August 27, 2016

One Word Weekend ♥ Forgiveness

For One Word Weekend, I have chosen a word that does not come easily.
Forgiveness - This is a challenge to so many of us; myself included.

When someone you care about hurts you in some kind of way, the pain can turn in to bitterness or maybe even hatred. Those feelings will never serve any purpose because no one can take back what has been said or what was done. You are then left with two choices, two logical choices and that is to allow the bitterness fester into a toxic sore that will only continue to cause you more hate and resentment or you can choose to forgive.

"Forgiveness is not about forgetting. It is about letting go of another person's throat..."
~Wm. Paul Young

“People have to forgive. We don't have to like them, we don't have to be friends with them, we don't have to send them hearts in text messages, but we have to forgive them, to overlook, to forget. Because if we don't we are tying rocks to our feet, too much for our wings to carry!”  
~C. JoyBell C.

You see, forgiveness isn't about them, it is about you. Just as the above quote so beautifully states, by not forgiving we are "tying rocks to our feet..."
Does that hit home for you? Do you recognize that carrying around a grudge is only adding weight to each and every step you take. 

"To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you."
~Lewis B. Smedes

"Holding on to anger, resentment and hurt only gives you tense muscles, a headache and a sore jaw from clenching your teeth. Forgiveness gives you back the laughter and the lightness in your life."
~Joan Lunden

Along with forgiving others, we must also make the conscious choice to forgive ourselves.
We are human, we make mistakes.
By not forgiving ourselves, we might as well pour cement over our feet and plan to stay in that one place until the day we take our last breath.

“The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward.”
~Steven Maraboli

“I have learned, that the person I have to ask for forgiveness from the most is: myself. You must love yourself. You have to forgive yourself, everyday, whenever you remember a shortcoming, a flaw, you have to tell yourself "That's just fine". You have to forgive yourself so much, until you don't even see those things anymore. Because that's what love is like.”
~C. JoyBell C.

I hope you will have a moment to give some thought to those you need to forgive.
Is that person you?
Give yourself the freedom to move forward and this can be done by forgiving those that have done you wrong...Including yourself!

“Listen. Slide the weight from your shoulders and move forward. You are afraid you might forget, but you never will. You will forgive and remember.” 
~Barbara Kingsolver
Make it a great day!

August 24, 2016

Recipe Wednesday ♥ Simple Pumpkin Pancakes

This recipe is so incredibly easy you won't think it should work the way it does.
I make this single serving recipe into one big pancake, but you could easily make it into a couple little ones.
I have never doubled the recipe, but it should work just fine.
Trust me when I tell you, I have messed up more of these things than you know.
The best thing is, they taste just as good chopped up and eaten out of a bowl.

Simple Pumpkin Pancakes
1/2 cup Gluten Free Rolled Oats 
1/2 cup Liquid Egg Whites 
1/4 cup Pumpkin Puree
1/2 tsp Vanilla
Season, to taste
Stevia, or desired sweetener

Combine all of the pancake ingredients. 
Pour into a non-skillet coated with a small bit of coconut oil. 
Cook over medium until the entire top looks dry. 
Carefully flip over for another minute, or so.
Top, as desired.

 {Kitchen Bits}
  • I use either cinnamon or pumpkin spice.
  • These taste amazing with a small bit of English Toffee or Caramel Cream stevia added.
  • A small drop of maple flavoring can be used in place of the vanilla.
  • There isn't really anything you can do to mess these guys up.

 I wish you Happy & Healthy baking!

August 21, 2016