Lately, weekends feel as though they are solely to play catch up. Catch up on everything thats been neglected over the week. By Friday night the dishes are piled high in the sink, the fridge is just about empty of everything healthy, the laundry is about 4 loads over-due, and my muscles are screaming to move. On top of that, the dog needs a good walk, the fish needs to be fed (and while I’m at it his bowl needs cleaning), plants need to be watered, the sidewalk shoveled, the floors swept (because they’re covered in dog hair tumbleweeds again). I need to mop because the salt mixed with the mud outside is tracked all over the entry; the nursery needs to be re-stocked and picked up; Aiden needs a bath because that’s been a week over-due too; I need to take a shower myself. And by that the time all that is finished, the dishes are piled high again. And I’m starving.
Why do we let these things happen? Why don’t we just wash each dish after we use it and put it away? Can’t we get a few things done each night? The ironic thing is, we do. Somehow it just isn’t enough these days.
I honestly believe part of it has to do with the shorter, darker days. Once the days start getting longer and lighter, I always seem to get so much more done. Right now we leave to work in the dark and come home in the dark. We usually get home around 6. I’m hungry, the baby is hungry, AJ is hungry, and Riley is hungry. And after everyone is fed, the last thing I want to do is go back out into the freezing cold to workout at the gym, clean the house, or sit on my laptop for another hour. All I want is to cuddle with my boys and see Aiden’s smiles as we make faces at him. And a huge glass of wine.
So anyway, by the time this past weekend came around everything that was put on the back burner over the week was again piled high. I honestly am so grateful to AJ though. He had Friday off and was able to get most of the cleaning caught up. Actually, thinking about it now, we actually got quite a bit done this weekend. We were able to work out twice; I cooked some tasty recipes for the blog; AJ worked on his coding courses; we got some paperwork done; Riley got groomed. And pretty much everything listed above got done. AJ even brought me out for a date night in Milwaukee! We had planned on seeing a movie after dinner at Ward’s House of Prime (which was absolutely fantastic), but we decided picking up the baby and cuddling as a family to a rented movie was more our style. It was a perfect night.
Despite still trying to play catch up with most of our weekends, it is getting easier and we are having more chances to do stuff outside of cleaning and work. And once the days are longer, I know it will only get that much better. However, since today is still dreary and snowy and grey outside, I’m going share a delicious feel-good recipe for paleo chocolate chip cookies! I was inspired by Erin over at Texanerin (you definitely need to check out her recipes). We made her Perfect Paleo Chocolate Chip cookies (here) with some slight variations and holy moly are they delicious! I made a whole batch and by the next day, AJ had eaten them all. I was actually super upset because that was all I was looking forward to after a long day at work. So I made another batch. This is definitely my new go-to recipe for Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies! I think it will be yours too.
Paleo Chocolate Chip CookiesPrint Recipe
- 1 C blanched almond flour
- 1/4 C coconut flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- pinch of salt
- 1/3 C coconut oil, soft but not melted
- 1/3-1/2 C honey
- 1/3 C natural almond butter
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 egg, room temperature
- 3/4 C Enjoy Life chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350º F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, throw together the almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
Using a mixer, beat the coconut oil and honey together in a separate bowl.
Incorporate the almond butter and vanilla.
Beat in the egg until fully combined.
Stir in the flour mixture, and then add in the chocolate chips.
Place the dough in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Spoon the dough into mounds on the parchment paper, making about 12 mounds, 2 inches apart from each other.
Bake for about 12 minutes, or until slightly brown.
*This recipe was inspired by Texanerin's Perfect Paleo Chocolate Chip cookie recipe.