My mom wanted to get me a â€œsuper special and amazing giftâ€ for my 30th birthday. Side note: Now that Iâ€™ve pushed a baby out of my body, I feel like I should send my mother a gift on my birthday, not the other way around. But I digress. She wanted to get me a nice present. I thought and thought and thought and could not think of any material things that I wanted. And then â€“ it hit me. I wanted a gift certificate for a maid service!
Oh man. Now THAT is an awesome birthday gift. To have someone else (well, two people) come to your home and make it sparkly and shining. I donâ€™t want to touch a single surface and ruin the perfection. This gift was a doubly awesome gift because it meant that I felt compelled to not do any cleaning at all the four days prior to the cleaning. You know, so the difference would be very apparent. Hah.
Good thing I already did some cooking today â€“ I am not messing up my kitchen anytime soon!
Iâ€™m going to tweak this recipe a bit more before sharing it with you â€“ I think it could be better. If youâ€™ve got to smother something in mustard to make it delicious, something is wrong with the recipe. I was aiming for black bean gluten free falafels. Itâ€™s close â€“ but not quite there yet.
The batter included oatmeal, sunflower seeds, black beans, nutritional yeast, salsa, coconut oil, and spices. It was good enough to eat â€“ just not good enough to share!
I also made Chocolate Covered Kateâ€™s No Bake Coconut Crack Bars, which were SUPER easy. When I made her recipe, I ended up using about twice or three times as much coconut. She had hers listed by weight and measurement, so maybe my cup scoop just wasnâ€™t packed enough. I just eyeballed it until it was the right consistency.
If you love coconut, youâ€™ll like these bars. They are really addictive!
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