So…here’s the deal…I’m going through some changes right now – some major and some not so major…
Big Change Numero Uno, is, of course, moving to another country. That, in and of itself, has been more stressful than I expected it to be. And, on top of that, I am often left alone to take care of my three small children (did I mention I was in a foreign country and have only been in that country for 3 months?) while my husband travels regularly.
The emotional upheaval of it all has been so much more than I bargained for. However, here I am, still standing (or sitting as the case may be). I’m alive. I’m breathing. I’m healthy. My family is healthy.
Really and truly – there is nothing more important in the entire world.
When change occurs – and if you are alive, there’s no avoiding it – you have two options:
- Embrace it
- Run like hell
I’m not going to lie – option number 2 is often much more appealing-but over the years, as I’ve progressed through this health and fitness journey, I’ve come to realize that change is NECESSARY.
Change is what PUSHES you. It’s what CHALLENGES you. It’s what makes you BETTER.
It is NOT easy. No.
It’s NEVER easy.
BUT…if you can be strong enough to endure the storm (and I know YOU are), then the wind and the rain will eventually dry up and the sun will shine above you – a bright, golden orb in the clear, blue sky.
To be honest, right now, I am in the midst of the storm. The waves are thrashing. The wind is howling and I can’t see five feet in front of me. The things we take for granted back home – like grocery shopping, buying lights for the Christmas tree, recycling and getting gas – can be some of the most frustrating processes here.
I had breakfast (at Ikea- quite the hip thing to do here it seems) with a group of other moms and one mom put it best when she said:
“There is nothing more humbling than moving to a foreign country.”
Will things get better?
Do things suck right now?
Do I have faith and hope that eventually, some day, I will like it here?
So…along with these personal changes that I’m going through…I am going to be making some changes to this blog.
I am SUPER excited about these…
Here’s what you can expect:
- A Day in the Life posts
- More recipes that are easy, healthy (of course) and family friendly
- More health and fitness tips
- A new travel section – filled with funny stories plus tips on how to stay on track while traveling plus lessons learned when traveling with kids and so much more
- Ideas for activities to do with the kids during the winter months
- Motivational pieces
- Inspiration and self-esteem building
- My workouts
Basically, the bottom line is this: I will be sharing more of my day to day life with you so you can get ideas on how to live a healthy, well-rounded life yourself. Sure, I can sit here and TELL you what to do and give you a step-by-step list…or…I can SHOW you.
When, you might ask, will these changes take place?
New year. New blog. New me. New you.
And, in honor of all of these changes, here is a new recipe I tried that my whole entire family loved (including my in-laws)!
Almond Butter Blossoms
Almond Butter Blossom Cookies
- 2 oz 4 TBS unsweetened baking chocolate
- 2 TBS pure raw cocoa butter grated
- 2 TBS pure maple syrup
- pinch of sea salt
Make Chocolate Drops:
Line a small baking sheet with wax paper, set aside.
Melt together chocolate and cocoa butter and stir until smooth.
Add maple syrup and sea salt (optional) and stir to combine.
Transfer chocolate mixture to a piping bag fit with a circular tip and pipe onto your prepared baking sheet into the shapes you want.
Transfer to the freezer to set. Keep frozen until they are added to the cookies.
Make the cookies:
Preheat to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper, set aside.
In a small bowl, mix together almond flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and coconut sugar. Set aside.
Add almond butter, coconut oil and maple syrup to a large microwave safe bowl or medium saucepan.
Melt ingredients in the microwave or on the stovetop, then stir until completely combined.
Add almond milk and vanilla and stir until combined.
Add dry ingredients and mix until combine and there are no lumps in the batter.
Scoop the dough into 1 TBS portions, roll into balls and place on your prepared baking sheets. These cookies do not change shape much in the oven, so be sure to form them into the shapes you want.
Bake in your preheated oven for 6-8 minutes or until the cookies look set and just began to crackle.
Putting it together:
As soon as the cookies come out of the oven, press one chocolate drop into the middle of each one.
Let cookies with chocolate in the center sit on the baking pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool!
Eat and enjoy!
- I used Hershey’s kisses (definitely makes the cookies less healthy BUT it’s 10 x easier)
- You could also melt some dark chocolate and put dollops in the center of the cookies – a slightly healthier option
- You could use Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips also – Much healthier and cleaner (but I can’t find any here and they are super expensive on Amazon)
- I used peanut butter instead of almond butter (because I didn’t have any)