It’s officially been three weeks since we got back from our trip to Guatemala. Three weeks. I can’t believe it’s been that long. I feel like I got home and dumped my dirty backpack on the floor just yesterday. I feel like I was walking through the streets of Antigua wondering where we’re going to eat next just yesterday. Taking in views of volcanoes in the sun just yesterday. I’m still coming to terms with the fact that I have obligations everyday, after nearly a month of being back to the grind. Deciding which laundry joint is the cheapest and fastest to wash your ash-covered clothing is so much more fun than doing laundry in your own apartment building. On your day off. On a normal weekend.
I know, I’m spoiled. At least I got to go there and have that great time. But trust me, that’s not enough. It’s like a crack addiction – travelling. The first time I ever went anywhere far away was when I was 16 and in school. We spent a little short of two weeks bus’ing and train’ing around France, and since then I’ve longed to pack bags and board planes. I haven’t travelled nearly as much as I’d like due to all those super fun adult things like debts and poor life choices (right?!) – but I can say I’m back on track and out of the woods, so to speak. I’m having a hard time focusing on what’s in front of me, trading it for daydreams of the next adventure instead.
The other thing that creeps up on you is age. I’m not a believer in following the norm or being on any bandwagon, but I’m sure most of you can agree that age usually brings with it mortgages, kids, and being tied down to one place – not leaving much time, funds, or energy for travelling. This is a scary thought to me. In this day and age with the cost of living rising… is it even possible to do both? I’m not convinced you can have your cake and eat it too.
What do you guys think? What’s your most memorable travel experience, and what are your thoughts on keeping up with the Jones’s vs. flying by the seat of your pants?
Chili Chocolate Cookies
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1+1/2 cups quick oats
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp dried chili flakes, pulverized in a spice grinder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 to 1 cup chopped dark chocolate
(I used a mixture of flavored Lindt, Chili & Caramel Sea Salt)
few dried chili flakes to sprinkle
-Preheat your oven to 360F.
-Cream together the butter, sugar, vanilla, and salt with a paddle in a stand mixer.
-Whisk together the flour, oats, cocoa powder, and baking soda, set aside.
-Add the eggs to the creaming sugar and butter one at a time and continue paddling until smooth.
-Stop the mixer, add the dry ingredients, and turn on to low speed. Paddle until almost combined, and then add the chopped dark chocolate (preferably the two flavored Lindt dark chocolates listed above, or just the Chili one), and then mix again until everything is combined well.
-Rest in the fridge for 15 minutes.
-Scoop the cookie dough into portions about 1+1/2 to 2 TB in size, and drop them onto a prepared baking sheet. Be sure to leave 2 inches between each cookie at minimum to prevent cookie pancake! Give each one a slight pat on the top with the palm of your hand to even them out. Press any leftover pieces of chocolate into the tops of the cookie balls, sprinkle with a few additional flakes of dried chili.
-Bake 7 minutes, then rotate the tray. Bake another 5-7 minutes.
-Remove from the oven and cool for 10 minutes, then move each cookie to a wire rack and cool until room temperature.