So I’m pretty much all moved home! I just have one last cleaning day at my apartment, and then I’ll be all officially moved out. It’s very bittersweet, because as many positive things there are about moving back home with my family, there are some negatives, too. I’m a very independent person, and it’s kind of hard for me to not be living on my own anymore. I’ve always prided myself on being self-sufficient, and having to be home as I recover from my illness kind of makes me question my identity. It might sound silly, but it’s definitely been preoccupying my thoughts. And I can’t help but look around at other young women my age, who somehow seem to have it all together, living on their own and making their way through the world. However, it’s worth mentioning that a lot of these young women work in corporate/business jobs (which is fine), but was not right for me. As grateful as I was to have a job in corporate finance, I was completely ill-suited to be where I was. It was that job that caused all of my health issues to resurface, which led me to be in the predicament I’m in today.
I keep reminding myself that this is temporary; that I’ll be out on my own again someday. And I will be. It’s just so hard to see that eventuality from where I am now. I just have to keep taking things one step at a time. The first step is obviously to get my health in the right place. I need to be able to go day to day without having these debilitating stomach issues. Then I can start worrying about finding a job, living on my own, etc. But really, all of this makes me so grateful to have this space to keep coming back to. If I didn’t have this little blog, I don’t know what I’d do with myself. It’s such a healthy distraction from all of my troubles; almost like having a public diary amongst the most amazing and wonderfully supportive community of foodies/vegans/friends.
So if you’re reading this, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for being a part of this journey. Really and truly. Even if I haven’t met you or spoken with you through here, you’ve still made your mark on my life by being one of my readers. And that means everything to me. So to thank you, I thought I’d give you all the recipe for my very best vegan chocolate chip cookies. They just happen to be raw, but they’re soft, chewy, chocolatey, and simply delicious. 🙂
- Add buckwheat groats to a food processor, and process until a fine meal is formed.
- Add in coconut oil, maple syrup, dates, and almond milk, and pulse until a sticky ball of dough is formed.
- Chop bar of vegan chocolate into small-ish pieces. Then fold chocolate into the dough, kneading until the chocolate is evenly dispersed.
- Chill dough in the freezer for 15 minutes to harden.
- If desired, roll out dough on a floured surface and form cookies with cookie cutters. If not, you can form cookies by hand.
- Dehydrate cookies in your oven at its lowest temperature for 2 hours.
- When done, let cool and enjoy!
Quote of the Day:
If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.
– Meister Eckhart