Happy New Year!
I absolutely love the refreshing start of a new year. So many possibilities lie ahead.
Do you make a New Year’s Resolution list? I typically make one every year. I really enjoy looking back on the previous year and thinking about all the great things we accomplished and all of the challenges we faced. Then I sit down with pen in hand and scribble down a few things I’d like to focus on more throughout the following year.
This year I’ve chosen two words to pray about and focus on.
Peace, because I think far too often we get caught up in the craziness of this world and allow the chaos of it and other people to get us off track. Before we know it, we’re being pulled away from what’s really important and life just seems to rush by in a cloud of running around and living life to “just get things done or get it over with”. I hate that. As a Christian I know that I have all the peace I want if I could just slow down, take control of what I do and do not want, learn how to say “no!”, and enjoy it without feeling guilty. So much of what stresses us out, makes us dread a situation, or makes us feel like there’s never enough time, is all because we didn’t put our foot down when necessary or handle our time properly. Peace is a process and I want more of it.
Health, because for me it’s a struggle. Every day I am at some level of “sick” and although some days are certainly better than others and typically I function quite well even when feeling sick, I’m going to spend even more time focusing on the holistic, natural, healing of Lyme Disease. Much of this can be done with food, exercise, natural supplements and natural antibiotics. I’ll keep you posted and share what works for me.
On top of my two favorite words for 2015, I also make a little list of things I want to spend more time focusing on. Not a list to stress me out or overwhelm me, or make me feel bad. Little reminders of things I think have room for improvement:
1. Use my time more wisely.
2. Be more mindful of the words I speak and think. No more dwelling on an issue.
3. Pray more. About everything. All the time.
4. Really think about the “should-s” and “have to-s”. Necessary?
5. Choose wisely. All things. People. Situations.
6. Love more. Praise more. Laugh more. Relax more.
7. Let go of the heavy things.
8. More Joy.
So that’s it. Nothing fancy, or outlandish, or anything anyone cannot accomplish. But they are all things that sometimes fall by the wayside when we allow life to get messy or we forget who is in control.
I would love to hear your resolutions if you make them! Or things you like to focus on for a new year.
“And every day, the world will drag you by the hand yelling, ‘This is important! And this is important! You need to worry about this! And this! And this!’ And each day it’s up to you to yank your hand back, put it on your heart and say, “No. This is what’s important.”
Happy New Year to you and your families. Exciting things are ahead! Here’s to a healthy, joy filled, peaceful, 2015!
Lemon Blueberry Snack Bread
1/2 Cup of Coconut Flour
1/2 Cup of Arrowroot Flour
1 Tablespoon of Baking Powder
1/8 teaspoon of Sea Salt
Zest of 1 Medium Lemon
Juice of 1 Medium Lemon
1/2 Cup of Coconut Sugar
1/2 Cup of Full Fat Coconut Milk
1/4 Cup of Dairy Free Butter, melted (maybe coconut oil…I haven’t tried it)
1 Cup of Frozen Blueberries
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and Spray an 8 1/2 by 4/12 (5 cup) baking dish with coconut oil and line with parchment.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder, salt and lemon zest, and coconut sugar and set aside. In another bowl, whisk the eggs and coconut milk. Pour the egg mixture into the flour mixture and add the lemon juice and melted butter. Stir together just until combined, then fold in the blueberries. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 30-35 minutes.
*You can also blend coconut sugar in a high-powered mixer (vitamix) to make coconut sugar powdered sugar. I did not do that for this recipe just for aesthetic purposes. I wanted a white frosting rather than brown. I think if you use the coconut sugar then the whole recipe would be considered “Paleo”. But Paleo itself is a rather relative label.
About 1 1/2 Cups of Corn Free Organic Powdered Sugar
Juice of 1 Small Lemon
About 2 Tablespoons of Melted Dairy Free Butter
Depending on how juicy your lemon is, you may have to adjust the dry or the wet ingredients a bit. Whisk thoroughly until thickened and of spreading consistency. Not too runny, you only want it to lightly drip down the sides.