Posts tagged holidays
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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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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The Annual Transition: Looking Back Through 2016

It’s that time when everyone is doing year-end wrap-ups and I honestly don’t know where to even start. So much has happened this past year that I can barely wrap my mind around it all. Some people I know are calling it one of the worst years to date, and while I definitely had my train wreck moments, it has somehow brought me a contradicting sense of peace and fire-y ferocity within myself.

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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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Apple Upside-Down Basbousa with Orange Blossom Cardamom Cream

I have mentioned a couple times that I am pushing myself through National Novel Writing Month (granted, the election drama put me behind a bit), but I have not revealed what exactly I am writing about. Truth be told, I am not sure it falls under the category of “novel,” exactly, but more like a quilt of short stories, tied together by some over-arching theme that I am hoping will reveal itself eventually.

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