‘Food Tips and Tricks’ Category

  1. The autumn 2 ingredient cookie

    September 25, 2012 by Lauren

    2 ingredient cookie. I created this recipe right after that one – but I had to wait until it was PUMPKIN season to share it!! (and here’s our SUMMER 2 ingredient cookie!)

    Last Saturday was the first day of autumn. So FINALLY, I can present you with:

    The Autumn 2 Ingredient Cookie (plus the mix-ins of your choice!)

    This recipe is pretty much exactly like the other 2 ingredient cookie. Except instead of bananas, you use PUMPKIN! yum x 1000000000. (unless you are one of those weirdos who hates pumpkin. which is fine, i guess. except that then you’ll HATE  these! they scream pumpkin!)


    1 cup quick oats
    1 cup pure pumpkin

    Plus whatever sounds yummy to you! (or nothing!) We love:
    -a handful of chocolate chips
    -crushed walnut pieces
    -lots of PUMPKIN PIE SPICE! (cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, etc.)

    1. Mix everything up! If you’re using a lot of “mix-ins”, you might need to add in more pumpkin so it’s not too dry.
    2. On a greased cookie sheet, cook them for 12-15 minutes at 350 degrees.  
    That is IT! Here’s some photos of the whole process in case you got super confused by those 2 steps:
    Equal parts pumpkin and quick oats.

    & mix it all up… with your mix-ins :)

    Make cookie sized amounts onto a GREASED cookie sheet. (you’ll hate yourself later if you forget to grease it. Oatmeal is like glue!)
    These puppies WILL NOT expand – so you can stick ’em pretty close together if you want.

     then, cook for 12ish minutes at 350 degrees. and DEVOUR!
    Ours made 14 “cookies”, which will all be gone today. Which is ok, because these are healthy!

    There ya have it. The perfect, healthy autumn cookie.

  2. How we live without a microwave

    September 21, 2012 by Lauren


    When we moved into our current home about a year ago, we realized (about an hour into unpacking boxes) that there was no microwave. Soon after, Josiah’s parents offered us an extra microwave that they had. We decided “eh. let’s see how long we can live without one…” (it also didn’t have a washer or dryer but we didn’t last long without those!)

    So we just took it one day at a time. Living life microwave-free. I don’t even really have anything against microwaves, but we really enjoy not having one. It’s less clutter of a huge bulky item that we just don’t need!

    But Lauren, what about ___________…. yes, I’ve got answers.


    But Lauren, what about tea?

    It’s called a kettle and I love it. We have a lovely blue Le Creuset one. You can have water ready for tea in 4 minutes.

    But Lauren, what about popcorn? You gotta have microwave popcorn!

    Nope, I’ve got a Whirley-Popand it’s incredible! The Whirley Pop cooks popcorn on the stove and it tastes SO much better than microwave popcorn. Also, it’s fresh. Also, it’s CHEAPER… popcorn kernels are soooo cheap! Also, you get to decide what you want on top (not NEARLY as much butter as that microwave stuff comes with!) Also, it’s done in about 3 minutes. Also, your house will smell so good, like the fair! Also, go get one. You won’t regret it.

     But Lauren, what about leftovers? Aren’t they so easy to re-heat in the microwave?

    Yes, and they never taste that good from the microwave! Get out a skillet. Grease it and turn it on medium high heat. Then reheat some chicken and rice or pasta. IT WILL TASTE SO MUCH BETTER THAN IN THE MICROWAVE! Microwaves boil out all the water, hence your dry chicken and rice. We actually enjoy eating leftovers now… they taste the same as the first day we cooked them! (sometimes even better! the flavors get to mingle overnight) Besides, how do you think they heated up “leftovers” before they had microwaves? (way to sound like an 80 year old Lauren, and not the 23 year old you are...)


    When it’s a bummer about no microwave:

    Cans of soup.
    Needing to melt butter for a recipe.
    No “defrost” button on my oven.
    If you have children who need their food instantly. (I don’t know this one from personal experience. But I can imagine with kids it’s trickier.)

    How to fix those bummers: Cans of soup – cook in a pot on the stove. Melted butter – use a little skillet or pot.  Defrost – plan ahead? :)


    Not having a microwave does take a little extra time… But we’ve just learned to get over it. And we love it!

    Well, there ya have it. We love not having a microwave. I know, we’re weird. But maybe just try this week to not use yours as much… and see if you could live without one too!

  3. separate an egg yolk from the white with a bottle

    August 28, 2012 by Lauren

    This tip actually came from one of our blog readers/artists we have in our shop! Feto Soap‘s lotion bars are amazing and sell like hotcakes at The Burlap Bag. Thanks Lisa!

    but Lauren, you can just use the egg shells, you dumb bum!
    Yes, I know. But I (and lots of other people I’m sure!) have managed to mess that up by getting egg all over my hands, getting an egg shell in there, or breaking the yolk. Plus that way can be time consuming if you’re doing a lot of eggs! This takes 1 second per egg.

    You’ll see in the video what exactly to do. You’re basically sucking out the egg yolk with a plastic bottle. It’s so easy and would be great for when you need to separate a bunch of egg whites. (meringue, drinks, egg white omelettes, etc.)

    Ok GO WATCH!

    Wasn’t that cool? Now go try it yourself. You might mess up once or twice but once you get the hang of it, it’ll be amazing!

  4. 2 ingredient cookies – plus the mix-ins of your choice!

    July 23, 2012 by Lauren

    I’ve spent weeks making sure this recipe is fool proof. It was also an amazing excuse to make these at least once a week…. for 5 weeks in a row.

    I present you with:

    the TWO ingredient cookie.

    Yes. For real. Two ingredients. (Yes, you can add other things if you want… but you don’t HAVE to!) I made this up after seeing a “healthy breakfast cookie” that wanted me to add eggs, applesauce, baking soda, etc and I said NO!

    And also, I hate those “two/three ingredient” recipes where one of the ingredients is a boxed cookie mix. and the other is a can of pie filling. CMON PEOPLE.


    2 large old bananas
    1 cup of  oats (quick or regular! if you use regular, we’d suggest chopping them a little so everything holds together better)

    Mix those two together. Old bananas are amazing for this, but you can use fresh ones too. I buy a bunch of bananas, let them get old on my counter, and then stick ’em all in the freezer.

    Then add in what sounds yummy to you! (or nothing!) We love:
    -a handful of chocolate chips
    -crushed walnut pieces

    Since all bananas are different sizes, the needed measurements can vary. If it seems too runny and the cookies would flatten out too much, add in more oatmeal. And make sure to not add in TOO many mix-ins as the cookies won’t hold together very well. The ones in these photos have a handful of chocolate chips, a teaspoon or two or cinnamon, and 1/4ish a cup of crushed walnuts.

    We made 16 cookies with those measurements. We cook them at 350 degrees for 15 minutes on a GREASED cookie sheet. Don’t forget the greased part…. I did once and had to scrub my pan forever.


    post-mixing. You can still see the chunks of ‘nanas.


    post-cooking. check out those walnut chunks!

    These cookies taste most amazing right out of the oven. But still great later. I wouldn’t even know if they taste great 2 days later because they’ve never lasted that long.

    Sometimes we’ll make 16 “cookies”. And we’ll eat them all for lunch. I know what you’re thinking… WOW lauren you’re gonna be 500 pounds if you keep eating 8 cookies. But think about what went in these cookies! If I ate 8 cookies, I’ve had: 1 banana, 1/2 cup of oats, and half a handful of chocolate chips and walnuts. Amazing. Leave out the chocolate chips and they are all health.

    Why this recipe is awesome? I’m terrible at eating regular oatmeal. But I’m EXCELLENT at eating cookies!

    I hope you like these. We love them. Tell us what random “mix-ins” you’d add!!

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    (p.s. check out our “autumn” 2 ingredient cookie!)

    (p.s.s. and now check out our summer 2 ingredient cookie!)