It’s Okay Not to Be Okay…

Dear Reader,

I know it can be an arduous journey with even the simplest of tasks. This Monday definitely felt like a Monday if you know what I mean. Sometimes your plate is so full, even your fridge is overpacked with leftovers. Honestly, that’s okay as long as you know how to play Tetris. Meaning, buy that cute planner with all the stickers and organize. If you’re like me that can be daunting and moot. I try and try to keep up with everything, be it my planner or outlook calendar with all those pretty colors and tasks. What about that new feature, Project Mocha? Once again ADD sets in and you try and try to focus and do your best but you just feel like the piles of food gets higher and higher. I’m not even hungry! You might think to yourself as it grows exponentially. Do not fret, the semester is almost over and there is a long-awaited break on the horizon. Keep pushing forward, it’s okay to fall just don’t ever give up. Don’t be that survivor everyone is talking about. Be a thriver! Take care of yourself, you deserve it you beautiful soul!

~Caitlin

Imagine A World…

This week I have had the opportunity to see many friends and family members virtually via zoom and google duo. Its been such a blessing to be able to connect with people that we sadly forget about in our day to day lives. I couldn’t help but wonder what if we didn’t have the technology like this, imagine if we didn’t have this blessing and we were stuck sending letters the old fashioned way or even worse we weren’t able to order our groceries for delivery or curbside pickup. There are so many blessings that we take for granted every day. In this storm of thought, I realized that the little things matter greatly, and we need to appreciate them.

I have started a list of people to send Christmas cards to, in the hopes of spreading some Christmas cheer and some positivity. It doesn’t cost much to run to the dollar store and pick up a pack of Christmas cards or some candy to throw in the envelope too. Let’s be thankful for what we do have and spread the blessings we have that others might not have. I saw a startling article on Facebook today that really saddened me. A surprising number of people will be losing their homes because of the unfortunate events that caused them to lose their jobs earlier this year. I encourage you to participate if you can, in the Christmas card mailing. An old tradition worth saving in these times. Spread your blessings and positivity it might be the only thing someone has this year.

If you don’t want to send out cards, think of another way you can spread the light. Maybe you go buy lunch for someone whether it be pay for the car behind you in the drive thru, buying a gift card to a restaurant and giving it to a homeless person, put together a toiletry kit from the dollar store and give it to someone living in the cold, buy them a blanket from Walmart, help a family that has lost or is about to lose their home with Christmas for their kids….Anything! There is already so much negativity and loss of hope, we need to turn it around! So in closing I ask that this holiday season, you give back in anyway you can. It’s not about the bragging rights or how good it makes you look. It’s about the humility and humbleness, the love and the hope that you spread to others.

Love and Hope,

~Caitlin

Holidays: Part One

Thanksgiving 2020

In these times of uncertainty it’s important to focus on the positives.  This year has been a struggle for all of us, so I am wanting to spread hope and inspiration today.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I want to share this poem with you.

A Thanksgiving Poem

Paul Laurence Dunbar – 1872-1906

The sun hath shed its kindly light,
Our harvesting is gladly o’er
Our fields have felt no killing blight,
Our bins are filled with goodly store.

From pestilence, fire, flood, and sword
We have been spared by thy decree,
And now with humble hearts, O Lord,
We come to pay our thanks to thee.

We feel that had our merits been
The measure of thy gifts to us,
We erring children, born of sin,
Might not now be rejoicing thus.

No deed of our hath brought us grace;
When thou were nigh our sight was dull,
We hid in trembling from thy face,
But thou, O God, wert merciful.

Thy mighty hand o’er all the land
Hath still been open to bestow
Those blessings which our wants demand
From heaven, whence all blessings flow.

Thou hast, with ever watchful eye,
Looked down on us with holy care,
And from thy storehouse in the sky
Hast scattered plenty everywhere.

Then lift we up our songs of praise
To thee, O Father, good and kind;
To thee we consecrate our days;
Be thine the temple of each mind.

With incense sweet our thanks ascend;
Before thy works our powers pall;
Though we should strive years without end,
We could not thank thee for them all.

“Paul Laurence Dunbar, born in 1872 and the author of numerous collections of poetry and prose, was one of the first African American poets to gain national recognition.”

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/paul-laurence-dunbar

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

I wish you many blessings and happy memories made.

Please share what you are thankful for in the comments! Let’s spread love, blessings, and peace this Thanksgiving!

~Caitlin

Food Chronicles: Part One

Making changes to recipes was a task but got easier as time went on. One of my favorite dishes is pumpkin soufflé. Here is my version of knock-off pumpkin pie. You can easily substitute pumpkin with roasted carrots, yams, acorn squash, or butternut squash. This was also a great way for me to get my kids to eat vegetables, I would bake it in ramekins and call it their special cake.

Serves: 4-6             Main Ingredient: Pumpkin             Prep Time: 15 minutes            Cook Time: 1 hour            Temperature: 350F

Ingredients:

  • 16 Oz. Unsweetened Pumpkin Puree
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup Sugar
  • ½ teaspoon Nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 3 tablespoon Gluten Free Flour (I use Pamela’s Gluten Free Flour)
  • 1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar

Preparation:

If you are using another vegetable besides pumpkin, be sure to roast, steam, or boil them until mushy for best mixing results. Mix all of the ingredients together until it’s a nice batter consistency. Then pour it into a pre-oiled baking pan and bake for 1 hour at 350F. Remember, DO NOT OPEN the oven until the soufflé is done cooking. Opening it early can prevent the soufflé from being light and fluffy.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! Comment or message me and let me know how it turned out!

~Caitlin