Cookie Garden

Yesterday I went to the nursery. Not the one with screaming, drool dripping linoleum lizard like children, the fun one..the one with the plants. Yesterday was the day to choose the vegetables to grow in the mini wine boxed garden. After words with the plant man, the man that could probably grow a bean stock into the clouds with all the information swarming in his brain, the vegetables were chosen. 

From left to right: Pre-started Swiss chard, beet seeds, carrot seeds, and pre-started walla walla onions. As much as I wanted to go hog wild and get the broccoli and Brussels sprouts too, I figured starting slow was my best bet. The last thing I need is another Audrey II being born.

Of course, vegetables without soil is like a dinosaur without colossal’s just impossible. For that reason, a bag of soil and a bag of soil builder rich in chicken manure was purchased. Mmm if only I were a kale plant, chicken manure sure sounds tasty. Too much poo talk for one small paragraph?

Let’s recap the garden goods all together now. The four plant starters listed above, the garlic plant I spoke of here (this garlic is SPROUTING another alien baby inside its already alien limbs yahooo), and another addition..a slow growing addition is the avocado tree. 

If I’m lucky I’ll be sipping mojitos and stuffing my suck with homemade guacamole..made with home grown avocados by the time I’m 30.

Upon arrival back at casa de Manfriend, the gremlin living in my stomach was having a tugging party on my hunger nerves. After woofing down a tomato, sprout, avocado, cheese, and spinach was time to make cookies. 

Orange White Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup coconut oil (melted)
  • 1/2 cup raw sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tblsp orange zest (about two oranges worth)
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips (possibly more if you like it chip heavy like me)

I also added the juice from the orange, which made the dough harder to stick together in order to form nice balls. The cookies will fall apart easier if you’re not careful, but the extra juice really added to the flavor. 

  1. Preheat oven to 375. 
  2. In small bowl mix flour, baking soda, and salt
  3. In large bowl mix melted coconut oil and sugar. Then add the egg and vanilla until smooth.
  4. Gradually add flour mix until combined, then stir in the orange zest (and juice if you choose) and white chips.
  5. Bake on ungreased cookie sheets for 8-10 minutes. Do not overcook!

Now if only I could grow a cookie garden…

Q: If you could grow anything in a garden (I mean anything..cookies, whole pizzas, kittens) what would it be?? Chocolate cake for me. 

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  1. I would grow SMOOOOOOTHIES. or books. Probably smoothies because they are tastier than books.

    Oh, I am very excited for your gardening adventures. I hope everything turns out. Maybe if it gets a little out of control and you end up having a surplus you can sell your fresh veggies for some mullah and then buy some choco cake? Or more cookie mix? Or me a plane ticket so I can visit and try all your super-veggie-power foods that I never eat?

  2. I would grow puppies, kabocha squash and books in my garden, even though apples would be amazing too! You’re becoming a regular ol green thumb! :D

  3. Your cookies sound YUMMO…. orange and white chocolate is such a yummy combo. mmmm I would love to grow apples or maybe an almond butter tree… or a tree that grows apples that are covered in almond butter…. YES.

  4. Yum, what a good combo for the cookies! I want one!
    PS – I never thought I would ever hear the analogy “vegetables without soil is like a dinosaur without colossal turds”. Well done.

  5. i want a garden so bad! i would probably want a frozen yogurt garden. ohmy. i have no idea how that would work but i would totally be in the garden everyday eating all the frozen yogurt my little hard desired. now i want frozen yogurt! and these cookies. oh gosh. i need food haha

  6. It’s so much fun to get ready for garden season! We bought seeds yesterday…and I’m sure we went overboard, but I guess we’ll find out once we get started trying to plant all of it!

    I’d definitely plant pizza in my garden.

  7. Hahaha there’s no such thing as too much poop talk ;) Your garden is going to be amazing. I planted my first one last year and loved seeing all the little green things come up out of the earth!

  8. I would totally grow a TCBY in my backyard that never ran out! ha One can only dream :) On a healthier note I would actually like to grow my own sweet potatoes and peppers someday!

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