Monday, September 1, 2014

Marvelous in My Monday - The 'M' edition!

Happy Monday!
Happy Labor Day!
Happy September!

Guess what day it is?
(Wait...I already told you! Haha!)
Thank our beautiful host, Katie!
It's a busy holiday for everyone so I thought I'd make this quick, sweet and a little fun!

♥The 'M' Edition♥

M is for Miles.
So happy my IT band is healing; my miles may be few and slower than I am used to but I am getting them in.

M is for Michigan.
M Go Blue!
 The Big House was a sea of Maize & Blue!

M is for this Marathon Man!
I continue to be aMazed by this man and how patient he is with me...
(yeah, I am not the easiest person to put up with. I doubt he knew what he was getting himself in to! ♥)
He is 3 weeks out from his marathon and he is at peak training time.

M is for My baby (ok, it's a stretch!)
Standing on the upper deck, I make him seem so short but this guy is days away from being 16 and as tall as his Momma. I love this kid and missed him while he was gone with friends all weekend. Sophomore year starts tomorrow!

M is for Moves.
I will be the first to admit that my workouts have been slacking and they have been all over the place. New month, new goals, new drive and new energy. The curtsy squat is the booty's friend! Hips, saddle bags, booty and legs...the squat is the Queen of all Moves; get them in!

M is for Mango.
My last M is one of my favorites and I enjoyed this mango with some coconut milk yogurt and homemade granola with a sprinkle of raw sunflower seeds. So yummy and perfect post workout.

My friends, I hope you Labor Day Monday is absolutely Marvelous!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Clean 'Em Up Cowgirl Cookies

 *Due to some issues with the blog, this did not get posted over the weekend, I do apologize.
This recipe was originally shared on my recipe blog.
Definitely one of my favorites!

I can't believe how excited I am to bring you this recipe!

As I said before, I want to make it my mission to create recipes that are as close to the old fashioned recipes as possible. I call them my recipe re-mixes!

I don't think there is any recipe box that does not contain a recipe for some version of Cowboy Cookies, Ranger Cookies, or Everything-But-the-Kitchen-Sink Cookies. There is probably only one thing that they all have in common, and that is that they are all different.

Nothing beats a yummy cookie batter that is stuffed with all your favorite goodies.

This one may even top the list of your new, all-time favorite cookie recipes!

Clean 'Em Up Cowgirl Cookies
2/3 cup sorghum flour
1/2 cup teff flour
1/3 cup tapioca flour/starch
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup organic coconut sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened natural sunflower seed butter
1/4 cup unrefined virgin coconut oil
1 Tbs vanilla extract
1 large egg + 1 large egg yolk
1 1/4 tsp chia gel (3:1)
1 cup oat bran
1/2 cup unsweetened finely shredded coconut
1/2 cup millet
1 (10 oz) pkg Enjoy Life Mini Chips

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Put 3 Tbs water in a small bowl. Stir in 1 Tbs flax seed and let stand until thickened.
3. Put the sorghum flour, teff flour, tapioca flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk until combined.
4. Combine the seed butter and coconut oil in a small dish and melt them in the microwave (about 1 minute)
5. Using a stand or hand mixer, stir together the sugar and melted seed butter and coconut oil. Mix well. Add the chia gel and vanilla extract. Beat until well combined.
6. Gradually add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture, beating until combined. Add the oat bran and mix well. By hand, stir in the coconut,millet, and chocolate chips. It will be thick!
7. Scoop out dough and drop onto cookie sheet. Flatten to a bit less than 1/2 inch thick. The cookies are not going to spread, so be sure and flatten them to your desired thickness.
8. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the edges just start to brown.
9. Cool briefly on the baking sheet. Carefully remove them from the baking sheet and put them on a cooling rack. Let cool to room temperature.
Yield: Approximately 2 dozen.

{Kitchen Bits}
  • Feel free to add whatever you like. The recipe can handle about 3 cups of add-ins such as mini chips, raisins, finely shredded coconut, chopped nuts, oat bran, millet, etc. I wouldn't use more than 3 cups total.
  • Any nut or seed butter would work. 
  • I highly recommend adding the millet. It adds a surprising crunch that I think you will love!

I wish you Happy & Healthy baking!
Have a great day!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

I am me.

 *Due to some issues with the blog, this did not get posted over the weekend, I do apologize.

I hope you are enjoying your Labor Day weekend!
I am off to the U of M vs. Appalachian State game today.
I have shared this before but think it is wonderful.

“I am Me. In all the world, there is no one else exactly like me. Everything that comes out of me is authentically mine, because I alone chose it — I own everything about me: my body, my feelings, my mouth, my voice, all my actions, whether they be to others or myself. I own my fantasies, my dreams, my hopes, my fears. I own my triumphs and successes, all my failures and mistakes.

Because I own all of me, I can become intimately acquainted with me. By so doing, I can love me and be friendly with all my parts. I know there are aspects about myself that puzzle me, and other aspects that I do not know — but as long as I am friendly and loving to myself, I can courageously and hopefully look for solutions to the puzzles and ways to find out more about me.

However I look and sound, whatever I say and do, and whatever I think and feel at a given moment in time is authentically me. If later some parts of how I looked, sounded, thought, and felt turn out to be unfitting, I can discard that which is unfitting, keep the rest, and invent something new for that which I discarded. I can see, hear, feel, think, say, and do. I have the tools to survive, to be close to others, to be productive, and to make sense and order out of the world of people and things outside of me.

I own me, and therefore, I can engineer me. I am me, and I am Okay.” 
-Virginia Satir 

Have a great day!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Thinking out loud...oh my, it's a long one!

Good Morning!
It is Friday once again and can you believe it is almost September?
Such a crazy busy summer with all our travels; definitely unforgettable.
Up before the sun this morning with a whole lot of clutter on my mind.
I haven't felt too hot for a couple of days now but hoping things get a bit better today.
I suppose life gets a bit overwhelming at times.
When that happens, I tend to not feel well.
We all have ways of managing our stress, don't we?
It is one of those things that doesn't really have a 'right' solution; it is up to you to figure out what solution is best for you.
Sometimes our stresses are big old monster things and other times they are just bits and pieces that can add up and start to weigh you down a bit.
For me, I am at the end of week 7 of my 10 week term at school which means there is some burn out setting in.
I am job hunting, I have my kiddo that is starting his sophomore year, I still can't run the amount or distance that I would like to.
General stuff, every day stuff...
I suppose it may seem insignificant but when it creates a little pile in the center of your mind, well then you have to deal with it a bit.
I joke quite often about being a control freak and to be honest, I am not controlling but I do like to have a handle on things; I like things to go a certain way and no, that doesn't always mean that I need them to go my way, it just means that I like to have a plan because I am not a fan of surprises.
The last few days have been about trying to sort things through in my mind; trying to do what is best for me and for my life. My friends, those things won't ever come easy no matter how big or small they are.
If you have followed my blog for a while then you know that I am not serious very often and it is no secret that I make jokes when I feel awkward or uncomfortable.
One a face-to-face basis, I am often misunderstood because I pretty much suck at explaining myself when my feelings are involved. The more I try to explain, the more cloudy it seems to get and that can be pretty frustrating.
I am probably one of the most soft heart people around and the last thing I want to do is to hurt anyone's feelings or upset anyone.
I have had people take things wrong that I have said in the blog and in social media and I have certainly come across more than a few misunderstandings in my every day life.
Those things are never easy to manage.
I have mentioned before, a few times even, that I am a 'fixer'; I need things to have a fix.
It honestly doesn't matter what it is because I think there is a solution to everything.
I have chosen mental health counseling as a profession because I truly care about people and want to help them by empowering them and helping them to see what has caused the road blocks in their lives.
I realize that journey will not be easy for everyone and when I come across a person or situation that there appears to be no 'fix' then I am going to have to be able to manage that and move on.
I am a firm believer in Forward Motion.
As a matter of fact, it is a hashtag I use often and it is something I encourage others to do.
There is a quote that says:

“…everything has a past. Everything – a person, an object, a word, everything. 
If you don’t know the past, you can’t understand the present and plan properly for the future.”

 In the world of mental health counseling there are many schools of thought; several theories and there is no 'wrong' theory. Some theorists believe that our past is what holds us back, there are others that believe society is the root cause of one's problems, while still others focus on the present with little regard to the past.
Again...there is no wrong theory. Each theorist worked hard on what they have come to see as the cause of road blocks and stalled progress in a person's life.
For me, I feel that we are a product of many different things; genetics, environment, the past, society, our culture...
I feel that we are touched by many different things and we can not help but be changed by the experiences we have had. Those experiences are the past.
On a personal level, I can talk about the past when it is something I have moved on from.
I don't live there anymore.
Those elements of my past I can recall in the same fashion and with the same emotion as recalling a scene from a movie.
I have known people that are stuck in the past, I mean truly stuck in the past.
As I move forward in my studies, I am learning about what it takes to help people come to the present and cope with their past and I know beyond the shadow of a doubt that I have chosen the right profession for myself.

Where am I going with all this?
It's been a pretty strange week and I have been looking to 'fix' a few things and as trite as it may sound, I guess there has been and still is a great deal of soul searching going on.
Soul searching is tough business.
 My Yogi tea tried to help me out last night.
I took myself a little mental health break last night.
I unplugged from social media and I tuned in to myself.
Well, I even had some popcorn with yacon syrup and cinnamon.

Friends, soul searching is ok...It's a good thing.
Oh no, it won't always be an easy thing but it is often necessary and may take some time.
Be kind to yourself, be understanding of others.
Realize that not everyone is like you, not everyone thinks like you.
And you know what?
That's really ok, too!

Sometimes I blog about running and sometimes I just think out loud...
Thinking out loud felt very necessary today.

It is going to be a beautiful day and I hope you're ready!
Have a great day!