Spring has officially sprung! We had a fairly mild yet rainy winter, but if you are like me you are ready to get out in the sunshine and enjoy the great outdoors. I know that I am a little stir crazy and so this week, that is what I did. I took a day and went to Oak Mountain State Park. I love this park. It has trails, a “beach”, archery, waterfalls, golf course (for those that golf) and more. I used to go here 3-4 days a week, but because life happens, it is hard to do that right now. It is by far my favorite place to disconnect, regroup and refocus and Tuesday was a perfect day to do it. It was a gorgeous day and it was perfect for a 4 mile trail run and then some reading and just soaking up the sun.
Spring 2017 – Yes please
One of the joys of being married is being able to cook for the Ginger. Currently, he has been working two jobs to bring in some extra money. That means that I get to create him dishes for dinner. This one is totally for the Ginger. 🙂 But it is paleo friendly, gluten friendly and depending on the oil used – dairy free. He really enjoyed it and it made enough for multiple meals which is a plus. I did pair it with mashed cauliflower and peas.
Artichoke Mushroom Braised Chicken
3-4 boneless chicken breasts
1 8 oz can of marinated artichokes drained
2 – 4oz cans of mushrooms drained
1 tablespoon of capers (optional)
1/2 medium onion diced
3/4 cup of chicken or vegetable broth
1 1/2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon coconut flour (or all-purpose flour)
1 teaspoon honey or agave
6 tablespoons of ghee, vegan butter or sesame oil
1-2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
1/2-3/4 teaspoon paprika (or more to taste) [Read more…] about Artichoke Mushroom Braised Chicken
It is amazing what can happen in a week. Right now, I am patiently awaiting the final grades of the Vegan Dessert class that I took. That’s right…I AM FINISHED!!! happy dancing 🙂 happy dancing 🙂 It has been a wonderful experience and in the future, I will be sharing some of what I learned. It has been an intense 7 months in the kitchen, taking photos and class work, but I am ready for a bit of a breather and a chance to write, create and cook what I want to write, create and cook. But now, it is time for me to get some sleep as the last week has been a lot of long hours and little sleep, but next time..a recipe is coming 🙂
Before I go, I leave you with this final thought:
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” ~ Harriet Tubman
Until next time,
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Yup, the above quote sums it up nicely. It resonates with me. It calls to me. Deep down in the pit of my stomach, I feel it. I have a purpose and a dream. I am going confidently in the direction of my dreams. They were placed in my heart for a reason. I have wants and desires and I am not necessarily talking about monetary wants and desires. For example, I want and strive to be the best wife for my Ginger. This is a role that I have never been in before and to be honest, was not sure I ever would be. Just like anything new, it has been a growing process, especially if one has 1. never lived with anyone outside of your immediate family and 2. lived alone for years before we moved in together. But each day, I put my best self forward, not just for him, but really and truly it is more about me. I want to be my best self. I am a business owner and I want to see that business grow. I want to be able to pour some of my profit back into my community, locally and globally. I want to inspire and empower others. I want to help others dream and to take that next step forward, even if it is a baby step or maybe even what feels like a crawl. I want to whisper to my inner child…go, go confidently in the direction of your dreams and I want you to do this as well.
Previously, I have always taken pride in a job well done. In giving it my all in whatever I do. In being that go-getter. Taking on projects, other peoples requests, sometimes ignoring my own needs and desires for the sake of others, working for others and working long hours at multiple jobs, sometimes with little to no reward. I said yes to things, when i should of said no. I took on more responsibilities, when really, it was in my best interest to just take some down time, a day off or a day to go and relax and have fun. I did not listen to my inner voice…my dream. I kept that dream silent and quiet at times. I made excuses as to why. I am sure that you have said them to yourself before, “I don’t have enough time, money, not good enough, what if i fail” and more. Sometimes, I even listened to people close to me, I listened to their own doubts, and letting them influence my own dream. Quenching it. Dousing the flames to embers, but not extinguishing them. Deep down the fire, the desire, it has been there my entire life. A little rebel, pushing the buttons and being outside of the “box”. I know that I was and am born for greatness. My greatness. I may not know entirely what path or direction, that will take me, but I know that I know. And that dream is alive. It is stirring in me. I can no longer quench it. The time is mine to act. I trust the process. I trust that God will guide me, go before me and be with me on this journey. [Read more…] about Go Confidently
Seven day detox. By the time that this blog is published, I will be on day three of my seven day detox.This detox was recommended by my integrative medicine dr, to start before I do a vigorous candida cleanse for the next basically three months.
The Core Restore. The 7 day detox. My friend and my nemesis over the next few days. For those of you that have done a cleanse or completed the Daniel Fast, then you know that it has its ups and downs.
What does the Core Restore entail?
It has a lovely powder shake that you can mix with water or unsweetened almond or coconut milk. You drink this all 7 days, morning and night. Then it has 2 different kind of pills, one that you start from day one, and one that you do not start until day 3. Again, you take them morning and night. The powder has a slight cherry flavor and I have only mixed it with water. I love real cherries, but not a huge fan of cherry flavors, even if it is all natural.
Then..there are the minor details and the eating plan. For the first two days you are supposed to fast, minus the pills and the shake that are in the core restore. Then the meal plan – limits you from sugar, processed foods, alcohol, soy, some veggies, gluten, corn and more. It definitely does not allow any of the main allergies that most people have issues with.