Monday’s feel good to me. Half-dreaded / half-thrilling. Sure it’s back to work, but so much can happen in a week and it’s like starting the adventure all over again.
Yesterday I changed my gravatar picture because the bridal portrait was beginning to seem like a little much. I started this blog last year after I just got married, so it seemed appropriate, but now it kind of seems like overkill. You know when you see a picture of yourself that is a pretty picture, but you know deep down that you normally don’t look like that? Sure, you can clean up quite nicely, but that’s just not you on a day-to-day basis. Well, that’s how I felt about the picture. So now what you see is a picture of me that I consider to be very realistic. I like it today, but I may feel uncomfortable with reality tomorrow and rope Terry into taking glamour shots of me… us girls, so moody! 😉
The me you’d see at a special event (like my wedding).
The me you’d see at the grocery store.
On Saturday, Terry and I pulled together the forces and took our youth group down to the beach for the day. It was a pretty long trip, but it was great to see the ocean. We were treated by mother nature to very hot day, but we played in the ocean and I managed to read all of “It Was Me All Along” by Andie Mitchell (book review coming soon). While I am more of a mountains gal, I love that living in South Carolina means the beach is so accessible and day trips are possible.
The night before the beach, I threw together these cookies. Once I realized that they turned out yummy, I decided to share it with you. They are incredible easy and are perfect for the nights where you want something sweet, but healthy. So, basically every night if you’re me.
Cocoa-nut Oatmeal Cookies for Two
Makes 6 cookies
1 medium banana, the riper the more sweet
1/3 cup rolled oats
2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
1 tbsp shredded coconut, unsweetened
Preheat oven to 350°F. Mash banana in a mixing bowl, then add all other ingredients. Mix to combine. Spoon out ~1-2 tablespoons of the mixture onto a greased pan, repeat to make six all together. Flatten each with the back of spoon. Cookies should be very thin. (It’s very important to flatten so you won’t get sad little blobs, like I’ve done before with cookie recipes).
Bake in oven for ~13 minutes. Place on broil for 1 additional minute. Take out of oven and let sit for 5-10 minutes. Share with husband/friend/mom/yourself and enjoy with ice cold (almond) milk.