Here is the deal. I’m an ex chubby kid who has a sweet tooth and counts calories like a nut job. I’m also a vegetarian so I tend to eat pretty healthy, but there are few things greater than the joy of a warm cookie touching your lips straight from the oven.
Saturday my sweet tooth hit me at about 3:00PM and I knew I needed to get some work done, so I made my cookies, started a pot of coffee and opened my laptop. 10 minutes later I pulled these delicious treats out of the oven and two minutes after that I enjoyed one with my Texas Pecan coffee.
I kidnaped the recipe from “Two Peas & Their Pod” and cut the batch in half so that I didn’t overindulged. Since I was in a real chocolate fix I added a tablespoon of dark cocoa and swapped the vegan chocolate chips for white chocolate.
3 large, very ripe bananas, peeled
1/2 cup creamy all-natural peanut butter
1 tablespoon coconut oil, slightly warmed, but not melted
2 tablespoons agave nectar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups gluten-free oats
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
3/4 cup vegan chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat baking mat and set aside.
2. In a large bowl, mash the ripe bananas with a fork. Stir in the peanut butter, coconut oil, agave, and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth.
3. In a separate medium bowl, stir together the oats, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
4. Drop spoonfuls of dough onto prepared baking sheet. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until cookies are set. Let cool on baking sheet for two minutes. Transfer to a wire cooling rack and cool completely.
The origin of jewelry began with the African people and their use of seashells and beads. Fast forward 70,000 years and sea sells became replaced by copper and shortly thereafter gold. For centuries jewelry has symbolized all sorts of things from fertility to love to social status. Today jewelry continues to represent those things except for the three functional pieces of jewelry; dog tags, watches and medical bracelets.
For whatever reason before Zach left for his first deployment he suggested to buy me a piece of jewelry from Tiffany & Co.. As I gleefully walked around Tiffany’s I tried to play it cool, calm and collected, but inside I was ecstatic. I picked out a heart-shaped ring that looked similar to a ribbon with an accent diamond. This gift served as a commitment to our relationship and a gesture that he wanted to provide me with a tangible token to look at everyday while he was gone.
I too decided to give Zach a physical token for his last deployment, which was an additional set of dog tags for him to wear with his functional jewelry.
So here we are on the cusp of deployment number two and I want the both of us to have a new physical reminder to serve as a pick me up whenever we’re having a moment of sadness, doubt, or loneliness. Neither of us have finalized what these items will be, but one thing is for sure these tokens will represent love.
– Act Now. Cry Later.
Today my soon-to-be mister left for the Joint Readiness Training Center in Louisiana. While he drove from Fort Hood to Fort Polk in a military vehicle averaging 45 mph, I spent my day at work thinking that today marks the beginning of my Mental Deployment Training Center. For the next four weeks I’ll catch up on endless amounts of Breaking Bad, bake semi-healthy cupcakes and plan a pre-deployment trip for Zach and I.
As almost every military girl knows, when you and your beau are apart for anytime longer than three weeks you set up unrealistic expectations to make sure you look extra fantastic upon their return. In my instance I have already scheduled a three-hour tinfoil hair appointment, bought new running capris and ate a 350 calorie dinner.
Although long distance is lonely and challenging, times apart allow couples to go back to the basics. It’s in these times that we remember ourselves, take time to teach ourselves, and reflect on what we love most about one another.
So cheers to the next four weeks and may I begin my Mental Deployment Training with the right outlook, goals and beach body plan!
– Act Now. Cry Later.