I am ALWAYS on the lookout for gluten-free dairy-free treats, but have mostly stuck with pre-made cookie dough. I haven’t tried a whole bunch of GF/DF/Paleo treats from scratch yet because I just don’t trust them to taste right. Like, almond flour is NOT the same.
But anyway, I somehow found Averie’s recipe for peanut butter chocolate chunk cookies and was down. Even though I was pretty sure they’d be full of gluten and dairy, I was DEFINITELY going to make these. Imagine my delight when, after scrolling through 3,000 pictures of the most decadent looking cookies, I discovered that they call for ZERO flour and ZERO butter. Aw yiss! I made these for snow day book club last weekend and they were just as amazing as Averie’s pictures look. But mine didn’t look that great.
For the record, here’s what Averie’s version of the cookies looks like.
Aaaaaand here’s what my version looks like.
My dough was super crumbly and I hoped that it would all just melt together in the oven, but as you can see from above, they basically just fell apart. These cookies still tasted AMAZING, but they were somehow both oily and grainy. Averie warns against over creaming the peanut butter and sugar because the peanut butter will separate and make it oily, but I definitely didn’t over cream. I don’t know, guys. Remember my fudgy chocolate cookie debacle? Maybe the problem is me…? I’m so good at gluten/dairy-filled baking!
I noticed this while obsessively watching Ghost Beach videos on YouTube.
Ghost Beach’s Eric Mendelsohn
I mean, they’re not twins, but you can see it too, right? They even have the same hipster trash style.
Also, it’s my birthdayyyyyy! I’m officially in my final year of my second decade. That means I’m 29. And I’m super sick because I have the worst sinuses ever. But I’m gonna listen to Ghost Beach all damn day and eat as many gluten free cookies as I please and I’m not gonna feel guilty about EITHER ONE.
Week 2 was pretty similar to Week 1, but I was able to learn from a few of my mistakes. Here’s an more in-depth overview of Week 2:
- Sunday | This week I used MORE water in my “shampoo” mix – about 2 tbs of bentonite clay and 6 tbs of water – and I mixed it up in a bowl that I brought into the shower with me. My bathroom stayed SO MUCH CLEANER! I soaked my hair, turned the water off, slopped the clay on and massaged it in/scrubbed my scalp before putting it up in the shower cap and continuing on with my shower. I also brought the jar of honey into the shower with me to warm it up and hopefully make it easier to scoop out. This was successful, but finger combing honey through your hair is just about as impossible as you’re imagining. My hair didn’t feel like straw this week – it felt kind of like if you’d washed your hair yesterday and then just gotten it wet in the shower today. Not necessarily greasy but not “squeaky clean.” I think I need to get used to this. Didn’t put any coconut oil in my hair after my shower, just shook it out and put it up in a ballet bun.
- Monday | Nothingggggg. I’m kind of liking being a dirtball. It’s great for lazy people.
- Tuesday | Put my hairs up under the shower cap during my shower. It’s HARD to break the habit of washing your hair at every shower.
- Wednesday | Finally managed to run again, so I brushed my hair out, got it wet, then soaked it with aloe vera juice before putting it up for ~10 minutes. When I brushed it out before my shower, my scalp felt oily and gross, but the ends were sooooo static-y. Still didn’t feel great, but shook it out and put it back up after my shower.
- Thursday | Another sweaty workout – brushed my hair out (no static this time, roots are still feeling oily) and scrubbed my scalp in the shower. I brushed it again after my shower (which is a huge no-no for curly hair but I’m a rebel) and let it dry naturally instead of putting it up. It didn’t look GREAT (see below), but it didn’t look atrocious. I mean, I haven’t washed my hair in almost 2 weeks.
- Friday | Shower with the shower cap.
- Saturday | NOTHING because I’m lazy. I’m kind of starting to itch to just shampoo it and condition like a normal person. Will this feeling ever go away?
Thursday night. dat undereye baggage.
Mercifully, there is no video for this song, just a picture of the single cover art. Also Halsey is one of my favorite names.
ALSO, if you’re the super impatient type, like me, you can stream Ghost Beach’s “Blonde” HERE! On repeat since last week.
Note: I’ve had this post scheduled, but Alex serendipitously posted something related yesterday. Maybe someday I will find other crunchy bloggers but for right now she’s all I’ve got.
I didn’t really expect this to happen, but at the same time, it’s been a long time coming.
Going chemical-free with my hair has made me think about the other products that I use. I could tell you that seeking out more natural ingredient lists is out of concern for the environment, but primarily it’s much more selfish than that – I worry about MYSELF and P. Of course, if something isn’t good for humans, it isn’t good for the Earth either.
I’ve been using method all-purpose cleaner and glass + surface cleaner for several years now, and while I’m more comfortable with their ingredient lists than, say, 409, I’m still hoping to find something with a shorter list. Even if that means I have to make my own! Which is exactly what I plan to do for dish detergent; I’ve used Seventh Generation’s Free and Clear dishwasher tabs in the absence of anything better, but I recently found this recipe for homemade dishwasher detergent by Jillee (freaking love her) and am excited to try it. I already have most of the ingredients on hand for homemade laundry detergent which makes it even cheaper and easier!
Aiyeeee. I used bareMinerals for years, partly because I loved the makeup and partly because it’s supposedly natural. (Supposedly. Also my girl Alex’s recent post has got me worried.) I’ve tried several more “natural” beauty products in the past and been very disappointed (Physicians Formula Organic Wear mascara comes to mind – that shit is SO FLAKY). I’m planning on trying Coastal Classic Creations as a replacement for my beloved bareMinerals; I’ve heard good things about 100% Pure’s Fruit Pigmented Mascara and/or I might just give the Physicians Formula another chance. Afterglow is certified gluten-free too! Mascara is my #1 stranded-on-a-desert-island beauty product and I REALLY love CoverGirl’s Lash Blast Fusion, so this is going to be tough.
Body wash is easy: I made the switch to Dr. Bronner’s a few years ago and have never looked back. I still use those plastic mesh pouf things though, and I know those are bad. I suppose I could just get a REAL sponge, but when you’re replacing your body scrubber every 3 months.. it adds up! Lotion and deodorant/antiperspirant are my two other big concerns, and I’m not really sure how to address them. I really don’t want to give up antiperspirant, so I’m hoping to be able to find something with a simpler ingredient list than my current stick. I’ve also been struggling with how to replace/simplify body lotion – face lotion is covered, as I bought bel essence anti-aging cream (which has an awesome ingredient list AND awesome reviews) to use once I finish my hope in a jar. I’ve tried using coconut oil as body lotion but I hate how greasy it makes my skin. I’m using up a giant pump bottle of the Vaseline brand cocoa butter lotion while I figure it out.
Also don’t get used to me posting 5 days a week. This is weird.
photo via myself, thanks
Quiet weekends ♥ Winter is naturally a season of rest and I’ve been feeling it lately. Right up through the end of January, we’ve had busy weekends. And I can’t complain, but it sure is nice to have these slow days. I consider it a special accomplishment if I can make it through a Sunday without leaving my apartment. Sometimes you just need to recharge.
Game of Thrones ♥ P & I started re-watching season 1 last weekend and I am just obsessed all over again. I’m about halfway through book 5 and it’s interesting to see the hints they drop in season 1 about what’s coming. I really need to finish A Dance with Dragons so P will stop calling me a sweet summer child. And also because it has taken me an ungodly amount of time to read this series.
Tuft & Needle ♥ Ahhh! We’re finally getting a new mattress. I have some reservations about T&N, but they have awesome reviews on Amazon and a super fresh return policy – 30 days to send it back for a full refund and they’ll even pay for return shipping (whaaaaat!) – so I’m willing to give it a chance. Will report back.
Little loves ♥ green quart Mason jars ♥ RPMWEST ♥ HabitRPG ♥ my new sonic toothbrush! we are living in the future, friends ♥ green smoothies ♥ Phantogram ♥ book club ♥ garlic chicken ♥ my space heater ♥ Van’s gluten-free waffles ♥ this super cute top from Target ♥ Cards/Red Sox in August ♥ blueberry sausage from Whole Foods ♥ One Good Thing by Jillee ♥ Young Empires ♥ coconut milk creamer ♥ my warm mist humidifier ♥ tulips ♥ running! ♥ getting rid of things (purging is FREEDOM) ♥ homemade cleaning supplies (more on this tomorrow) ♥
Earlier this week I had my annual performance review at work. My supervisor is relatively new – he’s been with our organization for 10+ years, but only in our office since late September – so it was pretty painless. But his only criticism of me has been unexpectedly thought provoking. He told me that I’m not enthusiastic enough. Now, this isn’t the first time I’ve been “spoken to” about “my attitude” at this job (and for the record, this job is the only place this has EVER happened to me), and I know myself well enough to know that I can come across as pretty aloof, so this wasn’t shocking news. But it’s made me wonder about the stereotypical overly friendly and accommodating Midwesterner (because I haven’t noticed it to be particularly true). But if in the Northeast, no one thinks I have an attitude and in the Midwest, people do… Well. You see where I’m going with this.
this is what my insides look like, igss.
As far as I can tell, people are grumpy or pleasant and it has nothing to do with geography. Like, I’ve encountered MORE road rage here in St. Louis than I did while living in Boston. (Which may or may not be related to the fact that St. Louis is insanely insecure as a city, but my investigation is ongoing so I can’t really comment.) Also, having now been called out on having a “New England personality,” I feel kind of proud of it. Like it’s some kind of souvenir from all my years spent in New York and Massachusetts. For the sake of my job, I’m obviously going to make an effort to be friendlier (I GUESS.. but lbr I just hate everyone and it’s not personal), but it’s going to be hard to find a balance between being MORE effusive and ~enthusiastic while also not selling my soul/being fake as hell. Anyone have any advice?
Kris gets it.
Shoutout to my girl Lauren for setting the enthusiasm bar impossibly high.