The Beginning…

My 87 Day Adventure begins, as my adventures often do, with a random thought that caught fire. A moment of self-reflection that turned into “what if” as my thoughts went down the rabbit hole and a decision was made only yesterday, that begins today….

Brownies never tasted so good!

One thing I’ve learned on my journey to better health, is that temptation is a killer!

How do you avoid temptation? Always be prepared.

Case in point, was our recent Date Night out at the Super Summer Theatre ?. It’s an outdoor stage production show set on the far West side of town, in the cooler desert hills. If you’re lucky, you might even get to see some wild burros.

 

Families come with coolers jam-packed full of every tasty goody you can imagine. Pizza boxes wafting scents through the air; full meal take outs from restaurants in town; picnic baskets full of homemade deliciousness. Temptations galore!

 

Being as I knew this, I had an ace up my sleeve. ?? A brownie recipe I’ve been waiting for just the right moment to make.

The key is, it must be decadent. A real treat, not just celery sticks. LOL. Otherwise you will feel deprived and still be tempted. If it’s a delicious something NEW to your taste buds, even better. ??

The anticipation built on the drive out. I was so excited for the time with my honey doing something really FUN while still being healthy. Heck with Pizza Hut, I had a brownie!

Here’s my tweaked version of the recipe I found in the Clean Cooking magazine.

Raw Brownies:

1 2/3 cups Raw Walnuts

1 2/3 cups Dates, pitted

1/2 cup Carob Powder (I’ll try Cacao next time)

2 Tbsp Almond Butter

1/2 – 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil

Pinch of Salt

1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract

Pulse the walnuts in a food processor until coarsely chopped. Add the rest of the ingredients and process until a thick, sticky batter forms. Press into a glass pie pan, or other similar sized dish, lined with parchment paper. Chill in the freezer for 20 minutes, to firm it up, before serving. Store any leftovers in the freezer.

5 minutes to make and only slightly longer for cleanup. I love not baking!

(Next time I’m going to make a frosting for them. I’ll keep you posted!)

They are so dense and filling that I only ate one during the show. The couple next to us eating soup & salad with breadsticks from Olive Garden followed by Nothing Bundt Cakes didn’t even phase me. I was so happy!

Yes, food brings Joie! ☺️

And yes, we were very lucky ?

T is for Texas

2,668 miles over 7 days with 2 dogs and a rented mini van. Memories were created and moments of life, laughter and love experienced.

The trip began without a thought or a plan months earlier as Nicklas & Ian simply continued their run in Barn Hunting.  I was blown away when Nicklas sailed thru getting his Senior title and became the 1st Gordon Setter to achieve the title. (link to video post) That made him eligible for the Barn Hunt Nationals – holy cow! Thus the whisper of a dream for Nicklas to be the 1st Gordon at the Nationals was born. Nicklas has taught me the power of living in the moment, tomorrow and next year are not guaranteed so these 2017 Nationals were an opportunity for him not to be missed. Ian reaching his Open title and killing it in Crazy 8’s was able to come as the 2nd Gordon ever, when they opened up the title qualifications for competing in the Nationals. How cool!

 

T ravel – aaahhh, one of my favorite things to do. it’s okay to travel alone, if you wait for someone to go with you how many moments will you miss?

T ime – slowing down to enjoy the peace and beauty of a sunrise. walking the dogs and listening to the silence. hours spent without a phone or watch grooming my dogs while 3 neighbor kids, ages 3 to 6, helped.

T ransportation – minivan will be my next dog mobile! Super fun for travel, easy to pull over and nap along the way, dogs are close by and happy, and it handles pretty zippy compared to my own truck. Fast speeds on i40 make for a smooth ride. Fast speed limits throughout Texas make getting around fun – 60mph down a dark 2 lane “Farm to Market” country road. seriously, why do we need street lights?? headlights and high-beams are perfect and save so much energy.

T houghts – country life….wow. no noise pollution, friendly neighbors, dogs that are the epitome of “chill”. Grateful for my body being fit enough to jog down the dead end tree lined road (picture), no ear buds, no music, just the sound of my running sneakers hitting the black top and a panting dog – Priceless. Moments are precious, cherish them. Would be difficult to eat out Raw in North Texas – might just need to be the one to open the first Raw restaurant. 🙂

T empted – to move to Texas! to eat BBQ meat.

T ourist – explore. listen to your heart. so what if it’s silly, standing there taking pictures of burros as traffic goes by, the dad, mom and baby I was blessed to pet was worth it. what is the rush? stop and smell the roses, take pictures.

T hankful – $$ that allowed me to go. a husband who supported my dream, held down the fort and took care of Elly & Larkin. personal freedom. no day job. freedoms I have in this country. the amazing Country Cottage Getaway that was my home away from home for 4 wonderful days. happy dogs. buying a new Flexi. healthy to hold up on the 2 day cross country road trip. new experiences. beauty around me in this gorgeous country. safe travels with a durable vehicle.

T is for Texas and an unforgettable Trip!!

Enjoy these moments….

Freedom to Spend My 4th of July Getting Ink-Stained Fingers

I exercised my Freedom and Independence this 4th of July by getting ink stained fingers.

I chose to take a day off of everything else to hole up in the library with my yellow beat up folder filled with scraps of notes and half written attempts and even a few dog eaten pages (I can actually in all honesty say “my dog ate my homework!”) of my Vision Day.

Who knows how much time I spent as I refused to look at the clock, time didn’t matter as I was going to get this done! At some much later point after getting started I had 3 dogs laying on my papers, spilling my coffee, wiping slobber on my jeans– aka asking for attention. lol. But the FREEDOM I have to choose my life and how I spend my day….wow, I am so grateful!

10 1/2 hand-printed pages later (does anyone write in cursive anymore?), with plenty of notes added in the margins and a thorough double check, I called it good.

I FINALLY have my Vision Day written out! CELEBRATION! Joy, Satisfaction and Relief all flowed thru me.

Why am I so excited?

Well, you see a Vision Day is a specific day in YOUR future (some say 3-5 years) where you write out IN THE PRESENT TENSE what your life looks and feels like by journaling the day from rising to retiring. A day in your life when your dreams and goals of today have been realized. Getting it on paper and out of your head, is a KEY element in realizing your desires.

To not have a finished copy for so long has not. been. fun. And my life is all about keeping it real and having FUN!

I already know Who I am and How I’m going to get there, the final piece that got much-needed clarity is Where I’m going. How I ever thought I could get all the sights, sounds, smells, feelings, colors (yes, that’s a different descriptive than sight) and taste, not to mention my BIG ideas down on one page I’ll never know.

Oh my gosh! I have an amazing life!

Yup, that was my first thought. lol. Second thought was – NOW I know exactly where I’m going and I CAN DO THIS! If I can imagine it, dream it, wish it, desire it then by the Laws of the Universe I can absolutely achieve it.

My inspiration to finally complete my Vision Day came from listening to the book (I LOVE Audible!) Follow Your Passion, Find Your Power by Bob Doyle (Stay tuned for the book review) on the 4 hr drive each way to and from So Cal for a dog show the other weekend, just me and my boy Ian. Fun times! I knew a new month was coming up and I was ready to do something different, to make a change. Talk about perfect timing and next step in my journey.

I decided that I would let go of the belief that it needed to be a one page statement that could fit into my day planner. Yes, I know I’m supposed to see it and read it every day and I will, it’ll just take a few page turns. 🙂 I’m sure typing it up will consolidate the # of pages. By page 9 I was definitely starting to print bigger and sloppier. 🙂

Me? Meditate?!

Absolutely! Now that I have a clear vision to meditate ON it is the next logical step. I am excited to begin, which is also a shift in a long-held belief.

I credit EHT with the FOCUS to get me thru this project along with a little grit, determination and sheer stubbornness. Oh! And of course what made it all work, that magical ingredient, the spice of life – IMAGINATION. The ability to dream. That I credit to leaving the Corporate World, Nerium finding me courtesy of my husband, going on this fantastic journey of personal development and living life of Joy and Happiness!

If YOU haven’t written your Vision Day yet I challenge you to stop waiting and get ‘er done!