Thursday, February 2, 2012

Salted chocolate chip cookies. And my hair.

You guys are just awesome in my book.  Did you know that? Loved your responses to yesterday's post.  Love you so!  
 Okay, so what better way to kick of February but with some salted chocolate chip cookies?  I am telling you.. when you're gluten free it's a challenge to find the right one.  I used my friend Lissa's recipe (also posted below) because Miss Lissa knows her stuff.  The only things I did to vary her fantastic recipe, were use regular sugar, fair trade chocolate chips, (pictured above so those of you asking me what the packaging looks like can see) and sprinkled some coarse sea salt over the dough just before baking.  I keep hearing all about this idea of sprinkling sea salt on top of your chocolate chips and wanted to try it out...  
 People.  I may never go back.  I don't know who came up with this, but it's genius. Try it.  Do. Something about the salt and chocolate get together and it's like a caramelly thing.  I can't explain it.  My man (who isn't gluten free) actually thinks these are the best chocolate chip cookies ever, with the sea salt on them.  
Now, on to my hair.  Last year, I did countless stupid things.  But by far the stupidest one of all... the one I can't even fathom that did to myself... was cut off about seven inches of my own hair.  Seriously.  If I heard about a woman who did that to herself, I'd probably write her off as so ridiculously stupid I couldn't possibly understand her motives.  Only... I did it to myself.  I was so tired of being in a place of no movement in our life situation, that one night I just picked up my sewing scissors, looked in the mirror, decided something was changing, and chopped.  And because I'm not insane, I actually knew the very second the hair fell to the floor that I would regret it for the rest of my life.  (Okay, or until it grew back.) Anyway... it's been a tough year for hair in my world.  I've got a lot of grays all throughout, (yes.  I do) and had been dying it boring old brown for three or four years straight.  Don't get me wrong, I loved being a brunette.. but the upkeep was driving me nuts.  The second I'd see a line of silver at my roots, I'd start racing to the store for hair dye.  (Vanity.  I know, I know.) 
Anyway... I began thinking about it over the past few months... not wanting to make any more rash hair decisions, and finally made the plunge to go blonde-ish again.  I like both... but I'm so happy to have a change.  So happy to lighten up.  I hope that's the way 2012 is going to go for me!  Lighter... I also got my long bangs trimmed just a little... I love them.  Not really a full bang, just a swoopy piece of hair.  I'm amazed at what a fun hair apt. can do for your heart, aren't you?


I'm afraid to ask you guys what you think... but... um... what do you think....? By the way, I hardly ever wear it straight, but my hair dresser does such a good job that it's fun to come home with hair styled a little differently than how I normally do it! (If you live locally, and want a good recommendation, let me know... I love my hairdresser to pieces.)

Are you in need of a new hair change?  Is anything keeping you from taking the plunge? 



Gluten Free, Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 cup room temperature butter
2 c rice flour
1/4 c cornstarch
2 T tapioca flour
1 t xanthan gum
1 t salt
1 t baking soda
1/4 c sugar
1 1/4 c brown sugar- firmly packed
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 egg + 1 yolk
2 c chocolate chips
Coarsely ground sea salt

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Combine rice flour, cornstarch, tapioca flour, xanthan gum, salt, and baking soda in a medium sized bowl and combine by stirring with a whisk. Cream sugars and butter together slowly pouring in the vanilla as it's creaming. Then add the eggs. Mix until combined.  Slowly add your flour mixture and mix until incorporated.  Fold in chocolate chips. Roll into 1 inch balls and bake on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle a pinch of coarse sea salt on top of each ball of dough. Bake for about 9-10 minutes,and while still warm, sprinkle just the tiniest bit more sea salt over top of cookies.

78 comments:

  1. I lovelovelovelovelovelovelove it!!!! Absolutely beautiful. Good decision. And I, too, am looking forward to a "lighter" year. Enjoy your day!

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  2. Love your "new" hair. Love, love, love it! It looks great!

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  3. it's GORGEOUS! so fresh! {and you had unlikes and silly negative emails about your chocolate post? sigh!} some people! :)
    have a beautiful day!!

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  4. You are adorable no matter what you do! However, I do LOVE the lighter look on you!

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  5. You look beautiful!!!!! Love the new "do" and the color!!!!!!

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  6. You look gorgeous! And who in their right mind would disagree with your last post?? Please be encouraged that you did the right thing by writing it - thank you! xxx

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  7. As I looked at the before picture, I thought, oh no-please tell me this girl didn't go blonde. But when I scrolled down a little farther I was in love! You make such a great blonde- one of the few gals that can genuinely pull off either color. It looks amazing...you are adorable. Good for you!

    P.S. We are a gluten free house and the cookie recipe looks wonderful...my hubby will love it! :) Thanks for sharing! XO

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  8. lissa does know her stuff. yummo! you look gorgeous friend. i like the new blondie in ya. we could be twinkie's now...ha!

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  9. LOVE it!! The blonde highlights look great on you!

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  10. Your hair looks great.Love it.Bright and happy.Youve got great hair.Love it straight.

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  11. Your hair looks great, you're gorgeous! :) I just can't imagine anyone having anything negative to say about your post yesterday, you posted it because you care and want to help, and that was obvious. Have a great day today!!! :)

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  12. Your hair looks amazing!The cut and color are perfect!! In Oct. 2010 I did locks of love and mine is still growing out (taking forever)!! That took some major guts to cut your own!

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  13. Um those cookies look amazing and so do you!!!!! The new hair looks fabulous and right on you...good choice :)

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  14. Your hair looks great! I'm getting some highlights next week and I can't wait!

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  15. Your hair looks fantastic! So glad you made the change FOR YOURSELF!

    The cookies sound divine!

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  16. I really like your lighter locks...the brown is a good look too but I think I like the blonde best....my hairdresser tells me the older we get the lighter our hair should go...so i've been following that advice for about 8 years. Next trip I'm getting my "summer" highlights....gotta keep those grays at bay!

    Judy

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  17. You look stunning - love it! And thanks for the cookie recipe. Somehow I missed yesterday's chocolate post and I can't believe anyone could have a negative response. IJM is incredible for what they do, I'm so glad you reminded me about them. I think a gift to them would make the perfect Valentine celebration. I don't see too many heart shaped boxes of fair trade chocolate. Enjoy the new you, it's going to be a great year!

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  18. I LOVE your new hair do. You are so pretty to begin with. Your eyes leave me speechless. I'm glad you feel happy! You look amazing as either a brunette or a blonde.
    I'm going to try the cookies, they look devine. Thankfully we have a very forward thinking woman in our town who opened a little café that supplies ONLY FAIR TRADE coffee, tea, cane sugar, honey and CHOCOLATE. I live in a tiny logging town where the main industry is (of course) logging, and CPRail, not a lot of opportinity for thinking outside of the box so to speak. A very meat and potatoes kind of town, so when someone does something as fantastic as this wonderful woman has it's iffy. Thankfully it has been well received and it appears we have some real coffee connoissers among our loggers and railroaders! I too can't believe anyone would have anything negative to say about your post yesterday! It is clear that it came from the purest part of your heart! Don't ever change!

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  19. LOVE the new 'do'! Having had many hair disasters in my life {my kids love to look thru old pictures}... I know that hair can be a tricky thing to deal with. You made the right decision! Looks great. Enjoy the new look!!!

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  20. I LOVE your hair. I'm a hair girl - LOL - and I'm always check out other people's hair - you totally rock as a blonde. As far as the chocolate, I LOVED the article - it was from the heart and that's what matters. I hope I can find those chocolate chips here in Florida - do you think Whole Foods Market would carry them? That is now on my to do list for Saturday. Be blessed and have a great day blondie :)

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  21. Love it Sasha..its so much lighter.Beautiful!

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  22. Love it!! Fab hair and those cookies -- wish I had one right this minute!


    janet

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  23. Lookin' good! You look absolutely stunning! That hair color totally suits you! Just beautiful!
    And now I want cookies for breakfast and to make a hair appointment!

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  24. LOVe it!!!!!
    can't wait to try the cookiesBlessings

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  25. I love your hair! And I agree with the commenters when they say that you really are pretty enough to pull off whatever you like. Truly.
    If I had your hair (yes, I have hair envy) I'd wear it long and be so excited!
    Today I'm cutting my hair off pixie-style. It's straight and really fine hair, and I've had it short before, but today is the day it all goes off---just like I had it in college. I'm excited for your new year and for me too!
    (and thanks for the post on fair trade---never knew all that.)

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  26. Beautiful!! And I can't wait to ry out theose cookies.

    Uhm, and, am I missing something? Because WHY would anyone be upset with you caring enough to have compassion on children who are being treated as slaves for chocolate? I truly do not even understand people. Seriously. You are awesome, and have an amazing heart and spirit. Ignore those "unlikers' on FB and negative emails. Some people are just unhappy and like to share. You rock!

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  27. Love it! I am a brunette and am doing something different in March, your going lighter looks great, and I would love to know your hairdressers name (im in your area)- thanks!

    krystal
    krystalj83@gmail.com

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  28. Oh, u would have told me I was silly too!!! I let my hairdresser do the same with her scissors!! It has only been 3 months and just has grown a few inches, never again will I allow that again! But, the grays were appearing faster than the color could keep up! Great idea to go a shade of blonde, never have taken that step! You look great!

    Blessings,
    Debbie

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  29. I think your hair is beautiful. It so bright and cheery and suits you. Also love the cut.

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  30. Love it, love it, love it! You were always beautiful, but it really compliments your skin and eyes!

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  31. You look BEAUTIFUL! I love your hair both colors. You have gorgeous hair and your skin tone can pull off both color, but I'm really loving the new look... so light and fun... a great change!

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  32. Love the color! Love the bangs! Love it straight! It's so fun to change things up a bit. xox

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  33. Okay, am I going to be the only one? I think you look better as a brunette! Don't hate, I have the same coloring--I need contrast. Even Angelina Jolie looks better brunette.
    Love, love, love your blog.

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  34. oh, it looks so gorgeous. and, it doesn't even seem new to me. like this is how you always should have been...do you know what i mean? i love it.

    and lissa's recipes are so good. i just had the spicy thai chicken last night, i could eat that everyday!

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  35. I love it! It's super cute!

    It's nice to have a change every once in a while...I just chopped off nine inches last month (not ME, I had the stylist do it, lol) and besides missing my ponytail every day, it's been great! ;)

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  36. Beth- you're not the only one. My mother agrees with you. Ha!

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  37. I've been so busy with school this week that I haven't had a chance to read your blog. So glad I took a moment to read your blog. I missed so much. First, Congrats on your new niece. God bless her, she is precious. Second, heart breaks at knowing that a child is being forced to work for my indulgences. I will look into this further so as to not buy from chocolate makers that use slave labor. Third, I love your hair blonde. You look great. Have a great rest of the week and weekend. I'll be checking back into LMM soon.

    Jessica

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  38. Wow I really like your hair! I finally made the jump to go blonde about a year ago and I definitely love it a lot more than being a brunette. I feel like I can get away with wearing less makeup now and even though I have to dye it more often, I don't mind it as much as I thought it would. Good for you for making the leap!

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  39. Stunning! Love it! And I'm so proud of you for your post yesterday, I can see how it makes some people uncomfortable the truth is scary sometimes and ignorance is bliss but you stepped outside your comfort zone and chose to be brave, that is what makes a difference!

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  40. Love your new hair- both the color and the cut!

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  41. You almost pulled a Britney good thing you stopped at 7 inches, the color looks great! I've tried salt on my cc cookies it did indeed make them better. Try a little salt on your hot cocoa YUM!
    Have a great day!

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  42. Hi Sasha,

    Have been following your blog, not sure where I found it, on someone else's blog, but I love your blog.

    I like your blonde hair and the straight style is good too. It's great to have a change, I think. A good haircut and color can do that for you.

    I too went lighter, but not blonde, my husband is not a fan of blonde so I have a med brown with some blonde highlights. I had chopped my hair REALLY short, not quite pixie but close. Now I am growing it out into a bob style, that I think will be great.

    Good for you for making the change. Sometimes you just gotta do it. Hope that 2012 is a good year for you.

    Molly

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  43. First off, those cookies are going to be made quite soon around here! Yummmmmm. As for the hair...it is gorgeous! I have done nothing with mine except run to the store when I see a gray and darken it...that is AFTER I cut it myself with my sewing scissors...hmmmm....I sense a trend here. I have a big wedding in May to attend in May and have already made my hair appt. in hopes it will have grown out enough to do someithing with ...oh, and I am going back to being a blonde. Thanks for letting me know I am not alone. :-)

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  44. you...look...so...CUTE!!! i love your bravery. i've never dyed my hair. although, i've been finding LOTS more gray hairs than i'd like to admit. I"M 29!!! this should not be happening to me!!!

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  45. Love the color and the cut. Changing ones hair can be so refreshing and revitalizing. It's good for the soul!
    I have been growing mine out (It's now below my bra strap in the back). I'd love to get it cut but it costs so much stinkin' money. I've been thinking about looking in to a hair school that might need people to try their skills on. It's just hair after all... right?

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  46. I LOVE IT! You look so cute! I used to dye my hair all the time. After I had my son, I was tired of wrestling with my hair that I cut it all off! I know...right. Big mistake. So I've grown it back now, longer that I've had it...and it's my natural color. I'm not sure whether to take the the leap to adding color back in. So much maintenance. You look great...and thanks for the info on the chocolate. I've been sharing it with everyone I know. Something I was completely clueless about. It seriously broke my heart.

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  47. Your hair looks great!!! Your one of those lucky people who can pull off blonde and brunette well.

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  48. I'm trying those cookies ASAP! Never thought of adding sea salt but I bet it's so yummy!

    Your hair looks cute! I'm trying to be patient and grow mine out to the necessary length to donate it but it's been over a year now and I'm getting restless.

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  49. Loving the new hair Sasha! hugs, Margie

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  50. Oh...and I agree about the Chocolate Chip Cookies sprinkled with sea salt...once you do it...you will never go back!

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  51. I LOVE your hair! I've always admired your hair, even when it's dark. ;-) Seriously, it always looks really healthy. My hair is dark too and I have tons of grays all over. I've been thinking about getting highlights, but in the meantime, I've been dying it myself, a boring brown. I do need a change though. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  52. You rock it either way: ) Beautiful--grays are my issue too: (

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  53. You rock Sasha! I look to be inspired and to learn about our world. So the chocolate post was great, and if it changes just one person or at least each of us stop and think about it before purchasing - that's a positive. And love love your new hair color.

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  54. I really like your hair like that! super flattering! I just dyed mine brown recently and i feel a bit mousy. It's just long and brown. I wanted to look like the girl on footloose but sadly it's just me with brown hair. :) ha!

    Thanks for the support too by the way! I may have to try this sea salt thing. what is it about salt and sweet that just makes the best combination ever???

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  55. I will have to try them, never thought of that! Just read about the chocolate, I had no idea, thanks so much for sharing this!
    Love your hair, it looks adorable!!!

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  56. Now that I am gluten free I am always on the look out for gluten free recipes for desserts....and you never fail you always share a good gluten free dessert. Those cookies look divine.

    Love your hair. The softer color looks great framing your face and yes it is always nice to try something fun and different. I did the very same thing the other day at my hairdresser's as well. You get a little pep in your step cause you just got pampered kind of feeling...LOL, at least that's how I feel when I leave. : )

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  57. love the changeup ~ but then I think you'd look cute no matter what colour your hair was ~ it's the eyes that capture me and yours are so big and beautiful

    ps bought my first fairtrade chocolate bar today ~~~~~~

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  58. i only had a couple minutes and almost didn't check your post today, but when i saw the title and 'my ahir' in my sidebar i went, carp!@ now i have to check and see what she's done! LOL. it looks so good! i'm 31 and have never colored my hair! i wish i had the nerve! the cookies look yummy! and i'm newly gluten free!

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  59. SUPER cute! And you should invest in a straightener if you don't already own one, staright looks good on you!

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  60. The cookies look scrumptious, but your hair is to die for! Oh my goodness it's so pretty, not that it wasn't pretty before. Lovely lady, lovely family. Blessings to you.
    Tonya
    Oh, I know I'm mostly silent. I think I have emailed you once and maybe comment on here once. I do peek everyday though. Your in my thoughts and in my prayers!

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  61. sasha...you are an amazing woman. you might not know it, or remember me, but you have single handedly helped me through quite a few aspects of my life since i started reading your blog a few years ago. you helped me on my journey to get my now 7-year-old diagnosed with aspergers. he is amazing and it was all because of you. your chocolate post....i am for it and i have passed it around to all of my friends, such a great insight into another life people never even think about. i am going through a rough time in my life. i am going to be 33 this year, i have 3 small boys, i work from home, i am the housewife, i am everything to everyone and i am losing myself. life is tough for everyone and everyone we pass is silently fighting their own battle. i need a change and your hair is inspiring me. when i met my husband 14 years ago i was a bleach blonde. however, my natural hair is so close to black it's crazy. i need a change. your hair is beautiful, i love the color, love the straight, love it all. and p.s. i have cut my own hair in a "fit of rage" of sorts when life just gets too "boring". You are never alone and being a part of your blog makes me feel like i am not either. thank you mrs. sasha...you are a true inspiration ♥

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  62. Wow! That color and style suits you perfectly! Beautiful!

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  63. First of all the cookies look yummy..sea salt! Going to make them this weekend.
    Second..you look beautiful..love the color. I too cut my hair off about a year ago..so sorry I did it. Changing my hair is letting it grow. Patience..
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    shabbywhitesandmuddyboots.blogspot.com

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  64. Most of the time I usually like someone's hair one way or the other. I honestly like yours a lot both ways! 2 different looks that look just as great! Here is the important question... Which does your husband like the best?

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  65. I am a little late to the party, but I LOVE your new hair color!! Looks great on you too!! :) God bless!

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  66. The new hair is FAB! I usually like a darker color with your beautiful eyes (makes them "pop," you know?) but the lighter hair is very becoming, too!

    Thanks for the cookie recipe, I'm going to try it. I've always been a fan of salty/sweet flavors!

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  67. I love your hair cut and I love your blog. I look forward to receiving it every day.

    Thanks for sharing your life with us in words and pictures!

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  68. I love your blog! I just discovered it the other day! I absolutely love your 365 project! My kids are getting older, & much more independent. We're a few years away from the empty nest, but thoughts of how quickly it will go by are tugging at my heart strings! I work full time, & have been involved in years of kids activities etc. I love it, & will miss these days! I keep thinking..well maybe I need a new hobby! I'd love to try painting on canvas, or some sort of mixed media art. Your blog really inspired me, & I'm going to something just for me! Oh, & thank you for sharing your chocolate story! I'm going to purchase fair trade from now on! :( P.S. You adorable! You look a bit like Kasey Buick from KaseyBuick.com (lola b):)

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  69. Just found your blog and you are amazing,,,love your hair! but especially the last bible verse you posted from Isaiah. Hang in there, baby, it will only be better from the hair moment on!

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  70. Love it Sasha!!! It is soo you!!!

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  71. Thanks! The cookies inspired me to make a batch of mini chocolate-chip cookies, only with all brown sugar and chocolate pieces, as we had no choc. chips. My husband said they were the best he'd ever tasted. And they are gone. No evidence whatsoever.

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  72. Love your hair it is a great color ! BTW I made the cookies and they are soooo good. I made them in a bar pan and put a little sea salt on the top ! So good !

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