I have a confession…coming into the new year, I did a lot of reflecting and I noticed that I've totally been putting self-care to the side. Sometimes it’s easy to get bogged down with making sure other people are happy or with how other people are making us feel when in reality we should be focused on how we make ourselves feel. Now don't get me wrong, self-care isn't a new revelation for me but it is something that I noticed has fallen to the wayside. I firmly believe that sometimes we need to detach ourselves from the day to day minutiae and just focus on our wellbeing, especially at times when the world around us feels heavy. Sometimes we have to make sure we're good before we can truly help others. What do the flight attendants say? 'Make sure your oxygen mask is secured first before helping others'." Now I'm not saying you need to be selfish but the thing is...self-care is all part of a cycle. When we're good to ourselves then it allows us to be good to others. When we take better care of ourselves then we can take better care of others. Sometimes we just have to find that island that the RZA speaks of in, “The Tao of Wu” and take care of ourselves to discover our true strength. Now trust me, I know it's not as easy as it sounds but self-care is so necessary.
"..and after you attain Love, then you have Peace, and finally you get Happiness – which is total and complete satisfaction with yourself. This means you realize that nothing and nobody else can make you happy. Happiness is something you get from yourself. If you’re completely satisfied with yourself, nobody can take it away from you” – RZA
Last year I learned about the Tao of Wu from one of my favorite podcasts, The Friend Zone. The Tao of Wu is written by the RZA. For those of you who don't know, the RZA is best known as the founder and leader of the Wu-Tang Clan. If you don’t know about the Wu-Tang Clan then…I really have no words for you. I LOVE The Tao of Wu. Not only is it an autobiography but there are so many lessons to take from it. Use is as part of your “ninja training” as Assante would say (The Friend Zone reference). Although we had completely different upbringings there are still so many things that resonate with me in this book. If you get a chance I definitely recommend you give it a read.
With all that said, I figured I would make these sugar cookies to pay homage to RZA. Plus! They're vegan so I know he would approve.
Vegan Sugar Cookies
- 3 cups flour + 3 tbsp
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 cup vegan butter, room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg worth of vegan egg replacer
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
In a medium bowl whisk together 3 cups flour and baking powder
Add butter and sugar to stand mixer and beat together using the paddle attachment. Once combined add egg replacer and mix again. Add vanilla and mix until combined.
- Add dry mixture into the wet ingredients one cup at a time until the dough forms. Vegan butter can be tricky so if the dough is too wet add more flour one tablespoon at a time. You should see the dough start to form into a ball.
- Once you get the right consistency, gather the dough and roll it into a ball, wrap it with plastic wrap and place it in the fridge to firm up. About 20 minutes or so.
- Preheat oven to 350 and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Roll out the dough to desired thickness and cut out cookies.
- Place cookie sheet in fridge for about 5 minutes. Putting them in the fridge helps the cookies keep their shape.
- Once they have chilled put them in the oven to bake. They should take about 7-9 minutes depending on thickness and size of the cookies. Add a minute or two as needed.
- Let cookies cool completely before icing.
Sugar Cookie Icing
1 cup powdered sugar
2-4 teaspoons of non-dairy milk
- Vegan food coloring*
Add powdered sugar, 2 teaspoons of milk and food coloring to a bowl. Mix together until you get desired consistency. Add more milk, if needed.
*Please note that all food coloring is NOT vegan. Especially red food coloring. If you look on the ingredients label you might see carmine, which also goes by the names crimson lake, cochineal, and natural red #4. This is a red dye derived from tiny crushed up insects. Which…even if you aren’t vegan why would you want to consume that? Anyway, I did a little digging and found out that Wilton icing colors are in fact vegan. Who knew?
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