Nailing it…

I have not been a very successful pinterest peep. In fact
I have only been on pinterest a couple of times. I found this through a friend and thought it was hilarious. If you feel like you need a laugh or a light moment to see that your are not alone when an attempt to something snazzy flops before your eyes, check this out. It is really funny. Honestly, I rarely find things funny and this to me is just that, probably because I can relate.

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And the reality is…Part 2

baking

With high hopes to making our way to the cabin today, 1 woke up nauseous and swearing she was going to puke. Man!! So excited and then so bummed. With all the hype of one of my favorite places, Trader Joe’s, in the news, I figured I would go first hand and investigate the buzz. I had good intentions of researching, but was so side tracked by the replenished rows of Kale, which I have not been able to get my hands on for months, and the beautiful chocolate choices above the frozen goods isle, I totally forgot all about TJ’s in the news and was in my grocery store glory. Tomorrow, the weather man says it is going to be warmer than today, so…cabin here we come? Maybe. I am trying not to plan so far in advance now…sheesh!
This evening I plan to bake my newest favorite cookie. I was in an accident, a rear end, a couple of weeks ago and have been told not to run, go to spin class, or work out for 2 weeks. It is week three and still no cigar. I am to take it super easy. Super easy to me is bake cookies. Seriously, when I am stressed, I run. When I feel overwhelmed, I run. When I feel good, I run. Now, I am not saying baking is replacing my exercise regime, but it is coming pretty close. Tonight I have been given the go ahead to start running again, but for only 2 minutes at a time…that is kind of the equivalent to eating a cookie or two. My dear friend gave me this recipe. It is from Planet Organic. I have never been before, but fancy these cookies a great deal. This isn’t the exact recipe, due to lack of ingredients on my part, but nonetheless, they are pretty cosmic, that’s for sure.

Cosmic Cookie

Inspired by Planet Organic

Ingredients:
2 1/4 cups barley flakes
2 cups spelt flour or kamut
1 cup sunflower seed
3/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened (optional)
1/4 cup flax seed or flax meal
1 cup granulated unbleached cane sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
2 1/4 teaspoons sea salt
2 cups dark chocolate chips or 1 3/4 cups carob chips
1 1/4 cups raisins or ½ cup cranberries
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup blackstrap molasses
3/4 cup grapeseed oil
1 cup almond milk or soy

How To Play:
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Line two baking trays with parchment paper.
Combine dry ingredients : from oats to cranberries.
Combine wet ingredients: from water to almond milk.
Stir dry and wet together until just combined.
Portion cookie dough using 1/3 C measure or an ice cream scoop and place on baking tray.
Gently flatten cookies.
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned.

Enjoy.

And the reality is…

Pt. Roberts

Today reached a gorgeous 25 degrees, which is spectacular and close enough to summer weather to me. The forecast declares sunny and warm all weekend, which translated to me is, “Family cabin here we come! Get your sandals, pails, and shovels!” I love salt water crisped hair, the fragrance of bon-fires, and warm bronzed skin. My nickname from my sister has been Powder for ages- remember that one hit wonder from the 90’s? Anyhow, though I don’t change color, especially a nice bronze color,  it sure looks lovely on others. I honestly admire those who can tan.
I have been thinking how much the weather plays a significant role in my day to day life, especially as a mother. I felt like I should have received the mother of the year reward when I dropped 1 off at school wearing ballet flats, while the other kids in her class were all wearing gumboots. She also didn’t have a jacket. Where was my mind? Who knows? I dropped her off, got back into my vehicle…and sure enough, down came the rain.
I was once told that Canadians, are more likely than any other country folk, to check the weather continuously throughout the day. It is one of the things we base our days around. I am not sure how true that is, but I know for myself, looking at the weather forecast has become a daily task, especially after my school incident with child 1. Weather is huge for us. We like to know what is going on and how well we can be prepared it. Sad thing is, we are never 100% prepared for anything. It is the reality I have been endeavoring to come to terms with. It has been a reality in-which, as a young child I had no concept of, and perhaps didn’t begin to take notice of it until in my mid-twenties,when it came knocking at my door. I don’t regret opening the door to reality, but sometimes it seems as though it would be safer to hide from it, or tune it out. The truth about reality is, it is what we have been longing for, waiting, craving, desiring, obsessing over, and completely sacrificing all we know for it. It is a powerful uncertainty, an antidote to our deepest sufferings. It is a truth that beckons us forward to a safety in which makes little sense. It’s incomprehensible. This lack of understanding, however, is the very thing that keeps us moving forward, sleeping deep into the times of night, then waking, longing to taste once again, this wonder, this passion, this lover of our soul.