Thanksgiving fail, Ayurvedic win

This is the story of a major Thanksgiving fail, but Ayurvedic win. 

For Thanksgiving last week, I wanted to make fun mini caramel apple bites on a stick! So cute and mini-sized to go along with some of the heavier desserts. Perfect! 

There is nothing Ayurvedic about these, btw. 

Around 11am on Thanksgiving (after the parade! *jazz hands*), excitedly, I went to work. I didn't burn the caramel!! And that's the only good thing that happened.

Watch this 4 second video to see the results of those sassy apples...

Never make mini caramel apples. Just don't even do it. No matter how cute the Youtube videos are, they lie. It sucks. 

Ok, so. In a panic, I scrapped the cute little disasters. My husband calmly said, "What do you know how to make that's tried and true?"


"My chewy ginger snaps!"

I ran to the closet, grabbed my book, In Your Elements, and flipped to page 155. RECIPE!

{stomach sinks} Uhhh...I don't have powdered cloves, only whole cloves. 

But I can do this! I just pretended I lived in a different country and started crushing them with a mortar + pestle. Crush, sift, crush again, sift again. And in 5-10 minutes I had 1 1/2 tsp. of powdered cloves. Winner!

Below is the recipe from my book In Your Elements (makes a rockin gift, btw). Be sure to use fresh spices — that is key! The ghee will keep them soft, so play with cooking times. 8 minutes makes a very soft cookie, almost too soft. They are flat cookies, not fluffy. The spices and ghee give a nice digestive boost and they are super good!! 


6 tbsp. room temperature butter
6 tbsp. ghee (use code: BLOOM10 for 10% off)
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1 egg
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp. powdered cloves
2 tsp. powdered ginger
Optional: Candied ginger for the tops

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter, sugar, and molasses. Add egg and mix. Stir together flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger in separate bowl. Add flour combo to the mixing bowl and mix well. Spoon blobs onto cookie sheet and bake for 8–12 minutes (8 minutes is very soft in my oven). Immediately after pulling out of the oven, place some ginger candies on the top.

The lesson: an epic fail lead to a better path. 

Now, these were just cookies, but I bet you have countless stories of failure that ended up WAY better than you expected. 

I was proud of myself for not losing my cool. I didn't swear, I wasn't grumpy, I told myself, "Have faith in the flow. Stay in the flow." Flow is not always the expected, but fighting it throws you off course.

Take a moment to write down 5-10 instances that seemed to suck but then actually turned out better because of that fail.

Those will be a reminder that when things seem to suck, there's always an alternative. Always!! Especially during holiday when we are zooming a million miles a minute, multitasking and trying to squeeze a lot in to a short amount of time.

Hold your faith. You are stronger than you think you are.

You can figure it out, whatever it is. 

Go make some cookies this weekend and vow to never ever make mini caramel apples. Keep bringing Ayurveda to life!




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