It is amazing what a week can do.
One week out of the office and I’m smiling more often than not. Now, that smiling could be related to to the number of chocolate chip cookies that have come out of my oven in the last few days, the fact that I’ve gotten to sleep past 6 am for 10 days, or maybe even the fact that I made the best ever blondies last week. Other possible factors include sugar free peppermint syrup at Starbucks (got to save calories when I can), cookie baking and dinner parties with this girl, or the fact that I got to spend a good portion of my day Sunday relaxing with the husband. Likely it is all of the above and more. It’s funny that when things aren’t going well we can find a million and two things to complain about, but when things are good, we don’t appreciate each of them like we should.
Wow, a week out of vacation and I really am drinking the stay-at-home kool-aid. I better brace myself for January 3rd (also adding to the list: I am thankful for January 2nd being an official holiday).
So did I mention all the cookies I’ve been making? I’m actually shocked at how much butter and sugar I’ve gone through in the last few weeks. In fact, I need to restock at Costco asap so that the madness can continue. In the midst of my baking marathons, I’m trying not to eat everything that comes out of my oven. Mostly because I’m supposed to gift and share these sweets with others, but also because I have a very unforgiving metabolism and I am determined not to run out of clothes to wear when I get back to work in a couple of weeks. And to prevent myself from going into absolute cookie comatose, I need to find some less indulgent desserts.
Vegan Mango Shake
1 1/2 cups frozen mango
1 cup unsweetened almond milk (vanilla or plain)
1 packet of sweetener (I used Stevia)
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Combine all ingredients in a blender until mixture is thick and frothy
Serve immediately topped with cinnamon and/or whipped topping of choice
Adapted from Samayal Arai
What’s making you smile today?