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Farm Tots Weekend.

It’s almost the weekend and since we have been housebound for a while we aren’t up to much. Trying to stay in and get organized for some upcoming travel, getting caught up on my studies, get our winter garden planted and our house clean and ready for the holiday season. Here is what we are thinking, reading and and listening to for our weekend inspiration.

How we are going to decorate for our annual Thanksgiving dinner. I got the idea for tree cutting candle holders when a friend was designing her brother’s wedding decor for his 4th of July wedding in Big Fork, MT this summer. Now I am totally obsessed with the idea of using wood chargers for a forest inspired dinner party (more…)

Apples. February Farmstand Finds. Vegan Applesauce and Oats Ginger Snaps.

It’s pouring rain and we need every drop so no one is complaining around here. Both my tots have the day off today so it’s family baking time! I like baking with as little refined sugar as possible and using the seasonal ingredients we find in our travels.  I especially like baking when it’s cold and wintery outside and the kitchen is toasty and full of activity.

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Baking with tots takes tons of patience and quick reflexes.  There are many dangers lurking in the kitchen and tots can find every one in one rapid swoop.  With this recipe take precaution to keep tots away from the oven and pans as they come out of the oven.  I keep my tots on low stools during measuring and mixing and even the floor if that’s easier.  For the cookie ball process I line up the assembly line on the floor and let them have at it.

I had some applesauce in the pantry we made last year after one of our Apple Hill trips, so we made some applesauce cookies. This recipe is easy enough that tots can measure the dry ingredients and do some mixing. The best part is once the dough is finished they can roll the dough into a two step finishing step of oats and sugar.

This recipe made 2 full batches of 12 cookies and a third batch of 4 cookies. Total recipe makes 28 cookies.

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Tot Jobs

1. Measuring dry ingredients and pouring into bowl.

2. Rolling dough into oats and sugar.

3. Lining finished cookie balls onto the baking pan.

4. Flattening cookies with measuring cup.

5. Eating finished cookies!

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Vegan Applesauce and Oats Ginger Snaps
Print Recipe
Vegan cookies easy enough for tots to work as sous chefs. Cookies contain minimal refined sugar.
Servings Prep Time
28 cookies 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes batch
Servings Prep Time
28 cookies 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes batch
Vegan Applesauce and Oats Ginger Snaps
Print Recipe
Vegan cookies easy enough for tots to work as sous chefs. Cookies contain minimal refined sugar.
Servings Prep Time
28 cookies 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes batch
Servings Prep Time
28 cookies 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes batch
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a mixer combine brown sugar, oil, molasses and applesauce on low speed for three full minutes.
  3. In a bowl stir dry ingredients except for the oats. Add the dry ingredients to the mixer slowly and turn off before it’s fully combined. With a spoon, mix until all the dough is combined without over mixing.
  4. Using a small ice cream scoop, scoop the dough and roll into balls one by one. Roll the balls first in the oats, pressing gently to get them to stick. Next, roll in the sugar and shake off before putting cookie on baking pan. Flatten each cookie using the back of a metal measuring cup or a glass.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on rack before eating.
Recipe Notes

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