Each week seems to be getting shorter and shorter. This isn’t ideal when you have so much to get done and pack into those few five days between weekends.
As I mentioned we’re busy every weekend until the middle of August. This weekend will mark the third in a row in which we’re not home. As much as I love doing fun things during the summer, I’m sort of missing the fact we don’t have a few days at home to just hang out or get things done around the house. During the week it’s pretty much all school and homework right now. It’s the last few weeks so all major assignments and class projects are due. We performed our math play yesterday – it was pretty much as we expected it to be, though we added some humour to it. There was quite a few really funny math plays, so it made the four hour class slightly more interesting.
This weekend we’re heading into the interior for a cousins camping trip! I used to see all of my cousins frequently, especially in the summer. We would have pool days at my aunts house, barbecues, beach days etc. However now that we’re all ‘grown up’ we’re all busy, and some of my cousins have moved far away so seeing them often is hard to do. And even more exciting, I now have second cousins because my older cousins have gotten married and began their families of their own. I am looking forward to seeing my little cousins, and big cousins, this weekend while hanging out by the lake. My mom’s family is quite large, with 6 siblings, so my immediate cousins count is quite high which always made family events really fun.
And just for fun, a super old picture of my mom’s side of the family circa early 90s (there’s some people missing, and some not born yet!) you can see my dad and mom (fifth in from the right, blue shirt and the red head) and I’m between my mom and aunt in the black and white collard shirt.) It’s crazy to think some of my cousins are now married, four of them! and some have kids. And sad that both my grandparents aren’t with us anymore.
My mom said one of her favourite things growing up was going camping with her family. They didn’t do a lot of vacations, as having six kids was probably expensive and too much work to do back then. But, she did say my grandpa really liked camping.
Two weekends ago we made a trip up to Prince George to get our new Jeep! It was the longest road trip home I’d done in a long time, 9 hours. We flew up on the Friday and drove home on Sunday. We got to see my family up there and stay with them which was a bonus!
We love our new Jeep – and his name is George. Both for the fact that he is from Prince George, and also for the fact that everything in my life relates to Seinfeld. My dog Lainey, full name Elaine, is named from Seinfeld (got the idea while watching it days after getting her.) All I need now is a Cosmo, or Kramer, and a Jerry and I’ll be complete.
The drive home through the interior was great, though I slept the first two hours and it was raining most of the time.
I’ve made these cookies for camping trips, and they’re great for road trips, similar to my almost-vegan cowboy cookies. They’re best eaten within two or three days because of the ingredients, there aren’t a lot of ‘preservatives’ because they’re healthier.
How’s your summer so far?? Have you taken any road trips? Or done any camping??
Road Trip Cookies
aka cowboy cookies, aka breakfast cookies
* wheat free * sugar free * vegan * dairy free *
- 1/2 cup coconut oil, room temperature slightly solid
- 2 medium ripe bananas
- dash of Vanilla
- 1 cup coconut flour
- 1 cup brown rice flour
- 1 cup almond meal
- 1 tbs. ground golden fax seed
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- dash of Cinnamon
- 1/2 cup chopped extra dark chocolate (optional)
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- Preheat oven to 350°
- In mixer with paddle attachment, whip the coconut oil until smooth, add in the ripe bananas and mix again.
- Add in a splash of vanilla and whip again. Mixture will be slightly lumpy, thats ok.
- In a medium bowl, sift together the flours. Add in the almond meal along with cinnamon and use a whisk to stir together.
- Add dry ingredients 1/4 at a time to the banana mixture incorporating together.
- Remove from stand and mix in oats, chocolate (optional) and nuts by hand using wooden spoon.
- Create 1” balls of dough using scoop or by hand, and roll into ball. Flatten slightly with palm of your hand, then using the tines of the fork flatten the centre.
- Bake on very lightly greased cookie sheet or baking mat for 10-12 minutes until golden on the edges. Remove from oven and transfer to cookie sheet. The cookies will set once cool, so be careful not to over-bake, the centre may look a little soft.