Friday, February 12, 2010

Learning from Cookies

What better way to celebrate a snow day than by making pancakes and baking cookies?

First, the pancakes. I celebrated National Blueberry Pancake Day a little late, but better late than never, right? Oh, how I have missed my vegan pancakes...

Because of the immense stress that has been on me lately, my mom and I decided it would be best for me to stay home today, too. In all of my yoga classes, we are told that if we need to take a child's pose while everyone else is flowing, that is the true yoga because we are honoring our bodies. Since what we do on the mat reflects our life and just like in yoga, I needed to take a child's pose of sorts today. I am actually very proud of myself for this because it is hard for me to take a break from school. I admit to being a perfectionist and usually getting stressed out if I have to miss even a little bit. Now I feel like I am back to normal and am ready to handle whatever life has to throw at me.

Pancakes were on the menu again after a glorious 12-hour sleep.

As mentioned above, I made cookies yesterday, too. I decided to make cookies while flipping through Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar and eating breakfast. J is serious about his coffee so I immediately thought of him upon seeing a recipe for chocolate chip expresso cookies. I am so thankful that he always looks out for me so it was natural to want to do something nice for him, too. I decided to make them as a welcome home surprise after his business trip to Chicago.

In the process, I was reminded of a very important lesson.

Some cookies are small...

Some are big...

Some are fat, and some are thin,

But all in all, they still get along,

and taste delicious, too!

Humans are no different. We live in a diverse world, but our differences do not make us superior or inferior. Actually, our differences are what make us unique and interesting. After all, there is not just one good kind of cookie out there. Some people prefer thin and crunchy while others like soft and doughy. So let us embrace our inner cookie and how we were "baked".

If you were a cookie what kind would you be? Is gooey your thing or are do you like to hear a crunch?

Stay warm and healthy, my dears! If you need to take a 'child's pose', do not be afraid to take it.

Have a lovely day!

Mandiee <3


  1. amennnnnnnnnnnn sister :)

    hope you enjoyed your day off!

    ♥ lindsey

  2. I have that cookie cook book! I really want to try a few recipes. They all look so amazing.
    I think I would be a crunchy-on-the-outside cookie half-dipped in dark chocolate with a gooey center...mmm...and nuts... and...sunflower seeds... :)

  3. Chewy, gooey cookies for me! But, I do like a crumble factor for soaking in almond milk (especially used as a topping for cereal)! I love your meaning behind our inner "baked" cookie. Really love it. :)

    Oh, and your pancakes look fabulous! Sunday I am making some with my boyfriend. I can't decide what flavor yet...maybe blueberry since he LOVES any baked good made with blueberries! I really want some chocolate chips in mine too, though. ;) I will have to try out your recipe sometime!

  4. Oops! I thought the pink "Pancakes" was a link to a recipe! Could you share your recipe for your lovely pancakes? I am always looking for new pancake recipes, as I like to experiment. :)

  5. I am loving your blog and all the yummy eats!! The cookbook looks amazing!!! I might have to buy that!!!!

    Cookies for me, Gooey all the way!!!!!!!!!! I like a warm and gooey cookie!!!

    The cookies look amazing as do the pancakes! xo

  6. oh my gosh those pancakes look good! i want to make them! i dont eat vegan but you make it look GREAT :)

  7. There's a National Blueberry Pancake Day? I mean, not only pancake, but blueberry too?! I think banana pancakes deserve their own day, too. Mmmmm. ;)

    Diversity is the spice of life. ALL cookies are delicious (except burnt ones, maybe, but you can always scrape the burnt stuff off!). If I were a cookie, I would be a Chinese almond cookie. A little crunchy and crumbly when you first bite it into it, but melts immediately after hitting your tongue. :)

  8. I want that book ASAP! I just bought VCTOTW and I love it, but that one has blondies yum! :) If I were a cookie I think I would be oatmeal raisin cookie. Weird looking but really sweet and spicy once you try it out.