“So it’s true, when all is said and done, grief is the price we pay for love.” ― E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly
I agree, but you know what? It’s a total bargain.
As some of you know, my beloved bulldog, Zoe, crossed the Rainbow Bridge on Sunday. I’m grateful that although she’d grown weary and we knew it was time, she experienced joy until the end, for the lessons she taught and continues to instill and, most of all, for having her in my life—yes, that present tense was intentional. For years I’d wondered how I could possibly go on without her; now I realize I’ll never have to. While I miss her profoundly, she’s a permanent part of me, and the grief over her passing, as deep as it runs, is minuscule compared to the love she gave and inspired.
So rather than talk about the sadness today, I’d like to celebrate Zoe’s life with one of her most cherished things: FOOD! The below recipe was one of Zoe’s favorites. As far as cookies go, they’re healthy and tasty—for humans, too. They also happen to be vegan and, depending on the oats you use, gluten-free.
Zoe’s Peanut Butter Pumpkinheads
**Important: These cookies must be made and eaten with love and joy. Zoe wouldn’t have it any other way.
- 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
- 1/2 cup raw sugar
- 1/4 cup oats
- 1/4 cup pure pumpkin puree
- 2 Tablespoons flax meal
Heat your often to 350 degrees F. Mix all of the ingredients together then drop the dough by teaspoons onto a baking sheet, spaced about 2 inches apart. Bake them for 10 minutes, pulling them out to flatten them lightly with a fork halfway through. (If they’re really wet after 10 minutes, give them 2 – 3 more minutes.) They’ll seem really soft, but will firm up as they cool. Wait a few minutes before moving them to a cooking rack or parchment paper. This recipe makes about 15 cookies.
If you’re considering getting a pet, I hope you’ll consider rescuing an animal who desperately needs a home. It’s true what they say: rescues rescue us. If you have a pet, please give them extra hugs for me.
If you’d like to do more to honor Zoe’s memory or kindness to animals in general, please visit APeAction.org. Without Jill Gasparac, the woman who runs it, I wouldn’t likely have had Zoe to begin with. She and her associates, particularly Zeke, who walked Zoe when we were away, are absolute angels. You can like them on Facebook, donate money to their cause and more.
Thank you for letting me share Zoe with you and for the continual love and support. You are such a gift! ♥