You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart even when it leads you off the well worn path; and that will make all the difference.
Wow. Those words are so true. That quote is from the late, great, amazingly great, Steve Jobs. What a motivator. Not only did he make the RADDEST computers, phones, what have you, on the planet, with the most efficient processing features that last forever, but he was smart. He basically came form nothing, and then was even kicked out of his own company for a little while, but overcame all of it, to achieve greatness. There are so many amazing things he has said, you should check some of his other quotes out.
This quote was sent to me at the perfect time. I’ve been really struggling with not being in control of my future. In searching for internship placement, a new apartment, figuring out how I will still work and intern and just determining how to get through my last year of graduate school, I’ve been so focused on that, and my future, that I haven’t taken not only time for myself, but time to enjoy the things I love to do again. I’ve been so overwhelmed by making others happy, that I have forgotten about myself. So it’s nice to know that not all the dots are connecting now, but they will. It’s all about faith. Faith and Grace, as my Auntie Jeannie would put it….and a little chocolate and wine…. I mean those two never hurt!
So. In terms of chocolate, I have TWO cookie recipes for you, but the first one, chocolate whoopie pies, aren’t done yet. I still need to frost them. It’s been SUCH a long time since I have posted a sweet recipe! It’s amazing how much I don’t bake anymore. Not only is is extremely challenging to bake gluten free, but there are so many flops! I have flopped so many recipes, what a waste! I have cut sugar out, a lot, so it’s rare I want something sweet! Which is HUGE since my family calls me “the Cupcake Queen.” Haha! I went to a gluten free bakery the other day and ordered a lemon tart. AMAZING. BUT, I ate like two bites and was done! One small step for Natalie, a huge step for my waistline!
COCONUT CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
- 1/2 cup butter, melted or coconut oil (I uses coconut oil, melted)
- 1/2 cup sugar (I used organic cane sugar)
- 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
- 4 eggs
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup coconut flour (I use Bob’s Red Mill)
- 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix coconut oil or butter, eggs, sugar, vanilla (I used vanilla bean paste, the link to an AMAZING homemade vanilla company is below), eggs, and salt together. Then add your coconut flour and mix really well. You can do all of this with a hand mixer if you’d like. Next take a wooden spoon and add all of your chocolate chips. I used the mini ones from the bulk department at Whole Foods.
Next take your dough and roll it into about golf ball sized dough balls. These cookies do not spread, so as you put them on your cookies sheet, line it with a silpat or parchment paper, they can be fairly close. Then smash them down with your hand. Place them in the oven and after about 5 minutes, take your spatula and smash them down a bit further. This is a very dense dough. Let them cook until you can see that the edges are golden brown, about 10 minutes. Cool and enjoy!