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Married Life in St. Croix + Q & A

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Life on St. Croix is crazy and beautiful all at the same time.  When I’m riding around in our “island beater truck” {we named Josie} even if it’s just to the market, the landscape just takes my breath away.  As a warm weathered creature, the steady year-round 80 degree weather doesn’t hurt but the island vibe is what has completely and utterly charmed me.

To capture the fresh breeze on our mountain-top, we live with all the windows open.  In the morning time, we wake up naturally with the sun flooding in to nudge us awake.  For J, this has been one of the biggest game-changers of all.  He couldn’t remember the last time that this was a choice.  For me, it’s the simplistic nature of life here.  The pendulum swings just a notch slower and that has made all the difference in the world.  I feel less anxious, less pressed.  Perhaps my perpetual sense of urgency won’t ever completely dissipate but for now, it’s a start.

I’m hoping to create more video blogs for my channel as I would love to share life on this incredible island with you.  Below, I’ve shared a snippet of our weekend and addressed some of the questions you guys have been sending in like about our livelihood, new friends and more.

3 No-Bake Cookies

One dough, three cookies.  Not only does this concept help satiate my multiple midnight cravings, it also aligns with my natural affinity for microwave meals.  I don’t know if I’ve ever shared, but beyond my two years in a college dorm room with nothing more than a microwave oven, there was also that year and a half period post graduation that I lived with a roommate with just a microwave then too.  What would appear to be a torturous affair that would never have me look at another microwave again, lent me the ability to make the best with what I had and gave me a renewed sense of appreciation for an appliance that is often demonized.  The way I see it, it’s better than nothing and for those folks who do only have a microwave, there are solutions to a seemingly bleak situation.

For me, both occasions where I was pretty kitchen-less had me whip up some creative plates despite the fact, albeit some epic fails came along the way too.  There was once that time an egg dish went disastrously awry and I found pieces of egg everywhere for many weeks to come.  However, I also associate this time with those naively blissful moments when we didn’t need much but to be young and free.  I reflect back fondly on this.  Especially that time when we finally made it home past three am and I thought it was a brilliant idea to try and make a lasagna in the microwave.  Miraculously, something half decent actually came out of it considering that we’d been up all night partying and I was guessing the measurements as I went along.

What I’m trying to say here is that you’d be surprised how many people message me about their current living situations and how the microwave is pretty much the only piece of cooking equipment they have.  I’ve been there, guys.  It’s at least something versus nothing and along the way, you could even whip up an edible lasagna too if you’re foolhardy enough.

Today, with a more proper application for a recipe I’ve tested several times, we’ll be creating three soft and chewy cookies from one dough.  Each one takes about a minute to make and they don’t even require cracking any eggs.  These cookies are endlessly versatile.  You guys know how much I adore a recipe that can be stretched in several different ways.  This one is no different in that you can mix in any candies of your choice or even swirl in peanut butter or nutella too.  Also, depending on your use of fats and dairy, these can also be made into completely vegan cookies.  The options are as vast as your cravings.  As for me, I’ve been known to whip up two batches of this for a total of six cookies whenever a craving should strike.  That may or may not have been this past weekend.

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3 No-Bake Cookies
 
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Serves: 3 cookies total
Ingredients
  • 3 tb melted coconut oil or butter
  • 6 tb sugar
  • ½ ts pure vanilla extract
  • 2.5 ts milk of choice
  • 9 tb flour
  • ⅛ ts salt
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, cream the oil/butter and sugar together for at least 2 minutes.
  2. Mix in the the vanilla and milk well.
  3. In another bowl, whisk the flour and salt together.
  4. Combine both bowls. Be mindful not to over-mix. This will create a tough cookie.
  5. Divide into 3 portions {about 60 grams each}
  6. Flatten out onto microwave-safe plates lined with parchment. In my 1.4.5 kw microwave oven, I let them go for about a minute. When in doubt go low and slow. Each microwave is different.

 

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