Sweet Dreams & a Sweet Morning Treat
13 Wed, 2010 § 2 Comments
Imagine falling asleep with mindful fingers sliding through your hair…massaging your head…a gentle voice lulling you to relaxation.
One moment I was envisioning a beautiful, open field protected by towering sandstone cliffs…clouds tenderly carried my thoughts & distractions from the scene — from my mind…the next moment, I opened my eyes, greeted by the [pre]dawning morning.
My headache: Gone
The sun not yet up, but I was ready to start my day.
The world was sharp & clear during our morning walk.
In yoga I felt especially connected & in tune with my body.
I felt alive & invigorated throughout the day.
I wonder if it is connected to my night’s rest.
I used to make a ritual of slowing down at the end of the day & easing into sleep. This did not mean sitting in front of the computer monitor watching House until we could barely keep our eyelids open.
Sometimes I would sip a calming tea…or write…or read…or knit…or just listen to the creek ease along beyond our balcony. A restorative yoga sequence was a good way to unwind…or meditation…or going through a simple relaxation exercise as I lie in bed.
I once suffered from anxiety & insomnia at one point in my life & learned how crucial it is to slow down…& find a place of calm. I grew to love this time that was just for me — my sanity & well-being. I am more apt to sleep through the night & wake up truly refreshed if I am thoughtful concerning my bedtime prep.
I want to recapture this ritual…rather than flying through the day at mach speeds until crashing into bed at night.
Just as important as how you end your day is how you start it. 🙂
After my bright eyes gazed upon Ashley’s Mandel Bread that morning, I just had to make them — even if it was 7:30. She is not exaggerating; they are WAY “better than biscotti”. I am biased though, because I do not care for biscotti. It is too hard. Neither Dave nor I care for really crispy treats.
These cookies are Not break-your-teeth hard; they are
This recipe is a keeper, even if it was just a perfect way to use up some of our pantry goods. Of course you can use whatever sweeteners you want — that’s what I was doing — but I think the subtle hint of maple is ideal & would urge you to splurge on the maple sugar. The nuttiness of the walnuts perfectly accents the “mapleness” of these. We really enjoyed my variation, but definitely check out Ashley’s more traditional recipe.
MAPLE-SCENTED MANDEL COOKIES
~makes 20 cookies [I actually only made 10 — mine must be larger than Ashley’s]
- 1 “Flax”egg, allowed to thicken for about 10 minutes
- 1/3 C Sucanat & Maple Sugar mix [about half & half], finely ground
Mix in & stir well.
- ¼ C Sunflower or Canola Oil
Whisk in oil until combined.
- 1 C White & Whole Spelt Flour mix [about half & half]
Stir in flour slowly & in increments with a wooden spoon. The dough should be stiff.
Stir in each following ingredient separately.
- scant ½ tsp Vanilla
- scant ½ tsp Baking Powder
- ¼ C Walnuts, chopped
On a lightly oiled or parchment-lined baking sheet, spread around with a spatula into an oblong shape [mine was more rectangular – oops], until the dough is about 1/2” thick & about 7-8” at its widest point. Make sure to leave 2” space around the dough to allow for spreading.
Bake ~30 minutes until golden brown all over.
Cut down the center & width-wise, into 1-1.5” segments.
Turn up on sides & bake an additional 5 minutes.
Transfer to a cooling rack & allow to cool completely. *It is important they cool all the way before storing, or they will not stay crisp.
Store in foil or a plastic bag & leave on the counter. If not going to eat within 1 week, store in the freezer.
especially when savored with a nice, warm drink in this cool cool weather.
Do you have any bedtime rituals?
What is your favorite warming drink that you would be sipping while enjoying these cookies?