Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Where to begin???
I think I'm at the point where I don't even know where to begin. The past couple of weeks have been really bizarre for me. I haven't had a computer in weeks due to some hard drive issues which put my computer in the shop and then we had crazy power outages due to heavy storms and then I went out of town for a girls weekend with my grandmother. So, that leads me to here...

I have been practicing letting things go the past couple of weeks. My work depends a lot on me having a computer and I don't like being so disconnected that I open my email and realize that people have been trying to get in touch with me. It was a little stressful, but things are back up and running so we are good to go. I missed keeping in touch with my friends too! I realize blogging is not the most important thing in the world, but I like catching up with my blog friends. Being disconnected is one thing, but people get a little freaked out when you disappear too long. Thank you to everyone that checked in on me. It really means so much to know that people care about you and get concerned when you aren't around!

This past weekend was a complete girls weekend for me and boys weekend for my guys. I escaped to Raleigh, NC to visit my most amazing grandmother!

My little granny is such a bright spot in my life and we enjoyed an entire weekend of pjs, movies (love stories! - British version of Pride and Prejudice was definitely watched), fresh fruits, fresh vegetables and tons of great conversation! I know, we like to play on the wild side!

It has been far too long since I saw her last and I will not let that happen again! Life is too short not to spend it with the ones you love!

I also discovered how much alike my granny and I are...more so than I thought. She has the yellow version of my blue retro bowls! I felt so at home eating from my favorite salad bowl. I know I'm crazy, but I have my favorite dishes that I use over and over for certain things. I know Kristin gets me!

There has also been some playing in the kitchen. Not much, but a little...

I started playing around with my socca recipe. I added oats, egg and baking powder for fun to see what would happen. So, guess what happened? A fluffier, crisper version of socca happened. This comes together so quickly and it was exactly what I needed!

I made a bigger batch for pizza too!

Peppers, tomato, onion and fresh basil from my garden (just the basil from my garden, but I'm working on the rest)!

The great thing about this recipe is that you use equal portions depending on how big you want the flat bread, to it's really simple!

Chickpea Flatbread

1/3 cup quick oats
1/3 cup chickpea flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
pepper (to taste)
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/3 cup egg whites
1/3 cup water
1 TBSP apple cider vinegar

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Spray a bread pan with olive oil. 

Combine the dry ingredients and then add the wet. Stir to combine. Pour the batter into prepared pan and bake for 20 to 25 minutes. 

I love it crispy so I baked it a little longer. Go for the 20 minutes if you're going to top it and eat it pizza style. I went with half cup measurements for the pizza and baked it in a 9 inch cake pan. 

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posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 1:21 PM  
  • At May 22, 2012 at 1:35 PM, Blogger Cotter Crunch said…

    i feel ya! but glad you had that time. it is more precious that emails. And i am glad you reconnected with your grandma. Keep the good meals coming, no matter if they are repeats.

  • At May 22, 2012 at 1:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    good for you!! letting go is sometimes exactly what our soul needs:) your socca pizza looks fabulous -- can't wait to try. thanks for the recipe!

  • At May 22, 2012 at 1:55 PM, Anonymous Kristina said…

    I have been missing you, but unfortunately I have not been around to catch up with blog friends either :(

    life IS too short to not spend it with loved ones. so so true. glad you had a nice girls weekend, sounds fun! hope things smooth out, I definitely know the feeling of life in disarray.

    big hugs to you! XO

  • At May 22, 2012 at 2:08 PM, Anonymous Paige @ Running Around Normal said…

    Glad your hard drive issues are fixed! Hopefully the forced break was something maybe you needed to recharge? Just trying to look for the silver lining ;)
    Glad you are back! :)

  • At May 22, 2012 at 2:09 PM, Anonymous Amy B @ Second City Randomness said…

    I have missed the daily whereabouts! Thank goodness for fb. ;)

    Glad to hear it was a good girls weekend! And i love the bowls- I have some retro ones I wouldn't give up for the world. They remind me of home...

  • At May 22, 2012 at 2:23 PM, Anonymous nicole said…

    happy you had a great weekend and got to spend time with your gma.

    I need to make that flatbread pizza! looks so good!

  • At May 22, 2012 at 4:27 PM, Blogger Lisa said…

    Glad you had quality visiting time with your granny! There is nothing like spending time with people you love!

    The socca looks amazing....and I'm glad you are ok :-)

  • At May 22, 2012 at 4:28 PM, Blogger Heather Iacobacci-Miller said…

    I have that bowl in green! Pizzas look amazing (as always). And I'm soooo glad you got to visit with your grandmother. I miss mine so very much. And I'm still loving that haircut on you. Hugs my dear.

  • At May 22, 2012 at 6:04 PM, Anonymous Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said…

    So glad to see you back. But..you know, I recently have been spending some time away from my computer as well for some other reasons, but it has felt really good to take some time away!
    That flatbread looks amazing! I am definitely going to try that! And your sweet granny is only like the cutest thing ever!! So glad you were able to spend some fun girly time with her!!

  • At May 22, 2012 at 9:55 PM, Anonymous Pure2raw twins said…

    so sorry about your computer issues, glad you are back though :) we have missed you!
    spending time with loved ones it what life is all about!!!

    and that chickpea flatbread looks amazing!!! we need to get back into making that here soon :)

  • At May 23, 2012 at 7:40 AM, Anonymous Heather said…

    Aren't grandmas the best?
    I've missed seeing your posts in my Google reader!

  • At May 23, 2012 at 10:06 AM, Anonymous Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit said…

    It's so great that you got to spend time with your grandma. You're right, life's just too darn short not to spend time with the ones we love!

  • At May 23, 2012 at 3:02 PM, Anonymous Biz said…

    So glad you spent time with your grandma! All my grandparents passed away by the time I was 19 - I would have loved to know them when I was an adult!

  • At May 24, 2012 at 10:37 AM, Anonymous Alisa said…

    You two are so cute together!! So glad you are back online. I've been offline myself, so I didn't realize you had disappeared until I started looking at blogs again. Glad I didn't miss anything :) and it sounds like the break had its pluses!

  • At May 26, 2012 at 7:45 AM, Anonymous Simply Life said…

    oh that flatbread looks SO good! Loved that you spent this time with your gma!

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