I have seen tahini used in recipes on the interwebs quite a bit as of late. Many of these recipes I’ve pinned for my ever-growing “to make when I have time” list (Let’s be real, it is growing way faster than it is getting checked off). Beyond hummus, tahini, also known as sesame seed paste, is often used in savory recipes such as dressings, sauces, and dips, but is versatile enough to be used in sweet offerings as well….
Cookies & Bars
Home decorating is one of those things that no one ever mentioned in the list of “grown-up” tasks that would be so hard and so dang frustrating. Had someone told my younger self that as an adult I would spend countless hours trying to figure out paint colors, furniture configurations, and the type of shelving needed in the bathroom, I would have said “No, thanks.” We’ve reached the point in the renovation of the loft that some real decisions have to be made about how the space is going to feel and flow. Unlike an ordinary house where you have clear room designations, what we do in one area of the space seriously impacts another.
It is also a situation where two self-proclaimed stubborn people make zero traction. In a recent discussion about where we were going to put what on the walls, I was out of ideas and at a loss of where to start. Brain-freeze at its best. Neither one of us was suggesting something that the other one liked (aka vehemently opposed), and all I could really think about was, brownies sound really good right now. …
Sometimes you just want a cookie. Sometimes you just want a cookie made to your current craving specifications. The time it takes from cookie-craving alert to pulling the cookies out of the oven also has to be minimal. No fuss, no chill time. Almost as if you said, “I need cookies STAT!”, and there they were.
I dealt with this very same situation earlier this week. Sometimes you want a cookie loaded with peanut butter, oats, chocolate chips, and sweetened with maple syrup, and I did. And honestly, I didn’t just want it, I think I needed it. This happens too, right?…
I know that the arrival of January always brings that big push to get organized, start new routines, and eat healthier foods. None of that is really something I pay much mind to, really. I try to stay consistent in the healthy eating department, and the thought of placing those other two things on myself at the beginning of a new year seems overwhelming and a lot of unnecessary pressure….
A couple things of note happened in the last week or so. First, and I’m sorry for again talking baseball, but the Royals won the World Series (!!) and the parade to celebrate ended up being something our city has never seen. Estimates have it that close to 800,000 people made it to downtown Kansas City that day. The old, industrial loft space that we bought this summer and have slowly been renovating sits right in the midst of where it all went down. Watching the masses make their way toward the parade route was a sight in itself. An unofficial holiday, school districts closed and business shut down for the afternoon. Somewhat reminiscent of scenes from The Walking Dead, cars were eventually left on the shoulders of the highway, in green spaces, and perched on curbs.
It was crazy and wonderful and ridiculous. It was peaceful. It was family-friendly. It was community at its best. And I think if you ask anyone here, they’d tell you that was the real celebration….