Sustenance for the long haul (raw cookie balls)
I’ve been trying to explain to Col and Rose what’s been happening in the past week and a half of our new administration, you know, simple stuff like how climate science has been removed from the EPA website, or how the appointee to head the EPA has sued the very same organization 14 times, which, I don’t know, could be just the tiniest conflict of interest.
Former Mayor Michael Rendon, our keynote speaker at RESPOND, which was amazing; most classrooms were jam-packed, standing room only. Biggest event in Durango, ever! Man, SOMEONE’S taken all the fun out of boasting.
It’s all a little surreal, right? DAPL has been revived. Myron Ebell, head of the EPA transition team says (about our warming planet), “warm is good, as long as we have air conditioning.” (Wait – air conditioning is now public policy?) The president put out a statement on Friday in remembrance of the Holocaust. It failed to mention Jews. Sally Yates, our Attorney General (who was confirmed with 82 Senate votes and encouraged by Senator Jeff Sessions to resist unlawful orders) was just fired for um, resisting unlawful orders.
My goal from a mother/daughter new moon gathering. Can someone please take me out for a beer and make me have some fun.
All of which to say, times is crazy right now. And I honor what this is bringing out in Americans. Back, like a whole 14 days ago, my congressional representatives seemed surrounded by an air of impenetrability; now I like to call Senator Gardner before breakfast. I understand terms (green card, single payer, DACA, #Russianhackedelection) that I didn’t before. Dan and I have a meeting scheduled to discuss pledging monthly donations to a few organizations. As my mom says, “We all woke up on November 9th.”
I’m not interested in stirring up hatred, and I hope people feel empowered to stand up for their values without resorting to mockery or personal judgments, which simply throws more fuel on this American bonfire. If you have different values than me, I invite you to share. Seriously. Let’s meet in person. We might not change each others’ minds, but I believe we can develop respect and understanding for our differences.
In the meantime, feed yourself (emotionally, spiritually and calorically). It’s gonna be a long haul.
One way to feed yourself: books and animals. Who is letting Col select books from the teen section of the library?
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RAW COOKIE BALLS, Grain free and not.
Here are recipes for two raw cookie balls, one with grains and one without. We’ve been making these a lot, because, well, quick sustenance. I make the oatmeal cookies for the kids, and the grain-free ones for me, and everyone is very, very happy.
Oatmeal cookie balls
makes approx 20 cookie balls
Prep time: fifteen minutes
1 1/2 cups oats
1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
3/4 cups peanut butter (or almond butter, sunbutter)
1/2 cups chocolate chips
1/2 cups raisins
2 TBSP melted/soft coconut oil
1 1/2 – 2 TBSP honey
salt to taste
Put in a bowl and mix thoroughly with a spoon. Chill. Form into balls. Store in fridge or freezer. Even frozen you can bite right into them.
Ingredients mingled. Stir with a spoon:
Form into balls (if you refrigerate “dough” first, for at least 20 minutes, it’s less sticky and easier to work with: (the dough in this photo was not chilled)
Grain-free cookie balls
makes approximately 20 cookie balls
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1 cup almond butter
3/4 cup cocoa nibs
3/4 cups raisins
2 TBSP soft coconut oil
4 dates (mashed) or 1 TBSP honey
salt to taste
Put all ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly with a spoon. Chill “dough” if you have time for easier handling. Form into balls. Store in fridge or freezer. Even frozen you can bite right into them.
I love these so much.
FYI: If you missed my nonviolent communication class at RESPOND and want to check it out, I’ll be teaching it again at the UU Church, 419 San Juan Dr. Tuesday February 7th. 5:30 – 7pm. Free. Please RSVP to me.
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And, check out the line up of the moon, mars and venus in the western sky.
With love. Feed yourself well,