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Bonus points if you know what song my blog post title is from ;)

Don’t be fooled by the rocks that I got and I am not referring to diamonds or bling here folks. I am talking about not having enough money, or only having a few stones to rub together.

I may only have rocks in my pocket right now, but I am not defined by them. My life story isn’t measured by these stones, these neutral-colored objects that may sometimes frustrate me, but they don’t own me.

These rocks won’t always be here. They won’t always be knocking around in my pocket, making me feel less than I am.

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Don’t be fooled by the rocks that I got, cause guess what? They aren’t my destiny. They aren’t the final chapter. They are not “the end”.

Because rocks can shatter. They can break into small pieces. They can be smashed to smithereens. And that’s what will happen to my rocks.

I have wandered with these rocks. I have travelled with these rocks. I have felt them pierce my skin.

Don’t be fooled by the rocks that I got. They won’t always be here. I have plans for these rocks. I have plans for peace and contentment without these multi-dimensional pieces of guilt.

I have goals.

I have dreams.

And they don’t include these rocks…

It’s a new week Random Path readers! Can you believe, I mean truly believe, that we are in the last week of July? I think I speak for all of us when I say that, whoever it is that has their finger on the fast-forward button, can you ease up a bit? K, thanks ;)

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So I kinda want to talk to you guys as if we were meeting up for coffee and just chillin’ over some iced cold frappaccinos, specifically mocha because that’s my favorite

So if we were meeting up for coffee, I would tell you that:

The stores already have back-to-school stuff like, pencils, erasers, backpacks, etc… and I almost started bawling in the store because my daughter starts kindergarten in a little over a month and I was FEELING ALL THE FEELINGS. How do I have a soon-to-be kindergartener? How did this happen and where did the time go? Wahhhhhhhh… Just so you know, on her first day of school, I am going to be a wreck and will probably be sobbing. Note to self; do not wear mascara that day. No need to scare everyone looking like some sort of demented raccoon.

I would tell you that I have been reading up on meditation and Gabrielle Bernstein’s Miracles Now is a really good book for dealing with anxiety and stress and she talks a lot about meditation. Even if I can get 5 minutes to just breathe and clear my mind, that would be awesome :)

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While drinking our iced cold coffee, I would tell you that I have writing ambitions and want to grow my blog and put myself out there more. And if you have any insights or tips on that to share, I would absolutely welcome it!

I would tell you that I think about our move to California every single day and I can’t wait for the day that I am back on my home turf. Don’t have an actual moving date yet, but it will be in the next few months.

As we are thinking about whether we should order another frappaccino because we slurped down the first one so fast, I would tell you that I am excited for fall. I am excited because pre-season football is right around the corner. I am excited for fall because with fall comes pumpkin-themed everything including COFFEE! Because well, coffee. I am excited for fall because my favorite TV shows come back with new seasons.

So Random Path readers, if we were to meet up for coffee, what would you tell me? :)

 

Gratitude

 

Every once in a while, I really want to say out loud, the things that I am thankful for. Life always has so much going on, and it’s easy to lose track of those happy moments. So I am grasping the ones that are fluttering around me at the moment.

I am thankful for:

  • Coffee. I feel like that has to be said ;)
  • The library. And the fact that my daughter’s face lights up every time I tell her that we are going there. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree
  • Getting a free preview of MLB Extra Innings, so my husband and I were able to watch a few Angels games up here in Oregon! Yay! I miss being able to see my team play. Go Angels!!!

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  • My daughter when she says “I love you Mommy”. Cue all the heart-melting
  • The fact that the weather has cooled off up here. We were melting, seriously. It doesn’t always rain in the Portland area, it really, really doesn’t. They have summers here, for real. #themoreyouknow
  • Actually getting to the see the new James Bond trailer. Squeeeeeeeee!!! You know where I will be in November; at the theatre drooling over watching Daniel Craig. I mean James Bond ;)
  • My husband and my dad, the two strongest yet caring men I know.

What are some things you are thankful for?

Well you all know my love for Ella Woodward’s cookbook Deliciously Ella, and I am back with another recipe of hers that is really yummy!

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It is called an Apple and Honey Loaf and it is quite tasty. When I posted this picture on Instagram I wrote that anything where the recipe calls for apples, honey, and almonds, I am all over that! And it is true. Apples are my favorite fruit to eat, and I probably eat one almost every day. Fun fact: I couldn’t stand the taste of apples when I was pregnant, which just goes to show how screwed up your taste buds get when you are creating a human life, lol :) Luckily, my daughter loves apples just as much as her mommy!

But I digress…

This recipe is super easy to make and I really think you’ll love it!

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Apple and Honey Loaf

Ingredients:

  • 3 heaped tablespoons of pureed apple
  • 6 tablespoons honey
  • 1 ripe banana peeled
  • 1 ¼ cups ground almonds (about 4 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 ¼ cups brown rice flour
  • coconut oil for greasing
  • 4 tablespoons of water

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 400°
  • Place the apple puree, honey, and banana into a large mixing bowl and mash them together with a fork until you have a smooth mix.
  • Stir in the ground almonds, chia seeds, rice flour, and 4 tablespoons water and mix until smooth.
  • Grease a standard size loaf pan with coconut oil before pouring the mixture in and spreading it across. It is meant to be a long loaf and only 1 inch or so tall. (Don’t try to make the loaf too thick or else it won’t set. Seriously, I’ve made that mistake before. It really is only meant to be about 1 inch thick).
  • Bake for 50 minutes until the top turns a golden brown and you can pull a clean knife out of the middle of it.

Enjoy!

**Recipe adapted from Deliciously Ella

It’s not too late to have dreams.

Twinkling lights, fairies with wands, making your wish come true. It is not too late to believe that you can, to believe that anything can be achieved, to believe that you will.

Dreamers are childlike, staring in wonderment at the sky, fascinated by the prospect of believing hard enough, that their dreams will come true. Picking wildflowers, running through the fields, daisies crowned upon the head, dreaming of more sun-kissed days and many more afternoons of possibilities.

But dreamers get punished most, because their light must always flicker, it must never burn out. No matter the cost, the flame must continue to burn. Believe you can fly, believe you can sail, believe you can do.

It’s never to late to dream.

Don’t let the chronological passage of time blind you to the fact that passions are where our hearts lie. Our hearts beat with the need for creativity, our brains burst with ideas burrowing in our cells, demanding that someone sit up and take notice. “Out to pasture” is nothing more than a place for dreams to wither and to die a slow death. A trite saying for those who have given up on the kaleidoscope that dreams offer.

Don’t give up on your dreams.

Don’t give up on your imagination. It is there to fuel you; to give you life, to give you breath, to feed your soul.

It is never, ever, too late to dream.

If any of you have kiddos out there, you know that you inevitably have quite a bit of toys underfoot. It’s not that you are out there at the store constantly purchasing toys or anything; it’s just that they somehow have made their way into your home and any parent can tell you, they have no idea how all these toys got there! :)

Well I am here to say, that no matter the origination of the toys, you don’t have to spend a lot of money on containers to house them all. If you just think outside of the box (or container), you can probably find some things around the home that can house the Legos!

Speaking of Legos…

My daughter loves her Legos and there are sooooo many small pieces. I had to find something sturdy to house them all when they weren’t in use. And then I saw on the counter, the container holding the animal crackers we had picked up from Costco.

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Yup, I think this will work…

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Boom! Perfect! And I didn’t have to spend any additional money actually purchasing some sort of container! It pays to shop your house :)

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And then I thought hey, this container would be perfect to house all her little figures she plays with. So in went My Little Pony, the Bubble Guppies, etc…

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Man, these containers work great

Now my daughter loves to color. She has quite a few coloring books. Hmmmm, what to do, what to do… And then I realized I had this box that I used to use to house tax stuff/receipts/etc… But that was not a very organized solution and it was messy and hard to ever find anything, so the box was now sitting empty. Perfect!

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Yup, that’ll work!

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And a case that I was using for odds and ends, I cleaned out and is now her pencil-case!

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What to do with an empty Folgers coffee can?

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Use it for blocks of course!

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Hey I’m not trying to re-invent the wheel here, but anything where I can save a bit of money, I am all for it!

Do you guys have any creative uses for stuff? It doesn’t have to be for toys :)

If you are a longtime reader of The Random Path, you know that I am a huge bookworm. Reading is like breathing to me. I am the person who has a paperback book in my purse, you know just in case I might be somewhere and there is downtime, and I might, you know, want to read something… #bookwormproblems

I did not set a numeric goal for 2015 for books read, but I have to say, I am pretty proud of myself for it only being the 2nd week of July and I have already read 54 books. Go me, go me, go me! ;)

This year, I have picked up quite a few healthy living/cookbooks. I am trying to eat more healthfully and add more fruits and vegetables into my diet. I am at a point in my life that I believe in making this a priority. Of course, you know I can’t live without my mystery novels and my continued reading of books that have to do with the First World War.

Here is what I have read so far for 2015:

  • The Confession by Charles Todd
  • Proof of Guilt by Charles Todd
  • Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? by Agatha Christie
  • Ramona and Her Mother by Beverly Cleary
  • Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary
  • Ramona Forever by Beverly Cleary
  • Passenger to Frankfurt by Agatha Christie
  • Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
  • The Whispering Statue by Carolyn Keene
  • The Haunted Bridge by Carolyn Keene
  • Double Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld
  • L is for Lawless by Sue Grafton
  • M is for Malice by Sue Grafton
  • N is for Noose by Sue Grafton
  • Password to Larkspur Lane by Carolyn Keene
  • The Clue of the Broken Locket by Carolyn Keene
  • The Clue of the Tapping Heels by Carolyn Keene
  • O is for Outlaw by Sue Grafton
  • Gluten-Free Cooking for Dummies by Danna Korn and Connie Sarros
  • Mystery of the Moss-Covered Mansion by Carolyn Keene
  • P is for Peril by Sue Grafton
  • Widows Tears by Susan Wittig Albert
  • The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie
  • Murder is Easy by Agatha Christie
  • Chloe’s Kitchen by Chloe Coscarelli
  • Tommy’s War by Richard Van Emden
  • A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie
  • Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie
  • Crazy, Sexy, Diet by Kris Carr
  • Elephants Can Remember by Agatha Christie
  • One, Two, Buckle My Shoe by Agatha Christie
  • Deliciously Ella by Ella Woodward

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  • Chloe’s Vegan Desserts by Chloe Coscarelli
  • The New Sonoma Cookbook by Connie Gutterse
  • At Bertram’s Hotel by Agatha Christie
  • Death at Wentwater Court by Carola Dunn
  • The Winter Garden Mystery by Carola Dunn
  • 100 Days of Real Food by Lisa Leake
  • Requiem For a Mezzo by Carola Dunn
  • An Unmarked Grave by Charles Todd
  • Superfoods For Life: Coconuts by Megan Roosevelt
  • Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie
  • Murder on the Flying Scotsman by Carola Dunn
  • Forks Over Knives: The Cookbook by Del Sroufe
  • The Haldeman Diaries by H.R. Haldeman
  • Damsel in Distress by Carola Dunn
  • Dreaming Spies by Laurie R. King
  • The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone
  • The Sign of the Twisted Candles by Carolyn Keene
  • Dead in the Water by Carola Dunn
  • Mystery of the Brass Bound Trunk by Carolyn Keene
  • Locked Rooms by Laurie R. King
  • The Moor by Laurie R. King
  • 10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget by The Writers of Wise Bread

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How many books have you guys read so far? Any good book recommendations?

 

 

 

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