Saturday, December 29, 2012

Gluten-Free, Vegan Spicy Molasses Fig Cookies

Molasses cookies are only second to peanut butter cookies when it comes to baiting my shy and elusive sweet tooth.  I love the richness of molasses, with its earthy, smoky, understated, yet robust, sweetness.  And when it comes to the Holidays and the cooler weather that often comes with it, there's something about the season that makes molasses cookies particularly enjoyable in that close your eyes and slowly chew kind of way.  

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Happiness and the Holidays

Light amidst the darkness.

It's Christmas Day, and instead of being out with friends, singing carols and drinking mulled cider or non-dairy nog, I'm bundled up at home after a day of sweating, lightheadedness, and muscle cramps.  No, I'm not referring to Bikram yoga, but rather the unpleasant aftermath of ingesting gluten inadvertently.

Not fun.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

December Sanity Challenge for 2012: Embracing the Here & Now with Love

Wow.  Is it really already halfway through December and are we mere weeks from a new year?  Yup, it is.  And with that knowledge comes the pressure to tie up loose ends, to check everything off our multitude of lists, to buy this, that, and the things we hope people won't want to return, and to run a tight ship as we seek to cram the home stretch to 2013 full of Holiday "cheer." And amidst all that, where do we fit taking care of our bodies and minds, having compassion for ourselves, and taking time to slow down and truly enjoy the meaning of the Holiday season?  

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Pumpkin Millet Porridge

If you follow me on Instagram or are friends with me on Facebook, you might know that I'm currently on a hot breakfast cereal kick.  Cream of buckwheat, quinoa muesli, millet porridge - for the past two weeks I've been getting up early [gasp] so I can make breakfast, sit with my journal while sipping hot tea, and actually make the morning a part of my day rather than a rushed afterthought.  As a child, my grandmother used to make farina for breakfast, particularly during the Winter to help my brother, sister, and I steel ourselves against the bitter Michigan cold.  And while farina (aka cream of wheat) and sub-zero temps are no longer a part of my current life here in Texas, the memories, nostalgia, and love for my grandmother, certainly remain.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Massaged Kale Salad with Daikon, Carrots, & Sunflower Sprouts

When I ask people about their Thanksgivings, the usual responses are: "It was great!" and "I ate way  too much," often in the same breath.   In fact, many people at the restaurant who normally would order potato chips with their ciabatta sandwiches and have dessert without fail are ordering entree salads [gasp] and declining dessert with that "I really want it but I know I shouldn't please don't ask me again" look on their face.  You know the one.  You see it a lot during December and January.