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January 17, 2017

AVOCADO CHOCOLATE CHIP MUFFINS



Have some avocados that are about to go bad? Did you buy too many because they were on sale? No worries, I do it all the time. Instead of always making guacamole with it, I decided to try something else. I wondered if I could bake something sweet with them. I have been known for adding stuff to my baked goods like apple sauce, beets, zucchini, etc. However those are all flavors that can easily be hidden. I wasn't sure if you could really hide the distinctive flavor of avocado. I decided to do a little digging.

I wasn't the only one that wanted to try this out. I found numrous recipeies that had avocado in them but they still weren't what I was looking for. So I had to do some playing around to find what I needed.

I decided to mix the sugar, swap out some regular flour, add some of this and some of that. They turned out great. They were a hit and no one suspected something was up with them until they noticed a speck of green! Guess I didn't mash the avocado well enough....LOL.

Onto the recipe....

Ingredients: 

2 eggs
½ cup oil
1 ½ cups avocado (mashed)
¼ cup apple sauce
2 cups flour (1c all purpose, 1c whole wheat)
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
½ cup white sugar
½ cup brown sugar
¾ – 1 cup mini chocolate chips.

Directions:

1. Pre-heat oven to 350
2. Mix eggs, oil, vanilla, and sugar. Mix till creamy.
3. Add apple sauce, cinnamon, avocado, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Combine well.
4. Add flour in 1/2 cup increments making sure to get it all mixed in.
5. Bake at 350 for 15 mins, then lower to 300 for 8 mins or until done.

ENJOY!

January 16, 2017

REMEMBERING DR.MARTIN LUTHER KING

So many folks love to quote the I Have A Dream speech, but do you actually know the FULL speech. You should acquaint yourself with everything before, "I have a dream....".




January 12, 2017

READING LIST 2017


I've always been a reader but I've never been a focused reader. I wanted to change that this year. Plus it fits along with my theme of focus and growth. One thing I noticed about dedicating time to reading is how much better I feel afterwards. Almost like meditation to me. It is now a form of self care. Normally I jump around reading more than one book at a time, because of this I can never actually finish a book. It became upsetting and began to feel like I was hording books. I would buy a book, read a few pages, repeat over and over. 

Before the end of 2016 I decided to start taking on a minimalist approach to a good portion of my life and that meant clearing out books. That is what lead me to wanting to read with a purpose. I sat down and chose only a couple books I truly wanted to keep and read. I donated the rest to libraries and offered up others to those who wanted them for free (just shipping costs). I felt relieved they were going to go places they were needed and would actually be used.

Moving onto 2017, I made a choice that I would not get a new book until I have finished reading one whole book. I also decided unless I am hopeless in love with a book and need to feel it in my hands, I would only read a book via my Kindle. That way I didn't have the clutter in my home. With those choices made, decided to set a certain amount to read in a year. I have never done a challenge of sorts like that before, but I felt it would help me focus on keeping the commitment to read daily. 

My goal for 2017 is 12 books. How will this happen? Well I will dedicate 30 mins every morning (fits in with my miracle mornings) and 30 mins before bed (which helps me to relax for a good night's sleep). I even hopped on goodreads to keep my list of want to read books and read books. 

For those interested I would like to suggest two books that I have read numerous times and still love. First, Ishmael by Daniel Quinn. Second, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum. Both excellent books, filled with useful and sometimes thought provoking words of wisdom.

2017 READING LIST

In no particular order:
Top 5 Regrets of the Dying by  Bronnie Ware
The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
The New Jim Crow by  Michelle Alexander
The New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
The Hidden Life of Trees by  Peter Wohlleben
Love Warrior: A Memoir by  Glennon Doyle Melton 
The New Jim Crow by  Michelle Alexander
Enough by Patrick Rhone
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Find me on goodreads here. 

What are you reading this year? Are you part of a book club or doing a reading challenge? Let me know all about it!
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