How was your weekend, friends?? I must say, I feel super refreshed after a spontaneous weekend away with my mom and a little change of routine. I made a conscious decision to leave my laptop at home and keep my iPhone use to an absolute minimum (yep, not one single picture. that hasn’t happened in FOREVER) and it was, surprisingly, detoxifying. Yeah, I know that sounds totally strange.
Have you had that feeling before? Completely shut off screens for a day, two days, a whole weekend? It’s amazing how quickly you forget about all those things you could be doing and start focusing on the present.
I’m not much of a TV person and I’m not one to keep my iPhone attached to my hip, but I am guilty of always having my laptop near me. I’m the kind of person who’s constantly planning, researching, multitasking—- so I need those breaks every once in a while to bring me back to the “now” and remind myself of what life used to be like without all these screens.
Sometimes I feel like this “screen time” kind of takes over our human instinct to engage in social interaction. We get so much pleasure from our favorite shows, from countless methods of social media, and, for many of us, blogging, that we aren’t as present in our face-to-face relationships. I’m totally guilty of this… especially when I’m “multitasking” during time I should just be spending with Nate. Or with my family. Or just by myself.
It’s times like this weekend when I’m reminded how much I love days without screens. Days with family and friends, days with nature, days being active. As with most things in life, it’s all about that balance. And with technology being SUCH a huge part of our lives nowadays, it’s something we need to learn to add into that equation. It’s definitely a hard thing to balance—what, with work, hobbies, and just simple personal interest being run by technology— but what a difference it makes when I put those screens away and focus on what’s right in front of me.
Whew, that was a whole lot of stream-of-consciousness-jabber! Thanks for listening to my ponderings of the weekend… now let’s talk cookies!
Ever since I made Minimalist Baker’s Toasted Coconut Pancakes I have been obsessed with toasted coconut. It’s so crispy and nutty and crunchy and makes the perfect addition to essentially every baked good known to man. So when I had an intense craving for chocolate chip cookies the other weekend, I knew a little toasted coconut would be the perfect ingredient to liven things up a bit.
This recipe is a healthier take on your typical oatmeal chocolate chip cookie, made with whole wheat flour, coconut oil, and lots of rolled oats— but it has that added uumphhh thanks to those crunchy toasted coconut flakes. It’s the perfect combination of textures— a little chewy, a little crispy— topped off with loads of creamy, melty dark chocolate chips.
We loved them so much we actually HID them when we had company over. I know, we are officially the worst hosts ever. But THESE COOKIES!
I couldn’t recommend them more. Now go get baking because it’s Monday and cookies make everything better!