The holidays have come and gone. M and I spent our holiday break painting the apartment. We are putting on the finishing touches this weekend. I have to say the place looks great. We went from a warm cafe latte brown and yellow with brown undertones to a cool light grey with a bright sunny yellow (just the kitchen cabinets are yellow).
The apartment feels so much calmer. I had no idea that living in a place with the wrong colors could be so exhausting. I never disliked the colors. In fact when we first saw the place I was happy that it wasn’t painted the traditional rental color, flat primer white. We lived with those colors for five years, but when the landlord offered to pay for the supplies if we did the work…well M was off to the hardware picking out paint samples before I could finish reading the email.
We discovered the real reason people hate to paint is not the painting its self, but all the prep work that goes along with it. The apartment is 60 years old, so it had a few issues that needed addressing along the way. Like repairing a whole in the sheet rock behind the toilet that lead to replacing a deteriorating tank gasket. This meant we were without a fully functional bathroom for a few days longer than we originally anticipated. Plus the kitchen had to shut down during the same time frame as the repairs to the bathroom, since we had to wait for the new concrete to cure before we could plaster, paint and reassemble the toilet.
With the kitchen shut down for a few days we were at the mercy of the restaurants nearby. This made eating paleo rather difficult, so we resigned to eating paleo as much as we could and left it at that. On the positive side, we were able to do all but one of our hardware store runs using the bus or our bikes and the trailer. I accidentally broke a window and didn’t want to risk bringing home a piece of glass on the bus, so my buddy C was kind enough to drive me up to the store for that trip.
Amazingly, during all the home improvement chaos, M had time to work on perfecting a paleo chocolate chip recipe. As the official test tester it was a daily struggle to eat all those yummy little cookies.
M’s 2-Bite Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies
What You Need
1 cup tapioca flour 1 cup sweet potato flour 4 Tbsp of ground walnuts 2 Tbsp flaxseed meal
1 cup tapioca flour 1 cup sweet potato ½ cup ground walnuts
½ tsp celtic sea salt ½ tsp baking soda ½ cup grapeseed oil ½ cup honey 1 Tbsp vanilla extract ¾ cup Love Life Chocolate Chips - minis
How You Do It
- Preheat the oven to 350F
- Mix the dry ingredients, and separately mix the wet ingredients.
- Add the wet to the dry.
- Form ½ inch balls and press onto a paper lined baking sheet
- Bake at 350° for 8 – 12 minutes
- Cool and serve.
Note: Keep a close watch on them near the end, sweet potato flour can burn quickly. The bottoms should just start to turn light brown. Plus, the tops will not look toasty (like you might be used to them looking with grain/butter recipes.
The sweet potato flour gave the cookies a nice firmness, while remaining soft. Unlike the fragile cookies you get when using almond flour, these cookies hold up nicely. The flax seed meal can give them a bit of a crunchiness. I don’t mind this at all, if you think you would mind use the alternate flour recipe ( omit the flax seed and increase the ground walnuts)