don't try to move them until full cooled!
More tasty cookies:
- Gluten-Free Ginger Molasses Cookies (made with butter)
- Grandma’s Gingersnap Cookies
- Gluten-Free Oatmeal Trail Mix Cookies
- Healthy Oat Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies
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