I’m about to tell you about the best day of my life. Thus far.
Okay so Friday morning I woke up at 5:45 and headed to my Sunrise Yoga class with a friend. I left there feeling all at peace with the world, as only yoga (and maybe that time when you peeled an orange in one piece) can make you feel.
I went home and ended up making a blueberry banana coconut pancake topped with toppings…because once you put toppings on something it automatically makes it feel like a dessert. Desserty things for breakfast? I can handle that.
So pancakes and yoga. Actually, yoga then pancakes…i’m not sure if I’d wanna do that the other way around. Anywayses, I eventually convinced myself to head out my door to class and on the way to my car I found $20 on the ground. That like never happens. And anytime you find money on the ground that means it’s time to pay it forward. Watch out waiter/waitress, I’m coming for you.
So I got done with class and came home and made a bowl of healthy cookie dough for a snack because there is just nothing better than snacktime and wannabe dessert that tastes just ohhemmggeeeeee good. But I made it mainly because I lack imagination and creativity when I’m hungry so I just default to what is simple.
And theennnn, there was a knock on my door and my boyfriend was there. I knew he was coming to visit me this weekend but I wasn’t expecting him for a couple hours so I was looking like a hot mess and that doesn’t even begin to describe the state of my apartment…oh well. He’s had plenty of time to run away in the last 5 years and he hasn’t yet. So he came in and sat down while I tired to straighten up my wreck of an apartment. And as I was doing that…I got a phone call.
An important phone call. A phone call from the Grad School I applied to. And the phone call was from a wonderful women who said I had been accepted to be part my dream Grad School’s Fall 2013 class.
I’ve been working really hard for this. It’s exhausting trying to realize what you actually want to do with your life and then having to start over with classes and volunteering and work experience in a field that is different from what you originally thought you wanted to do when you were 18 and had no idea who you were or what career you could ever want. It’s hard to feel like you didn’t waste time trying to get to where you are now. But there’s a quote that says something like, “think of how far you have come today.” And I try to think about that quote when I feel like my life isn’t going perfectly and I’m not exactly where I hoped to be(yet). I’m trying to live my dream. And this blog, this grad school, and this person I’ve become in the last 3 years is all part of that.
Oooo that was kinda heavy for a blog where I usually talk about how I put avocados in cookies and how I was terrified I would never stop playing with Barbies. Just wait…I promise there’s a cookie recipe at the end.
Okay back to my Friday. So then I got a text from my mom saying I had received another box of yogurt from Chobani. Seriously, Chobani? Another 72 ounces of happiness. You guys are amazing.
So to celebrate my grad school acceptance, my boyfriend and I went out for pizza. Mediterranean pizza (without cheese) from BJ’s. Can’t be beat.
Then we came back to my apartment. And I just couldn’t stop smiling and feeling like I couldn’t be happier. I sat down on my couch and my boyfriend was putting in a movie for us to watch. I didn’t know what movie it was but I was just floating. So happy. And then the movie started playing. It was Across the Universe. (You know that strange movie with all the Beatles songs in it). I thought, “Oh how sweet, this was the movie we saw on our first date(5 1/2 years ago).”
And then he turned around. And then he started saying sweet, perfect things. And then he was walking towards me. And then he was down on one knee. And then he asked me to marry him. And then I said yes.
I know life won’t always seem like roses & daisies, but right now it does. And I plan on living in the right now for the rest of my life.
And for serious I like need a husband. Mainly because I can’t light a match to save my life and for the totally selfish reason that I receive a ridiculous amount of satisfaction from cooking for another person. Totally selfish? Yes. But regardless, he has decide to wife me.
My dad (who told my mom) already knew the proposal was coming but didn’t know exactly when. I wanted to break the news to my family in a creative way and what is more fun than cookies? Ummm I’ve got nothing. So cookies it was. I just put all the cookies on the table in a random order and told them to figure out what the letters spelled. They guessed it pretty quick.
But for serious,we thought one of my grandmas was going to have a heart attack she was so excited. I love family. Right now I can’t think of how a weekend will ever beat this one.
But then I remember we get to go cake tasting in a couple months and that is gonna be like incredible.
Oatmeal Sugar Cookies with Cinnamon Cashew Cream Frosting
makes 14 large cookies
Oatmeal Sugar Cookie
2 3/4 cup oat flour
1/4 + 1/8 tsp tsp salt
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 stick butter (could probably substitute in a vegan butter like Earth Balance)
1/4 cup applesauce, unsweetened
3/4 cup white sugar
2 1/4 tsp vanilla
1 egg white
In a large bowl, combine oat flour, salt and baking powder. Stir ingredients together.
In a separate bowl, use an electric mixer to cream together butter, applesauce and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add in egg and egg white one at a time beating well (about 1 minute) after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Finally, add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients a little at a time. Mix batter until dry ingredients are evenly distributed into the wet ingredients. Batter will be thin and sticky and not look very cookie doughy. Cover dough and place in the freezer for 30 minutes.
Preheat an oven to 350F.
Remove chilled dough from the freezer and use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to scoop out scant 1/4 scoops of dough. Roll the dough into a ball and place on a non-stick cookie sheet. If you want a doughier cookie, gently press down on the top of each cookie (when I make these cookies again I would definitely press them down a little to make them more doughy and not so light/fluffy/crumbly). Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the bottom edges are turning slightly golden brown. The cookie really should not look even slightly brown. They will seem a little underdone when removed from oven. Allow them to cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes before moving to a cooling rack to completely cool. Frost with you favorite icing or the cashew cinnamon icing below.
Cinnamon Cashew Cream Frosting (dairy free)
2 cups cashews (soaked for 1+ hours)
14 dates, pitted (soaked for 1+ hours)
3 tsp lemon juice
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 + 1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/4 + 1/8 cup water
In a large bowl, soak cashews and pitted dates for 1-3 hours (I soaked mine for 3). Strain the cashews and dates to drain off the soaking water. Rinse the cashews and dates and pour them into a food processor/high powered blender. Add in lemon juice and salt. Process until all the cashews are no longer whole and begin to add in water until desired consistency is reached. Scoop frosting into a bowl and mix in cinnamon. Cover and refrigerate until ready to frost your cookies.