There are times when everything flows smoothly in life. Perhaps all is going to plan or maybe pleasant surprises have been coming your way one by one. I love those stretches, they are blissful. Then there are periods, where it seems nothing is going right. Everywhere you turn there is another mountain before you.
Lately, it feels like I’m stuck in the later of the two.
Finding the beauty in the everyday and trying to make it my main focus has been a saving grace and kept me on the course through the tough stuff we’re dealing with.
Mr. Smith and I have been facing so many roadblocks to get his Canadian permanent residency and working visa – it feels like the impossible, never ending task. Alongside that, the enormous process of completing our U.S. taxes, which should have been simple, stretched over the past 6 months in a back and forth with the IRS to recognize Little A. and I as Mr.Smith’s foreign wife and son, aka ALIENS
I think I can finally check that one off the list! But, then comes some unbelievable family news that has left us rather flabbergasted and dealing with the greatest hurdle of them all. Boo.
One thing that Mr. Smith and I don’t believe in is self pity – never served us well! So, we chill out and focus on the good stuff, as difficult as that can sometimes be. What do you do when you feel overwhelmed?
Going for long walks, swimming laps, taking a bath, stretching to classical music, and baking are all things that help me zone out. The simple steps of baking ground me to the pleasant task and I always feel good about the end result.
This week, I’ve been baking up some healthy treats, for extra smiles and kisses,
that make the mountains fade away. Oatmeal cookies
have always been a comfort food for me and the boys of the house love them too. These ones are filled with delicious seeds and fruit from Enjoy Life – Not Nuts! Mountain Mambo Mix
; which packs raw sunflower kernels, roasted hulled pumpkin seeds, raisins, dried apples, dairy-free chocolate chips and cranberries. Have you tried their allergy friendly trail mixes
? They keep us going on good fuel and taste awesome.
Cheers to finding the beauty in today and to homemade gluten-free oatmeal trail mix cookies!!
p.s thanks for listening
Gluten-Free Oatmeal Trail Mix Cookies
2 cups of gluten-free oats
1/3 cup of tapioca flour
1 tsp of baking powder
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1/2 cup of liquid coconut oil
1/4 cup of pure maple syrup
1/2 cup of Enjoy Life – Not Nuts! Mountain Mambo Mix
1/2 cup of dates, chopped
- Grind one cup of the gluten-free oats, until the flakes are nearly like flour.
- In a medium bowl, whisk eggs, add liquid coconut oil (should be liquid at room temp, if not, melt at low temperature over stove top), and maple syrup. Blend well.
- In a large bowl, mix two cups of gluten-free oats (this includes the one cup ground), tapioca flour, baking powder, and cinnamon.
- Pour wet mixture into dry mix. Blend well.
- Add the fruit and seed mix and the dates to the cookie dough. Mix well.
- If the dough is a bit dry, add a Tablespoon of water or almond milk to get a nice consistency.
- Form round balls with dough and place them on the cookie sheet, one inch apart. Press down gently with a fork to flatten just a bit.
- Bake at 350F for 12-15 minutes, until golden brown around the edges.
- Remove from heat, allow to cool for 10 minutes before transferring to plate.
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