Here we go again

I’m not sure how to begin.

Too much has happened. Things much more real than the cookie recipe in my last post, published more than 6 months ago. (Although cookies are still pretty high on my list of important things.)

I’ve fallen out of the habit of writing. I’m not sure why … maybe I’m afraid to examine what’s inside? I cringe whenever I think about journaling or (gasp) writing publicly for all the Internet to see. But … here we go again.

I have social media burnout. I’m tired of exposing my every thought to the world. I don’t have a Facebook anymore (double gasp). I rarely post to Instagram, and when I do it’s a photo of my dog. I still love Twitter, mostly because posting snarky comments is acceptable. Pinterest is still my friend (I’m sure Jerod and I would literally starve without it).

It’s taken a while, but this realization has dawned on me: Comments, reposts, retweets, regrams, likes … they mean NOTHING. And I’m tired of defining my life by how many randoms click (creep?) on super personal life updates.

With that said, though, there is something about being honest and open about what life throws your way. Situations that warrant a conversation for change and build community around a common goal. To bring truth to a dark world that’s searching for answers to things like this. And this. And this. Still want to define your life by how many people liked your photo of your lunch? There’s more important things.

Social media isn’t bad. It has its uses. But check your motivation at the login screen. Why are you posting? Why are you commenting? Why are you trolling? (OK, there’s probably never a good reason for trolling.)

Anyway, enough ranting. This is a feeble attempt at reviving the blog. Let’s see where 2015 takes it.

Side note: The Hanging Tree just started playing through my headphones. *chills* Did anyone else cry when they saw The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1?

{Project Recipe} Healthy Oatmeal CC Cookies

I’ve been craving chocolate more than usual the past few days. I mean, it’s bad, people. I scavenged the candy bowl at work for the first time EVER last night, rounding up dark chocolate M&Ms and hoarding them at my desk while I proofed pages, whispering “my preciousssss” every so often.

I told you. It’s pretty bad.

I ran out of cocoa powder and flour a while ago, so brownies weren’t an option. My last hope was the bag of Kirkland Signature semisweet chocolate chips in my pantry, and I knew eating those by themselves probably wasn’t the best idea. (Although it has happened a time or two. Or 13.) Jerod is a fan of a well-made chocolate chip cookie, though, and I had enough oats stocked to feed a good-sized pony. Conclusion? Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies to the rescue!

Nom nom nom.

Nom nom nom.

I’ve been making the most crazy delicious breakfast the past few days, inspired by Yeah … Imma Eat That. It’s called an Oatmeal Blueberry Breakfast Pizza Cookie Thingy (yes, “thingy” is part of the official name), and it’s incredible. It’s satisfying, it’s a pizza, it’s a cookie (a pizzookie!) and it’s HEALTHY. Can’t get much better than that.

I’ve been making it with the suggested blueberry mix-in (highly recommend), but I made Jerod a chocolate chip version, and I ended up eating most of it that was pretty good, too. I figured, if it’s this tasty as a huge breakfast pizzookie, wouldn’t it be even better in a smaller cookie size?

Turns out, these cookies hold their own. And totally satisfied my chocolate craving.

To make a bigger batch of mix for cookie dough, I just quadrupled Kylie’s original recipe. Then I replaced the blueberries with chocolate chips, and baked for 10 minutes. Click over to her blog to get the original measurements for a kickin’ breakfast cookie thingy! And look below if you want the cookie dough measurements. :)

In my healthy cookie jar: honey cookies and oatmeal CC cookies!

In my healthy cookie jar: honey cookies and oatmeal CC cookies!

Healthy Oatmeal CC Cookies

Ingredients

2 cups oats

4 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

4 flax “eggs” (Mix 1 tablespoon flaxseed and 1-2 tablespoons water for each egg. Let sit for 5 minutes.)

4 tablespoons honey/agave or 8 packets Truvia

8 tablespoons applesauce

1 tsp vanilla or maple extract

1 cup chocolate chips (or another favorite mix-in, like berries, nuts, seeds, etc.)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Drop tablespoon-sized balls onto cookie sheet (you should get about 23 cookies).

Bake for 10 minutes. Let cool on cookie rack. Or eat straight out of the oven with a little nut butter on top! Mmm …

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