Dare To Dream With Maple Carrot Cake!

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I was reading this quote this morning in a devotional, and it really struck me how God has planted these tiny seeds of faith and passion in my heart for the ministry that I’ve mentioned before which is human trafficking. Through that passion He’s ignited a fire to help keep me pressing on!

Think about it. Is there anything that you’re so passionate about or you want to give a shot but you’re so afraid to step out and do it?

I found myself, in the past, pulling back because of the war that I face continuously on my life in order to proceed. The constant battle in my health which resulted in another issue this week, the days that I spent in bed in pain, the times of my family barely could make ends meet, the pressure at school, the pressures at work and the horrible things that I’ve experienced there (right down to a man coming through my line and touching himself inappropriately as I was cashiering), as I’ve said many times before there have been times that I felt like I was going to completely throw in the towel, however, it’s when I took that leap of faith and given my dreams all that I’ve got, praying my way all the way through it, that I’ve seen more passion and energy coming through me to accomplish things that I’ve never been able to accomplish before… all by the power of God!

So, today aside from the aspect of recovering from what has been a lifetime of off and on nutritional abuse (both under and over nourishment) aside from the stories of my current trials and struggles (because I mean you think about it who out there isn’t struggling?), aside from this journey that I called life that I’ve invited you along for the ride hoping that somehow my story will help you find peace in the hands of God and courage to press on… today I want to encourage you (despite the giants that face you) find your passion because as a famous quote says:

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Yes, that was probably the world’s longest run-on sentence! Thank the Lord for blogs that allow one to break free from being too picky about grammar and sentence structure!

Anywho, I’m not going to run around saying I’ve done anything great because I haven’t. All I’ve done is take a step faith trusting that God will lead my way. I can tell you I’ve been afraid most of the way through, in pain most of the way through, and struggling most of the way through. Yet, you see… it’s through those struggles, pain and trials that I’m continuing to learn and see that in my weakness, God is made strong!

That being said, I now leave you with a recipe for a carrot cake mug cake that I came up with for my mom’s birthday!

Maple Carrot Cake Mug Cake

Ingredients

– 2 1/2 tablespoons oat flour

– 2 tablespoons grated carrots

– 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin spice

– 1/3  teaspoon baking soda

– 2 tablespoons vanilla almond milk

– 2 1/2 tablespoons  Justin’s maple almond butter

-1 egg

– 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup

Directions

mix ingredients. Place in mug and place mug in microwave for 1 to 2 minutes on high heat. Take it out of the microwave, drizzle it with a little make both syrup and serve.  I added a packet of wholesome foods Stevia to the mix for extra sweetness! Mom loved it , Little Dude loved it and I loved it!

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I hope y’all have a blessed weekend! If you get an opportunity to try out mug cake, please let me know what you think.  Just so you know I can’t take all the credit for this recipe because I went online and searched over several different recipes. One from land o Lakes as well as Yummily  and I found that most of them are quite  similar. I made minor adjustments and this was the outcome!

 

 

 

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Freedom in the midst of trials!

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Hey long time no blog , so I decided I should check in. I hope you all had a wonderful summer! Mine has had its ups and downs like a major rollercoaster! Finished Library studies, swimming, and yoga… And…  Had some plans to do a rather brilliant house sit, buuuuttt I had to cancel due to pain issues. You see, somehow… The muscles in my feet have had issues which have lead to tention and pain in my claves and hamstrings. The money that had been raised so far for the gofundme that my friend Becca set up has been helping me get chiropracric, acupuncture, podiatry, and massage therapy… I get advancements… Then a major set back leaves me hobbleing. Feels like I’m chasing shadows running from practitioner to practitioner just trying to get some relief. On top of it , in an effort to find out if it was nutritional my Dr did some blood tests and found out that I have a low white blood cell count along with a low blood clotting Factor. We’ve continued testing for about 2 weeks now and are uncertain as to what exactly it could be. While there are possibilities and I don’t want to name them at this time, I’m still waiting on the results. However…. In the midst of it… A MAJOR blessing was dropped in my lap! My friend Gabby works for a couple who has several cars. She told her employer about my situation, and as it turned out they had an extra car that they haven’t used in years! Gabby give me a call after service one Sunday saying that she needed to show me something and asked if it would be alright if she stop by and see me. When she came by that evening she and her husband brought over a car for me! A free car!!! Finally freedom! To go when I need to where I need to! I was so overjoyed! Ahhhhh! I still can’t get over it!

As for eating and weight issues… in all honesty I have trouble knowing what a real meal looks like. I don’t know if it has to do with the trauma I have endured over my lifetime, however when I sit dcan’tor a meal it seems like there’s chaos in my mind. I used to make such beautiful dishes… Now… Just a whole lotta mess! While I’ve gained weight… It’s not due to balanced meals. In the midst of it I continue to press on and try to break free from it.

Finally in the midst of everything , family drama hit once again… To spare you the details… I’ll just say… Count it all joy! With so much hanging in the balance… My world seems to be in utter chaos… Trying so hard to trust that God will help me make it through this coming semester starting in just a few weeks… Until then…. I’ll keep praising God for the prayers that have been answered and praise Him regardless of the pain I’m in. In closing I’ll say… Whatever your facing… God is right there with you! Don’t give up! Don’t give in! No recipe this time, however… I’ll share some reviews on a few products that helped me step out of my food phobia zones!

1. RXBars
Ughhhh! So, Trader Joes started carrying these jems and I’M HOOKED! My favorite is definitely the. Coconut chocolate (perfect partner for am coffee)! Blueberry takes a close second. However… Those are the only 2 flavors I’ve been able to get my paws on.

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2. Justin’s Nut butters!
I tried their maple almond, vanilla almond, hazelnut chocolate and… Hazelnut chocolate and vanilla almond tied for the taste test win!

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3. Gomacro bars. So, I only tried one being that it’s the only one I could find that was allergen friendly for me and…. It was amazing! Sweet… Not too sweet and very satisfying. I could totally partner it with a salted carmel oikos!

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So, how were these phobias? Well… All products contain fats (healthy fats) and Justins contains organic sugar. Being that I haven’t really been able to get a real workout in a while… Eating these was a HUGE step for me! Honestly, both are must haves in my backpack and glove compartment for between class snacking!
Weeelllll…. I hope y’all have tried or at least get to try these amazing treats! Have a wonderful summer (at least what’s left of it)… Until next post… ❤❤❤