Clean oatmeal cookies & Life lessons

I experimented with a cookie recipe this week and to my surprise it turned out really good the first time! The cookies have no flour, no sugar, no egg and actually taste really good! I suggest that you try them asap!

A few tidbits about my week before the cookie recipe …

I went to “The Alley” in downtown LA last weekend with my mom to look for some fabric. In case you aren’t from Los Angeles, the alley is this long alley with vendors on either side of it. Like this …

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Hard to explain. It’s sort of a giant outdoor swap-meet. It’s kind of insane. You can buy everything there. From cell phone cases, to knock off purses and shoes, to underwear.

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I swear the mannequins there are built like Kim Kardashian. It’s hilarious!

Anyway … my mom found the fabric she wanted, and I found a few little things that I couldn’t live without (of course).

How could I pass up cat loafers?? I got all this for around $40 btw! Hell yes!!

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I got this lovely brass knuckles cell phone case for my husband. He says “you’ve got to fight for that money” In a hilarious way, it’s kind of true.

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I also bought this iphone case for my godson. He loves panda’s. I asked him what he wants to be when he grows up. His answer; a panda tamer. I like his thinking!

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I did my 2 mile walk and 2 sets of stairs at the beach this Sunday. I liked this drawing that someone did at the top of the stairs. Reminds me of my youth…

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In case you were interested …This has been my lunch lately. Egg whites and lean ham topped with sauteed spinach, avocado and sriracha! Love!

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I had to get cat litter this week. I printed out a coupon before I went. I wasn’t in the best of moods this particular day, and while I was driving to the store I started thinking about random things like when is life going to get to a point where I don’t have to print out coupons???? When will it feel like we’ve “made it” or does anyone ever feel that they’ve “made it”??? Is it a mindset or is it an external material thing? If you are financially well off, do you still have these days and feel this way???? Or does all of that type of thinking go away???? Anyway my mind was wandering, and It was making me upset. This same day I was talking with my landlord (who btw I would consider the picture of success) and I was telling her about all this stuff (what?? you don’t talk to your landlord about your innermost thoughts)??? Anyway. She said simply that things take time, that I need not be in such a rush to be “there” now. She is right, and it is something that I need to work on way more. I tend to think SO much about how the future should “be” and “look”. I need to stop that, because it gets me nowhere. I need to Be present. Be in the moment. Be grateful.

Again! This blog making me admit things that I don’t ever say out loud. I am sure that I am not the only one who will admit that they feel this way sometimes?

Anyway … enough about that!! Cookie recipe time! I have been wanting to experiment with an oatmeal cookie. I did it, and it was a success. Here’s what I did …

Pre-heat oven to 350.

In a large bowl mix together:

-2 cups of gluten free oats (I use the ones from Trader Joes)
-1/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce
-2 ripe bananas – mashed
-1 tsp vanilla
-1 tsp cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
-2 tbsp PB2
-3 tbsp semi sweet chocolate chips (optional)
-pinch of sea salt

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Mix well. Spoon onto cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, and flatten in a cookie shape.

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Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.

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Walah! Recipe makes 12 cookies. Cookie without chocolate chips = 89 calories per cookie. Cookie with chocolate chips = 92 calories per cookie.

Yesterday, I got to spend the day with my 11 year old godson … he is a little character. The two of us went bowling yesterday. We had so much fun!!!

He told me that the bowling alley has the best popcorn and hot dogs, and the popcorn gives him energy to bowl better …

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He is a really good bowler! He really is a natural athlete and super good at everything he does …

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See he beat my a$$!! I’m not kidding … I didn’t let him beat me either. We were both bowling for real and with NO bumpers per his request!

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I made him a dessert smoothie last night after dinner. I used strawberry greek yogurt, a few chocolate chips, cocoa powder and unsweetened almond milk. He loved it!

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I really enjoy spending time with him like this. He is so smart, talented, funny and independent, and at the same time so innocent. He is a true gem. Last night I was thinking that in just a few short years he will be a teenager. I really, really treasure this time with him. He is my perfect lesson of … Be present. Be in the moment. Be grateful.

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Until next time …

Btw, did I ever tell you that Louie also loves anything cardboard??? Well, she does.

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Xx

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The best roasted broccoli ever made!

I had 3 broccoli crowns that I needed to cook tonight that I didn’t feel like steaming or sautéing so I decided to roast them (truth be told, I’ve never roasted any veggies really before tonight). I will say that the end result was amazing!!!!! I will be eating this daily from now on … Recipe below!

Ingredients:
-Fresh broccoli crowns (I used 3 for this recipe)
-olive oil spray
-sea salt & pepper
-garlic powder

Directions:
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with foil. Cut up broccoli into florets. Put florets on cookie sheet and spread evenly. Spray olive oil spray over the top of all broccoli, sprinkle sea salt, pepper and garlic powder over the top. Do NOT toss, just leave as is and put in oven. Bake at 400 degrees for 30-35 min. In the end you will have the tastiest vegetable you’ve ever had!

**note: I didn’t include measurements of the salt, pepper and garlic powder because I just eye balled it based on how much I like.

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Rosemary Lemon Chicken

I bought a bunch of fresh herbs & lemons from the farmers market this weekend and decided to whip up some rosemary lemon chicken for dinner tonight! It turned out really flavorful! Recipe below! This recipe was for 6 chicken breasts, but you can change it according to how many you are making!

Ingredients:
-6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
-fresh rosemary (2 stems)
-1 large lemon
-olive oil or olive oil spray
-garlic powder to taste
-sea salt & pepper to taste

Directions:
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Zest skin of the lemon, de-stem rosemary. Place chicken in large baking dish and drizzle with olive oil or spray chicken with olive oil spray. Squeeze lemon evenly on all chicken, rub spices & lemon zest on. Make small slits on top of each chicken and stuff slit with rosemary. Rub remaining rosemary on top of chicken. Bake for 50-60 min at 400 degrees or until done. I always check with a meat thermometer!

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