Raw, noun: 13. unrefined sugar, oil, etc.

This afternoon I'm baking vegan snickerdoodles.

Started the day teaching a little gentle flow.  Then got my fix in a great asana practice with Nicholas G.

Hit the local grocery, and now, it's rain, wind, and more rain, and a helluva lot of cinnamon and sugar.

We have kind of a packed next day and a half, so I'm glad for a few hours to just be home and cornstarch-covered.

Which I definitely am.

This is a really easy recipe.  I just mixed the dough, wrapped it, and stashed it in the fridge to chill for an hour or so.

Snickerdoodles are really just sugar cookies rolled in cinnamon sugar, so I figure they'll do fine as a guinea pig recipe for my fab new Yummi Yogi cookie cutters.  We'll just sprinkle them with the cinnamon-nutmeg-allspice blend instead of rolling them in it.  (Rolled-out cookies usually work better after refrigerating the dough a bit before busting out the rolling pin, though.  This is a convenient fact for those moments wherein you realize you actually don't have one and need to either use a massage foam roller or run to the store to get one.  Like right now.)

In the meantime, check out these two cool ideas from Amy over at Yummi Yogi.  Inspired by these striped variations and their metallic brothers.  Next on the baking-project list, for sure.

Classic Stripe variation:

Modern Metallics variation:

While we're being all domestic and shiznit, can I just mention the pure joy of Mrs. Meyer's Iowa Pine scented handsoap?  (Swear to god, none of this is product placement.  Pet peeve of mine and many I love.  These are just holiday-esque little touches that are making my winter season that much more festive.)

But seriously — I picked this up on a lark the other day whilst powering through Whole Foods and it's such a lovely evergreen scent that I'm trying to find excuses to wash my hands.  Simple pleasures.  So fragrant.  Just a hint of pine on your hands.  And named after my brethen, no less.  Perf.

Enjoy your Saturday.  December, I'm glad you're here.

Update, 4:04pm:

Snickerdoodlasana.  With a side of cinnamon-sugar.  The place smells good.


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