I just want to take a minute to declare how lucky I am.
I can turn on the news, log into facebook, pay attention to current events in any way, I am reminded of my privileges. My health concerns pale in comparison to some, my freedoms are many, and when things are less than stellar I have wealth in friends and loved ones at my side.
I try to show this gratitude each and every day.
I also appreciate awareness. Lately I have been putting things off, so to speak. A friend wants to take a vacation somewhere, I say I cannot possibly leave town right now (okay, this I am actually kind of firm on – not going anywhere in the near future). We have “vague” plans to go bowling with my parents, I have “vague” plans to get together with my mom – both get put off each week. Another friend wants to get together for lunch, saying “whenever you are free” knowing my schedule – this still has not happened. I have more instances just like these, and I am suddenly aware I am living on the wrong side of one of my favorite quotes:
Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.
Beginning today, I am attempting balance. I will say yes to more, I will enjoy more, and I will do this while making the same amount of time for Dad – spending precious time with him and managing his life right now.
I will do this for me.
I love salted sweets.
I love spicy sweets.
When I saw this genius cookie recipe over at Local Milk, I busted a move to the kitchen tout de suite.
I made these cookies vegan and gluten free – equal amounts gluten free all purpose flour and sweet rice flour (3/4 cup each, plus 3/8 teaspoon xanthan gum), coconut oil in place of butter, and flax + water in place of eggs. I also threw in another big ol’ handful of dark chocolate chips. Swoon.
…and because my version is egg free, I may have eaten
a bunch one or two of these before they hit the oven:
So dang good.
To see this recipe, visit Local Milk here.
Are you a sweet and salty and spicy fan? (If so, you need these cookies).
What are you grateful for today?