Five Star Breakfast Cookies

Hello friends, and welcome to Leisure Lane. I hope you’re enjoying a delightful day imaging all the possibilities available.

I love a good breakfast cookie that’s healthy, not overly sweet, filled with things that are good for my body, and tastes good. If you feel the same, I have a recipe for you today that I think you’ll enjoy. I love making bran muffins, so I also wanted a cookie that I could incorporate wheat bran into, as well.

Stored in an airtight container, the texture of this cookie stays soft, even after a day or two (can’t promise they’ll last to day three – they’re too good). I wanted to add raisins to half the batch, but forgot, so added a few on top. Next time, I’ll incorporate them throughout. Dried cranberries would be a delightful addition, as well as currants. The nuts give it a nice crunch. I also forgot the cinnamon (I don’t know what I was thinking of while making these) but they still tasted yummy.

Okay, let’s get baking!

5 Star Breakfast Cookie
Makes about 14 cookies

Ingredients:

½ cup coconut oil, melted
2 tablespoons coconut palm sugar or sugar in the raw
1 large egg plus 1 large egg white (room temperature)
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup almond flour
¼ cup whole wheat bran
¼ cup chia seeds
½ cup chopped walnuts (or nuts of choice)
¼ cup raisins, dried cranberries (or dried fruit of choice)
1 cup old fashioned oats
½ -1 teaspoon cinnamon (if desired)

Directions:

1. Add almond flour, bran, oats, baking soda, salt, cinnamon (and any other add-ins below) in a bowl and stir until well incorporated.

2. Place the coconut oil and sugar in a separate bowl and whisk until well combined. Add the egg, and egg white, whisk again until smooth.

3. Add dry ingredients in thirds, stirring with each addition until well blended.

4. Preheat oven to 325F.

5. Spoon out dough, roll into medium size balls, place on parchment paper lined cookie sheet and flatten slightly.

6. Bake for 13-15 minutes or until golden brown.

7. Let the cookies cool for 5 minutes on the pan before transferring to a cooling rack. Cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

Note: I spooned out a heaping tablespoon of dough to form cookies, so this batch made about 14 cookies. But that’s a perfect amount for my family, because I don’t want to keep these more than three days or so.

Make sure the eggs are at room temperature. If they’re too cold, they’ll re-harden the coconut oil.  If you try this recipe, let me know what you think. Let your imagination guide you.

Also, I find that recipes I use wheat bran usually need to be refrigerated by the 3rd day, so keep that in mind. If you don’t want to use the bran, you can substitute it with 1/4 cup more of almond flour.

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Next time, I’ll share a delightful dish cloth I’m crocheting with cotton thread, and tell you what led me to use this particular material.

Thank you for taking a stroll by the Lane with me today. I look forward to your visits. Stay healthy, calm, and full of God’s joy, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne
Author and Artist

 

 

 

Swedish Almond Cake – Mother’s Day or Any Occasion Dessert


Swedish Almond Cake

Happy Monday, everyone. I hope your Mother’s Day was sweet, with good memories, old memories, new memories.

Speaking of sweet, I made this delicious Swedish Almond Cake for a delicious dessert to my son’s savory dinner of steak and salad. Yum for both!

I found this Pinterest recipe on the blog, That’s Some Good Cookin’. Check it out for the recipe and see for yourself how delicious it is. The almond flavor is quite potent, so as instructions, don’t be tempted to add more. If you prefer not so strong a flavor, try adding a smidgen less extract.

I lessened the sugar by 1/4 cup and it was plenty sweet without compromising the texture. The recipe also recommends slicing it while it’s still warm (not hot), which I did with success.

After it was completely cooled, I lightly dusted with powdered sugar before serving. I sliced mine in servings of 12, which seems like small pieces, but trust me, this is light, but rich in flavor, though I admit we had two slices each on our plates – no judging! 😉

Though it’s labeled “cake”, the texture is more like a soft cookie. All in all, this was an easy and very delicious recipe to whip up, and I was quite pleased with it. I made it for Mother’s Day, but it can be made for any occasion, any season.

Thank you for visiting Leisure Lane today. I hope you enjoyed your stroll. Remember to laugh, find gratitude even in small things, tell some one today you love them, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne
Author

 

Staying Indoors – Perfect Time for Some Leisurely Reading

Good day, everyone, and welcome to Leisure Lane. Staying in doesn’t have to be boring. Reading is a great way to leisurely take your mind off of what’s going on right now. Here are a couple of good reads that won’t take up too much time, yet give you full and entertaining stories.


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Artist and part-time grocery store employee, Catherine Donahue, is frustrated and disheartened after an unexpected change disrupts her already frazzled life. She had faith things would get better, yet now they seem to be worse. With emotions already heightened, she rediscovers a long-ago cherished gift hidden under the chaos of her once organized drawers, that invokes a secret memory, transporting her back twenty-three years to a college, a powwow, and Sam – a young Mohawk, who made a single weekend last a lifetime. But life gives Catherine another turn as she acquires a commission to paint the cover of an author’s new historical romance novel, drawing her deeper into the nostalgic emotions she’s been recently experiencing toward her past love. Will this new adventure keep her stuck in the past, or will it be a second chance at love?


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Fifteen-year-old Annie Salvatore loves the opportunities and excitement of growing up in early twentieth century America. It’s her dream of falling in love and escaping the tradition of an arranged marriage just as her mother did in Italy. But sometimes life doesn’t give us what we want in the package we had envisioned. Undertones of an arranged marriage are overshadowed by the love and duty Annie feels toward her family. But as the years pass, Annie discovers that the love in her heart is not enough without strength. Through life’s joys and woes, Annie presses closer toward God. He gently teaches her heart to forgive and to love more deeply. In surrendering her heart to His strength, Annie discovers the ability to conquer. Step back in time, slip into Annie’s shoes and walk her journey, as it leads her to make the decision that will alter her family’s life and fill it with the true promise of Christmas. Based on a true story of faith, courage, sadness and joy. A life-changing and heartwarming story.

 

To check out more e-book novellas and short stories for young and old, click here and enjoy!

Be blessed during this time and always, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

 

Floral Vintage Hanky

Floral Vintage Handkerchief mug

Hello everyone, and welcome to Leisure Lane. I hope you’re enjoying a lovely day. Spring is right around the corner (though we’ve been having it all winter here).

I’d like to share my newest design, Floral Vintage Handkerchief, in my LeisureLane1 Redbubble shop. It was one of my mother’s hankies posed with a matching flower and a lovely hand crocheted pouch, which I keep some of her hankies in. It’s a lovely design for all of us romantic/shabby chic lovers, and a perfect design to welcome in a new season.

Set of 4 coasters

It’s available on other products as well. To see these products and more, click images or here.

Thank you for stopping by today. A reminder, I may be having a giveaway of one of my designed products some time in the spring – I’ll keep you posted. Remember to say the things you desire in your life, even if they’re not manifested at this time. Keep looking forward and expecting all the good and wholeness God desires for you in every area of your life – mind, body, and estate, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne
Artist on LeisureLane1
Author on Amazon

 

Stick’em Up!

STICK’EM UP!

That’s right, you heard me – put’em up all over the place – on books, notepads, phones, letters, envelopes, your forehead – EVERYWHERE! 🙂

Happy Wednesday, everyone! I hope you’re enjoying a lovely day while you expect some delightful surprises to come your way.

I’m introducing my new Just Stickers collection in my LeisureLane1 Redbubble shop.

There are some lovely floral collage stickers in a variety of designs to add some beauty and cheer to your world;

Heart Tulip

Cheery Cherries

As well as some cute, vintage/country style designs to brighten the day. I love adding stickers to envelopes, packages, note cards, and even adding them inside a letter as a gift to a friend for them to use. How about you? Do you like to use stickers?

The Knittington Fairies

And of course, for all you Knittington Fairies lovers, I couldn’t forget you. To see all these designs and more, visit my Just Stickers collection. I’ll be adding more sticker designs soon, so keep checking.

Thank you for strolling by Leisure Lane today. Take your time and look around the lane, there may be something special that may inspire you from new posts to old. I love to hear from you, so feel free to leave a comment. Remember to smile at yourself in the mirror, see the good in yourself and expand on it, take a walk, do one thing today that brings joy to your heart, and…

Until time, may happy days abound!

Marianne
Artist at LeisureLane1
Author on Amazon

With Cherries on Top Fabric Makeup Pouch

Happy Saturday, everyone and welcome to Leisure Lane.

Sharing the cheeriest (and cherriest 😉 )makeup pouch I made for my friend, M. She loves pouches and I couldn’t resist this fabric.


The lining was a perfect match – don’t you think?


I added a pocket on the back for easy access to lipstick for a quick touch-up, without all the “rummaging”. And a little note to top it off made the gift.

I hope you enjoyed your visit today. That cooler weather is on its way – a perfect time for snuggling with a cup of tea and a good read, so don’t forget to check out my e-books on Amazon, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

 

Chocolate Covered Banana/Peanut Butter Bites

Good Monday, friends, and welcome to Leisure Lane. I hope you all had a nice weekend, and are ready to splurge on a delicious snack.

These snack bites are all over Pinterest. They’re a healthy treat and easy to make. One of my family members likes peanut butter and bananas, so I thought these would be something good to try without all the bread.

You’ll need:
2 bananas – sliced in 1-inch chunks
Smooth or chunky peanut butter (I used an Organic smooth)
Dark Chocolate Chips – enough for dipping. (I used Organic 72% dark chocolate chips)
Tooth picks (or any utensil needed for dipping banana ‘sandwiches’ in melted chocolate)

*Place the banana chunks on a cookie sheet lined with waxed or parchment paper, and put in freezer for about 30 minutes, or until frozen.
*In a double boiler, melt chocolate chips, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat.
*Remove the bananas from the freezer and sandwich some peanut butter between two chunks. Place the still frozen sandwiched chunks on a toothpick and dip it into the melted chocolate. Wait a few seconds for the chocolate to harden and place back on cookie sheet, removing the tooth pick.
*Continue until all sandwich chunks are dipped and ENJOY! You can put any left overs (ha) in a freezer or refrigerator safe container and keep cold.

Easy and yummy and oh, so healthy, too. If you try them, let me know what you think. I’ll be back soon to share more homemade items. Be safe and healthy, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

 

Happy New Year for 2019

Wishing you all a happy new year and a very healthy, prosperous and blessed 2019. Thank you, my friends, for your visits, your comments, your presence here on Leisure Lane. You have made this past year a blessing, and I am looking forward to many more delightful visits with you while sharing more wonderful things with you in the coming year.

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

Note: The above image is by Marianne Coyne 2018.

Vintage Hankies Jigsaw Puzzle

Good day, my friends! Welcome to Leisure Lane. I hope you are all doing well today. Yesterday, we had our first day of sunshine since the end of January, so that was very nice, indeed!

I just love pretty things, especially vintage. And I have a special place in my soul for vintage hankies and kitchen linens.  You may remember the above photo from a past post. I had found the lovely crocheted pouch in a nearby thrift store – perfect condition – and perfect for storing my dear mother’s vintage hankies. This lovely photo is now available as a jigsaw puzzle… the lovely crocheted pouch with the hankies spilling against one of my watercolor border doodles. It simply makes me smile and I hope it does you, as well. I’m hoping to also offer more floral jigsaw puzzles in the future.

Thank you for strolling by and visiting. May your day be full of color and cheer, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

 

You Can Write a Book Review: 5 Tips To Show You How

Good day, friends…I hope you are all having a wonderful day.  Since I’m recuperating from a cold, I decided to share something old, but still pertinent. For those of you who love to read, but are shy about writing a review, this may be helpful. I wrote the following article for LinkedIn last January and thought to post it here on the blog.  I hope you enjoy it.

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You Can Write a Book Review: 5 Tips to Show You How

You just finished reading a book – now what? Book reviews are an essential form of word-of-mouth advertising for the author, especially if the review is a good one. They also help other readers to decide whether or not a book is worth the investment of their time and money. But the majority of readers will end up never leaving a review. Though the reasons may vary, I have discovered two major ones: the reader doesn’t know how to express his/her thoughts in writing and they’re afraid to try, or they don’t want to spend the time.

Writing a book review doesn’t have to be complicated or time consuming, and doesn’t have to sound like it was written by the editor of Swank ‘n Stuff Publishers. It just has to be honest and brief. Here are 5 tips on how to write a book review, which will benefit both the author and readers.

1. HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY

It’s important to be honest when writing a review. Gushing over a book that you really didn’t care for isn’t helpful to the author or other readers. The whole purpose of a review is to express your true opinions about what you read. Whether you loved the book or not, state your opinion honesty and kindly, and give a reason or two to back up your viewpoint. For example: “I didn’t enjoy this book because there were too many misspelled words, which distracted me from the story. I hope the author will remedy this.”

2. BE BRIEF

Many readers won’t leave a review because they don’t consider themselves writers in the traditional sense, and they feel intimidated by publicly expressing their opinions. Or, and this is the worst reason, they don’t want to spend the time. Your review doesn’t have to be a dissertation. Keeping it brief and to the point, alleviates the anxiety associated with novice review writing, and it doesn’t take more than a minute or two of your time. It’s sufficient to simply state that you liked the book and give a few reasons why. For example: “I enjoyed reading this book because the humor with which it was written kept me wanting more,” or “I found this book to be funny and engaging. I especially related to the author’s frustration with a houseful of cats. I will definitely recommend this book to my pet-loving family and friends.” – Simple, honest, and brief.

3. SPOILER ALERT

When writing a review, it’s important not to give away too much of the story.
Keeping your review general, gives the next reader a chance to use their imagination. Using an excerpt or two from the book is fine in getting your point across, for example: “ ‘Josephine held her daughter in her arms. She pulled Mary as close to her as she could, as if she were holding her for the first time, but she knew in her heart it would be the last. She had to let her go.’ I loved the way the characters allowed me to feel their emotions.” The person reading a review wants to be intrigued by the information you give, but doesn’t want to hear too many details. Why would they want to read the story if they already know what happens? Don’t milk the cow dry – leave something for the next reader.

4. BE CONSTRUCTIVE – NOT DESTRUCTIVE

If for any reason you didn’t like the book you read, it’s imperative to be constructive and kind in your review. Raking the author over the coals is not only cruel, but doesn’t give the author a chance to improve. Be honest with the reasons you didn’t like the book, but also give ways in which you think the author could improve this particular book and his/her future ones. And if there is a saving grace about the book – something that you did like about it – don’t forget to mention it in your review.

5. IT’S NOW OR NEVER

As I said in the beginning, word-of-mouth is an essential form of advertising for an author. So the best time to write a review is immediately after finishing the book, when the characters and your emotive response are fresh on your mind and ready to be shared. The longer you postpone writing a review, there’s a greater chance you will never write it. While you’re still in the mood of what you’ve read, give it a go and let everyone know.

Don’t be shy. Writing a review is not as difficult as you might think, and you’ll feel good about being part of the wonderful literary experience. And who knows…one day you might even be inspired to write a book of your own.

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

Note: This article originally appeared on LinkedIn, January 16, 2016

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