Love, Peace, and Ginger Cookies

Yes, I agree; two months IS an unacceptable amount of time in between blogs posts. So what’s new and exciting? TONS! Ok, not tons, but I have been getting into some fun, new things.

Love.

I found a new thing that I love. A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough (like, super lucky) to be chosen to receive two passes from Borden Communications for Iyashi Bed Rock Spa. I was somewhat “in the know” about rock bathing. Maybe not. I actually thought you laid, rather uncomfortably, on a bunch of rocks while sweating. I couldn’t go at this alone so I dragged the hubs with me. The pass was for 30 minutes of bathing and 1 hour of hot yin yoga on the rocks. I was ready, he was a little very reluctant.

The woman that checked us in was so helpful and so nice we were both at ease immediately. I got changed up and headed into the bathing area. Side note: The change rooms are so massive and comfortable, I kind of just wanted to hang out in there all day! Only downside, disposable flip flops. There has to be an eco-friendly alternative. 

After 30 minutes of bathing we were led for a very gentle 1 hour yoga class. Warning: it’s hot. Like hotter than hot. And this is coming from someone who was obsessed with hot yoga. The good thing is you get breaks at the 30 minute marks. This gives you the option to stay in the sauna area or take a dip into the coolness and relax in the change room. After an hour and a half at Iyashi, we were ready to conquer the world. There is something about sweating like no one’s business that really helps you, not only detoxify, but focus. I find that with any form of yoga or meditation. It draws your senses inward. In a world where virtually everything is pulling you out of your body and mind, this is a very good thing.

Peace.

I decided to take a second read through Being Peace by Thich Nhat Hanh. If you haven’t read this book, do it, now. This book is small and unassuming but it’s pages are laced with wisdom. Funny; my first read through I highlighted everything on happiness. This time through, I’m looking at compassion. Life is all about perspective, non?

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Ginger Cookies.

I. Love. Ginger. And I love cookies. So why not put the two together and make gluten free, vegan, yummy Christmas ginger cookies? Yes please!

Ginger Cookies

adapted from here

Cinnamon sugar

2 tbsp Coconut Sugar

1 tsp Ground Cinnamon

Gluten Free Vegan Pumpkin Ginger Cookies:

1 1/2 cups Almond flour

1 1/2 cups Brown Rice flour

1 tsp. Baking Powder

1/2 tsp ground Ginger

1/2 tsp ground Cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground Nutmeg

1 cup Pumpkin puree (which you’ve lovingly made ahead of time. If you haven’t, a (BPA free) can of organic pumpkin puree will do.)

2 tbsp. Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

2 tbsp. good Coconut Sugar

1/2 tsp Vanilla extract

1/4 cup finely chopped crystallized Ginger or 1 tablespoon freshly grated Ginger

**Crystallized ginger is super easy to make, if you have a dehydrator. All you need is to  thinly slice it on a mandolin and coat with coconut sugar and dehydrate**

Preheat the oven at 375F.

Place the flours, spices, sugar, and baking powder into a bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the pumpkin, coconut oil,  and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon until well combined. Add the crystallized Ginger, or freshly grated Ginger, to the mixture. The dough should be wet but not sticky. If it’s too dry add a bit of Almond Mylk.

Using your hands, roll the dough into 1-2 inch balls, then roll in cinnamon sugar, then place onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and allow them to cool before you try to eat them so you don’t burn your mouth ( like I did ).

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Before and After

So there you have it: Love , Peace, and Ginger Cookies 🙂

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