Chai Spiced Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies

I've been trying to be more mindful about reading, or rather remembering to read. I know that sounds silly, but it is so easy to get caught up in other things and simply forget to pick up one of several books I have on my nightstand. My "to read" queue currently consists of a mixture of yoga books and food writing.  I suppose that tells you all you need to know about my interests or perhaps what kind of person I am.  Or perhaps not.

My current read is MFK Fisher's An Alphabet for Gourmets (originally published in 1949). I've been taking it outside on the patio with my breakfast and tea to enjoy the cool weather before it dissipates for the day, being replaced by uncomfortably warm sunshine and an absence of clouds.


Vanilla Cashew Macadamia Milk

I sometimes find myself feeling a sort of guilt when buying things at the store I know are ridiculously easy to make at home. Usually I will stand and stare at something, say for instance almond milk, for ages while having an internal debate in my head. I'll tell myself I don't need to buy it because I can make it easily at home. But then I will ask myself if I will find the time and energy to do it. And then the debate will go back and forth usually ending up with me giving in and buying the item in question. This happens at least once per grocery trip if not multiple times.

Do you ever feel this way? It has kept me from buying things like hummus, crackers, and cookies in the past because I know I can make my own versions at home that are much more to my liking. Not to mention they will be fresher, healthier, and usually cost less money. It seems like a win-win situation, right? The only catch is finding the time in your schedule to do it.


Turmeric Pumpkin Waffle For One

 One of my favorite school day breakfasts as a kid was waffles topped with applesauce. I don't really remember when or how it started but I couldn't get enough of that combo.  Sure I liked apple cinnamon cheerios and berry berry kix, but put a waffle topped with applesauce in front of me and I was completely content.  I actually still like this combo, though now it's with a gluten free waffle and some silky homemade applesauce. Until recently I didn't have access to a waffle maker so I would buy a frozen gluten free variety.  They weren't as bad as an eggo, but they weren't exactly awesome either. Since having the proper equipment, I've probably made waffles at least 4 or 5 times. I guess I'm making up for the time I didn't have one.


Roasted Root Veg with Spiced Yogurt Drizzle

So it's been nearly a month since I've posted. How the heck did that happen you wonder? Well, I moved, or rather re-located if you will.  I moved back to my hometown of Houston and was welcomed with a nice humid embrace despite my yearning for fall weather. In addition to the move, I quit my archaeology job in order to figure out and create my "dream job". So, for the first time in a very long time, I'm sort of job-less. The first week here I felt discombobulated. I couldn't find basic things like clothes or shoes and was moving through a constant obstacle course of boxes and random stray items. This week, there's still some boxes and stray items, but I felt it was finally time to make a plan for this space and shoot a post. It's nice to be back :)