Has it really been two weeks since the election?
The week after, I was not a functioning human being: I lived off take-out and breakfast cereal, and keeping my apartment clean became less of a priority. I was angry and sad. I donated to Planned Parenthood. I protested. And then I decided to take a break and headed home to Toronto for the weekend to clear my head. I did a little reading and spent time with loved ones, whose company made me feel better about the world. By the end of the weekend, I was ready to come back and get involved. I decided to keep on keeping on.
This week, my guy and I celebrate five years. It feels like it’s been longer, and I mean that in the best way possible. If you want to ask someone out on a date but don’t think you have the guts: DO IT. Because they might be wonderful and change your life. I asked him for his number purely because he gave me “good vibes” (whatever that means), and we went for coffee. He very quickly became my favourite human being ever. For five years, he has supported me through the toughest shit and has loved me unendingly, even though I am a pain in the ass and make him get the lights every night before bed. He’s never stopped believing in my ability to keep going. If I believed in soul mates, he would definitely be mine.
To celebrate, I made a batch of cookies. They weren’t fancy cookies, just humble oatmeal thumbprint cookies that we like to call oatmeal jammies. The recipe for these cookies comes from from Serious Eats and Kim Ima’s The Treats Truck Baking Book. I veganized the cookies by using vegan butter and two flax eggs (2 tablespoons flax + 6 tablespoons water) in place of the butter and eggs. They’re simple and quick to make, especially if you have a stand mixer to whip the butter and sugar together. The resulting cookie is hearty and not too sweet, which is the way I like my cookies. Maybe it’s the dash of cinnamon and the oats, but I think this cookie is healthy enough to pass as a “breakfast cookie”. What do you think?
Don’t lose track of time like I did, otherwise half your cookies will have slightly burned bottoms.