On Track & In the Freezer

22 Mon, 2010 § 5 Comments

At a glance, these holds look great.  They are good-sized, opposing, on a large block; but something about the angle…combined with limited foot placements…is insane.

I haven’t even mentioned the first move yet: if you can actually hold these, what follows is an awkward high foot on an outward-slanting ledge to the right just above my hip…then somehow you pull 4½ feet up & right to a gaston [best described as a handhold you must hold with your elbows pointing out & palm facing away from you].  I thought I was going to break.

These were immediately deemed the “worst good holds”.

Sometimes the “easiest undertakings” are the most difficult:

Like doing what you actually want to do & taking the literal steps — right now — toward how you envision your ideal life.

I don’t mean not going to work because you just don’t want to; I’m talking about making changes after determining why you don’t want to go.  Do you need to find a different job?  Or just a different perspective?

I’m not saying it necessarily has to be drastic.  I’m talking about finally doing the things that you have decided enhance your life.  For me it might be spending evenings playing the piano or knitting versus plopping down in front of the tv for hours on end; making that dream trip happen rather than just talking about it; practicing yoga every day because I love it & want to improve.  Every person is different & only you can decide how to spend your life.

When we up & moved to Arizona about a month ago, Dave left behind a job that had its perks [one of them being stability] but ultimately left him unsatisfied, frustrated & drained.  We took a few weeks off & have been enjoying putting our energy toward some of our passions & savoring our days together.  Last week we started looking for jobs we might enjoy; Dave has already scored a 2nd interview.  It’s with a company it seems he would be happy working for; we’re confident he’s their choice applicant, but good thoughts from our friends & family can’t hurt. 😉  He has also set the works in motion to experience a “chance of a lifetime” that involves his passion for photography as well as a destination he has dreamed of visiting since a boy.

Life is finite.  We are not guaranteed tomorrow.  Embrace now.

I decided now would be a good time to revisit my Fall Dreamline/Goals & see if I am staying on track & embracing the things that excite me.

After Dave’s impressive strides, I feel I am kind of playing it safe.  When I set these goals & intentions, my focus was the direction of my life & how I am spending my days — no wasted days — but I think I should take some bigger leaps.

Food

Fitness/Nutrition

Yoga

These are some areas I am going to leap into.  I’m not exactly sure how yet, but that is my direction.

Now let’s make cookies, because that is definitely not time wasted!

At first glance, these cookies look delicious, don’t they?

If you only knew.

I spotted them here on How Sweet It Is. Her food is always gorgeous.

Jessica described them as “double fudgy chocolate cookies stuffed with gooey chocolate chips & studded with pomegranate jewels”.  Dave & I were sold.

They were immediately deemed fudgy, gooey deliciousness with a bit of tart, pop-in-your-mouth fun.  They are on par with Dave’s other favorite.
Jessica, you are brilliant & so gifted.  Thank you thank you thank you!

Chocolate Fudge Pomegranate Cookies

~60 small cookies
This was a lot of temptation to have around, so I decided to freeze them & make a few at a time.  We popped the balls straight into the oven from the freezer, & they baked perfectly — just as delicious & addicting as the fresh batch.  Plus, who doesn’t love the brilliance of having homemade dough on hand when cravings strike at 8pm? 😉

Jessica’s original recipe with my variations.

  • 1 C butter Earth Balance, at room temperature
  • 1½ C sugar sucanat
  • 2 eggs flax”eggs” [2T flax seeds, 6T warm water]
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Cream butter, sucanat, “eggs” & vanilla until fluffy [mixing it by hand works just fine too, even though it doesn’t necessarily get fluffy].

  • 2 C flour whole wheat pastry flour
  • heaping ½ C cocoa carob powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt

Combine flour, carob powder, baking soda & salt & mix into wet ingredients.

  • 2 T pomegranate juice

Stir in pomegranate juice until combined.

  • 1 C chocolate chips vegan carob chips
  • ½ C pomegranate arils

Fold in chocolate chips & arils.

Refrigerate dough for 2 – 4 hours (or more).

Roll into 1½-inch balls, place on baking sheet & bake [baking instructions below].

OR

Spread onto a sheet & place in the freezer until solid enough they won’t stick together.  Then pop into ziplock freezer bags & keep in freezer.

When ready to enjoy these little perfections, bake in preheated 350*F oven for 8 – 10 minutes.  [We preferred 8 minutes, but it will depend on your oven.]

Let cool completely.

Dave & I love pomegranate & since they are only in season a short time, we really take advantage using them in everything from nutbutter sandwiches to salads to oats.  I can’t think of a better way to enjoy them than paired with fudgy chocolate — I hope you try these!

~

First, what is your favorite way to use pomegranate arils?

Second, [I am borrowing this from David duChemin because I needed a reminder — I think we all do.]

Please finish this statement:

Life is short…therefor I will…

I can’t wait to read your responses 🙂 & share what I’ve been thinking.

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