29

Happy Birthday to me!

I can’t believe I have been alive 29 years!

I’m in my last year of my 20’s.

I live alone, with my 4-year-old puppy child.

I have zero children.

Some people would stress about this.

Especially, being so close to the 30 year mark.

Buuuuttt those people are not me.

I’m excited for 30.

I really want to live this last year of my 20’s up as much as I can.

I want to travel more for sure.

As with all years, this one has been a year of learning experiences for me.

Some good and some bad but I don’t have any regrets.

Here are 29 little tid-bits about my past year (in no particular order):

I experienced my first heart break (in the relationship department).

Then I experienced my second heart massacre.

People aren’t always what they seem.

 I can handle any situation with the utmost grace (but I’ve been told that in certain situations, I should have gone H.A.M. on some people).

I started going back to church. Not every Sunday, but as much as I can. This was a big one for me. I feel that I don’t have to go to church to be close to God. I am close to him regardless, but I almost feel like I had lost a sense of my faith and community without church.

I have the ability to love unconditionally, without judgement, with my heart wide open.

I cannot turn my feelings off like a light switch. Love is love is love is love.

I am an extremely forgiving person. Almost to a fault (in my opinion).

A bottle of wine will fix almost anything. Or at least help take the pain away for a few hours.

No matter what, your mother is still your best friend.

Your sister is your one and only confidant. She will take everything you tell her to the grave.

Your little sister can be your voice of reason when it comes to dating/relationships.

I can watch football in my sweatshirt and house slippers, but give me a pair of high heels and watch out world!

My values and beliefs are extremely important to me.

There are still great men out there…ones that will bring you flowers & your favorite candy on the first date, expect nothing in return, and treat you like the princess you are.

I owe everything I am and the person that I have become to my parents.

No matter how many times you ask yourself why a relationship ended…it was never your fault.

There actually are emotionally unavailable people in this world…they have been through a lot, respect them.

You are beautiful…inside and out. Don’t ever let a man make you believe that you are less than that.

I feel most beautiful in sweatpants, hair-tied, chilling with no make up on.

It takes a looooooong time to repair your heart after its been broken.

Your smile is your best asset.

The love your parents have for you is one of a kind.

Eat all the cake, cookies, and pie you want.

A small circle of GREAT friends is better than a large circle of crappy friends.

You can never trust someone with a terrible handshake.

Surround yourself with people who put 100% of the effort into friendships as you do. Nothing less.

Pancakes are acceptable at any time of day.

Sometimes you need a  girls night, a bottle of wine, dancing in the living room at 3 a.m. to George Strait in your pajamas and slippers.

Here is to year 29…bring it.

MANGIA!

6 Years of Blogging

Last week I started getting LinkedIn inbox messages congratulating me on my 6 year blogging anniversary.

I totally forgot.

Wow! When I look back on the past six years and how far this little blog has come, i can’t help but feel accomplished.

I mean, I did this.

This blog is my therapy.

It’s my live journal.

This blog has been with me through it all.

You have been through it all with me.

I remember when my sister and I were living together in our apartment in college and she was diagnosed with celiac disease.

She should have been diagnosed with “my sister is going to kill me for leaving my clothes and shoes around the apartment” disease.

Anyway, we put our brains together and I started cooking and baking things she could eat.

I remember her saying, “Ya know Chels, you should document this…you should write about this journey.”

At the time, I didn’t know she was also speaking to me from a place of concern.

A concern for my health, for my eating disorder.

But the crazy thing is that, my anorexia wasn’t about food at all.

It was about everything I was going through in life.

Food was merely my only control.

If my sister hadn’t been living with me, I don’t think I would have made it.

I was self destructing, in denial, and lived a rigorously scheduled life.

Things changed after graduation when I was told I had osteoporosis of the spine…at age 24!

Changes in my life needed to be made…so I changed them, I decided to get better, I decided to get healthy.

Guess what…the blog was here for me.

You all were here to listen.

Even if I didn’t talk about being sick, you were still here to read as I shared my stories and recipes.

For that, I thank you.

I thank you for not judging in a world that is full of criticism.

You have been with me through a time when I thought my family was falling apart, college graduation, the death of my last dog, a couple of jobs, a second go round at college, and more recently, a broken heart.

Honestly, I’m not sure I could imagine my life without this blog.

Sharing my stories with you strangers while weird, is exhilarating.

Who knew I was talking to a large group of people that could relate to me, or who had experienced similar things in life?

The rest of this year is going to hold several new things for me and I hope you will continue to be there to listen, laugh, cry, and cook with me.

I will be there for you.

So, Happy Birthday you little blog you!

6 years looks good on you, and I can’t wait for the next 6.

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28

Happy 28th Birthday to me!

Goodness, I feel old.

Don’t look at me that way.

Anyway, here are 28 things I have learned during my lifetime.

  1. Stop living by “rules.” Rules put you in a box. Break those rules, you won’t regret it.
  2. Dates are fun. Date as many guys as possible. Just kidding.
  3. Spend time daily thanking God for your blessings. After all, he spent all that time creating you.
  4. Fix your hair, you will feel better, look better, and you can thank me later.
  5. School is not the be all, end all of life.
  6. Fail, fail miserably. You will only learn how to pick yourself back off the ground better each time.
  7. Treat yourself. You are worth it.
  8. A good bottle of wine is a must.
  9. Go out and live. Enjoy life, you only have one.
  10. Take compliments with a smile and a “thank you.” You still got it 😉
  11. Your parents will always be correct in all aspects of life. Don’t argue with me.
  12. Open your heart and don’t be afraid for it to get broken. It will break and when it does, you will have your mom and a 1/2 gallon of Bluebell Homemade Vanilla.
  13. Money isn’t everything.
  14. You will never be good at just one thing in life. You are a chameleon, try your hand at everything in life.
  15. Don’t let anyone or anything get in the way of your dreams.
  16. Great friends are hard to come by. Keep a small circle of the ones who make time for you.
  17. Detox your life. Not as in a juice cleanse, or a vegan diet, but detox your life from the people that are toxic to it. Trust me. It’s like pulling off a band-aid.
  18. Your younger sister will always hold your hand while dragging you across the street, defend you against bar “creepers,” and be your wing-woman even when you don’t ask her to.
  19. You can wear all the makeup in the world, but it doesn’t compensate for a heart of gold. True beauty is skin deep.
  20. Never feel bad for singing in the shower and in the car at the top of your lungs.
  21. White girls can rap. Don’t underestimate me.
  22. The best birthday wishes are from your grandparents, who call and sing “Happy Birthday” to you every.single.birthday.
  23. A good spa day will bring out the best in you.
  24. Nothing makes a bad day turn great than being greeted by your dog when you come home.
  25. Mexican food, margaritas, and drunk dancing with your mom. Need I say more?
  26. The higher the hair, the closer to heaven.
  27. When it doubt, wear cowboy boots. Your feet will thank me 🙂
  28. You will only learn to love, when you learn to love yourself. Find things that make you great.
  29. (One to grow on)…eat the cake. Eat the cake, always eat the cake.

Toasted Coconut Banana Bread Donuts

On Saturday a mariachi band sang Happy Birthday to me.

I celebrate my birthday every year with Mexican food.

I’m pretty sure if I could have an I.V. with Mexican food stuck in me…I wouldn’t hesitate to be all about that!

Today is mahhhhh real birthday, and even though I’m not 21 (like the mariachi’s assumed), I’m 27 and I feel great about it!

I love my birthday month.

I can always count on my birthday landing in the same week as the Grammy’s and purchasing my favorite Reese’s PB Cups in heart Shape form because Valentine’s Day is in the same week.

It’s a birthday fest!

On a side note: I usually get frustrated watching the Grammy’s and start yelling obscenities at the television like, “Really!? That’s not freaking music!”

My dad would always make me birthday pancakes when I was little, but since he’s not here, and it’s just not the same, I’ve made myself some birthday donuts.

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Ummmm…Banana Bread Donuts

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with Toasted Coconut Glaze.

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Oh yes.

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This is fancy adult birthday food.

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Because birthday’s are about doing what you want.

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Duh.

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For reaaaalz.

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I’m getting a massage today and tonight I will be eating a rotisserie chicken, birthday cake, and watching The Bachelor…

in my pajamas.

BEST BIRTHDAY EVER!

Toasted Coconut Banana Bread Donuts
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4
 
Fluffy, baked donuts with sweet bananas, topped w/ a toasted coconut butter glaze. Gluten-free, paleo, nut-free, refined sugar-free.
Ingredients
  • 2 c. unsweetened, shredded coconut flakes, toasted
  • 1 large, very ripe banana, mashed
  • ½ c. granulated stevia
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. date puree or unsweetened apple sauce
  • ½ t. pure vanilla extract
  • 5 T. coconut flour
  • 1 t. ground cinnamon
  • ¼ t. baking soda
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a donut pan with cooking spray.
  2. Place 1½ cups of the toasted coconut in a large food processor and process until a smooth, creamy, coconut butter forms. The consistency will be pretty drippy. This takes about 4-5 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as you go.
  3. This is going to be your glaze. Reserve the remaining ½ c. of toasted coconut for topping.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, combine the banana, stevia, eggs, date puree, and vanilla until smooth.
  5. Stir in the coconut flour, cinnamon, and baking soda until combined.
  6. Pour the dough into each donut pan cup.
  7. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until the donuts have risen and are slightly golden.
  8. Let cool slightly.
  9. Dip the top of each donut into the glaze and cover with toasted coconut.
  10. Enjoy!

MANGIA!!!