like many of you, i’m sure, i’ve been thinking a lot about houston and the flooding going on there this past weekend. as some of you know, my husband and i lived there for a year (well, 355 days…) 5 years ago.
what i’m struck by, beyond the obvious devastation, is how much more personal it feels to me, having lived there. it’s not a connection born of nostalgia, as i didn’t enjoy living there (at all), but rather comes from feeling connected to the people there. i find myself thinking about coworkers i haven’t thought of in years and hoping they are safe. ironically, it’s a similar reaction to the one i felt while living there when the boston marathon bombing happened and my friends and family back home were on lockdown.
so, anyway. i don’t have anything particularly helpful to say about what’s happening (y’all know how to find the red cross donation page, but here it is again, just in case), but that’s what i’m thinking about.
that and these cashew cookie dough energy balls. (why do i always set myself up for these awkward transitions?? stupid desire to be authentic and present…)
before we go any farther, i do feel compelled to warn you: cashew cookie dough energy balls can be addictive. basically, you can just extrapolate your self-control around regular chocolate chip cookie dough, remove any inhibition that stems from that whole fear-of-being-poisoned-by-raw-eggs-or-raw-flour thing, and then have a pretty good idea of how you’ll fare around these little energy balls. which for me is a pretty solid “yikes”.
luckily for me, while the number of energy balls i end up eating at once may be a bit higher than i intended, each ball is pretty low in sugar, so at least i don’t end up feeling totally ill, the way i do when i eat too much raw cookie dough (not that i endorse that or anything…). soooo, there’s that.
and each batch of cashew cookie dough energy balls “only” makes 28 mini (half tablespoon) sized balls, so there’s a finite and not too big limit to how many days my cashew cookie dough energy ball bender can last.
of course, given that they only require 4 ingredients that i always have on hand and come together in about 5 minutes (10ish minutes if we’re including the time it takes to roll them into little balls), i basically have to rely on my reluctance to wash the food processor to keep me from whipping up a new batch every other day. laziness for the win, friends, laziness for the win.
energy balls, previously:
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