“The grass is green where you water it,” this is my new life motto, thanks to Sherrie for pinning this quote last week. Isn’t that the truth? If you see a patch of green grass, that means someone has been watering and caring for it. If you hop on over to run and play on the the luscious green patch but don’t take care to water and maintain it, the grass will turn brown and die. Much is the same for if you are standing on a patch of dirt full of dormant seeds. You can complain how ugly that patch of dirt is and wallow at its seemingly low potential, or you can get out that watering can, activate those dormant seeds, and create a beautiful patch of green grass right from under your feet.
The last year we lived in southern California I accumulated a list of dislikes. We were having the hottest year on record, and living in someone’s attic apartment with no AC was trying me to say the least (even though it was so cute). The high population, traffic, heat, and feeling as if vocationally we were in a deep rut all festered inside of me until they consumed my every thought. I was no longer able to appreciate the gorgeous coast, living five minutes away from the great Pacific ocean, the abounding fruits and vegetables I had at my disposal year round, our sunset bike rides overlooking the back bay, Disneyland, our garden, the beautiful plants, and the smell. Oh that coastal California smell. I began to idolize Colorado, thus demonizing California. I dreamt of a cooler climate, less people, and the mountains. Idols are a dangerous thing – they consume you, rob you of your happiness, and make it impossible for you to forgive, let go of bitterness, and see clearly. Three months ago we moved here to Denver, Colorado, and started something new. We weren’t sure if we would stay, but then wonderful opportunities grasped us and we made it home. But my heart still felt heavy, something was weighing on me. Last week I woke up feeling elated, something had happened. Forgiveness. The letting go of bitterness towards California. I began to see all that we had, all that I loved, and now all that I missed. To say I miss California now is an understatement. However, I have to be careful because I now walk on very fragile ground. This is idol territory and I will not let what happened in California now happen inside of me here in Colorado. I mustn’t idolize my old home and thus demonize my new one. I need to be completely here and see where the wind takes us. This is a little bit of my story this past year, I hope it inspires some of you struggling with idols to guard your hearts. Water the ground beneath your feet, see if grass will grow.
During the hotter months in California I would make this raw chocolate pudding and sometimes eat it for dinner when I just couldn’t bring myself to cook or eat one more raw salad. I would make it a few hours before I wished to enjoy it and let it sit in the freezer. It basically turns into fudge-sickle-pudding and is my absolute favorite. Here I topped it with whipped coconut cream and, yes, dessert dukkah! After making my own savory dukkah a few weeks back I was inspired to try to make a sweet version. It is by no means traditional, but it is darn tasty and should be sprinkled on everything that contains whipped cream and/or ice cream, I think. Seeing as next week is love day, and since I’m missing California, I thought I would make these as my sweet of choice. I will have his sweet of choice coming at you next week. This is the best chocolate pudding I have ever made, or had, to boot. And its RAW! I’m super stoked to be sharing it with you today. And of course, I have a few Saturday links for you as well below the recipe of inspiring bits and pieces from the inter-webs this past week! Happy weekend!
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Tid-Bits: Feel free to toast the nuts before grinding/chopping for an extra layer of flavor. I decided to keep this recipe raw by forgoing it, but I bet it would be delicious. This pudding recipe is easily doubled or tripled, just make sure to eat it within one day.
Makes one happy serving, or two cute servings (pictured above). You will have extra dessert dukkah and whipped coconut cream.
1 medium avocado
2 tablespoons cacao powder
pinch of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup plain almond milk
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 cup raw macadamias
1/4 cup raw pistachios
2 tablespoons raw cacao nibs
2 tablespoons dried coconut
1 teaspoon coconut sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 can full fat coconut milk chilled
drizzle of maple syrup
Make the pudding by simply blending all the listed ingredients together and then chilling until ready to serve. I typically like to chill mine in the refrigerator (or freezer for more of a fudge-sickle-like consistency) for a few hours before serving. Just place in an airtight glass jar in either said chilling device until you are ready to dig in. Best if eaten within 1 day.
Make the dukkah by roughly chopping the nuts (for a coarser texture) or whirling them around in the food processor (for a finer texture). Toss with the remaining ingredients and sprinkle on all things dessert dukkah worthy, such as this whipped cream topped pudding. Store extra in an airtight container in the pantry.
Make the coconut whipped cream by chilling your can of full fat coconut milk for 24 hours, or longer, to allow the cream to separate from the coconut water. Open and scoop out the thick cream, transfer it to a bowl you have had chilling in the freezer (for at least 10 minutes before whipping), and whip with a beater for 4 to 5 minutes (or until nice and fluffy). Add a drizzle of maple syrup while beating to sweeten the cream a bit. Serve right away or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to use. It may thicken/harden more in the refrigerator and require a few minutes of thawing on your countertop before serving. Best if used within 4 to 5 days.
Top your pudding with coconut whip + dessert dukkah and ENJOY.
This quote from above.
Taking notes, cause this has always been on my bucket list.
Cannot wait to try this new gluten free flour.
Listening to this band non-stop this week.
Happy 125th birthday year Yosemite! You RULE.
This bedroom. <3
Loving my new cutting board, pictured above, by Cattails Woodwork!