This weekend was beautiful. Though originally forecasted for clouds and rain, there was nothing but clear skies from Saturday Morning to Sunday Night. We spent hours working on our yard on Saturday, but it honestly didn’t even feel like work. I’m not sure when it became enjoyable to me, but right now I am so into being outside and learning how to garden. I think this falls into line with a recent break through in my perspective on things. Its not that I was negative about things, its just that lately I also hadn’t been overly positive about things either. This medium perspective, though not entirely bad, was unfortunately housing a lot of limiting beliefs; feelings of doubt that I can pursue a career unique to myself, and questioning my ability to continually put out content + work towards my new career while still working full time in my current job. But those beliefs are fallacies. I can and will pursue a career of passion and this “busy-ness” of now is all entirely worth it and simply just means my life is full.
This shift of perspective has led me to not dread my current job, but to see it as a blessing and a thing that provides me the ability to pursue my passion projects. I am still valued in this place, even if its not something I 100% love. I heard that on a podcast recently; when you’re in a job you don’t necessarily love, that doesn’t mean you don’t have worth and value in that job and that you aren’t bringing something to the table. If you’re in the same boat as me, I urge you to practice patience. Trust the process that is life and just keep moving forward and working towards your goals.
My perspective shift has also led me to not see house work or yard work as a burden, but to be grateful that I have a home and yard and a (soon-to-be) husband to enjoy those spaces with me. Thinking positivity radiates and emits positivity. Now I’m not saying I don’t still get down and blue sometimes, its okay to feel and acknowledge all emotions, but I am saying that when I feel upset over something, I try and dissect what about it is making me upset and then try to extract what about the situation is still a positive. Obviously there are situations in life where that doesn’t necessarily apply, but again, there is nothing wrong with feeling + experiencing all the emotions.
So the weekend, ah yes. From start to finish it was filled with joy. On Friday night, when I got home from work, We made homemade burgers with homemade fries (slathered in Sir Kensington’s Ketchup, of course). after we ate we sipped on some Austin East Ciders and played a 3 hour round of monopoly. Fun Fact: I lost. I couldn’t tell you the last time I played that game, especially to completion. Board games are one of our favorites things to do while enjoying drinks together.
On Saturday, we woke up early and I made us a breakfast scramble with left over fries from the night before, chopped turkey and green onions. SO GOOD. Then we hit the town to get some gardening supplies and other goods (oh Target, you did it again), came home and scarfed down a quick lunch before heading out to the yard. We enjoyed a good 3 Citrus Peel Out by Southern Tier Brewing Company while gardening. If you haven’t mixed beer and yard work together, I suggest you give it a try. After the day of manual labor we went back in to shower and ate some baked chicken wings before heading out to a local bar to watch some friends of our perform in their band.
On Sunday, we went out early to grocery shop so we could be back in time to go enjoy a brunch with my fiancée’s family. Following brunch, we went and visited their house for an hour or so and took in the glorious sunshine. When we returned home, I called both of my grandmas and had lovely conversations with them. I really should call them more and I do wish I lived closer to them. After, we headed back out into the yard to finish up on some things and then impulsively went out and bought a bistro table set so we could dine al fresco. This, my friends, was one of the best semi-impulse buys. We enjoyed a summer-y dinner with ice cold seltzer then went back inside so I could make a quick apple skillet dessert, only for us to return to the outdoors to enjoy said dessert along side some bourbon + ginger. Yesterday, as we enjoyed both courses of food at the little table, I realized those are the little moments in life that add up to a grander happiness. We weren’t watching TV, or turned into our phones or computers, we we’re just sitting their together in the outdoors enjoying a meal, taking in the surreal weather. I can’t think of a better thing I’ve spent money on recently.
Just so much happy bundled into 48 hours.
But wait, you said apple dessert?
Yes. I did. And it was quite heavenly, but TBH it was a pretty phoned-in/improvised version of an apple crisp. So delicious though, that I couldn’t not share it. Thus, I bring you the recipe below but without exact measurements and more just approximations. If the idea of an approximated dessert worries you, have no fear! This isn’t exactly a dessert that would self-destruct if the measurements were incorrect. Instead it would either be more maple-y, more butter-y, more spice-y, or have more crunch. You see where I’m going with this? It truly doesn’t matter how much more or less you add of each ingredient. So without further adieu, the delicious details are below!
• 3 apples, diced
• 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
• 2 tbsp arrow root powder
• 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
• 1-2 tbsp ghee or grass-fed butter
• 1 tbsp coconut oil
• 1 tbsp lemon juice
• 2 tsp cinnamon
• 1 tsp ginger
• 1 tsp cardamom
• dash nutmeg
• 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
2. In a large bowl, mix diced apples with arrow root, oats, maple syrup, melted coconut oil, lemon juice, spices ad walnuts until evenly coated.
3. Pour mixture into a greased cast-iron skillet and top with 2 tbsp ghee or grass-fed butter.
4. Bake apples for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
5. Remove from oven and serve immediately. Optional: Serve with ice cream