That’s Totally Okay

Looking back through today’s pictures, I still don’t know how I was as productive as I was.

I guess that explains how it’s already 6 pm, though. Last I checked it was 10am!

There was lots of learning to be done, though. Both of the educational sense as well as the personal sense.

Like how it’s totally okay to completely mess up your pancakes, only to discover they’re the best you’ve had all week. Even if they look like they’ve already been digested once or twice.

…and it’s also totally okay to realize that maybe the only reason you make mini loaves of bread is not because you like it better fresh – but because it’s so much fun to make and smell.

Sarena’s bread has yet to disappoint. I don’t think it’s possible for it to. It is so quick, so simple and so delicious.

Roasted Red Pepper & Garlic hummus from Appetite for Reduction

Realize you’re home alone for 25 minutes? Well – it’s perfectly reasonable to go on an insane food-processor rampage, right?

For some reason, I can’t get the rest of my family to welcome with open arms the amount of noise required for making hummus and nut butters. On a Sunday morning, no less.

When people should be waking up to the smell of bacon, not the sound of hummus.

And yes, it’s totally okay to combine hemp seeds, sunflower seeds and peanuts in your quest to make the perfect unsweetened peanut butter. Just don’t forget the pinch of salt!

But hey – why not try a flavored cashew butter for once? I’ve never had anything other than “normal” cashew butter, so I decided to give it a try. Verdict? totally okay.

  • 2 c. roasted & salted cashews
  • 1 t. olive oil
  • 1 t. date syrup
  • 1/2 t. vanilla extract
  • 1/8 – 1/4 t. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 c. golden raisins

Method: Process the cashews until they form a ball. Break it up and add in the oil, syrup, extract and cinnamon. Process again until smooth. Add more oil depending on how runny you like it. Add in raisins and pulse a few more times to combine.

And by the way…if you just so happened to have made peanut butter before this…and didn’t feel like washing and trying your processor…it’s totally okay to just use the processor with the peanut butter residue still in it.

Not that I would have ever ofund myself in this situation or anything.

Haven’t done laundry in two weeks? Totally okay – it just makes you find all those old clothes you don’t know why you still have…but then realize why when you have nothing else to wear.

Again, not that I would know anything about that.

Yes, it’s perfectly fine to consider your workout for the day simply walking up a hill.

…but it’s probably easier to buy when the snow is up to your waist, and your dog might hate you for it.

Sorry for the butt shot…but this just had to be done. Kaia found that it worked best if she just tried dragging herself along on her belly.

We have so much snow right now. And we had a thundersnow storm last night!

It was kind of creepy and I was ready for the apocalypse.


I also realize that lately I’ve been hardly creative in the kitchen on my own, but rather have been making recipes out of books like it’s my job.

Well, I do wish it were my job…

But hey, that’s totally okay. I’m calling it “fine-tuning my technique.”

Because really, I don’t actually know anything about cooking or baking.

It’s totally okay to instantly think of your childhood when creaming “butter” and sugar.

Isn’t it a requirement of growing up to eat the butter and sugar when making cookies?

Not quite enough dried figs for your homemade “Fig Not-Ins” after you absent-mindedly munched on a few?

Using some golden raisins as filler is perfectly okay.

Adding anise extract, on the other hand? Totally not okay. Sambuca has ruined anise extract for me for the rest of my life, I think. I can’t have peppermints anymore because of peppermint schnapps, either.

Luckily, the anise was just an accentuating flavor, not a main player. I followed Vegan with a Vengeance‘s recipe because I wanted to have a more dough-like newton. The recipes I found online were more like a date bar – but with figs. I wanted more of a distinct fig newton! But, adding the anise idea came from this recipe.

Ironically, rolling the dough out for this was very time consuming and difficult and it will probably be many moons before I do it again. That and the directions confused me. I don’t think they were confusing, I think I was just having a “moment.” A “what the kale?” moment.

And if you lose patience with it, it’s totally okay to end up just making two giant tarts with the last of your dough.

And by the way – taste-testing your fig filling? Perfectly fine. In fact, I think it’s required. Mainly if you have some fresh bread and cashew butter to accompany it. D’oh.

Having paprika that’s older than you are? Well, that’s probably not okay, but I use it anyway. It probably doesn’t taste like…well…anything…to be perfectly honest with you.

I kid you not, I remember having this paprika when I was, like, three.

Because I was definitely using paprika as a wee little three year old. I distinctly remember burping “mo’ papriikay!” a time or two.

But until I finally remember to buy new paprika, this old stuff had to do for the mushroom and cannellini paprikas in Appetite for Reduction.

And in case you were wondering – it’s also totally okay to have sweet potato fries with every meal…and still not know whether you prefer them with barbeque sauce or hummus.

And lastly – it’s perfectly fine if you just watch the Superbowl for the commercials. I’m not a football fan…I prefer real sports.

Other things that are totally okay:

  • Realizing you haven’t gotten out of your pajamas all day. Which probably means they’re really gross considering the fact that I was definitely sweating walking up that hill.
  • Not putting away your laundry even if it’s all done.
  • Realizing you sort of enjoy the reading for your recent classes.

What was your “totally okay” moment of the day?

And I’ve gotta ask…Superbowl – yay or nay?

24 Comments

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24 responses to “That’s Totally Okay

  1. Can we please live closer to each other and share food??? That nut butter looks incredible!

  2. I’ve been wanting to get some dried figs. Would I find them in the section with the other dried fruits?

  3. Everything you make is creative and super yummy.

  4. Hahaha wait you are hilarious, I did not leave the comfort of my pajamas ONCE yesterday, I literally woke up, ate a giant stack of pancakes, took a nap, and then ate some more while watching hulu. Then I went to bed. Totally fine:)

  5. Loved this post – it’s totally okay that I wasn’t very productive today but the day still flew by!

  6. Jenna's Journey

    omg those fig newtons look tasty! and as for the superbowl goes, since my team the pats aren’t in it..i am all about the commercials and half time!

  7. The snow pictures are beautiful (and the dog butt is pretty cute, too)!
    It makes me wish I lived somewhere where it snowed…

    For me, it’s totally ok to not even watch the Superbowl today! <3

  8. There are definitely some jars of spices in this house that are older than I am. You know I don’t really care about expiration dates, but when a spice is … well, spice-less, it’s got to go. My mom disagrees with me, so I bought my own ginger. And now we have an old one — which she never uses anyway, so heaven only knows why she needs it — and a new one. Lovely.

    Your snow pictures are gorgeous — but, quite frankly, I wouldn’t be too sad if I never saw snow again!!!!!!!!

    Super Bowl? I don’t really care. ;)
    <3 <3

  9. I’m from Ireland, so to me Superbowl is a huh?
    I watch real football (soccer to all the Americans) :)

    My totally okay moment was when I had a coffee meeting with someone at quarter past one, about work experience, and I was still in my PJs and hadn’t showered at half 12.
    My other totally okay moment was noticing how many of the Spelt scones from the market I had devoured since I bought them, and how much hummus and peanut butter had mysteriously disappeared with them :)
    The pictures are so cute :) :)

  10. Big football fans in this house, we always watch. Not doing the party scene this year, home with the boys. Love the newtons! The halftime show was pretty disappointing. Of course I’m in Louisiana so this year just doesn’t hold the excitement after last year!

  11. This is straight up my favorite food blog. The content is witty and unabashedly honest, the food is always interesting and looks delicious, and the photos are totally gorgeous.

    Superbowl can bite me, I’m a hockey girl as well. Providence Bruins! /tiny flag

  12. “waking up 2 the sound of hummus”…i love it. i’ve never seen that much snow!!! and i love the picture of your dog…it’s to funny!! i can bet we have some spices that old too!!

  13. I’m not sure which I like more – Kaia in the soft white snow or the fig newtons. It’s just one of the moments I wish I were you :) .

    My “totally OK” moment was when I decided to eat nutella straight out of the jar using graham pretzel sticks instead of a spoon. Well, nobody else eats from my jar so I shouldn’t worry about this but I’m a little worried about the amount of chocolate I ate that way.

    Superbowl? Definitely not. The only period in my life when I liked something about football was when I had a roommate who hated me but loved football. Whenever there was a football match, she was at the stadium and I was alone in the room :) .

  14. I TOTALLY have a food-processor-athon when my flatmates aren’t around.
    Those fig not-ins look tantalizing!

  15. Just when I thought I was sick of snow, your photos made me love it again.

  16. Oh my gooooosh those fig newtons look so good! I haven’t had one of those since I was probably 8, but I’m totally craving them right now!

    For me, it’s totally ok that I have a midterm today, but I spent more time watching tv yesterday than I did studying haha.

    I’m not a football fan, but I like going to Superbowl parties! I would have gone to one if I hadn’t had to study (err, watch tv :P)!

  17. Holy SNOW! And I thought we had it bad…although I wouldn’t mind it nearly as much if it looked that pretty and didn’t turn black and yellow from dog pee and exhaust within an hour. I don’t know that I’ve ever walked through waist-deep snow!

    Superbowl? Nay. The only reason I’d ever watch is for the food, anyway :)

  18. Nay on the Super Bowl. We watched mindless tv and played scrabble! My kind of evening. I haven’t eatin’ much in days and this post just made me so freakin’ hungry! Everything looks so good. I want to do a fig bar here too. Tony and I have been talking about it for a while. Your eats…really…they are beautiful! Oh and I love the snow shots. It is stunning where you are! I am with you too on the sound of hummus being made early in the morning instead of bacon. That is my kind of wake up call. I have to warn everyone here before I start up the food processor.

  19. your fig bars are staring right at me and wont stop. make it stop. oh my goodnes… i cannot handle it.. too too good looking!
    ITS okay to eat a whole squash.. on its own.. (cooked of course!)

  20. Oh…that is so much more than ok, this post is genius! Thanks…although the food pics are driving me crazy. Yum! Superbowl would be a nay, since I’m all the way across the ocean – but truth be told I probably wouldn’t be watching even if I were an American, I don’t really follow sports (and that’s totally ok!).

    Glad you are enjoying classes!

  21. I LOVE THAT BUTT SHOT!
    It’s totally okay to think the best shot out of an amazing food blogger/photographer’s post is the shot of the dog ass :)

  22. Aww that doggy butt shot is actually pretty cute!! ;)
    I actually had no idea the super bowl was going on until someone at work said something about it. I feel blessed to have a husband that could care less about sports, like me!

    I’ve never made a nut butter at home. I just got a food processor for Christmas and I think I should get on it!

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