gratitude

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These past few months I have been a mess of emotions. I was half homeless, half nomadic, and totally living out of a bag in the trunk of my car. I was hunting for a condo in metro Vancouver that’s slightly larger than a shoebox and doesn’t cost the GDP of a small country. I was eating way too many cookies and wouldn’t have objected to someone putting an IV drip of coffee directly into my bloodstream.

But moments like those reminded me just how many amazing people I have in my life. I now have a new place of my own and feel like I’m getting back into a routine and I can’t thank these people enough for keeping me almost sane (let’s not get carried away here). Thanks are due to:

L, for venturing out of her house at ungodly hours of the night when I need to eat pizza and cry, and for practically providing the IV drip of coffee. For giving me a key to her new place that she didn’t even live in yet. For deep conversations about the meanings of life and love, shallow conversations about shoes, and pre-emptive conversations about how to dispose of dead bodies.

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My mom, for not batting an eyelash and making me breakfast whenever I sleep over.

J, who is an incredible realtor and the best big brother ever (no, not biological; I’m Asian and he’s a ginger) even though I’m a terrible little sister and don’t keep in touch even close to often enough.

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T, for the hours of help scouring the internet for a decent home, for reading condo disclosure statements, for being more protective of my feelings than I am, and for bringing back much-needed tequila from Mexico.

K, for tea and always asking if I’m okay.

G, for the secondary IV drip of coffee.

C, for everything. I don’t even know where to start.

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You guys are better friends and family than I ever could have dreamed of.

It’s also super convenient that none of your first names start with the same letter.

And now, though hopelessly inadequate: thank you cookies.

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Matcha Cookies (paleo, gluten-free, sugar-free, WLC-friendly)

No, these are not the proper sweet and gooey and chocolate-filled cookies that I should have made. But I’m on the Whole Life Challenge again… I’ll be back to real baking soon.

Ingredients

one and three quarters cups almond meal
one and a half tablespoons matcha powder
one tablespoon vanilla powder
one tablespoon poppyseeds
zest of two small lemons
one egg white
two tablespoons butter, melted

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
In a medium bowl, combine all dry ingredients and zest.
In a stand mixer (or another bowl, you’ll just have to use your muscles), lightly whip the egg white. Add all the dry ingredients and melted butter and mix until well combined -you may need to press it together with your fingers.
On a piece of parchment paper, roll out the dough to about a third of an inch thick. Use your favourite cookie cutters and place shapes on the prepared baking sheet. Re-clump the remaining dough, roll it out, and repeat until you’ve used it all up.
Bake for about 8-10 minutes, or until the cookies look dry in the centre.

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