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Grocery Finds, No Bake Vegan Flaxseed Cookies, Internet & Mood

Posted Feb 05 2010 3:29pm
TGIF friends!  What a week!  Why did I feel like I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off?  Oh waitbecause I was!   Birthday festivitiesyoga classes to teacherrands, the usual chaos.  Today I went and got my hair done.  Isn't it just the best feeling when you go from meh with your roots to oh-yeah-baby when your color is freshened up!? Wellfor me it is!  Sorry I didn't snap a fresh picture but will post one tomorrow.  The color looks very similar to the picture here.

Tell me about your plans for the big Superbowl Weekend?  As I mentioned yesterdayI will be doing precisely nothing on Sunday other than relishing in the silence at home.  Yay!  Saturday morning always involves yoga so that'll be nicetoo.  I'm pursing the highest level of yoga certification and on Saturday mornings I hit up the Teacher Training aspect of my practice and study with my two teacher gurus and the other yogis and yoginis in the teacher training program.  I also found out that my graduation date is in 2 weeks!

I'm glad you enjoyed yesterday's mega post on everything from my Pottery Painting Trip with Skylar
Great memories were made, indeed.  As well as a cute coffee mug.
And thanks for your feedback about whether you enjoy Coconut Oil and for the compliments on my Coconut-Ginger Roasted Veggies and Salads
 Glad you liked my Natural Tips & Remedies for ColdsFlusand SicknessThank you so much for sharing your thoughts about what you doand whether or not you think natural remedies are effective.  I loved hearing everyone's take on it!

But Moving Along...
And as I mentioned in this postI hit up Trader Joe's before we came home and made Raw Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies the other day.

At TJ'sI found all kinds of new-to-me things!

Coffee.  Fair Trade Organic Ethiopian.
If you've missed my previous thoughts on Organic Foods and that I don't always choose them and whyhere you go.  But this is organic...awesome!
Oh and recently I discovered TJ's Fair Trade Organic French Roast
It's richboldbut not bitter.  The label says "bright" and I would agree.  It's perfect and it's been in rotation with my beloved Sumatraas well.
But yesterday's TJ's employeewho sounded like he enjoys his coffee almost as much as I do, recommended the Ethiopian.
and he mentioned that you can "taste a subtle hint of blueberry."

Normally when people say things like thatI feel like they've been smokin' blueberries for a little too longbut honestlyvery subtly, you can taste a hint of blueberry and I am loving this find!   
$8 bucks for a 12 oz cantoo.  Extremely reasonable for organic fair trade if you ask me.

Next some plantain chips.  
Yes they have honey in them but some vegans are ok with (local) honeyand I am also one of them.
But these plantain chips are crunchysweetand help remedy my midnight sweet tooth while I'm blog surfing.
The plantain chips are probably better for me than this stuff.   
But it sure tastes good!
The Crunch Fest Continued as I threw some Oriental Rice Crackers in the cart.
There were the standard issue organic greenscucumberand yellow pepper.
And then this bag of organic pears:  5 nice sized pears for $1.99  Score!!!!!!
And a pint of blueberries ($3.99) and 2 pints of cherries ($4.49).  Bananas are 19 cents each.  I am only putting prices to encourage you WF shoppers to take the plungecome shop where us cheap kids shop: TJ's and save yourself some moola!  And if you're one of those readers who doesn't have a TJ'sso sorry!!!!  Costco maybe?  Sorry you don't have a TJ's!

And for all my baking and unbaking needs: feast your eyes on my cocoachocolate and sugar!  I can't help itthis excites me!  My creative juices about what I'm going to make next start flowing!
As a sidebarafter consulting with Alisa of One Frugal Foodieand she also Wrote This Book: Go Dairy Free which I reviewed here
and she also founded the siteGo Dairy Free so suffice to sayshe knows what has milk in it and what doesn't....
...and I consulted with Hannah Kaminsky who wrote My Sweet Vegan which I previously reviewed here...
But back to the sidebarboth Hannah and Alisa said that although TJ's chocolate chips can't be certified vegan because of course there can be trace dairy cross-contaminationthey both use them in their dairy-free and vegan cooking.  That's music to my ears!   If you want certifiedtry the Enjoy Life or the Sunspire Brandsboth excellentbut 3 times the price of a bag of TJ's chips.

Back to my Shopping Trip...
In order to get your Balls Onyou always need medjools.

Lots of medjools for lots of balls.
Balls like Raw Vegan Vanilla Peanut Butter (or Sunflower Seed Butter) Balls
Or high Raw Vegan Gingerbread Balls
 
Or Raw Vegan Chocolate Fudge Balls
Medjool Dates are always needed and will never go to waste in this house!   Or in Sheri'sshe buys them by the case!

I came home and got my rabbit food going:  GreensBrusselsCauliZukesCukesCarrotsTomatoesRedYellow& Orange Bell Peppers.
And dressed it with my Maple Ginger Dijon VinaigretteAn easy & great dressingNic made it and she told me she really enjoyed ittoo!
And for dessertwe made raw flax cookies with coconut oil and with maple syrupbeing that I already had the maple syrup out and allfrom making the salad dressingof course.
Averie's No-Bake 3-Ingredient Vegan Flaxseed Cookies
Take 1 c flax seeds and Grind
I used toasted flax which will gave the cookies a slight peanut buttery flavor, even though there's no actual PB in here.

Add 2 Tbsp Coconut Oil + 1/4 c Maple Syrup
Blend again
Take out and mold into 4 cookies
Drizzle with syrup or agavegarnish with raisins!
Other options include: garnishing with nutsfresh or dried fruitchocolate or carob chipsnut butterraw vegan cashew creamadd a tsp of vanilla extract to the batchyou name itgo for it...

And if you make a double-batchthey wrap up realllly well for out-n-about snacks.  Enjoy!
These are a 3 Ingredient5-Minutehigh RawNo-Bake Wonder!  They're healthy as cookies gofilled with good fatsfilling yet lightnot too sweet but sweet enough...I really enjoy them!
Skylar loved them!
More Mommyshe said!
Okayno problemget your fiber flax onhoney!

Yoga Today is Kapotasana (King Pigeon Pose).  Please do not try this unless your back is thoroughly warmed up as well as your quads.  Yoga is not a competition and so please don't force yourself into a pose.  I don't want you to hurt yourself.  This is a pose to work towards with patiencecompassionand mindfulness for any limitations your body has.  That saidit's a beautiful poseyour heart openslove and lightness enterand peacefulness & calm ensue over my being when I am in this asana!

Tip of the Day: Maybe we should Unplug More!  Yesterday I read a brief article about the Internet Making Us Depressed.   The article mentioned that "internet addicts are more likely to be depressed than those who surf the Web a normal amount."  Do you agree or not?  Do you find that too much screen time leaves you feeling icky and anxiousor do you enjoy it and love the knowledgeinformationand learning that takes place when you're on the internet?   

For meit's a mixture of both; I do need to do yogago for a walk, be outdoors!be with my familybut I also am a lifelong learnerI have an unquenchable thirst for new info & knowledge and appreciate the internet and how it helps me to learn and feeds my brain.  But with anything in lifewe must find balance.  I admit that I struggle with finding balance in how much time I spend on my computerbut heywe're all works in progressright! 

Questions:
Do you struggle to find balance in your blogging or online life vs. your real life?  If you've found balancewhat has helped?  And if you aren't in balance with itdo you have anything lined up to help become more balanced?

How Does Computer & Screen Time Affect Your Mood?

Flax Seeds.  Do you like them?  What's your favorite kind of seed?  Favorite kind of nut?   
For me it's sunflower seeds & flax seeds and cashews!

Getting your hair done...do you wait til you can't stand it anymore or are you on a schedule?  Like every 6 or 8 or 10 weeks?  
I used to be on a schedule but now am a mother and  in the wait til I can't stand it camp!

Stay Tuned For Weekly Recap and The Highlights of the Week...


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