New Year’s Resolution #1: Eat more sweets.
Let yourself “indulge.”
I really should say intentions instead of resolutions, right?
These are a few of my intentions for 2014 (in no particular order):
1). Polish my photography skills, ESPECIALLY for the blog! I have had my new camera for about a year now and I love it! However, I only just learned about all the awesome settings…like, yesterday. C’mon Chels, get it together! I might even want to take a photography class…what, what!
2). Be more care-free. This pertains to my every day life. Less schedules, more fun! I have already started to work on this and it is FABULOUS!
3). More time spent w/ friends. This could be anything from just hanging out and having a movie night, or partying til the sun comes up. I’m gonna go w/ the flow. Whole new me. You’ll see 😉
4). Stress less. I am about to enter school again working toward becoming a Registered Dietician. I know that school can really take over my life and I want to be able to tell myself to “remember to breathe, exams aren’t everything, it’s not the end of the world.”
5). More sleep. This is a BIG ONE for me. I feel like I never get enough sleep. I may go to bed earlier, but I rise at 4 a.m., pretty much everyday. Sleep in, Chels…it’s good for the beauty.
6). Write more often. Not counting the blog, I love, love, love to write. I just want to take sometime to really write what I am feeling, or just write about my life in general.
7). Pick up the guitar. Acoustic. I love to sing. I have always wanted to play the guitar and have been learning, I would just like to make it my newest hobby and really be able to play.
8). Write an e-cookbook. This one’s for you…and me. I want to share some recipes I have been working on forever. Maybe at the end of the summer
9). More “me” time…whether it’s a massage, a walk, getting my nails and/or hair done, reading a book, once a week…I shut all my electronics down and zen out.
10). More family dinners. It’s hard to do this since my seester lives in Austin, but I would love to be able to have dinner together as a family at least once a week. We do have dinner every night, but because everyone is on a different schedule, we all eat at different times.
11). More pasta Sunday’s…this kind of goes along w/ the above, but more in relation to my extended family. We used to have pasta every Sunday, my family misses that…so we are going to start it up again.
12). Travel. I want to take a “me” vacation…maybe to Cali. I also want to travel, anywhere with my family all together.
13). Work on baking/cooking things outside of my comfort zones: see crossaints, flaky pastries, yeasted breads, souffles, layer cakes, you name it…throw it at me.
14). Throw myself out there and meet new people. Maybe I’ll date Ryan Reynold’s…who knows 😉
15). Spend more time w/ my grandparents (my grandmother’s, and my remaining grandfather). They are getting old and I see them all often…but not often enough. I love to hear their stories. They are golden.
16). Try new exercise routines: hike, bike, more yoga & pilates, less running, online fitness workouts, etc. !
That’s all for now! What are you’re intentions for the new year?
- For the muffins:
- ¼ c. unsalted, almond butter
- ¼ c. melted dark chocolate chips
- ¼ c. pure maple syrup
- 1 flax egg (1 T. ground flaxseed meal + 3 T. water, mix let sit for 5 minutes)
- ¼ c. unsweetened, cocoa powder
- 2 T. coconut flour
- ¼ t. baking soda
- For the frosting:
- ¼ c. coconut oil, softened
- 2 t. unsweetened, cocoa powder
- 1 T. pure maple syrup
- For the brownies, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Line a mini muffin pan w/ non-stick or silicone liners.
- In a large bowl, combine the almond butter, dark chocolate, maple syrup, and flax egg until smooth.
- Stir in the cocoa powder, coconut flour, and baking soda.
- Drop the batter by rounded tablespoon into the prepared muffin cups.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of each muffin comes out clean.
- Let the muffins cool completely.
- For the frosting, mix together all of the ingredients in a small mixing bowl until smooth.
- Place ¼ teaspoon of frosting on top of each cooled muffin.