13 October 2012
Last weekend was Thanksgiving and as always I find myself grateful knowing that I have been blessed with an amazing family, lovely friends and a strong, healthy body. It was a weekend of a lot of delicious food leaving me with not only a full belly but a full heart. That said, by Tuesday I finally had a little room in the gut to try out this yummy gluten-free peanut butter chocolate chip cookie recipe that A Jaded Mama shared with me. It's the perfect "fix-the-craving" recipe because there are like 4 ingredients and they take about 15 seconds to whip up. We all know how I feel about "recipes" but I did actually follow this one :) Preheat your oven to 350. In mixer, cream together 1 egg, 1 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp vanilla and 3/4c sugar. Mix in 1 cup peanut butter of choice (mine of course is the organic, chunky version). Then mix in 1/2c chocolate chips. Spoon on to sheet and bake for 15. The peanut butter goodness keeps my house smelling yummy for about 2 days afterwards and usually brings Soph down with her plate looking for warm cookies, which I lovingly share because she just makes my world a better place and my house a home.
Now while the cookies are baking I have to admit that I did indulge in another guilty pleasure of mine, much to the disdain of Ruby who watched with a look of "oh mom, you are crazy!". Tuesday nights were one of my favourites because they were ballet night. Sometimes I can't decide what I miss more - the friends from class, the laughter or the actual dancing. There was never a shortage of giggles while we had our legwarmers on so to work off the calories ahead of time I dug out my ballet shoes (I was already sporting my leg warmers!!) and put on a few songs and broke it down! Using the empty space in my dining room as my own personal dance hall which of course led to loud, off-tune singing and more looks of death from Ruby. There is just something so free and so fun about just letting loose and singing and dancing and getting lost in the music and the intoxicating smell of cookies baking! It's usually those times that gratitude springs forward as well - being able to just enjoy that moment and all the other small, simple moments of every day. I hope that everyone can find those moments to be thankful for each day - ones where you catch yourself smiling to yourself just knowing that life is good, that you are strong and that life is good. xo