It’s a new music kinda week for me…the following tracks are all on albums that will be released next month (October!!). I’m loving Moby’s new album, Innocents — stream it here until the album drops on 10/1. Poliça’s latest, Shulamith, is scheduled to be released on 10/22, followed by Arcade Fire’s highly anticipated new album on 10/29. Happy Sunday!
Have you ever wondered what you can do to bring more happiness into your life? Try this: express your gratitude. Over the past year and a half, I have been trying to tell those around me how much they mean to me, and how grateful I am to have them in my life. I’m sure you can agree that to be on the receiving end of an expression of gratitude also feels pretty good. Here’s an inspirational video that shows how expressing your gratitude to someone important in your life can make you a little bit (a lot) happier.
I’m happy to report that I am out of town this weekend at a book club cottage getaway! In honour of this much-needed time away with a group of amazing women, I have selected a few songs by female artists that have been top of my list this past week – a bit of an eclectic mix, but I hope you enjoy them. Happy Sunday!
I’ve been inspired lately to start running again. While I’ve been contemplating it for the past couple of weeks, I made a spur of the moment decision this morning to lace up my shoes & get out there as soon as I got home from dropping my youngest off at preschool. It’s been almost 7 years now since I’ve been running – I used to run and bike consistently, and would train for races – short and long distance. I loved it. I’ve had many excuses over the years as to why I couldn’t get back out there, and to a certain degree they were valid reasons. I now have both the time and the motivation, and it feels great!
ps: have you heard the new Arctic Monkeys yet?
It’s been a chickpea kinda day around here. Chickpeas, aka garbanzo beans, are so versatile, and today I tried out a brand new way to prepare them: in cookies! A friend of mine shared this post with me, and I was eager to give them a try. These cookies are gluten-free/grain-free/dairy-free. My recipe is an adaptation of the original, and I have prepared three variations: one with chocolate, one with jam, and one with fresh raspberries. They are all delicious — creamy, satisfying, and not too sweet.
Chickpea PB & Banana Cookies
1 – 19 fl oz can chickpeas, drained
2 small ripe bananas
1/4 c. honey
1/2 c. natural peanut butter
2 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
for the variations: chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life chocolate chunks – dairy & soy free), jam (I used strawberry), berries (I used fresh raspberries)
…In food processor or blender, puree chickpeas, banana, honey, peanut butter, egg, oil, vanilla, baking powder and salt. I used my Vita-Mix, and the dough was the consistency of hummus.
…Drop by spoonful onto a parchment- or silpat-lined baking sheet. Top with chocolate, a dab of jam, or a fresh raspberry.
…Bake at 350 for about 13 minutes. Cool slightly & enjoy! Makes about 3 dozen cookies.
One thing that makes me happy is finding new music that I love listening to. Lately, Songza is my primary go-to source for the discovery of new (to me) artists. Here are a few tracks that I’ve stumbled upon…grab a coffee & enjoy. Happy Sunday!
I just stumbled across this short video, thanks to the amazing Lisa Congdon. To everyone in the beginning phase of creative work, give yourself two minutes to take in this bit of inspiration from Ira Glass. Happy Friday!