earl grey orange tea cookies

Do you have a hobby? For the longest time, I didn't. I don't think I ever fully grasped the concept. I knew that it was always supposed to be something you did extra, something you did that wasn't supposed to be your future career. But it isn't supposed to be just that. Merriam-Webster says that a hobby is "a pursuit outside one's regular occupation engaged in especially for relaxation" or "an interest or activity engaged in for pleasure." Relaxation, pleasure - words that are sometimes foreign for a constant worrywart like myself.

Even with this blog, it's taken me an unusually long time to call this a hobby. When I started it out, I felt a little hesitant. I was worried about how much time it would take, and consequently how much time it would take away from school.  Ten months in, and I'm finally realizing how to fully embrace this little passion of mine. The blog feels less like a chore (and I have to admit, it definitely has felt like that at some points of this past year). Spending money on props and buying interesting albiet more expensive ingredients doesn't feel like a barrier, as long as I keep it all in perspective. And studying other beautiful blogs to learn about styling photos, reaching out to other bloggers, and writing up posts - those have become some of my favorite parts of this whole endeavor.

So if you ever decide to take up a hobby, I guess this is my gentle reminder to remember to have fun. Enjoy the moments and don't get too worried about being "too obsessed" or "not good enough." Because that is simply not the point. Laugh as you learn. Don't sweat the small stuff. Remember that you have to invest a little in order to gain a lot. And as long as you're enjoying yourself, you're doing it right.

Oh and the cookies. I wasn't sure what to call these. They taste somewhat like a macaroon and also like a biscotti since they're a little crunchy on the outside but then slightly chewy on the inside... a macarooti just sounded way too silly so I settled on calling these guys tea cookies. They are peppery, zesty, and not too sweet - good for a little pick me up when you get the sleepies around 3 pm (everyone gets those sleepies, right?) Dunk them into your afternoon tea or coffee and your day will magically get better. Happy Wednesday!

Earl grey orange cookies

1 cup fine cornmeal
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 teaspoons earl grey tea leaves, ground
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3 large egg whites
1 tsp vanilla
Zest of 1 orange

Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
Mix cornmeal, whole wheat flour, AP flour, salt, baking powder, earl grey tea leaves.
In separate bowl beat sugar and oil. Add egg whites, vanilla, zest.
Mix wet ingredients with dry ingredients.
Cover dough with plastic wrap and leave out in room temperature for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 F. Scoop onto parchment paper. Bake for 10 minutes.
Dip in white chocolate if prefer to do so! I kept mine naked but chocolate would taste so good.