I’m laying in bed with pillows propping me up, the soft sunlight coming through the window. Its cool, its breezy. Its Friday afternoon and its felt like Monday all week. I’ve been ready for the weekend since the sun went down last Sunday. I have had to be “stiller” this week. Taking time to close my eyes and just breathe. Not looking at a screen, not thinking about a project, just breathing. I’ve had to go on more walks during the day, pulling myself away painfully from a to-do list, and immediately feeling relived once I take my first few steps in the sunlight outside. No bag, no phone, just my body. Really focusing on the movement and the breath. Its a powerful thing to do so. Its sounds annoying when I think about it, but the moment I give in and do it? I don’t want to do anything else.
This is how I got through this week. And thats okay. Some week’s I set out to conquer, with energy and drive. Other weeks I need to be still. Even in the midst of accomplishing tasks, finding time to be still and do the little things that help me reset. Like writing this post in bed. After scraping another bowl of peanut butter and coffee n’ice cream clean. After taking a walk in the sunshine. I really am so happy to be sharing this beach bar recipe with you this weekend. It reminds me of the beach in so many ways. The super finely flaked quinoa like sand, the coconut brings the tropical vibes, and the goji + mulberry mix tastes like sweet sunshine. The mellow cashew butter is the perfect compliment to the flavors mingling in these bars. I hope you have a weekend full of sunshine and rest with some yummy snacks. Now onto some links that caught my eye this week!
If I could have a few of my favorite food bloggers cook for me this weekend, I would choose Lindsey’s tahini and lemon asparagus soup, Sasha’s roasted cherry soda, and Ashley’s self saucing pudding!
As it says in this article, I’ve been finding that getting out for one to two walks during the day has been helping my mood and productivity a ton. A little sunshine and a dose of nature for a de-stressor seems to be all I need to reset a bit.
I loved this list of activities for introverts to get their energy back, its so true! These are huge helps for me, being someone who loves people but finds themselves completely exhausted by them too.
I stumbled upon this article while researching soy and found the information this doctor provided to be really helpful. As with most types of food, its about the quality.
I really, really want to learn how to do indigo dye! Who wants to throw a shibori party and invite me?
A little tune-age to send you off on this fine weekend by Autin Gibbs, the album “Charlie”. The guy who recorded the drums for this album may or may not be my husband **wink wink**.
3 cups flaked quinoa
1/2 cup coconut shreds (unsweetened)
2 tablespoons dried goji berries
2 tablespoons dried mulberries
pinch of sea salt
6 tablespoons pure cashew butter
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1 tablespoon brown rice syrup
1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
2 tablespoons almond milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Combine the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add the wet ingredients to a small saucepan and warm on the stove, while whisking, until smooth. Pour the wet mixture over the dry, and mix well using a large fork. Line a 9×5 inch loaf pan with parchment and transfer the mixture to the pan, pressing down evenly with the fork, and smoothing out completely with a spatula. Make sure to press down hard and evenly, packing the bars into the pan tight.
Place in the freezer for 15 to 20 minutes to set. Slice into 8 squares, and store in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to eat. Enjoy within 1 week.
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