So before I dive into the Bday excitement, I wanted to just thank everyone for their kind and supportive words after my post last week. I really didn’t know how people would react when I put it out there, but from your comments and messages it seems as though it hit home for a lot of you. Either you’ve been affected yourself, or someone you love has had a dodgy test result. For me it was really easy to blame myself and get angry at my body, which was only made worse by the long wait for treatment. BUT, responding like that isn’t going to make it go away, and it sure as hell isn’t going to make it better, but there are small positive steps you can take that will help you feel proactive, starting with the attitude that you are going to be a Do Something Bitch! Anyway, please, please share that post with the ladies in your life, you never know who could need a little encouragement right now. And I’ll keep you posted on any developments.
Ok, heavy stuff aside…
IT’S MY BIRTHDAY!
My birthday is the single best day of the year. The one day where it’s totally acceptable to eat cake for breakfast and generally behave like an excited little kid. My mum totally ruined me and my brother on our birthdays when we were little so I blame her for having absolutely no chill when it comes to bdays.
So, twenny nine. 29. The last year of my twenties.
Most people would be terrified, but I’m cool with it. This is going to be a huge year! HUGE! Next week D and I set off to London. For good. He’s starting his new job, and I’m taking my business down south. Putting aside the gut wrenching agony I’ll feel leaving Leeds behind, I can’t wait for us to start our new lives together in an exciting new city, and in a way, I see my birthday as the start of this new chapter. Plus D has promised we can get a kitten when we move.
New life + new kitten = winning combo.
D has some elaborate plan for today, and because he’s terrible at keeping secrets I’ve managed to figure out some of it already but I’m just going to play along. What I do know for sure is that we’re going to Prashad’s for dinner and it’s going to be awesome.
I made these cashew cookies the other week and thought I’d share them with you today. Consider it an unbirthday present. Aren’t I good to you?
These babies were inspired by the Nākd Cashew Cookie Bar. I love those things, but I’m always like, the hell is a cashew cookie?? I mean, have you ever had one? Well, now you can!
With just 6 (or 7 if you add chocolate) simple, clean ingredients, this is a pretty sweet treat. Oh and they go from mixing bowl to belly in like 30 minutes.
I like to dip these badboys into some ice cold almond milk.
- 2 cups cashews
- 1 tsp vanilla powder
- pinch salt
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
- 1/4 cup maple
- 1 cup rice flour
- 1 bar super dark chocolate
- In a blender, smoosh up the cashews until they look like fine breadcrumbs. Add in the vanilla, salt, melted coconut oil and maple syrup, and pulse a few times until it's all mixed through. Add the mixture into a big mixing bowl and fold in the rice flour until you have a good cookie dough. Try not to eat it all before you bake it!
- Form the dough into 16 even balls and then press them flat on a baking tray (grease with some extra coconut oil or use parchment paper if your tray isn't non stick). Bake the cookies at 180C for 10 minutes, rotating the tray 180 half way through. While your cookies are cooling, melt the dark chocolate (either in the microwave or in a glass bowl over a pan of water, being careful not to burn it). Once the cookies are completely cool, drizzle dark chocolate over the cookies with a fork, or dip them in for an even more indulgent treat!