So yesterday I did this thing called, “make a mess of my entire kitchen and house” and didn’t clean it up because “it’s part of my job.” You know, part of my job to make a mess and part of the job is not cleaning it up. See, I have this nice, neat and newly remodeled (thanks to a bajillion emails and major help from Kacia – I OWE YOU!!!) website but the measure of a good work day is how big of a mess I can make. And the not cleaning it up part?
I can only equate it to seeing a desk full of paper stacked high in the “finished” pile, or maybe even an empty email box.
Except I’m totally lying. I hate a dirty kitchen with the fire of a thousand suns. I’m considering injecting coffee intravenously so that I can just stay up all night and clean our flipping house, complete with washing stinky dogs and wiping down baseboards.
I think this may be my own special form of crazy sometimes…the instant spark to clean everything in sight, the want to to WANT to do it, and then laying on the couch instead. Waiting til the next day when surely it will make me just nuts enough to go through with the cleaning.
Am I the only one here? I think I may be rambling…in which case we’ll blame it on the intravenous coffee use that hasn’t happened yet. OY.
Anyway, back to reality for like 5 seconds here: these fig and pecan balls are SO GOOD and they took all of 5 seconds to throw together. Fun fact: when I was in college I was taking an honors class in the agriculture department (for the life of me I can’t remember what it was for exactly…) and the one thing that I remember from that entire semester is that some guy stood up at the front and said that if all we ever ate were figs and drank milk then that would be a diet that could sustain a normal human forever. He said that the fiber and nutrients in the figs were good enough to cover all the veggies and fruit we would really need, and that the milk would cover the fat/protein part.
Is it true? I don’t know…but if it means I get to eat more of these little guys guilt-free then I’ll take it. I didn’t mean to make them all paleo/vegan/gluten-free, it’s just what happened – and I think that all of us with all of our crazy diets can come together with love and harmony on this one.
Now I may or may not be off to clean my house. Or take a nap. Whatevs.
FIG NEWTON PECAN BALLS
- 2-1/2 cups raw shelled pecan halves
- 17 dried figs, chopped roughly (about 1 cup)
- 1/2 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 350. Spread the pecan halves on a baking sheet and roast them at 350 for 10-15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes, until golden and fragrant. Remove from the oven and let cool completely. To make the “dough” pulse the pecans in a food processor to break them up. Add the chopped figs and salt and let the food processor run for about 3 minutes to break everything down. It should be crumbly and sticky, so that when you pinch a bit of the mixture (with the processor off of course!) it sticks together. Roll the balls into tablespoon-sized balls and refrigerate for about 1 hour before eating!