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November 15, 2010

There comes a time in your life when you realize a hard, cold truth: you’re not a kid anymore. 


It’s time to stop playing dress-up:



Yes, I’m talking to you.  You’re not a fireman and you never will be.

Put away the Sweet Valley High books.

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Get rid of the stuffed animals:

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…you might want to think about investing in some more age-appropriate clothing as well:

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It’s time to stop playing games:


And stop with the goofy shenanigans:





After a certain point, it’s just not appropriate.

It’s time to straighten up and fly right. 

Sure, when you were a kid, you might have enjoyed foods that were a little…gaudy:

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…but it’s time to trade in those sugar cookies for a cookie that’s a little more…refined.  A cookie that’s downright elegant:

Vegan Lemon Spelt Sugar Cookies


1/2 cup Earth Balance (or butter)

3/4 cup granulated sugar

5 tsp. lemon juice

1 tsp. lemon zest

1 cup spelt flour

1/2 cup unbleached white flour

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

pine nuts for decoration


Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

With a mixer, cream together the sugar and Earth Balance for 2-3 minutes, until smooth.  Add lemon juice and lemon zest, and beat for another minute.  In a separate bowl, combine the flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Whisk to incorporate, then slowly add the dry ingredients to the mixing bowl, mixing for another few minutes until all of the ingredients are incorporated.

Using a cookie dough scoop or your hands, roll teaspoons of the dough into balls and then place on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake for 8-10 minutes.

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What’s that you say?  Even with the spelt and the lemon, these aren’t quite grown-up enough?

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That’s where the pine-nuts come in:

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After baking, you can gently press pine nuts into the tops of the cookies for decoration and further adult credibility.  If you’re feeling particularly adult, you can call the pine nuts “pignoli.” 

You can enjoy these cookies with your other grown-up friends as you chat about adult things like the stock market, or the CSA you just joined, or the latest Coen brothers film. You can talk about NPR, and sushi, and house renovations, and politics.  You can talk about the economy.


Sometimes, no matter how hard you try to be an adult…the kid in you creeps out:

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Waiting in front of an oven for fresh-baked cookies is something you just don’t grow out of.  Even if those cookies are Vegan Lemon Spelt Sugar Cookies topped with pignoli.

Besides, if you think about the adults you like the best, you might notice something:



Deep down, they’re really still just kids.

38 Comments leave one →
  1. November 15, 2010 6:37 pm

    Boooo to growing up!

  2. November 15, 2010 6:41 pm

    Such a cute post and love how the colored sprinkle cookies fit in. (Was that planned?!). The photos were perfect! (especially those last two).

  3. November 15, 2010 6:43 pm

    Super cute post! I’m never growing up 🙂

  4. greensandjeans permalink
    November 15, 2010 7:08 pm

    Such a cute post!! I hope that you and Ryan wear those parrot hats around your house all the time

    • November 15, 2010 10:14 pm

      Haha, that was our “Cheeseburgers in Paradise” rehearsal dinner. Sadly, we do not wear those hats all the time. Although we totally should.

  5. November 15, 2010 7:16 pm

    I’m so jealous of that window in your oven. Ours doesn’t have one and I’m always wishing it did

  6. November 15, 2010 7:24 pm

    LOVE this! And such classic photos. I’m thinking we should have a costume party and eat cookies with sprinkles (or pine nuts).

  7. November 15, 2010 7:31 pm

    What a fun post. Love it. And those cookies sound so good. Yum.

  8. Emo permalink
    November 15, 2010 7:36 pm

    I hope you had as much putting this together as we have reading it! I am hankering for Jem cookies right now.

    • November 15, 2010 10:13 pm

      I DID have fun! I found a few of Jon that would have fit in quite nicely (behaving like a child) 🙂

  9. November 15, 2010 7:38 pm

    Hahahaha I LOVE this post. [Especially the SVH books….]

  10. November 15, 2010 7:39 pm

    I hate being a grown up. Like, seriously hate it.

  11. November 15, 2010 7:44 pm

    My kids always talk about how they can’t wait to be a grown up…I keep telling them to enjoy this time while they can!

    • November 15, 2010 10:12 pm

      I know, I know!! I tell my college kids the same thing– they’re so eager to start work and enter the real world, and I’m like, “WHY?!??!” 🙂

  12. November 15, 2010 7:48 pm

    Ryan looks so dfferent without his beard! I think he looks more learned with it

    • November 15, 2010 10:12 pm

      Ha, I think so too! I know– I think it will be really strange for me when he shaves it off– I’ve gotten so used to it!

  13. November 15, 2010 7:58 pm

    Sweet Valley High books = omg…the memories!!!

    Love all the pics of you!!! So fun!

    And the cookies. What an amazing job you did on those, yum!!!!!!!

  14. November 15, 2010 8:21 pm

    i’m pretty sure we would be really great friends if we lived in the same place… 🙂

  15. patti permalink
    November 16, 2010 12:34 am

    I loved your post and all the pictures that you used. I agree – there should always be room for a childlike spirit (and fun) during our whole life 🙂

  16. Jen permalink
    November 16, 2010 12:53 am

    yes, let us be kids! lets eat cookies! With that, I’m going to watch Harry Potter with my roomies, pop some popcorn, & make s’mores.. yes, we are adults now but we can still re-live our slumber party days 🙂 (although if i were truly reliving those days I’d have a can of squeeze cheese & we’d be prank calling boys, haha)

  17. November 16, 2010 2:57 am

    This post is so sweet! And the cookies look good too!

  18. November 16, 2010 3:42 am

    I LOVED this post!!! Keep the kid in you alive 🙂 🙂

    (Writing this as I ponder which Disney movie to watch! haha)

  19. November 16, 2010 4:24 am

    Grow up? Why? 🙂 Super cute post, aw I remember Sweet Valley High! Yum for the cookie recipe, I’ve gotta try this!

  20. November 16, 2010 6:12 am

    One of my favorite posts from you:) You seem like a pretty fun adult to me. I walk around humming the Toys R Us song quite a bit.

    Gorgeous photos and delicious cookies.

  21. November 16, 2010 11:58 am

    Haha, I love the pictures! And the cookies with pignolis look WONDERFUL! I adore pine nuts, just not their price tag!!!

  22. November 16, 2010 12:37 pm

    What a fun post. Loved it. 🙂

  23. November 16, 2010 12:54 pm

    What an adorable post 🙂 And may I say- those cookies look fantastic. I love the pine nuts on top. And I always peak at my baked goods…who can wait for them to be done??!!

  24. November 16, 2010 1:01 pm

    This is a fantastic post, I loved it and all the memories it conjured up – SVH books were my absolute FAVORITES ❤ omg.
    These cookies have been added to my must-bake list.

  25. November 16, 2010 1:16 pm

    Your cookies sounds fantastic, but I’m going to have to find a way to make them without growing up- I refuse to give up Sweet Valley High books, games, and goofy shenanigans. 😉

  26. November 16, 2010 1:54 pm

    Mm lemon cookies are a favorite of mine. And pine nuts is such a sophisticated finish. I wont judge if you prefer the sprinkles, though!

  27. Ginger permalink
    November 16, 2010 3:17 pm

    Okay, this is my very favorite of all your posts! Loved it, and I’m going to make sure Nanny, Kathy, Lisa and Edie read it, as well! Your talent for acting crazy and fun is one of the things I love most about you – and I really don’t see you changing (at least, I hope not!) See you Thursday!

  28. November 16, 2010 3:18 pm

    I love this post! GAH I wish I still had all of my sweet valley high books! The photos are adorable. I love the pine nuts in the lemon cookie- genius!

  29. November 16, 2010 5:12 pm

    I’m never going to put away my Sweet Valley High books! Never! But I could be persuaded to put them upstairs away from prying eyes.

  30. November 16, 2010 5:16 pm

    What a cute post!! Growing up is boring. 😉

  31. November 18, 2010 1:32 am

    wait a sec – i want those SVH books!!!

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