I can’t believe I missed Pi Day. March 14, 3.14, the ultimate math and nerd holiday, and I just let it pass by without a note. And I didn’t eat any pie! I ate pie the night before when Joseph and I visited his aunt and uncle’s, but none on the actual day where it is practically a requirement to indulge in a slice of warm, round, mathematically correct pastry and filling.
And especially when you consider how many different kinds of pie there are, and therefore how many different opportunities I should have had to make or eat a pie, the fact that I completely neglected it is borderline disgraceful. There are quiches–I consider them a type of pie–that could be consumed for breakfast. apple pies for your 5-a-day fruit consumption, butter pies, meat or vegetable pies (I’m thinking about you Pieminster at The Covered Market) for lunch, chicken pot pies for dinner, and then the dessert pies: fruit, cream, meringue, whipped, mini, cuppies (my just coined word for pies the size of cupcakes, it’ll be a thing eventually), cheese, mud pies, tarts, cookie pies, cake pies (real thing I swear!)…and I could go on.
Anything round could’ve been called a pie yesterday, and I’m pretty sure nothing I ate even fell into that category.
I’m ashamed. I should relinquish my baker title. Just kidding, Joseph would never let me do that after those cookies.
But I must move on, and wait until next year to redeem myself. I’ll set an alert on my calendar so that this tragedy doesn’t happen again.
Anyways, I started my new waitressing job last week (just in time too, as an evil tea latte spilled on my laptop keyboard and the repairs needed a new paycheck to cover them) at a local tea shop and cafe. I adore it. I’ve been a regular at this place since they opened years ago, and to get to work there is as close to a serving dream come true as I had. And I’m around tea all day, which for an Anglophile is basically akin to heaven. I’m getting to try a new tea, sometimes more than one, every shift and love coming into work each day. It’s a change from all my other serving jobs, but I have a really good feeling about it and am excited for a weekend of shifts.
They didn’t do anything special for Pi(e) Day either…hmmm…
And I got my ring back from the jewelers! It fits perfectly and is so beautiful. I kind of can’t stop staring at it catch the light and I get easily distracted. I love how official it feels now. I’m getting married!! So cool!!
To celebrate (or more like to use up something I bought at the Farmer’s Market a few weeks ago) I made Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough Bites. Healthy, with no added sugars, processed foods (unless you consider extracts to be processed), and they taste EXACTLY like oatmeal raisin cookie dough. Oh, and did I mention they are vegan and no-bake? And addicting as all heck. I’m usually really good about exercising self control, but these killed even me. I might have eaten the whole batch…second time this blog I am hiding my head in shame.
Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough Bites
oatmeal raisin cookie dough bites
- 3/4 cups chopped pitted dates
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp butter extract
- 1 tbsp almond butter (or peanut butter, or sunflower butter, or whatever kind you like, but I tried these first with almond)
- 1 tbsp chopped roasted almonds (or any nut of choice), or use whole and blend for longer
- pinch salt
- 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbsp rolled oats
- 2 tbsp raisins or currants (I like how currants are smaller and so every bite has a bit of that raisiny chew and flavor)
Blend dates and extracts in your food processor until they form a sticky ball, about 4-5 minutes. Add almond butter, and continue to process until combined. Add almonds, salt, cinnamon and oats, and process for 1-2 more minutes, until everything is sticking together.
Remove dough from food processor. Use you hands to fold in raisins.
Roll dough into 1″ balls. Refrigerate for about an hour so they can harden a bit. Otherwise they are super gooey.
Technically they will probably last in the fridge for a week or so since there are no perishable ingredients, but as the recipe only makes about 9 bites, they definitely won’t last that long. Mine last…one night…
As always, I added more vanilla and cinnamon than the inspiring recipe, because I love vanilla and cinnamon, and I seem to be unable to make a recipe completely following it. Or at least that is really difficult for me. Ooo! Brilliant idea…try making these with peanut butter and peanuts instead of almonds and chocolate chips instead of raisins. Deadliness just got deadlier.