So it is day two of 2014 and the first day of "back-to-reality" for me. Winter break has come to and end and I am off to school this morning. I've just got to push through another half a year (with motivation from my purposes) and then graduation will be here in the blink of an eye I am sure. I am finally finished with sending out all my college apps (thank goodness!), but now the waiting game begins and it is already killing me! But this just reminds me that for 2014 I also want to be more mindful and present. I need to slow down, "unplug" (I really need to work on this big time), and savor each moment. You only live once and I feel like most of my days in 2013 we wasted with worries, stress, rush rush rushing (which was most of the time unnecessary), and I just want to have time to breathe now.
Since December 29th I have been taking just 5 minutes in the morning to meditate before I go downstairs to start breakfast. I turn off all lights, TV, sound (except I keep my fan on), I set my phone timer to 5 minutes, and turn that face down on the floor. I sit crossed-legged against the wall with my hands in my lap, eyes closed, and start to take deep breaths. I vary the breathing with different counts and different depths. I just focus on breathing, nothing else. I have been pretty good with keeping my mind focused on breathing and not something else that pops into my head. If it does I just push it to the side and tell myself I just need 5 simple minutes. I really like it even though I always scoffed at the idea of mediating, I think I could get used to this. It feels good after to slowly open my eyes and start the day with a little more peace. So I want to add this to my morning routine and keep it as a purpose for 2014. I think I can do it and I think I will majorly benefit! It has only been a few days, but I will do periodic updates on how it is going once I have hopefully stuck with it for awhile. I want to learn more about mediating now and have started doing some reading and research so we will see what happens (only good right?).
And I need to get back to reading real books again. I actually read more then I though I would this break which I am so happy about. My brother got me this great book and I am loving it so far. I forgot how good it felt to read a book and not a blog 😉 So anyway, segway now into some cookie talk! This is the dessert recipe I made for Christmas. It was the first time I have ever made cookies from scratch in my life and I think I nailed it! I loved them and they are so super healthy, soft, and delicious. So it is kind of hard to call them dessert, but we will just roll with it, right? They are totally vegan, gluten-free, and allergy-friendly of course and full of clean real ingredients. I am talking quinoa flakes, pumpkin, unsweetened cocoa powder, and of course cinnamon 😉
Soft Spiced Cocoa Pumpkin Cookies
Ingredients: (makes 9 medium cookies)
+ ¾ Cup Quinoa Flakes
+ ¼ Cup + 2 TB of GF All Purpose Flour (Buckwheat or Brown Rice would work lovely as well)
+ 2 TB Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
+ 1 Tsp Baking Powder
+ 4 Packets of Stevia
+ ½ Tsp Pure Bourbon Vanilla Extract
+ 2 TB Unsweetened Almond Milk
+ ½ Cup Pure Pumpkin Puree
+ ¼ Tsp Ground Ginger
+ 1 Tsp Cinnamon
+ ¼ tsp Cloves
+ Preheat the oven to 350°F.
+ In a large mixing bowl combine all the dry ingredients and whisk together. Then add all the wet ingredients and stir to combine completely.
+ Form the dough into a large ball in the bowl and put the whole bowl in the fridge to chill for 15 minutes.
+ Next, prepare a greased baking pan. Take the dough out of the fridge and roll into balls. I made 9, but you could always make them larger or smaller, it is all up to you! Before placing each ball on the baking sheet flatten it a bit to form more of a disc.
+ Then place the baking pan in the oven for 10 minutes. Once done, remove the cookies and let them cool completely on a wire rack before storing in an airtight container.
I can't even remember the last time I had eaten a real cookie. And I ate these three days in a row. So good and so healthy 😉 These are those type of cookies that can be eaten for breakfast too. I use all those ingredients for my pancakes, bakes, and quinoa flakes every morning anyway, this is just a new form and a secret between you and me when you serve them to others as "dessert"! 😉
And be ready for some really awesome things from the blog in the next coming months. I have a huge back load of recipes to share and post ideas (that still need to be written), but I am really excited to start sharing them with you! I am ready for great things and great changes. I have a feeling my memory jar is going to be bursting (and I am planning on writing something for each day as well).
So tell me:
Do you mediate or are you curious and want to start?
What was the last book you read?
Anything you want to see from me on the blog? Let me know in the comments or even shoot me an email @ email@example.com, I would love to hear you thoughts and ideas!
*Shared on Ricki Heller's Wellness Weekend*