How is everyone doing today?
I am happy because I am taking a day off of work this morning. I had a busy day yesterday, and, well, just a busy life in general these days/weeks/months. The truth is I’ve been struggling with a lot of anxiety and have had a couple of pretty looowwww days.
I write to you from my hideaway in a small coffee shop about 45 minutes away.
I was going to run 8 miles this morning but my leg is hurting just a tad, so I decided to eat these apple cinnamon pancakes instead and head out of town! The recipe for the pancakes is on my Instagram post.
Some other things I’ve been eating include these intense(-ly good) pancakes I made on Saturday morning. My Pumpkin Blackberry pancake recipe minus the blackberries and add in dark chocolate chips and slices of banana. Heavenly.
Paleomg ooey gooey pumpkin chocolate chip bars for treat day on Saturday. They were DELICIOUS. I modified the recipe to make them a little lower fat and cals. This is what I did: Instead of 1/2 cup coconut oil, I did 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce, cut the coconut sugar in half, 2 egg whites instead of the 1 egg, and 1/4 cup coconut flour instead of the 1 cup of almond flour. Okay, so I changed it up a lot…but they still turned out so ooey gooey delicious!
This weird creation from last night…I only had about 20 minutes between clients and a meeting to make dinner for just myself. This was canned salmon, turmeric, egg whites, spinach, cracked pepper and jalapenos. I actually really enjoyed it. I don’t eat a lot of jalapenos, but I think I’m going to start eating them more!
And this reminder. It’s currently the background on my phone as a constant reminder in this season. (Download it from cedargandy.com!)
It’s true- did you know that? You are enough.
It’s easy in our world/culture to equate ourselves and our value with what we can accomplish. It’s a tangible way to be able to “measure” ourselves when we can complete something or do really well. It’s a security we cling to to tell ourselves “I’m okay!” or “I still have work to do.” I totally have been giving into this easy way to measure myself.
But those things are so fleeting and inconsistent. We are inconsistent, human, and have souls and hearts that are so much more than what we can produce in the natural. We were created by God with desires, likes, personalities, feelings, emotions, talents, and hearts that can’t be replaced. We were created with these things for a reason beyond what we can just do or produce. Isn’t that a freeing reality?
Think about your best friend, your spouse, your mom or your dad…someone you love very much. You love them because of who they are, how you feel when you spend time with them, for their hearts, and because even in the midst of their emotions, the reality of who they are draws you in to know & love them more. You don’t love them because they do the dishes for you every day, drive you places, produce things for you, or make your life easier. That’s not really loving them…that’s using them.
God loves us, He doesn’t use us. That means He loves our hearts, emotions, the depth of who we are. He doesn’t just love what we do. We don’t have to perform for Him or measure up to a standard. He loves us. It’s simple.
We live healthily when we operate out of a place of knowing we are loved for who we are and not what we do. Then we can operate out of a secure place love, and not out of always trying to ‘measure up.’ Even when we are sticking to a healthy eating plan or a marathon training program, we can’t let those things be a measure of our value. We are much more than these things or the end result of these things.
Wow, I did NOT even mean to write about this today…but there you go!! I hope it spoke to someone at least. I know I need revelation of this daily!
On to the food!!!
Spicy Sausage Apple Plantain Hash
Makes 2-3 servings
- 8 oz spicy breakfast sausage
- 1 apple, chopped into small cubes
- 1 ripe (more brown) plantain, cut into small slices
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 1 tsp dried sage
- Heat up a medium skillet over medium-high heat and spray with cooking spray/oil of choice. Add breakfast sausage to the pan and start breaking it up in the pan with a spatula.
- When the sausage is a little bit cooked but still has some pink in the middle, add the plantains and apples to the pan and mix well.
- Add garlic and sage and continue mixing up as the sausage cooks.
- Once the sausage is cooked through and the plantains & apples are tender, the hash is finished! Let cool, plate and enjoy!