Posts tagged cookies
Spiced Sesame Date Cookies + On Redefining “Healthy”

The only thing that I am not ready for are the posts and articles that continue to pop up everywhere that are talking about how to have a “healthier” holiday this year. What does that even mean? It always seems to be about how to cut back, control, label and define your consumption.

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Fluffy Frosted Eggnog Cookies (vegan)

I have only ever spent one Christmas away from home. It was in the midst of my 9-month backpacking adventure and while I was lucky enough to be among old family friends in a beautiful little crescent of northern Norway, it just wasn’t quite the same. I had a lovely time in their Scandinavian cabin-like home, surrounded by dramatic icy waters and snow-laden mountains, lighting candles in the long dark hours and making the most of the 3-4 hours of sunlight.

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Chocolate + Walnut Thumbprint Ghriba

It is a common cliché to have a chat about the weather when you have nothing else to talk about. However, I would like to preface the following weather-related chat by saying that in Tangier, each season brings a weird beast of its own and winter is most definitely something to be talked about. 

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Pumpkin, Date + Almond Butter Stuffed Moroccan Tea Cookies

Back in my days of traveling solo, I used to fancy myself a sort of lone wolf. A wandering, independent woman who enjoyed her own company and didn’t mind if people came and went, simply passing through until the next adventure. The idea of finding and settling into a community was not in the forefront of my mind back then, but it has been emerging more prominently in recent years. 

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Brown Butter and Roasted Cashew Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies + 10 Remedies for Homesickness

It is pretty amazing how sometimes when I am walking around the streets of Tangier, I’ll pass by a freshly washed store-stoop and the smell of that particular cleaning detergent all of a sudden sweeps me back to the basement of a friend’s home in Minneapolis where we used to play with American Girl dolls all afternoon. The smallest scents, sights and sounds have the ability to send me time-traveling and hit with a wave of homesickness.

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Halwa d'Tmar (Moroccan Date-Stuffed Cookies) + A Virtual Midsummer Potluck for Peace

Living in a foreign country often involves picking up certain new habits and customs, nestling them into your daily life. Upon moving to Morocco, the first word I learned in Arabic was Salaam aalikoum.

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Moroccan Almond + Semolina Coconut Cookies | When Words Fail

Since learning to write poetry at a young age, I have fallen in love with the beauty of words. The satisfaction of certain sounds merging in humming perfection and meaning something that possibly has the power to effect emotional change. However, while I will always have that love and curiosity about the way letters can come together, something happens to it when you move to a foreign country and all at once find that your beautiful words fail you.

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Dark Chocolate, Date + Salted Almond Cookies

“There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.” -Vincent Van Gogh. Three years ago, I had just moved to Morocco and started blogging again in this little place I called Half Full Travel. 21 year old me wrote the following statement for my annual Valentine’s recipe and tribute: “Here's the deal. I'm pretty young. And as much as some of these women here in Tangier would love to marry me off to a nice Moroccan man asap, I'm really in no rush to fall for any one person. The way I see it, you don't go searching for those kind of things. They usually catch you off guard.”

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Maple-Glazed Chai Biscotti with Candied Ginger

I keep sitting down to write and all that comes out is the randomness and scatteredness of my mind these days. I’m filled with nothing but images, drinking in my family while I am here with them and relishing the snowy crisp Minnesota days. 

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