Dealing with the Pain: Pumpkin-Fig Cookies

We all have bad days…it’s just a fact of life.  Things happen, and the important part is being able to cope in a healthy way.  Yesterday was one of those days for me.  I don’t know about you folks, but I eat when I’m sad.  Oh yeah, I can really down the food when I’m emotional about something.  If I am disappointed — bring on the chips and dip!  If I’m sad — pass that cheesecake!  Well, it has taken a lot of discipline…and a whole lot of time and adjusting.  It helps to be mindful of your situation; be hopeful…sometimes there’s really not a whole lot else you can do!  Well, that’s where my pumpkin-fig cookies come in…

Yesterday my Texas A&M Aggies fought hard.  They played against LSU and it was a good game.  It was intense, until the very last second (literally).  We were all so pumped…we were all so hopeful…but it just wasn’t in the cards, I guess.  Did that ruin my day?  No, but let’s just say it didn’t help what happened next!

Dear Jeep, I hate you.  We have been through a lot together.  I have been your faithful driver for almost a decade.  I hate to break it to you — but Jeep, you are failing me!!!  You are letting me down!!!  You keep me up at night, and stress me out.  You make me worry, constantly, and leave me no choice but to replace you.   

Yeah, so I’m having car trouble again.  I say it like I am surprised…it’s been going on for so long.  Yesterday when Jason and I were driving home from the game (yes, that we lost!) my jeep started to overheat again.  This time it was pretty bad.  Vehicle trouble is such a huge stressor.  I have reached the point where I fear even being alone when I’m driving.  I cannot even drive to the grocery store by myself…which you know breaks my heart because I love grocery shopping.

So how do I deal with the stress?  Well, there are a few methods I like to use.  Not everyone will agree, but I like to pray about it.  Even thinking about your problems/issues out loud helps.  The deal is that when it comes to things you cannot change…you have to be comfortable with letting go.  I used to get sooooo upset about stuff.  I used to let little things ruin my entire day; I used to mope around and cry and feel very sorry for myself.  It has taken a lot of time for me to change that around, but maybe it’s just part of growing older.  I fully accept that there are things that will happen in life, and it is not because you are deserving of bad things or that they serve as some sort of punishment.  The truth is (in my opinion) that there are trials in life.  They are geared to make you stronger, and if you can keep your calm and keep your faith during these times then you have passed the test.  Even if you don’t want to view troubled times as being trials in life — look at it this way, if you stay positive then really…what else do you have to lose?  You don’t have any other choice!!

Meanwhile, let’s talk cookies.  When the time comes, that something’s just gotta give — I eat sweets.  At least my idea of sweets won’t make me crazy.  I am still keeping up with my Fall baking.  I put out my Fall potpourri this morning and that made me happy.  Stupid Jeep.  I have my Fall potpourri Jeep, what do YOU have!? 

My latest creation: Pumpkin cookies that have chunks of dried fig.  Yum!!  Last night I did wash down a few cookies with some wine.  A very wonderful wine.  I did; I had two glasses only and saved the rest for a beef stew I plan to make later in the week.  That’s how I let loose…a few glasses of wine and pumpkin-fig cookies!  Find what works for you!



  • 2 c. almond meal
  • 1/8 c. coconut flour
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp. cloves
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 c. pumpkin puree
  •  1/4 c. coconut nectar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 5 dried figs, finely chopped



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  3. With a hand-mixer, beat all wet ingredients in a smaller bowl.
  4. Pour wet into dry and continue beating with hand-mixer until smooth and well blended.
  5. Fold in dried figs.
  6. Using a tablespoon, measure out batter onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  7. With a fork press the cookies down (you’ll get a nice cross-stitch look).
  8. Bake for 10-15 minutes.





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4 Responses to “Dealing with the Pain: Pumpkin-Fig Cookies”

  1. kate t says:

    hmm. sounds good. Thanks!

  2. […] works well.  After the car was giving us issues I threw myself on the couch with some of my pumpkin-fig cookies and a few glasses of wine – knowing that I could only have a few glasses because some would […]

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