Monthly Archives: February 2016

Are you a person of your word?

Being “trustworthy” comes to mind when you hear this question, right? Have you ever told someone you would do something and then not follow through? Me, me, me, a thousand times over, I was guilty of it. Last year, I set out to not make that mistake again. There were days when I’m sure I forgot to do something, and most likely let someone down. The effort is on-going and I make very consciuous decisions to not over commit myself.  I want my trust bank to be full, for my family and friends to count on me.

Are you reliable? It’s in that same “trust” category.  Are you the person who tells a friend, “let’s do lunch” then you never call?  Brenè suggests, experience those awkward moments of just saying, “It was nice to see you”, nothing else. Then move on, don’t commit to a lunch you never intend to schedule.

Take some time  to have your mind blown by Brenè and watch this video. You won’t regret it!

Brené  Brown: The Anatomy of Trust

Cupcake 💞 anyone❓

These are as fantastic as they look! This recipe was inspired by a Paleomg.com granola recipe I’ve used for years but have made it my own.  You can do the same by substituting with your favorite nuts and seeds. It would be difficult to mess this recipe up unless you forget about it and burn the granola mixture, which sadly I have done.

Nutty Cups

Ingredients: 

1 cup walnuts
1 cup slivered, unsalted almonds
1/2 cup unsalted sunflower seeds
1/2 cup unsalted pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup honey
2 TBSP maple syrup
2 TBSP coconut oil
1 tsp pure vanilla
1 scoop of vanilla whey protein powder
1 TBSP cinnamon
1 dash of tumeric
1/2 tsp Himalayan sea salt
1/2 cup Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate

Surprise! No “cake” is involved in this recipe but I think you knew that already! Read on, you won’t miss the cake.

Directions:

Preheat oven to bake at 325 degrees. Place all the nuts and seeds in a large bowl, pour in honey, syrup, oil, vanilla & mix well, sprinkle on the protein powder, tumeric & sea salt, continue to mix with a large spoon, place mixture on a large cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, spread evenly with your spatula for even baking, allow to bake for 10 mins. remove from oven, gently mix the granola by flipping, spreading it out again and baking for an additional 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven, allow to rest for 5 mins. Using  an ice cream scooper, fill in the scooper by pressing in the granola, then release a scoop in each decorative cupcake liner. (makes 12 cups)
Melt the Dark Chocolate chips on low, in a small saucepan on your stovetop or in a microwave dish, stirring every 30 seconds, should not take longer than 1 minute – 1.5 minutes.  Drizzle the chocolate over each cup. Now it’s time to serve them or gift them.

Also, I use as many local & organic ingredients as possible with the honey, maple syrup, nuts & seeds.

Please share your modifications below.

**On my second batch of Nutty Cups, I topped each with unsweetened, dried cherries (tart) that I dredged through the melted chocolate. Yes, a dark chocolate cherry, topped each cup and it was amazing!

 

Charge On

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Why, why, why does anyone need this anymore?

This outdated tool has sat on my bedside table because I have not been able to throw it away. Maybe it’s because of what it represents? You certainly have noticed that it is the older charger, right? If you have an iPhone 4 or older this is your charger. Do you notice that this one is still new, although it’s outdated?  Notice that it is still coiled up and there’s not any wear or tear on the components. No, I did not just buy it nor was it given to me. I came across it in my closet, as I was throwing out my old iPhone box, which felt heavier than what I thought an empty box should feel. Much to my surprise, this brand spanking new charger was in it!

Even though it seems like garbage since I’ve upgraded my phone, it made me think of the times I did need it. The times where I searched high and low for what I thought was my charger. I am sure I accused my husband and children of ripping mine off and leaving it somewhere. Hmm, never did I think that “Carrie” forgot it! And IN THE BOX, no less! So lame, right?!

There was a time not too long ago that caused this silly forgetfulness in my life. It was a “busy” time, when I chased my tail and I’m sure grumbled at others all the time, “where’s my charger? Did you take it?”,  “Did you leave it at your cousin’s house?” , ” Is My Charger in your room? Go check your room!”  This was not a happy time for my family and my kids even feared to answer me. They thought I would snap at them and would disengage from all conversation.

This charger reminds me that being too busy is toxic. It’s toxic for relationships with people you love and it keeps you from building potential relationships with others. Recognizing the important things under my nose was a real awakening for me.

I am thankful for this reminder and never want to be too busy for my family nor do I want to be accusatory. Which leads me to a different topic of taking responsibility for yourself.  That subject is definitely a post for another day.

CHARGE on readers & be the kindest version of yourself today. Your kids will love you for it and so will everyone in your circle.