At the ripe old age of nineteen, I’ve come to the realization that life is full of inconveniences. They’re unwanted, unplanned, and unavoidable. I have spent a lot of energy and time trying to remove them, but to no avail. So I’ve also come to the realization that they must be meant to be. Part of the greater good God’s working in my life (Romans 8:28). These everyday inconveniences can be opportunities to learn lessons and challenges to find and cultivate the good in “bad” days.
When you have a three hour lab that includes a two hour wait, when you and your lab partners are yawning at each other under foggy lab classes, turn it into a conversation opportunity. You may just make some
nerdy new friends
When you are “feeling a bit out of sorts,” your throat is scratchy, and your nose is sniffly, turn your downtime on the couch to read that book you haven’t gotten around to.
When the weather keeps you inside from the run you were planning, turn on cheerful
Christmas music and try a new workout.
When you’ve had a long rough day at school, use your car ride home to call your sister and plan a movie-popcorn night.
When you’ve stayed up late talking to a friend and your alarm goes off at 5:15am, be sure to cash your Dunkin Donut coupon in for a tall coffee
When you go after honey with a balloon, the great thing is not to let the bees know you’re coming. (That one’s from Winnie the Pooh. Go read him)
When you want to turn unhealthy sweets into healthy treats, be sure to make them 1)edible and 2)yummy. Just so you know, almond flour + oat flour is a magic combination.
And please, when you have three kinds of baking chips, be sure to use them all.
Triple Chipper Oatmeal Cookies
~ makes 6 dozen
- 2 c. rolled oats
- 1/3 c. coconut
- 2/3 c. Earth Balance (or butter)
- 1 egg (or 1 T. flax seed + 2 T. water)
- 1 c. brown sugar
- 1t. vanilla
- 1/2 c. almond flour
- 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
- 1 c. milk chocolate chips
- 1/2 c. mini semisweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 c. butterscotch chips
- Preheat oven to 350F
- To make oat flour, process oats (1/2 c. at a time) in a blender or food processor until ground into a fine powder. It should look something like this:
- Process coconut in a blender or food processor until very finely chopped. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, beat Earth Balance with sugar and baking soda until fully combined. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Add almond flour, coconut and oat flour and mix well.
- Stir in chocolate and butterscotch chips.
- Drop dough by heaping tablespoons onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
- Bake about 12 minutes or until the edges of the cookies are golden brown
I promise they will taste a thousand times better. And your day will be a thousand times sweeter.