Living in Florida we always have to wait a couple extra months for Fall! A bummer for me since it is my FAVORITE season, but I don’t let that stop me. I’ve already started baking more, because Fall always invokes those feelings in me.
A bonus this year is that we are leaving in 5 days to head to the mountains of North Carolina to visit family and vacation!! I’m very excited that I will get a true “taste” of Fall, and I will be sure to blog my food and travel adventures while I’m away. I love getting that peek into other bloggers lives, and can’t wait to share mine.
The past week I’ve been baking a lot with ginger, molasses, cinnamon, and nutmeg. I’ve made 3 different types of muffins, cookies and pancakes. I have a lot to share with you all, but have been short on time. Between all my regular going-ons, I have been trying to prep for a trip, think ahead, plan ahead and do the things that need done before I leave, as well as laundry and packing.
Throw in my 3 girls that still need my attention, homeschooling, my hubby and my part-time job….and well, you get the picture! A lot going on. I can’t wait to get on the road! I love to travel, love getting away and will LOVE the COOLER weather. It rarely drops below 80 before I’m in bed at night.
A few days ago I made gingersnap cookies. These are well received (as all cookies are with kids), and I couldn’t wait for the taste. I adapted them to make them healthier with my freshly ground whole wheat flour and honey granules instead of sugar. During Christmas I usually make my cookies with all-purpose white flour since it’s a special time of year, and I never wanted to take away from the taste or mess with a good thing.
Surprisingly I’ve discovered that you can’t tell the difference. REALLY!!!
I am SO happy that even cookies and brownies taste good with freshly ground flour whole wheat flour. I really believe it has something to do with it being “freshly ground” and the type of wheat berries I grind which are “soft” and “white wheat” instead of “red wheat.” They are still WHOLE WHEAT.
But it tastes nothing like whole wheat I’ve bought in the store. Though I don’t mind whole wheat flavor, I mill my own grain for the nutritional value it provides to my family!
I’ll share sometime about the grain mill I use. I think most people would be surprised at how easy it is to GRIND your own wheat. In my mind it always conjured up women cranking a big wheel and putting out a lot of effort. That image is far from the truth. I simply press a button on a $250 device ~ my much treasured electric grain mill!
Gingersnaps….with a BITE