Baked Peaches with Walnuts and Raspberry Sauce

Believe it or not, cooking and working on my books on the road is much easier than you may think. Without “my” kitchen, and “my” typical surroundings, I have to make new things, and create from whatever is available to me.

This sparks so many new ideas, and I love what I’ve come up with so far. One of my favorites from my most recent travels, read: when we fled FL to escape Irma, were these baked peaches. I had extra walnuts from dinner the night before, and I have a love for fresh peaches. Plus my MIL LOVES peaches and she’s amazing (in general, and to me as well,) so I’m always thinking of delicious, healthy recipes for her.

These are quick, easy, and so tasty! Plus, they feel, and taste like Fall, so all in all, they’re pretty much perfect. Oh and, they work for any meal including dessert, topping oatmeal, or even as a fresh, and yummy snack.IMG_20170913_202640

Baked Peaches with Walnuts and Raspberry Sauce

  • 2 peaches, cut in half and cored
  • 6 walnuts, broken up
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar (or vegan preference)
  • 8 oz of raspberries
  • ½ lemon, juiced

Place the peaches in an oven-safe dish, sprinkle the walnut pieces and the coconut sugar on top. Bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees. While they’re in the oven, use a small stove top pan for the raspberries and lemon juice. Smash the berries and cook on medium-low for about 10 minutes. Set aside.

When the peaches come out, spoon the raspberry sauce on top, and enjoy!

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Don’t Forget To Follow Your Dreams

Remember when you were little and all around you, you were told you could be whatever you wanted to be? Well, let me tell you something. You still can.

I’m not saying it’s easy and I’m not saying to go spend every last dollar you have, but please, don’t forget to get out there and live!

About a year ago I found myself in the middle of jobs and feeling a little frustrated. I needed to feed my soul, not just my bank account. So (with the help and support of my hubby,) I did.

I had already been blogging a bit and it came easy to me. I like to talk so I have a lot to downloadsay and rather then blab to Nick all day, I started writing and sharing. It wasn’t easy and it didn’t come right away, but soon I had secured my very first, remote, freelance writing position! I still write for this 80s website in which I started and will write about the 90s too, come this fall.

I find myself working four (part-time) positions, and I couldn’t feel better about it. You see, I never wanted (nor excelled) in a 40 hour work week, at the same job. I always preferred multiple endeavors (and income streams) and it turns out, nothing has changed.

But all the sudden. I work from home, with a schedule that’s mine to make, and (almost) more work then I know what to do with. And well this may not be your dream, I just want to encourage you to remember YOUR dream. And make it happen.

imagesHow do you do this? Well, you have to figure out what it is you want. What do you love to do? What do you do everyday, “work day” or not? What makes you smile? Laugh? What do you loathe? Dig deep and make sure to be honest with yourself.

Find ways to indulge your soul. Do more of what you love. Want a new job but don’t know where to start? Do something on your own, at home or whenever you have time, unpaid, and dive in. If you start a blog, make sure to post more than once a week. Want to become a personal trainer? Talk to someone at your gym and see what they have to say. You can further your education with free online courses (some even taught by Harvard!) Whatever you do, remember this is your life. Don’t waste it.

The thing is, for me, I laugh at myself. Why? Well, everyday, I like to write, cook, and workout. The weekdays are filled with this (and tapings.) But then, so are the weekends. I find myself always wanting to do these things whether it is a workday or weekend day. A holiday or vacation. For instance, I’m on a train in Norway, right now, on vacation. And what do I do? Write.

As for my other jobs, because I know you’re wondering, here you go.

  1. I write for LT80s (liketotally80s.) Like I said, it’s remote (from anywhere I want) and freelance, making it fit into my life, my way. Also, starting in the fall, I will be writing for the same boss for another website he’s procured, noduh90s. As an 80s baby and a 90s kid, both of these writing gigs are nostalgic and fun.
  2. I work as a mystery shopper for A Closer Look. This job is too fun, fully reimbursed, sometimes includes a bonus, and includes write offs. The company has “shops” all over the US and even into Canada. Taking in a great meal, visiting the dentist, or even having a drink at the bar are all things that you can do with this company. Love it.
  3. I work for Trust Review Network. This job sends me products (again, fully reimbursed) to try out and write a review on. If you share it, you make more money. If you tape yourself doing a video, you make more money. In a couple of months, if they are happy with my work, I will make more money. Pretty awesome, huh?
  4. I test recipes for HelloFresh. As a part of their taste makers program, I am sent recipes to test and try (most of which I already have the ingredients for as I am an avid foodie and cook) and then I complete a short, concise survey, and I’m done.

Oh, and did I forget my blog? I guess that’s five jobs. Not to mention I have written four self-published (mostly cookbooks) in the past year as well.

So, that’s that I guess. And the thing is, since starting vacation (a little over a week ago,) I have received next to no work emails, stressed phone calls, or anything. It has been over IMG_20170821_125717two years since both Nick and I have taken a non-work vacation, and it’s a true and honest vacation this time. What a blessing.

But here we are, on the train, working. Haha. Happy Monday!

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Oatmeal Berry Breakfast Cookies

I wish I had more time. There are so many things I want to make, and so many combinations I want to try. Breakfast cookies are no exception.

Oats, honey, chia seeds, and either applesauce or mashed banana are the set ingredients for these yummy, healthy bites. This time I added fresh strawberries and blueberries, and they got rave reviews.

Try these yourself or let me know your favorite mix-ins!

Oatmeal Berry Breakfast Cookies

  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 3 tablespoons honey (or vegan preference)
  • 3/4 cups strawberries, washed and diced
  • 3/4 cups blueberries, washed
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds

Mix the ingredients together and place on an ungreased sheet pan. Bake in the oven at 350° for 30 minutes.

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The Power of Thoughts: Fact Versus Truth

Our thoughts have got to be the strongest force in the world, no? You can decide to have a good day, and have one. And if you don’t decide to have a good day, then you probably won’t.

Do you know what I mean, though? It isn’t what happens to us but rather how we perceive it. So many things happen daily to negatively affect us, but it’s all in how you see it.

Then, at book club this morning, we talked about fact versus truth..and it was like a light bulb went off. Because, at the end of the day, life goes where life is going to go!

So what do we do? Talk the positive, see the positive, and live the positive. Why? Well,positive why not?

Today, alone, these three things happened to me, and I tried to see them through fact and truth.

Fact, my phone only worked for about 5 minutes this morning, before continually shutting off, and cycling through the beginning prompt.

Truth, it’s been dropped more times than I can say, and still, it’s fixable. I am lucky the damn thing is still in one piece, much less functional.

Fact, without my phone I was disconnected from the world.

Truth, I was disconnected from the world, allowing me to slow down this morning, plan getting to my book club, getting my phone to the shop, and working in the midst of it all, with a clear (un media-filled) head.

Fact, it was pouring down rain when I left book club so with my friend’s umbrella overhead we ran to her car, she could get me to mine. We had some extra time to catch up for a minute, and I realized I was double booking my Monday next week.

Things-to-doTruth, I may never have realized my fault had it not been raining because we wouldn’t have ran together to her car, and got to talking, and trying to plan something! Not only did the rain save my schedule, but it also filled it with more time with someone I adore!

Now don’t think I don’t get mad, irritated, and upset, and often. Because I do! I could go on and on about things in this life that I don’t like. I could tell you everyday that five things happen, in the morning alone, that could “ruffle my feathers.”

But, now maybe, I will do fact versus truth instead. And see just how that works for me. Until next time, Happy Wednesday!

UPDATE: Apparently my phone is unfixable, and due to no fault of my own. Software issues or something.

Fact, my phone is broken, and cannot be fixed.

Truth, my phone is not the end all be all of life. (Gasp! I know..we cannot even read this without considering life without a phone.) But with all things, this too shall pass.

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Cinnamon Raisin Chia Pudding

Another raisin recipe to love!

Chia seeds have the funnest consistency, and I use them in almost anything, from plain water to protein shakes. And, to make pudding, too.

And guess what? Start to finish, this recipe takes only

Prepped and ready for the fridge.

3 minutes to prep. That’s it! Plus, it’s vegan, and paleo, making it a great choice all around.

I love so many things about this healthy, delicious dessert, especially the quick prep, and the layers of flavor. You can taste all the ingredients, and it’s just so yummy.

Cinnamon Raisin Chia Pudding

  • 2 cups vanilla almond milk
  • ½ cup chia seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons honey (or vegan preference)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup raisins

Combine all the ingredients and let chill in the fridge for 5 hours or overnight. (Whisk a couple of times in the first couple of hours.)

Serves 3-4

This recipe is from my latest book, check it out below!

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Roasted Rosemary Carrots

Cooked carrots are easy and delicious, but I never really liked them. That is, until I started experimenting. These baked carrots are savory and yummy not to mention easy and quick.

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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dried rosemary
  • dash of salt and pepper
  • 3 carrots, peeled and sliced

Toss ingredients together and spread out on a small baking sheet pan. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes or until tender.

For sweet cooked carrots, check out these sweet and spicy carrots.

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