taking a minute to slow down

I’ve been grouchy all morning.  Have you ever had those days?  I’m grouchy because I over scheduled myself — again.  I rushed through feeding the animals murmuring the whole time.  I threw together a smoothie for the kids’ breakfast.  It had plenty of healthy things in it, but no love.  I managed to get through our homeschool classes, but I’m not sure how much actual learning happened.  I ran to Wal-mart (my least favorite store on the planet) and purchased a couple of birthday party gifts, got them wrapped,  but wasn’t able to share in Thomas’ excitement.  I slapped together some peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch and hurried the kids along so I could get them down for their naps. 

I took a quick breath as I laid down with Muffa and realized I could have had a really nice morning, but I chose not to.  I was so concerned about what I thought HAD to get done, that I skipped over the things that really matter.  I was reminded of a quote by President Dieter F. Uchorf, “We would do well to slow down a little, focus on the significant, and truly see the things that matter most.” 

In that light, that’s all I have for today because I am going to slow down and focus on what really matters.  I’m going to make some mayonnaise for Greg.  It’s not part of the schedule today, but that’s okay, it’s what matters most right now, and you can bet there will be a lot of love in it.

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an even more wonderful sunflower seed butter recipe

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Holy cow, I thought the granola balls we made were good, but I promise you, these fudge bites shared over at Nourishing Bites are downright scrumptious.  I kid you not.  They take all of maybe 5 or 10 minutes to prepare (plus 30 minutes of utter anticipation while they harden up in the fridge) and they’re done, and you totally feel Martha Stewarty.  Let’s start.

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1/2 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup seed or nut butter of your choice

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1/3 cup honey

1/2 tsp vanilla

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Mix everything together.  I used an immersion blender because if use it for just about everything or you can simple wisk the ingredients together by hand. 

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Pour them into molds.  I happen to have these from IKEA, but you could use anything — mini muffin tins, dixie cups. 

Stick them in the fridge for a half an hour and you’re all set to wow your family and friends. 

A little bonus today that has absolutely nothing to do with sunflower seed butter, I just think it’s funny.

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We get flood irrigation every two weeks.  All the animals have a raised area where they go to escape the water flow.  Even the chickens have figured it out, but not the goats.  Every time we get irrigation, they trap themselves on this little tiny piece of concrete next to our wall and there they stand for I don’t know how long.  Silly goats.  It was much funnier in my head than when I actually typed it out.  Oh well. 

using my failed attempt at sunflower seed butter to make something absolutely wonderful

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So as it turns out, it wasn’t a complete failure after all.  I was able to use my failed attempt at sunflower seed butter in a very yummy new recipe from Nourishing Bites.  Other than making the sunflower seed butter part, it was super fast and easy.  Despite being full of healthy ingredients, I got several “mmm”s and “thanks for making these for me mom.”  I’d say the granola balls as they are now called in our home are a big hit.  Here’s the tweaked recipe. 

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1 cup old fashioned oats

1 cup unsweetened coconut threads

1/2 cup ground flax seed

1/2 cup chocolate chips

1/2 cup honey

1/2 cup sunflower seed butter (or any nut/seed butter)

1 tsp vanilla

a pinch of salt

Mix the dry ingredients together. 

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Add the butter, honey, and vanilla.  Mix thoroughly. 

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Form into balls.  It makes about 24 to 30 balls depending on how much you eat as you go along.  Not that I did that of course.  You may need to add or subtract some of the honey depending on how well the balls stick together.  That’s it.  Store in an airtight container in the fridge.  The only thing I would have done differently is made more.  They are that good.  I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.