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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Mustard roasted potatoes … the perfect ending to one of those days.

I have to admit something that I don’t admit often … I tend to be on the bratty side of personalities. I can be moody at times, and get irritated when things don’t go my way. It is something that I work on daily. I try to rein in the brat in me and try to be the kind person that I know that I can be. This blogging thing makes you say the craziest stuff! Anyhow … yesterday was one of those days where I was in a mood. From the moment I woke up, I was running late. I went to make my protein shake and realized that we had no spinach (I normally always blend spinach in my shake)! I had to make the shake with only almond milk and protein powder (poor me, right)?!! Anyhow, while I was shaking the protein and milk together, it shot out of part of the lid and got everywhere…

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I then almost tripped over my untied shoes while running like a fool to my car …

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I drove my annoyed self to my training session and didn’t know what kind of monsterous workout I was in for. Wholly crap … I thought I was going to die! Just in case you wanted to know, this is what I look like when I’m tired, hot, cranky, hungry and have a raging headache …

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Cute right????

Anyhow I went home after getting some spinach at the store, ate this lovely scramble with a slice of Ezekiel toast topped with strawberry jam. 

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I was so blasted that I went to sit down on my bed for a few minutes before running all the errands that I needed to run. I ended up waking up 2 hours after I “sat down” whoops!!!! I woke up in a better mood, ran a few errands, and came home with inspiration to make some mustard roasted potatoes! I saw a cooking show awhile back and they were making potatoes with mustard, mayo, sour cream, butter and all kinds of other not so great for you ingredients. I remember thinking to myself that I’d like to change up the recipe one day. Yesterday I did just that! Here is what I did …

I cut up about 6 small to medium red potatoes in large chunks. 

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I cut up a few sprigs of fresh thyme and 4 garlic cloves.

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I mixed together approx. 2-3 tbsp. of deli mustard and 2-3 tbsp. of dijon mustard (Grey Poupon is my favorite), the minced garlic, and 2 tbsp. of olive oil. 

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I put this mixture on the potatoes, with the thyme and tossed together in a baking dish. At first I tried tossing together with a spoon, but it wasn’t coating the potatoes like I wanted, so I threw the spoon to the side and tossed the potatoes with my hands! Much better idea!! 

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I baked them in a pre-heated oven at 350 degrees for 45-60 min. They turned out soooo good. They are seriously my new favorite side dish. You must try them!!!

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Yesterday taught me that even though the day started bad, It is within my power to turn it around. I took a moment, thought about everything in my life that I am grateful for and because of that, the day ended on a good note and I made a super tasty new recipe to share with everyone! 

On a totally random note … Today I am wearing my Bambi scarf. See how cute it is??!! 

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Remember … It’s never too late to turn the day around!!! 

xoxo