what i think about when i make cookies

the past five weeks have held the craziest space I've ever known.  

i'm not sure when or why this recent shift has occurred; I only know that it's the most comfortable "dropping in" - aka settled, aka most peaceful, aka most grateful - I've ever felt.  for someone who thrives on the go and has always had one eye on the horizon, peering intently at what's to come, it's been an experience to observe what happens when that energy shifts gears and relaxes into present moment.

james and I laugh because when we moved into our new home a few months ago, he mentioned we should get a portable dishwasher (this house didn't come equipped with one).  I said no.  no, we don't need a portable dishwasher.  it's not necessary - in fact, i'll do all the dishes. ha!  (little did I know that my Asian Julie + Julia kick would begin soon thereafter...).  I liked the idea of getting my hands dirty.  I romanticized the return to the basics.  famous last words.

a few months later, we fully intend on purchasing a portable dishwasher as soon as craigslist offers one up. that being said, I DO think that a few months of hand washing has done me good.  not because it's such a beautiful act to scrub like a hundred pots and pans and plates and forks a week, but because it reminds me not to take things for granted. 

we forget what life was like before we were overwhelmed with appliances that make our lives easier.  we forget what life was like before everything was one-click away. 

I don't think the answer lies in a return to life pre-amazon prime or washing machines. but I do think a few weeks off from that which we take for granted does the soul a whole buncha good.  likely the same reason that travel can expand our appreciation for all that we have in our first world country. if we feel like complaining about our amenities, a little time without said amenities tends to shift our perspective.  

sometimes we need to zoom out in order to refocus and gaze around at the world with the childlike appreciation it deserves.

on a side note, SPICY GINGER COOKIES.  thanks, food 52.

(I didn't have ground ginger so I subbed in a tablespoon of fresh grated ginger. also took ginger chews and sliced them and topped a few cookies with slivers of chewy ginger candy. mmmmmm.)

Karlie Kloss' Spicy Ginger Cookies

Makes 16 cookies

  • 1 1/2 cups oat flour
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 6 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 6 tablespoons blackstrap molasses
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the oat flour, almond flour, coconut sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and salt.
  3. Add the coconut oil, molasses, and vanilla and mix together with your hands or a wooden spoon until a moist ball of dough forms.
  4. Divide the dough into quarters. Divide each quarter into quarters to make 16 pieces total. Roll each piece gently into a ball and place on the prepared baking sheets.
  5. Bake for 8 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack for 10 to 15 minutes. The cookies will keep for a few days when stored in an airtight container.


Hannah Smith