It's a Twinderful Life

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Inspiration & Deliciousness for Your Weekend

Happy Friday Peeps! We made it again! Love me a weekend like woah! In celebration I’d like to share a few things that inspired me this week as well as a couple of recipes to make your weekend even sweeter. And it would be a crime if I ended this post without revealing one of my favorite indulgences of all time that I have been enjoying as of late, so buckle up kids, and strap on a smile.

First up – a little inspiration for you as we go into the weekend. I was sitting in staff meeting this week and heard these two quotes and absolutely fell in LOVE with them. I want to cross-stitch them onto a pillow and then just squeeze the life out of that pillow – they are THAT good.

I have wept in the night

For the shortness of sight

That to somebody’s need made me blind:

But I never have yet

Felt a tinge of regret

For being a little too kind (Anonymous)

“I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates a climate.  It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I posses tremendous power to make a life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration.  I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal in all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated, and a person humanized or dehumanized. If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be. . . we help them become what they are capable of becoming.” (Goethe)

Weren’t those absolutely FABULOUS?! I know! Choosing kindness and happiness can have such an amazing effect not only on us, but to everyone we come into contact with. It becomes infectious and I strongly believe that the more we practice doing this, the more it becomes habit. To Anonymous and Goethe, you represented!

Next, a sweet recipe that you just HAVE to try – again from Elana’s Pantry. That woman is a gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free GENIUS! If I ever had the privilege of meeting her in real life I would hug her so hard and thank her for bringing delicious and delectable desserts back to my life.

Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies

  • 1 cup blanched almond flour
  • ½ teaspoon celtic sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup creamy roasted peanut butter
  • ¼ cup agave nectar
  • 2 tablespoons vegan palm oil shortening
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. In a small bowl combine almond flour, salt and baking soda.
  2. In a medium bowl mix together peanut butter, agave, shortening and vanilla with a hand blender.
  3. Blend dry ingredients into wet with hand blender until well combined.
  4. Scoop dough 1 tablespoon at a time onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet. I also spray my parchment paper with a little bit of oil for extra non-stick power.
  5. Bake at 350° for 6-12 minutes until golden around the edges.
  6. Serve.

Makes 1 1/2 dozen cookies and, believe me, they won’t last long. I always tell myself I’ll only have a couple and put the rest in the freezer to eat one at a time, but it never happens. I’ve also substituted almond butter for peanut butter and it has turned out equally delish.

For Sunday dinner, we’re having this FABULOUS vegan lasagna – a recipe that my boss introduced me to. We’re substituting Tinkyada Brown Rice Lasagna to make it gluten-free as well.

And finally, one of my favorite indulgences of all time – GT’s Organic Raw Kombucha. “What the heck is Kombucha?” you may be asking yourself. Go here to learn all about this delicious and extra healthy beverage. I first learned about it from my doctor. He told me to drink a couple of bottles after a round of antibiotics I had taken to restore the good bacteria in my digestive tract, and it worked like a charm. I was feeling back to normal within a couple of days! This magical elixir is around $3/bottle and, unfortunately, since I don’t have a money tree, I can only afford to feed my addiction occasionally or when it goes on sale. Totally worth it!

Have a fantastic weekend!