Dear Diary,

It was 4:00 am, and I couldn’t believe I’d forgotten to unplug my alarm clock!  I knew I wouldn’t be able to go back to sleep; so I looked at my boss’s email.  The subject line read: “A savvy woman knows when to say when!”

The email read:

“I’m closing shop effective immediately!  I’ll donate any and all leftover provisions to a food bank kitchen.  Please put your keys through the mail slot by the end of business tonight.  In addition, you’ll receive a check worth six months salary plus a generous bonus for being such dears and seeing this as a win-win situation!  I will now dedicate my time and attention to my new business venture: The Savvy Woman’s Business League Of North America with franchise opportunities available in: India; The United Kingdom and Australia.  I hope and trust you too will find something suitable to your respective passions.  While this is indeed short notice, you’ll understand the logic after you’ve read my forthcoming book, A Savvy Woman’s guide to Business; Education; Art and Love– The 10 essential reasons for staying the course or ‘turning on a dime.'” 

I was genuinely happy for my (former) boss and emailed her a heart felt “Thank you” note.  She wrote back and asked, “What will you do?”  I answered, “I don’t have any definite (long term) plans nonetheless my sister invited me to join her and her family on an around the world sailing adventure…  But, today I’m baking cookies!”

“Perfect Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies (vegan option, grain free, gluten free, dairy free)” recipe by Texanerin Baking

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Dear Diary,

After I finished making: 100 cookies; 50 loaves of gluten free (grain free) bread; 3 roasted turkeys; 2 hams, and marinated the cucumbers, my boss came running into the kitchen.  She was in a panic and said, “OMG… I forgot the petits fours… you have to stay late and make something, anything that can be made into gluten free petits fours!  I’m sorry but they have to be made tonight!!!  You can’t leave now.  I absolutely forbid it.  Have your neighbor feed your cats.  They’re stray cats– they don’t belong to you anyway… Let them fend for themselves.  Let them eat cake…  A night of hunting will do them some good.  And get that worried look off your face!  I can’t have the Mayor’s wife eating food filled with your worries.”  I swallowed and shook my head.  I wasn’t worried about the cats.  Honestly, I didn’t really think of them as mine (even though I had named them).

I was worried about petits fours.  What could I use to make gluten free petits fours?  Then I noticed the ton of bananas sitting out and decided to google: gluten free baking with bananas.  I found a recipe for “Paleo Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread” by Rachel Conners.  All I had to do was: make 10 of them; cool them; cut them; prepare a dark chocolate ganache and make candied violets as a decorative topping.  Best case scenario: I’d be done by 2:00 am.  Then I could rush home to feed the cats…

“Paleo Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread” recipe by Rachel Conners