I realize that this is totally the busiest wedding season. Spring through Fall is saturated with couples making the vow to each other before the friends and families. This year is different. This time, I know so many of those people. This is the summer of love for so many people in my life. It is so wonderful to celebrate these occasions! The summer love birds are:
- Brea and Jason
- Joe and Colleen
- Siu and Chad
- Pete and Dina
- Mario and Zan
This is seriously the most people I have known getting married in the same year. I had to go shopping for the local weddings! And I always like to make sure the bride and groom know we are thinking of them on that special day.
Outside of weddings, this is still a busy time of year. I love to try new recipes in the summer. Which seems counter intuitive since my kitchen is so stinking hot. I like to find fun new recipes and spend time perfecting them so that in the winter, when I have no interest in cooking, I have new go-to recipes to choose from. I am currently on a sweet potato kick. I mean, kind of obsessing over what I can make with them. They are great recovery food and I am trying to find more ways to get them into my diet. I have been drinking a post workout shake lately that I am loving. It is 1/2 cup pureed sweet pot, 1/2 cup coconut milk, scoop of chocolate protein, dash of cinnamon and water. I put it all in a magic bullet and blend. AMAZING! Anyway, I recently stumbled upon some tasty new cookies, with sweet pots, and thought it would be a crime for me not to share them.
Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Cookies - The first time I made these, the batter was like pancake batter. So, I made some adjustments to the original recipe:
- I used almond flour and bumped it up to 1 cup
- I chill the sweet potato puree in the fridge overnight
- I added 3/4 cup of ground flax
- I used almond butter rather than peanut butter
- I would love to try omitting some of the almond flour and/or flax and use some vanilla protein powder
I have some other things on my list to try when I get back from California. I have another cookie recipe, but I also have a better version of Alfredo sauce made with cauliflower and a couple of breakfast ideas.