Colorado Trail Mix Cookies

High Sixties yesterday.
And Bethany called mid-morning.
“I need an excuse to get out into this sunshine.”
I was concocting recipe ideas
and needed a tastetester.
Happy to employ her services,
I summoned her, come.
We chatted and tasted,
pondered and pontificated,
then mused upon venturing into the
Colorado wild
to take in our state’s wondrously warm weather.
“Um. Okay.”
We were both hesitant to admit*
Our anti-outdoorsy natures.
But, educated gals we are,
we quickly agreed on Plan B.
Rather than brave the wild blue yonder
We settled ourselves on the front porch,
Pulled pant legs up to knees,
Called forth every modest surface of skin
that married women ought show,
and melted in the sunshine.
Like two old women
we gossiped.
Like two young women
we giggled and dreamed.
In the end,
We closed our afternoon
with pink cheeks and reddened arms
and the sunny smile of a t-shirt
and dear friendship
emblazoned upon our bosoms.
* Colorado Trail Mix Cookies
Throw a bunch of sugar-based dainties into sugar free dough, and you come away with a cookie that will have you hiking back to the kitchen for more. and more. and more.
1 banana
1/2 c. peanut butter
1/2 c. honey
1 T. vanilla
1 T. oil
1/2 c. oatmeal
1/2 c. whole wheat flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 pinch ginger
1/4 c. sunflower seeds
1/8 c. chocolate chips
1/8 c. butterscotch chips
1/8 c. white chocolate chips
1/4 c. raisins
1/8 c. coconut
Mix all together.
Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.
May Your Today be Full of Sun.

7 Responses to “Colorado Trail Mix Cookies”

  1. Maria says:


  2. Mikki Black says:

    love how you always have a little story or something to go with the recipes. Even though I can’t eat wheat flour, I love your blog. (Sometimes I just substitute my own flours and try out the goodies anyway!)

  3. Becki Madsen says:

    I am glad you had a great afternoon with Bethany, what a great way to spend a warm afternoon, there is nothing like the comfort of friendship mixed with a little food. Your cookies look mouth-watering!

  4. Noodle says:

    Isn’t the sun the greatest elixir? It always comforts me.
    And I love getting together with a friend (usually one of my daughters) to visit. Thanks for the visual imagery you provided!

  5. The Muse says:

    taking this recipe to church dinner! woo hoo! :)

  6. Sophie says:

    Oh how I am so jealous of your weather :). The snow just won’t go away here. I’d love to enjoy these cookies on a ‘warmer’ lazy afternoon!

  7. Shannon says:

    I have had these bookmarked forever to try and I finally made them last night. Um, needless to say I made them again today. No, I didn't eat all of them. But, I am addicted and eating more 'cause I rationalize that they are healthy. Great recipe, thanks!

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