The Chocolate Cookie Experiment

by Joanne on October 28, 2014

According to, “there are three particular days to celebrate Chocolate Day. First Chocolate Day is on July 7th and US National Chocolate Day is on October 28th. The third and the most famous is World Chocolate Day, which is celebrated on September 4th.”  The site also suggests chocolate is good for the heart, blood pressure, the brain, etc. and that’s enough of an excuse for me to play with chocolate in my kitchen.

The Chocolate Cookie Experiment

While tapering for a marathon, the body has all this extra energy and if you don’t want to use it cleaning the house or doing other worthwhile chores, you can use it to conduct baking experiments in your kitchen.  For example, this post offers an experiment in making cookies using one bowl and very few instructions.  The best part is that the cookies turned out so good, I’m giving myself a huge pat on the back.


Try this one. You’ll love the results! And chocolate is good for you Thumbs up


Makes 2 dozen cookies


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut sugar – a healthier alternative to granulated sugar


  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter – don’t like peanut butter?  Use another 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 TBS chocolate syrup
  • 2 TBS water
  • 1/3 cup chocolate pieces

Preheat the oven to 350 F.  Line a baking sheet with non – stick foil.

In a standing mixer bowl, blend the four, soda, sugar.  Add the coconut and peanut butter plus the egg, vanilla, chocolate syrup and water.   Once all that is mixed, stir in the chocolate pieces. 

Drop by tablespoons onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for 15 – 18 minutes. They will have a nice little crack in the top when done.

Enjoy with a hot cup of your favorite tea.


Tell me again, when you eat cookies, tea or coffee?

For breakfast:   tea or coffee?

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Old Factory Natural Soy Candles

by Joanne on October 26, 2014

Such a typical Fall day.  The wind was blowing, rain in the air, chilly, and just right for a long walk with Shane and Zoey.  Shane brought his favorite Frisbee along so when we got into the deserted golf course, it was play time.

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There was a little frustration on Shane’s part when Zoey stole the toy and wouldn’t give it back but in the end, Shane got his toy and Zoey just enjoyed running back and forth along the clean cut fairways while occasionally running back and torturing me with obsessive barking. All in all, a nice brisk 3 1/2 – 4 mile walk.


Speaking of Fall days and seasonal moods, I was offered the opportunity to review a product and since I love the ambiance a delicate, clean burning candle gives a room, I leapt at the chance.


Old Factory Soy Candles are sold exclusively on They are hand-poured in the USA with natural soy wax, self-trimming cotton candle wicks, and premium fragrance oils. Each gift set contains 3 different scented candles. Each candle can be expected to burn clean for 20 hours. The discrete jar design makes it a perfect complement for any room. The gift sets are themed around a group of related fragrances so there is something for every occasion.


I chose the seasonal set called Fall Harvest:  Pumpkin Spice, Cranberry, and Autumn Leaves.  The first candle burned was Autumn Leaves:  A wonderfully light scent and not overbearing while enjoying a healthy meal.


We have yet to try the other two but based on experience from taking very deep, repeated breaths (because I didn’t want to stop smelling those AWESOME aromas), it seems the strongest is the Cranberry then the Pumpkin Spice.  The Cranberry has an interesting “zesty” smell to it.  The Pumpkin is just as you would imagine, hinting of the holidays and pumpkin pies, muffins, and cakes.

Here are the other scents available.  It’s tough to chose just one!
Happy Holidays: Christmas Tree, Candy Cane, Gingerbread
Winter Wonderland : Hot Cocoa, Roasted Chestnut, First Snow
Romance :Rose Petals, Champagne, Dark Chocolate
Fresh & Clean : Lemongrass, Olive Blossom, Fresh Linen
Spa Day : Cucumber, Lemongrass, Green Tea
Vacation : Sea Breeze, Hawaiian Lei, Awapuhi
Coffee Shop : Coffee Bean, Hazelnut, Chai Tea
Man Cave: Straight Razor, Leather, Mahogany
High as a Kite : Cannabis, Incense, Bag O’ Cookies
New Born Baby Baby Powder, Baby Shampoo, First Blanket
50 Shades :Leather, Vanilla Sex, Jasmine Bubbles

The aroma is pure and fresh. The candle is just the right size, in a 2 oz discrete jar, allowing a room to smell warm and cozy without the background odor of candles burning. 


Sold in sets of 3 x 2 oz jars at $25. per set and WELL worth it.  That’s 60 hours of burning candles!  All natural, hand poured, gourmet candles.   Aromatherapy is a popular, natural way to relax, focus, energize, and more.  Check out which scents are best for your needs.  Old Factory Candles-Aromatherapy.

Do you enjoy burning candles? What’s your favorite scent? Which room of the house is your favorite place to use candles?

Thank you Apothecary Extracts (sold exclusively through Amazon) and Kiss Me Organics for reaching out to me. 

Disclaimer: Although the candles were sent to me free of charge for review, all the opinions are my own and based on my experience with Amazon and Old Factory Candles.

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Sprouted Grain Strata with Spinach and Tomato

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Too Much Research and Pumpkin Soup

October 20, 2014
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Green and Yellow Bean Salad with Ricotta

October 17, 2014
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Easy Does It on a Weeknight- That Incredible Edible Egg

October 14, 2014
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