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Oh hey, I’m 40 y.o. now(!). For whatever reason, I don’t make a big deal out of birthdays, but I kind of celebrated in little ways, like getting these flowers from the farmers’ market:
B-day flowers go great with a quick breakfast of gluten-free toast, peanut butter, green juice, and cold-brewed coffee (unpictured, but I am planning a “how-to” post on this):
All close up and personal:
On my actual birthday, I chose to spend it with Alan and two very close friends. We went hiking and I felt so much gratitude and zest for life being surrounded by loved ones, fresh air, and exquisite natural beauty:
A Mediterranean-style lunch was had:
I made my birthday cake, er, cookies (see recipe below):
- 1 cup almonds
- 6 pitted Medjool dates
- 1/2 cup dried currants
- 1/4 cup hemp seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1/4 cup unsweetened dried shredded coconut
- Combine almonds, dates, currants, hemp seeds, cinnamon, vanilla, cocoa and maple syrup in a food processor and process until ingredients are combined.
- Pour coconut onto a plate. Use your hands to form the dough into 12 balls and roll each one in the coconut.
Dinner was my current fave dish: wild-caught baked salmon with white rice, steamed broccoli, and a generous serving of tahini:
Dessert was fresh fruit, these pineapple guava from a local roadside stand:
Some more fun stuff I’ve been seeing lately at the farmers’ market:
Ready for Halloween?
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