You know, this thing called life can really suck the…well…life out of you.
The past several weeks have been a blur of activity since my last post. I was the Musical Director and co-writer/director for a charitable musical theatre group that I've been involved with for several years, and our showtime was fast approaching. Having worked with my fellow directors for the past 14 months and with the cast and crew for the past 4 months, quite a bit of time and attention was needed to bring everything together for the show. And since I can never manage to have only one major project at a time, we're also neck deep in a house-renovation project (more on that soon!) and getting ready to move in 6 weeks. Between the last-minute rehearsals and finalizing details for the show, the shopping and planning and execution of house renovations, the travel time to and from both show and house (both are a 45 minute-one-way drive from where we currently live), the start of baseball season for 3 boys all playing on 3 different teams with 3 different practice and game schedules in 3 different locations, the end-of-the-school-year activities for the kids and and the day to day daily grind of trying to maintain SOME semblance of normalcy, something had to give.
Unfortunately, both blogging and healthy eating took a backseat to a busy life riddled with stress. I won't burden you with the grizzly details, but I will say incredible amounts of somewhat-tasty-and-SO-not-worth-it processed crap, junk food, fast food, grains, sugars and crap that made me feel…like crap found it's way back into my life and onto my plate.
Along with more wine and Froot Loop vodka than I'm comfortable mentioning.
As a result, I was miserable, achy, uncomfortable, bloated and angrily annoyed with myself, aggravated that my clothes were all too tight again, unhappy with my appearance, with everything. In general I felt- you guessed it- crappy.
One of these days, I'll learn the lesson and stick to paleo foods rather than all the crap. One of these days.
So, back on the wagon I go, and very happily so. 5 days back in, and I feel so much better!
There's a running joke in our house, when someone feels unhappy/slighted/angry/annoyed/fill-in-the-blank and are crabbing about things not going the way they want, we ask if they want a cookie, so they can be filled with hope and sunshine and light again. It generally brings a smile and slight mollification, and either a resounding 'yes'… with the understanding that no actual cookie is forthcoming… or a muttered 'no, I just want to stand here and be difficult'.
Paraphrased and twisted lines from movies provides humor for us in many situations.
In that vein, with the pestering (but rather sound) advice of my bestie who has been annoying the crap out of me with nudges that I should get back to the blog and paleo and I'll feel better, I offer a cookie recipe to pacify him and everyone else wondering where I'd disappeared to.
In this case, actual cookie (in recipe form) forthcoming. :)
These are spiced paleo whoopie pies…soft snickerdoodle-ish cookies smooshed together with a paleo marshmallow-y filling.
Everything is better with a marshmallow-y filling.
These were a hit with the boys and their neighborhood friends, and I'll be testing out a couple chocolate versions I found soon!
Paleo Snickerdoodle Whoopie Pie
2 cups of blanched almond flour
1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 cup of honey
1 tablespoon of vanilla
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Blend all the dry ingredients together, and then add all the wet ingredients and blend well.
On baking sheets covered with parchment paper, place heaping tablespoons (about 3 measured tablespoons) about 2 inches apart in circles
Bake for 15 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Cool completely (at least 15 minutes) before using.
1/4 to 1/2 cup of honey
2 egg whites
1/4 teaspoon of lemon juice or vinegar (optional; helps it to stay fluffy)
1/4 teaspoon of vanilla (optional)
Bring the honey to a steady boil in a small saucepan…you want to bring the temperature of the honey to around 250 degrees F.
Boil for about 5-10 minutes, or until it is starting to darken (almost bringing it to the edge of burning). You’ll know when it’s ready if it forms a ball when you drop some of it in a cold water.
Whisk the egg whites until you have stiff peaks forming when you lift the whisk out of the mixture. Try not to stop whipping the egg whites, and slowly add honey and vanilla to the egg whites while you continue whisking. Some of the honey may spray a bit, so try to drizzle it down the side of the bowl, away from the whisk.
Spread, serve, and store in the refrigerator. You can re-whisk the mixture if it begins to separate.