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These gluten-free, grain-free cookies taste like coffee cake in cookie form! Grated pear adds extra sweetness and soft texture.
Every year when summer fades into fall, I find myself becoming more introspective as the seasons change. There’s a natural rhythm that seems to point me back into my self to do some soul searching, goal setting, and life evaluating. It’s a time that I used to fear and find uncomfortable, but over the years I’ve grown to appreciate it and now look forward to every fall when I know I’ll find the old feeling creeping back in again.
While the past few months and weeks have been a struggle as I work through my back problem, I’ve also been made keenly aware of the lavish blessings showered upon my life. As I’ve taken some time to evaluate where I’m at in my life, I’ve been reminded that things I flippantly take for granted are things that others pray for every single day.
There are things I’ve experienced in my short 22 years that many will never see, feel, or do in their lifetime.
There are people in my life that—no matter my attitude, circumstances, or mistakes—have only one goal in mind: to lift me higher.
The other day I read a banner on Pinterest (also known as The Mecca of Inspirational Quotes) that said:
If you have food in your fridge, clothes on your back, a roof over your head, and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75% of the world.
If you have money in the bank, your wallet, and some spare change, you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy.
If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed than the million people who will not survive this week.
If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the agony of imprisonment or torture, or the horrible pangs of starvation, you are luckier than 500 million people alive and suffering.
If you can read this message, you are more fortunate than 3 billion people in the world who cannot read at all.
And yet there are many days where I completely disregard all that has been entrusted to me and live my moments without being grateful. Once.
It hit me hard the other morning when I rolled out of bed and the first thought in my mind was one of disappointment. I can’t even remember what I was upset about (how pathetic is that?), but I do remember walking into the kitchen for a glass of water and thinking, What is wrong with you? This is no way to start your day!
To work on what I now call my Gratitude Deficiency, I’ve been making more of an effort to stop at regular intervals throughout my day—whether I’m just washing dishes, walking, sending emails, or lying in bed at night—to “press pause” on my life and take a minute to reflect during that very moment on what I’m grateful for.
For the brief time that I’ve been doing it, it’s been adding so much joy to my life. I feel more blessed than ever when I make moments of gratitude central in my life.
I read this on my tea bag the other day and thought it was spot on:
One of the biggest joys in my life is this space. The simple act of sharing recipes and talking about food with you all is something that helps me live a more wholehearted life. When I started this blog 4 years ago, I doubted that anyone would read it. Me of little faith! Daily Bites has turned into more than I ever could have hoped for.
So whether you’re a regular reader or a newbie, thank you for being here. You’re not just a reader to me. You’re a person with a story, with a gift, with a future. And I like to think that through the crazy cyber waves that I don’t even understand and across however many miles, we’re all friends here.
So in the spirit of gratitude, friendship, and fall, I thought it was high time for a new cookie recipe. These Pear Coffee Cake Cookies are moist, sweet, and almost breakfasty. Truth be told, I’m a bit obsessed with almond flour lately. (If you can’t eat nuts, don’t worry. I’ve got a beautiful seasonal nut-free treat coming your way next week.)
You can enjoy these cookies to your heart’s content under one condition: be grateful for every single bite.
Oh, P.S.—There’s still time to get in on the amazing Harvest Your Health Bundle Sale that I mentioned earlier this week. 71 ebooks for $37. Otherwise known as a total steal.