Blame it on the beautiful weather outside, the weekend I took away from the computer, the fact that a headache dominated most of Tuesday — whatever the case, this has been a week where I’ve felt a lot more like reading blogs than writing them. Do you ever get that way?
I mean, it makes sense. If blogging’s a form of communication, why shouldn’t there be days where we feel more like listening than talking, reading than writing?
Like in real life, sometimes I’m most happy to let someone else tell me stories, without needing to respond, without needing to join in. Sometimes I just like to sit back and observe, without interjecting.
Sometimes I’m doing enough thinking and processing in my own head, the kind that hasn’t reached any real conclusion, that I just want to keep it in there until it’s ready to make some sense. And that’s fine.
Or at least, it would be fine, if it weren’t for these cookies. You know how I feel about cookies, and that really, I rarely meet one I don’t like — but people.
Oh, people. These babies are different than any kind of cookie I’ve had before. They’re nutty and crumbly and packed with coconut.
My brother said they remind him of those Girl Scout Samoas (which were my favorite, but these are better!). And you must, must make them. Soon.
They use almond meal instead of flour, Sucanat and honey instead of sugar and are loaded with good-for-you fats like coconut oil, almond butter and chopped nuts. Fresh from the oven, they’re a little crumbly, but so, so good.
They come from Mae Bird, a beautiful site where Amanda takes these incredible, incredible photos of camping and food and mountains, and on certain days when I want to take in more than I put out, it’s nice to just lose myself in her world a little bit.
You can find the recipe for these nutty chocolate coconut cookies that will change your life here. And in the interest of letting us all lose ourselves in other people’s perspectives this coming weekend, here are a few other places that have been grabbing my attention lately. Feel free to share yours in the comments!
About Shanna Mallon
Shanna holds an MA in writing from DePaul University. Her mantra? Restoring order and celebrating beauty through creative content, photography, and food. Shanna's work has been featured in Bon Appetit, The Kitchn, MSN.com, Everyday Health, Better Homes & Gardens, Houzz.com, Food News Journal, Food52, Zeit Magazine, Chew the World, Mom.me, Babble, Delish.com, Parade, Foodista, Entrepreneur and Ragan PR.