Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Let's Pretend

All is well. The house is quiet. The child sleeps. There is nothing you absolutely must do.

Let's pretend, as well, you're feeling creative, grounded, decisive. The cool air wafts through the window. The pleasant sound of tweeting birds is in the distance. The morning is before you with bold, delicious potential. And instead of reflecting again on the night's sleep interruptions: the dog scratching at your door, the crying baby, the thirst, the headache, the parents' coming home late with way too much energy an hour after you retired to bed. You barely remember the scenario. You got good sleep anyway, and let's pretend, you feel light, airy, billowy as the pecan tree out back.

You feel happy and curious, like this:

Instead of napping, which is completely overrated, say you get another cup of coffee and a one of those really yummy, nutty cookies you baked in a fury of productivity yesterday, sit down on the couch your grandmother used to own, stare at the funky lamp that looks like an overgrown strawberry and has somehow taken up residence in your office, and dream a little.

Funky lamp, and oh, funky pear mug.
Maybe I'm more like her than I think.

What will you dream of? You take a last bite of cookie and remind yourself this is one of Donna's healthy cookies. You should probably go get another one. You don't want your blood sugar to get too low.

Back on the couch to dream, and before you've gotten anywhere you relize: by-golly you have done it again. You have made believe to the point of belief. The strange buzzing outside the window does not detract from the breeze that is delicious, nor from the delightful awareness that you are the master of your own fate, the captain of your own soul. Oh, did someone already write that? Or did you just think up a great line to a great poem all by your creative self ? Go write something else amazing, because, let's pretend, you're one book away from the Pulitzer.

Donna's Healthy Cookies

My mother-in-law has been making these for some time now. I had one the two days ago and made her get out the recipe so I could write it down. I made it the next morning. She does three things differently that I changed. She uses sweetened coconut, half a cup less walnuts, and she uses half white and half brown sugar. And though I haven't had time yet, I would encourage experimentation with other fruit purees and nut butters, like cashew and banana, or almond and apricot. Have fun.

2 cups rolled oats
1 cup spelt flour (or whole wheat)
1 teaspoon salt (plus a large dash more if using unsalted nut butter)
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 flax meal (freshly ground, if possible)
1 cup coconut
1 cup raisins or currents
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup walnuts

2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup applesauce
1 cup peanut butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine the first list of ingredients in a large bowl. Set aside.

Combine second list in another medium-sized bowl. This may get sloppy, go slowly. When uniform, add to the dry ingredients and mix with your hand(s) until evenly distributed. The mix will be fairly dry. Form small, two inch wide hockey-pucks and place on a cookie sheet without too much room, as they don't spread at all. Bake for 15-20 minutes, rotating halfway through or until golden. Enjoy!


  1. Lovely cookies and healthy too. Flax meal is so delicious!!

  2. Ahhhh! It's a Cedar! Lookin' more like a Kevin!