“What do you do all day?” I have been asked this question a few times when people find out I am a SAHM (stay at home mom). Let’s see I wake up at around 5:10am (that extra 10 minutes is everything!) most days, workout, feed Stella, play with Stella, clean up, shower/get dressed, feed Stella, play with Stella, cook/blog/clean, feed Stella, play with Stella, run errands, cannot put Stella down due to teething/fussiness, walk the dog, finish up cooking dinner, give Stella a bath, feed her and put to bed. Every day is a little different, but that pretty much sums it up. So when people ask me what I do all day, I just smile and ask, “where do I begin?”
That being said all of the above may sound a little mundane, but being at home with Stella has been the most rewarding job I have ever had. In an effort to not sound too cheesy, I have always wanted to be a mom “when I grew up”. And here I am living out my dream. Pretty cool. So during those tough moments I remind myself how blessed and lucky I am. Nothing beats seeing your sleeping baby and kissing their little forehead to refuel you with love and energy for the next day. This new job of mine is harder than I ever thought, and is even better than I expected it to be.
My second, most recent dream is to be a blogger star! Kidding…but not really. I would love for wineabs to grow more mainstream and become a household name! It also wouldn’t hurt to make some money from blogging either. I know this stuff takes time though and it doesn’t happen overnight. In the meantime I am so happy to have my blog as a platform to share my passion for a balanced healthy lifestyle and as a tool to actually use my brain for something other than singing nursery rhymes & playing games of peek-a-boo all day long :-).
In the midst of peek-a-boos and the “itsy bitsy spider” I whipped up about 3 different versions of this cookie to ensure I had the best recipe to share with all of you. This recipe was inspired by a friend of mine. When I told her I wanted to make some kind of paleo/gluten free pb&j dessert, she gave me her recipe for “flourless peanut butter cookies”. She suggested I start with that and do a thumbprint cookie with jelly. I took her recipe for the cookies and tweaked it a bit to make it paleo, added the jam and…these delicious delights were born! Hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
As far as I am concerned peanut butter & jelly is one of the best combos out there. I was craving a pb&j sandwich the other day and wanted to make something that could satisfy that yet keep it healthy. Originally I planned to make a "cookie bar", but a friend of mine had the idea for a thumbprint cookie! So here you go...enjoy!
- 1 cup smooth peanut butter
- 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 egg
- pinch of sea salt
- 1 cup strawberries, halved
- 1-2 tsp honey amount depends on desired sweetness
- 2 tsp lemon juice
Mix together all ingredients for the cookies in a large bowl. Chill dough in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours.
While the dough is chilling, make your jam. In a small sauce pan, stir in the strawberries and lemon and cook for about 15 minutes, stirring frequently. The mixture will start to foam and that is normal.
Turn heat to medium low and add the honey. Let cook for another 10 minutes.
Pre heat oven to 350 and line a baking pan with parchment paper.
Remove the dough from the refrigerator. Scoop the pb dough mixture into 1 inch balls. Place about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Press a thumbprint in the center of each ball about a 1/2 inch deep using your thumb or the back of a spoon.
Fill the center of each with some jelly. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until browned around the edges.
Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container up to a week.