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Red Quinoa w/sauteed Mushrooms & Onions in an Acorn Squash Bowl

It’s fall Ya’ll!!! That means its butternut and acorn squash time!!

This recipe is super easy, nutritious, vegetarian, sweet and savory, packed with fiber and protein, and best of all DELICIOUS!!!

This recipe serves two

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Ingredients:

1 Acorn Squash cut in half and seeds removed

1 cup of cooked quinoa

1/2 onion chopped

1 cup sliced mushrooms ( I like baby bellas)

1 drizzle of olive oil

1 teaspoon of “everything but the bagel” seasoning

 

Directions:

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  1. preheat oven to 410 degrees
  2. brush squash with a drizzle of olive oil
  3. place squash cut side down and roast in the oven 30-40mins or until tender (check with fork)
  4. prepare the quinoa (it takes 20-25 mins)
  5. while squash is roasting sautee onions & mushrooms in olive oil or grass-fed butter ( I use Kerrygold butter) add “everything but the bagel” seasonings.
  6. When all is done, combine the quinoa with the mushrooms & onions put into the acorn squash bowl.
  7. salt and pepper to taste

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Homemade Apple Butter

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Fall is here!!

Apple lovers REJOICE!! I made a trip to my local apple orchard and am so excited to be making delicious apple butter to share with friends and family this fall and for the holiday season.

Apple butter was one of my favorite spreads as a child, and I just can’t resist SPREADING 😉 the love with my loved ones.

BTW, it’s hard to make brown goop look appetizing but trust me, this is DELICIOUS!!

This is a super easy recipe and process to making your own apple butter. I have removed the processed sugar and replaced it with honey (my own personal preference) but you can still use sugar if desired. If you choose not to water bath your recipe, it should last about a week refrigerated.

Give this delicious fall recipe a try and enjoy the awesome smells of fall throughout your house. Better than any candle can produce!

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Ingredients:

  • 10cups apples (peeled, cored & chunked) your favorite variety
  • 1/2 cup raw honey or 1/2 cup pure maple syrup (1 cup sugar if you prefer)
  • 1tablespoon cinnamon
  • 12teaspoon nutmeg
  • 12teaspoon allspice
  • 1234teaspoon ground cloves
  • dash of pure vanilla extract

 

Directions:

  • Place apples in crock pot; cook on high for 4-1/2 hours (covered).
  • After 4-1/2 hours stir and add remaining ingredients. Cook for another 4-1/2 hours with NO lid.
  • Using a hand mixer, mix to the desired consistency
  • Using a ladle, fill jars with 1/4 inch left at top. seal in jars. see sealing instructions below.
  • *Can seal in hot water bath 

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Spicy Black Bean Sweet Potato Bowl

When there aren’t many groceries in the house and you start searching for whatever you can put together, and you come up with this little gem.

I found a can of organic spicy black beans, an avocado, and a sweet potato.  Add some olive oil, everything but the bagel seasoning, and salt and pepper ….WAH-LAH!! DINNER!! This would also be great with sour cream, cheese, and cilantro. I, unfortunately, didn’t have any.

This super easy vegetarian bowl has all the protein, good fats and fiber you need, not to mention vitamins…..Added BONUS…YUMMY!!!

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Ingredients:

1 sweet potato peeled and sliced.

1 can organic spicy black beans

1/2 avocado

sprinkle as much of “everything but the bagel” as you want

 

Directions:

  1. heat oven to 400 degrees
  2. using a nonstick cookie sheet, place sliced sweet potato out flat and cover with a light coat of olive oil sprinkle “everything but the bagel” on potatoes. Bake until tender..aproximately 20-25 minutes.
  3. warm up black beans either in the microwave or small sauce pan.
  4. when potatoes are done..assemble!
  5. its that easy!!! and the flavors are great together! Sweet and spicy!!

Finding peace and happiness within yourself.

An inner soul is a life you lead inside of yourself; a place no one else can visit unless they are personally invited. I know it looks different for each of us, but all souls have this in common: they are a place of reflection, safety, peace, power, and shelter. If you look deep enough, you will be able to find the images in your mind of your inner soul; your own place of safety and peace.

My inner soul is definitely serving more than one purpose depending on how I need to renew, strengthen and relax. One part of my inner soul enjoys sitting on my back deck and watching nature or spending time in my vegetable garden harvesting what I sowed. These are the places I go when I need to feel at peace. They are a place where I can rest and renew my soul because I feel safe and protected there, with very little noise coming from my mind that tends to distract me during the day.

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My soul is mostly a peaceful, warm and sunny place. Although, I also have days where it is difficult and empty. There are no birds singing, no squirrels chasing each other with joy ( or at least I think it’s joy) and no flowers blooming. Everything that I love outside is just quiet. The trees are bare, the sky is gray and all I can here are cars and trucks going every which way. It’s like my brain is a busy highway that has one side zooming by and the other side all backed up with trucks and cars honking, sirens blaring, and people yelling at one another. That’s the inner soul I go to when my life is stormy and I’m dealing with challenges that I’m not quite ready to confront.Screenshot 2017-08-11 at 11.08.16 AM

When I’m there, I hear my inner voice of self-doubt, self-judgment, guilt, and shame. It’s a place I go when my inner bitch takes me there. When I know I need to look at things about myself that are so comfortable but yet uncomfortable and I need to make a change. I sit there and listen to the noise in my head and take it in with gratitude (most of the time) because if I didn’t have that part of my inner soul, there would be no change. For that, I am thankful.

My happy place is where I go to help me face the usual stresses of daily life. Sitting in a traffic jam, going to the doctor, standing in a long line can all direct me to my happy place. That long deep breath to push away the frustration place that we go to. My inner soul is a place I go to for reflection. A place I go to find power and peace.

Can you visualize your inner soul, your own place of power and peace? What does it look like?

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Photo: My back deck… My happy place 🙂 of power and peace.

 

3 simple ways to live your best life now (2 minute read)

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1. Follow your heart.

You should always follow the direction your heart pulls you no matter what everyone else is saying. So often people are caught up following what everyone else is doing and ignore who they are.We tend to follow a path that society believes we should follow in order to become successful and happy. Be careful about what you do and why you do it because you can often lose yourself in the process. Follow what your heart feels and set yourself up for happiness.

Read: The ultimate guide to following your heart

 2. practice self-care.

Are you someone that is a people pleaser and is always putting others wants and needs in front of your own? Do you ever focus on things that make you happy? Do you actually know what makes you happy? Some action examples of self-care for me are: Working out, blogging about food, taking long walks by myself and reflecting, getting into nature, gardening, drawing, pottery, and as boring as it sounds just spending time alone.

What do you do to practice self-care? If you don’t do anything, what are some things you would like to start doing?

 

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3. Being kind and giving to others.

Have you ever given your time and energy to someone in need? How did that experience make you feel? I have been involved in and infiltrated many projects to help people in need. One memory imparticular still sits with me to this day. Last Christmas I organized a Christmas tree drive for families with children in need. We collected donated Christmas trees and decorations for families who could not afford it. We even had enough donations for gift cards for the families. It wasn’t a lot but it was more than they had. To see the excitement in the children’s eyes when we brought the tree in was heart warming. To see the tears in their mother’s eyes was extremely difficult. Those families were so grateful for something so small that many of us take for granted.

Even tho it was extremely hard to watch struggling families it also gave me a sense of purpose. I was sad for them but I felt great that I was able to provide just a little bit of joy. I believe when we give of ourselves and get nothing back in return ( except for gratitude) that is when we are our best selves. I left there in tears because I couldn’t do more but I also left there with a full heart because I know that we were able to provide a just a glimmer of joy. When you give of yourself it’s a win win for everyone involved.

Ask yourself these questions

1. What do I love? What direction does my heart tell me to go?

2. What could I implement tomorrow to practice self-care?

3. What is something I could give of myself to help someone in need?

Share some of your ideas with us in the comments. 🙂

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