Imagine me, Ms. Frugal, letting free coupons go unused. Three of them almost got away–it didn’t happen but it was close. Each paper freebie was good for a box of Erehwon organic graham crackers. We cashed them all on New Year’s Eve, the day before they expired. Robbie spent the first one when he shopped for New Year’s Day collards and black-eyed peas.
He would have gobbled the entire box in one spell. Except that the light bulb went on above my head, “I can make graham cracker pie crust and make chocolate honey pie–dairy-free to–and post it on the blog! Hey–don’t eat all the crackers–I’m going to make a pie with them!”
So late on New Year’s Eve, an hour before the store closed, we giddily cashed in the other two coupons. Thanks Erewhon and Attune Foods. We made chocolate honey pie, and Robbie ate a full box to boot. (We hid the last one from ourselves for later.)
Do you make New Year’s resolutions? Do you write down your goals for the coming year? Not me, I don’t give anything up for Lent either.
However, exactly a year ago I did set a goal, deciding to work towards a huge change in my life. And it happened! I made the transition from 30 years as pastry chef, to developing and launching a new vegetarian and healthier dessert blog–this blog! With tons of help from a life coach, I learned to define what I want, create the vision, and be open to new possibilities.
This week a favorite food blogger wrote about choosing a word to use as a central focus or guide in setting goals. Instead of writing down a list of goals, choose a word that signifies desires for the year.
My word for 2014? FLOW.
~ Flow is defined as motion forward, a supply of something that continues without stopping.
~ Let it flow. Flow a stream of appreciation, flood a list of thankful daily.
~ Let it go. Ride the river flowing downstream with the oars out of the water.
~ Repeat to self: Wonderful things flow naturally to me. I am abundant, blissful and enough.
Today I am grateful for sunshine, a healthy body, good friends, honey grahams and chocolate. What are you grateful for in this new year? Let us know in the comment section below the recipe.
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I've been known to eat this pie for breakfast 2 days in a row--it’s a sweet repeater. The crust recipe was printed on the box of graham crackers--it’s a good one. It’s supposed to line an 8” pan--but there is plenty of crust for a 10” deep pie plate and the filling is perfect for that size.
- 12 whole graham crackers
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 cup raw cashews
- 1 quart water
- ½ cup honey
- ¼ cup coconut oil, liquid or not
- 6 tablespoons arrowroot powder
- ¼ cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon instant espresso coffee powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon Real Salt
- Make the crust:
- Preheat oven to 350° F. In a food processor grind the crackers into fine crumbs. Mix in the oil and maple syrup, pulsing until incorporated. Press evenly into the pan, extending up the sides and forming a bit of an edge. Bake 10 minutes. Cool completely.
- Make the filling:
- Liquefy the cashews, water, honey, coconut oil, arrowroot, cocoa powder, espresso powder, vanilla and salt in a blender until very smooth.
- Pour into a saucepan. Over medium-high heat, whisking constantly to prevent sticking and lumps, cook the filling until it is thick. Remove from the heat, and let cool slightly, whisking a few times. Pour into pre-baked crust. Refrigerate until cold.
- Garnish with chocolate shavings.