Thanks for all the great feedback about creating a life that needs no escape. Just to clarify, that post was in no way meant to be anti-travel. I love to travel, and spent my 20s doing quite a bit of it. Since our son was born, we’ve significantly curtailed our traveling. We have no desire to travel without him, and he’s just as happy in his own sandbox, or at the park behind our house as he would be at a park a thousand miles away. And getting to the one behind our house is a lot less stressful! There’s nothing about traveling to far-away places that would impress our two-year-old, but once he’s older, we’ll definitely want to show him the world.
Rather than being anti-travel, that post was meant to instill a desire to make every day awesome, rather than living for the weekend or for vacation. If traveling is what makes you happy, then it should definitely be a part of your awesome life plan. But if it adds stress to your life (as it would for us if we tried it with a two-year-old), there may be better ways to spend time closer to home.
Today I want to share a couple of great recipes I’ve been loving lately. A few weeks ago, I came across this awesome recipe for three minute cookies. I used agave nectar instead of maple syrup, stevia instead of the sucanat, and chopped almonds instead of rice cereal (just because that’s what I had on hand). My guys loved them, and they’re so easy to make. It takes me about five minutes instead of three, but I’m not complaining!
My favorite part about the cookie recipe was the flax/chia/water substitute for an egg. I stopped buying eggs a year or so ago, and I’m thrilled to have found something that works just as well to hold things together (and flax and chia are always in my freezer. I buy them in bulk and we eat them everyday already). Over the weekend, I also decided to make spicy black bean burgers. We love them, but buying the frozen variety gets pretty expensive. I made a huge batch of black beans in the crock pot, and used this recipe to make burgers. Instead of the egg, I used a little water, a spoonful of ground flax seed, and a spoonful of chia seeds. The burgers turned out great, and cost very little to make (cooking your own dried beans is a great way to go, especially if you make a bunch of them in the crock pot and then store them in the fridge for the week, or the freezer if you’ll take a while to use them up). Both of my guys give two thumbs up to the cookies and the burgers, so give them a try!
Have a great Monday, and welcome Get Rich Slowly readers!