All posts by Josh Harrison

I love photography and travel. Anytime I have the opportunity, I jump on an airplane and head out on an amazing adventure.

Paleo Pumpkin Cookies

I never intended for this blog to be a cooking/baking blog, but I’ve been having so much cooking and creating delicious foods that fit my new lifestyle. Losing 56 pounds and feeling so much better has been a huge motivator. While I do love a fresh piece of fruit after a delicious, healthy meal, I sometimes crave some of my favorite junk foods. So far, I’ve made pumpkin brownies, and now I’m trying pumpkin cookies. I love pumpkin, no matter what season it is.

Ingredients:

  • Coconut oil – 2 tbsp melted
  • Eggs – 3
  • Vanilla extract – 2 tbsp
  • Maple syrup – 1/4 cup
  • Pumpkin purée – 1 can (15oz)
  • Coconut sugar – 1/4 cup
  • Almond flour – 1 cup
  • Coconut flour – 1 cup
  • Baking soda – 1 tsp
  • Almond milk – 1/2 cup
  • Pumpkin Spice – 1 tbsp
  • Cinnamon – 1 tbsp

Let’s Get Started:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the coconut oil, eggs, vanilla extract, maple syrup, and almond milk.
  3. Add pumpkin purée, pumpkin spice, and coconut sugar and mix well.
  4. Stir in both types of flour.
  5. The mixture should be nice and gooey. Spoon out into golf ball-sized balls and space evenly on a parchment-lined cookie sheet.
  6. Place on the middle rack of your oven and cook for about 10 to 15 minutes.
  7. Once done, let cookies cool on a cooling rack. Cookies should be nice and soft. If you want crunchier cookies, let them cool on the cookie sheet.
  8. DEVOUR THEM!!!

Give these a try and let me know what you think. I hope you enjoy them!!

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Paleo Treats

Something a little different for my neglected blog…

Josh’s Paleo Pumpkin Autumn Oat Things

Ingredients:

3/4 cup Almond Flour

3/4 cup Arrowroot Powder or Coconut Flour

1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder

2 cups Coconut Sugar

12 tbsp Coconut Oil

3/4 tsp Salt

1 cup Gluten Free Rolled Oats

1 cup Pumpkin Purée

1/2 cup Cacao Nibs

2 tbsp Vanilla Extract

1/2 cup Almonds (Whole or sliced)

1 Egg

2 tbsp Strong Coffee (room temp)

1 tsp Pumpkin Spice

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a casserole dish with Paleo-friendly oil (i used coconut oil). Line with parchment paper.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk almond and arrowroot flours and baking powder. Set aside.

3. In a medium saucepan, melt the coconut oil and add coconut sugar over medium heat. Stir often. Once mixture is well combined, set aside and let cool. When mixture is cooled (room temp), add egg, vanilla, and salt.

4. In a large mixing bowl, combine the coconut oil/sugar mixture with rolled oats, coffee, pumpkin spice, and pumpkin purée. Add flour/baking powder mixture, cacao nibs, and almonds and stir together.

5. Pour evenly into casserole dish and bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Use a toothpick to test the middle. If done, toothpick should come out clean.

6. Let them cool. Cut and enjoy.

Sailing

The summer has been crazy gorgeous this year, and I’ve been finding different ways to go out and enjoy the sun.  It’s pretty easy to find things to do around Seattle, and one of my favorite parts about living here is all the water we live around.  I came across an Instagram account for a company on the Waterfront called We Sail Seattle, and booked an hour and a half sailing excursion.  I had an incredible time!  I even attempted to catch everything on my new GoPro, which I had never used before.  I still have a lot to learn about filmmaking.

There were about 35 people on board the sailing yacht on Saturday, including myself. As someone who suffers from chronic back issues, I should have been in line to board first to get a more comfortable spot on the boat. I ended up at the very front, which had its perks, but also its downsides. I had an amazing view of everything, but I was sitting cross-legged on a hard surface with no back support. I’m not complaining, by any means, but simply pointing this out to anyone who may also have issues.

The weather was beyond perfect!  Beautiful, blue skies, and tons of sunshine.  It does get a chilly on the water, so take a jacket, no matter what time of year you go.

I can’t say enough nice things about We Sail Seattle.  The crew and staff were very friendly, and I will gladly go on other excursions.  Visit their website at www.sailingseattle.com for their most current prices, schedules, and excursions.  I paid $36 for an hour and a half.  There’s also a 2 hour sunset sailing for a bit more, which I will definitely try out before the summer is over.

Love Where You Live

I usually hibernate near the air conditioner during the summer, because I usually hate everything about it. I hate the crowds, the sunshine, and most of all I hate the heat! Give me clouds and rain any day! This summer is a bit different, though. I’m enjoying being out in the sun, and walking around the city and various open green spaces. 

When I travel, I always remember that I’m an ambassador for where I live. I cannot say enough great things about Seattle and the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Here are some pics I took with my iPhone today while out and about: 

Is There Such Thing As Too Much Disney?

Short answer: no! However, I just returned from my 5th trip to Disneyland this year, and I found myself being less excited than the last few times. Perhaps, it’s time to throw in the towel and limit myself to one Disney trip every other year. For one thing, it’s expensive. For the same amount of money I spend on one single trip (includes Park Hopper Tickets, flight, hotel, and food), I could take a nice trip to Europe.

It is Disneyland, though, so it’s difficult to complain. I still had a marvelous time. The crowds were bearable, which I believe was caused by the kids still finishing up their last days at school. The longest I had to wait in line was an hour at the new Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout ride, which was AWESOME!!!!!!! That was the only ride I found myself planning to ride over and over again while I was there this time around.

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Here is my biggest complaint: it is so difficult to eat healthy at either of the parks on the Disneyland Resort.  After completing my first round of Whole30 in April, I have adopted much better eating habits.  At Disneyland, it is almost impossible to eat healthy unless you bring your own food.  I didn’t want to lug a bunch of stuff around, so I decided to take my chances.  Bengal Barbecue is the best option for meats and veggies, and there are some healthy snack options at various kiosks through out the parks.  But, I never felt satisfied, and getting a healthy meal at any of the sit-down restaurants was nearly impossible.

On to more adventures, though.  I have some ideas for more trips in the future.  I’d love to plan a kayaking trip before the end of summer, so we’ll see if that is possible.  With a full-time job, it’s hard to plan a big adventure like that for the weekend.  Scotland is coming up in March, 2018, which is really exciting.  I’d love to head over to the East Coast and revisit Boston, and take a trip up to Salem.  There’s so much more of this beautiful planet to see, and I hope you’ll come along with me!

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Solo Trip To Disneyland

I wasn’t sure if I would blog about this experience, but I’ve finally decided to.  Disneyland is one of my favorite places in the world.  Even though I’m 34 years old, I still find so much enjoyment in everything Disney-related.  I have a mounting collection of Disney movies, both live-action and animated.

When thinking of Disneyland as a vacation destination, one may think of it as a perfect place to visit with family or friends.  Walking through the different areas of the resort, a majority of the crowd was made up of families with children.  There were also the small groups of friends that decided to spend a day or two at the parks together.  Then, there was me…all alone.

Unlike my other solo trips to other countries where friends and family were worried about my safety, those close to me worried that I would be sad and lonely on this trip.  While I did kind of wish I had a friend or two there with me, ultimately I was ecstatic to be there on my own.  I had an agenda, and I planned to make the most of my three days at the Disneyland Resort.

There are many benefits to traveling by oneself to Disneyland.

  1.  Many rides have a Single Rider line, which is separate (sometimes through the exit) from the main queue.  This is a great way to bypass the sometimes long lines, which can occur at the really busy attractions.
  2. Cast Members (Disney park employees for those of you who do not speak Disney lingo) are more likely to strike up conversations with you, which can lead to fun Disney experiences.  For instance, I was given access to a special seating area for the Main Street Electrical Parade.
  3. While attending a Character Breakfast at my hotel, Mickey, Minnie, Stitch, Daisy, and Pluto spent extra time at my table, reeling me further into the Disney experience.

Those are just a few of the perks.  Traveling alone, I was able to spend as much time in the parks as I wanted.  I opened and closed the parks each day I was there.  Since I was staying at a Disney hotel (review coming soon), I had early access to the parks one hour before they opened to the general public.  Originally, I had intended to take a little nap at my hotel after or around lunch time, but I was too excited to be there.  I didn’t rest until I knew the park gates were locked and all the rides were shut down for the night.

Don’t be afraid to experience things on your own.  Yes, Disneyland might be a mecca for family vacations, but it treats its solo guests pretty well.  I can’t wait to go back!  I may have to try a solo trip to Walt Disney World to see if I can tell the difference as a solo voyager 🙂