Mmmmm…. Paleo-friendly Apple-Cinnamon-Raisin Cookies!!!

I had a deep and real craving for cookies last night, so Adam and I decided to search ye olde intarwebs looking for a good paleo cookie recipe.

Fortunately (or unfortunately) there are a lot of different ideas about what constitutes a paleo diet.  For the sake of making life easier, Adam and I have decided that its paleo if it’s naturally occurring, basically. I basically sing to myself, “meat, fruits & veggie, nuts & berries!!!!” So, we believe in the goodness of tubers, and enjoy honey and maple syrup, as well as a myriad of spices.

We came across a good looking recipe on the Civilized Caveman’s Cooking site, but thought it needed our special touch.

Adam’s pretty great at baking, and I’m pretty good palate-wise, so we ended up changing a few things. Like the coconut oil for example.  I don’t understand why if it’s paleo, people automatically think we should use coconut oil where ghee will do the job much more elegantly and tastefully. We need to remove casein, sure, but don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater!  We also added eggs, dates, raisins, and honey to this recipe to make a fantabulous cookie that we are still nomming on today!

Without further ado, here it is!

Rae & A’s Apple Cinnamon Raisin Cookies

Ingredients
2 c. apples, chopped
1/2 c. dates, chopped
2 c. almonds
1/2 c. coconut flour (or 1 c. shredded coconut)
1 Tbsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. melted ghee
1/2 c. honey
3 eggs
1 c. raisins
 Preparation
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Put everything in a food processor EXCEPT for the honey, eggs, and raisins. Blend until dough-like.
  3. In a mixer (or large bowl) beat the eggs, add the honey and the raisins, and then add the mixture.
  4. Form patties (the cookies will not change shape in the oven) and place them on parchment paper on cookie sheets prior to placing in the oven.
  5. Cook the cookies in the oven for about 30 minutes.
  6. Serve and enjoy!
Hope that you like them!  I know I do! ūüôā
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Comfort foods and the Paleo Diet…

Good morning, party people!

I am sore as hell this morning and aching like an 50 year old with a deep-seated mid-life crisis who tried to be cool again last night. That’s what happens now when I break the diet.

See, one thing I’ve been lax about covering on this blog (because I didn’t wanna get anyone all excited prematurely) is that I’ve been on the Paleo Diet for about 6 weeks now.

And truth be told, it’s great! When I stay true to it, that is… when I break the diet, I hurt. Then again, when I wasn’t on it at all, I was hurting regularly, so what am I bitching about???

The Paleo Diet is actually really simple if you think about what you can¬†have as opposed to what you can’t¬†have. You can eat¬†meat, fish, shellfish, eggs, tree nuts, vegetables, roots, fruit, berries, mushrooms, squash, and tubers. Or to simplify: protein, fruits & veggies, nuts & berries.

In any case, the reason I’m on it is that I got really tired of feeling bad! ¬†And, as you know, I’ve been following news on MS ¬†since diagnosis. It’s really clear that there’s a gut-to-brain connection going on, and so what we eat affects our condition.

The Paleo Diet is dairy-free, grain (and gluten)-free, legume-free, and soy-free, so it removes a ton of potential allergens and is incredibly anti-inflammatory.  Many folks who have Autism were having great success with stopping their unintended movements, as well as improving their moods with a gluten-free, dairy-free diet, and I thought, if I gave it a try, I might feel better and lessen the nasty that was going on with me.  Surprise of surprises: it worked.

After the initial wheat detox (The first 2 weeks were awfully painful…), I suddenly woke up without pain in the morning, and with more energy.

But the Paleo Diet has a fatal flaw at the moment: our current minds have “carbs” and “gluten” set as comfort foods.

So Adam and I keep breaking it, on a weekly basis, and basically, I keep hurting myself. ¬†We only break it when one of us is feeling really bad, but it’s like hurting yourself for feeling bad. Is chinese food like my crack rock? I simply have to come up with some recipes that will make us feel good when we’re feeling sick, and we’re tired that aren’t too difficult to make.

Maybe it’s time for some freezer cooking…

Now, THAT is recycling.

An elf sculpture made from engine parts by Tom Samui.

One of the things I like to do on G+ is repost pictures of art that I think is particularly eye-catching or interesting.

This sculpture immediately captured my heart. This elf was made from engine parts and was created by Tom Samui. According to the caption on G+, “The Swiss artist has created hundreds of sculptures and statues made entirely from scrap car parts. Tom Samui and his team of 15 people spend hundreds of hours building sculptures of animals, vehicles, people, fantasy creatures and furniture. (Tom Samui / Rex Features)”

There was a documentary that Adam and I watched on Netflix a few months back called Waste Land, and it was about an artist named Vik Muniz who created fine art from recyclable materials contained within the world’s largest garbage dump (which just happened to be in Brazil, for any curious folks). It was a great film!

The thing that’s really neat that I found out after the movie is that there’s a whole movement within the art world called Recyclart! People have actually taken to focusing on how to reuse materials that would otherwise be junked and have made some truly beautiful things with them. (Our fairy above is but one example!)

Check out this: How to make a non-functional light bulb into a bud vase!

I wonder what that guy would do with the new florescent bulbs…

Good Morning, World!

Sgt Frog

Hard to believe it, but I’m awake of my own volition at 7:30 on a Saturday morning, and I’m not even watching cartoons! (What’s up with that action?  Clearly, this must be rectified.) My body woke me up at 6:30. It’s done that the last couple of days. I’ve just been going with it.

Speaking of cartoons, though – Last night, Adam and I discovered a bizarre little anime toon called Sgt. Frog. It was out there. We’re 2 episodes in, and I’m scratching my head.  It’s not as adorable as School Rumble was, but what is?  Ok, Sailor Moon. And Adam still hasn’t seen Sailor Moon. Another travesty which must be rectified. He schooled me in Ranma 1/2. I feel it’s my duty to give him the gift of Tuxedo Mask & Usagi.

Sailor Moon

Today, I’m determined that no matter what, I’m going to bleach my roots blonde and re-color my hair.  I’ve been waiting because I wanted to go to the store and pick out a new brunette instead of going blue again… but, oh jeez, oh well, oh darn, I guess I just have to keep rockin an awesome blue for a little longer and be that cool.  Besides, I went the distance to get the good stuff: Raw hair color – True Blue. My hair will be Royal Blue. Almost patriotic.

My attitude of the moment might let me down,
I might feel lazy and like going brown…
But my hair won’t let me down. Oh hell no, baby. ūüôā  
It says, “Think differently,” constantly.
People give me strange looks
like I’m something they’ve never seen,
or like I’m disgusting or amazing
It all depends what I’m wearing with it
and where we are, if I’m allowed to have a personality
Ah, society, you bring out the silly in me.

School Rumble

Friendship is the Best! (Especially self-friendship!)

So, my mom always used to say, you’re you’re own best friend and your own worst enemy. ¬†I never used to understand what she meant until I started learning about self-compassion. ¬†It’s been helping me, more and more, to be a friend to myself.

I believe the whole world would be a softer place if everyone took the time to be more kind to themselves first. It would enable them to view the world more readily as it truly is, as opposed to how we initially perceive it.  Oftentimes, we get lost in our own thoughts and feelings, and because of that we interpret the world around us through a filter of those thoughts and feelings and our understanding of the truth of the world is distorted.

It is my fondest hope that by sharing the phrases that I have put together for myself using books and other sources (a Buddhist monk who I am friends with on G+ is one source, for example), that I will help others to gain a more balanced view of the world that is presently occurring around them, and to escape the repeated traumas they have subconsciously replaying in their minds. Because of that, I’ve been sharing my morning metta meditation phrasings here and there on G+ and Facebook, and I thought today I’d share one here on In It For The Parking, since I also learned today that¬†experienced meditators seem to be able switch off areas of the brain associated with daydreaming as well as psychiatric disorders such as autism and schizophrenia.

 

Today, for 20 minutes, I took deep breaths, and focused on repeating the following phrases to myself:

May I have fun today.
May I be not angry.
May I be free from ill-will.
May I be free from hostility.
May I be happy.
May I be free from suffering.
May my joy multiply and reach others while staying with me.

 

Happy Tuesday everybody. ‚̧

Oh my gosh, it’s like a whole new blog.

The move to new hosting from LiveJournal is a success! ¬†And a pretty success at that. ¬†Of course, I’ve lost all the user-pics that go with each blog entry, but into every life a little rain must fall.

Over the next week, I will be prettying up the joint: fixing tags and categories, even adding pages. I have so much more content than I realized!  Pretty cool!

I hope everyone’s having a good weekend. ¬†I know I am. ūüôā

Time for migration, I think.

Well, In It For The Parking has been on LiveJournal for a long time. But LJ has been seeing a lot of action recently from hackers and governments, and frankly, I don’t like that. Plus, when I type in “http://www.initfortheparking.com” into my browser, I want to go there and not be redirected a bajillion times by LJ.

That leaves me no option but to buy server space and convert it to a “proper” blog. I’m hoping that will help me write in it more often too, since I’m not really giving it the attention that it’s due and instead have been spending my attention on Facebook and G+.

I’ll still keep this account and post a link to updates when I have them, which ought to be more often.

Sometimes things need a facelift and to be reorganized. This is one of those times.