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I had no intention of making this recipe look Christmasy. Truly! I just started styling the photo and before I knew it, I was gravitating towards red linens and sparkly ribbons. Forgive me.
I’m a bit astounded that Thanksgiving is only a little over three weeks (!!) away. Sometimes I wonder if I’m caught in some sort of invisible time zone that speeds everything up and makes one day evaporate faster than the next. It’s crazy.
I started working out at this new gym last week (my back is doing well enough that I can exercise!). My favorite class times are at 5:30 and 6:15 am. In order for me to get out of the house and to class on time, I need to wake up at least 30 minutes beforehand so I can quick wash my face, throw on some workout clothes, and head out the door within 15 minutes. I’m getting it down.
I’m a morning person, but I’ve never been quite so early of a morning person. That said, I’m beginning to enjoy my 5:00 am wake-up calls. Even the three or four mornings a week when I don’t go to the gym early, I’m making a habit of getting up at 5:00 or 5:30 anyways. I love having that time in the stillness of the morning to read, pray, and just prepare for the day ahead with a quiet heart.
Lately I’ve been using part of my quiet time to prepare my heart for the upcoming holiday season. I think it’s ironic that the so-called “season of peace” is very often one of the most stressful 6-week periods in people’s lives. In our efforts to Give! Love! Be Merry!, we totally drop the ball on expressing gratitude, cherishing life’s many blessings, savoring extra time with people we love, and reflecting on the abundance of the past year.
So while it may be very early in the holiday season, I would encourage you to make an effort to take things slow this year. Time can’t slow down, but you can. The pace of your life doesn’t have to match that of the crazy deal hunters, the super moms who already have their Christmas cards done, or the party-goers with December schedules that are nearly booked by Thanksgiving.
Breathe. And then breathe again.
Find some stillness. In stillness, we make space. And when we make space, our lives slow down and our hearts open up. There’s a world of blessing whirling around us right under our noses, but we’re too busy glorifying the very act of busyness that we can’t see it.
I love this quote:
Busyness binds us to time and blinds us to blessing.
Slow down. Take those breaks. Throw away the to-do list. You can!
You could have the coolest holiday season ever. And you don’t have to do a thing to obtain it. In fact, you just have to UN-do. UN-complicate. UN-schedule. UN-plan. UN-wind.
Since you guys are a bunch of foodies like me, I’m guessing you unwind in the kitchen, too. If you’re looking for something to calm your spirit, engage your senses, and delight your palate as you slow down before the holiday season even has a chance to swallow you up, look no further than some breakfast cake.
Like I said, I had no intention of working this cake into a post about Christmas. But now that I’m talking about the holidays, I may as well tell you that this grain-free cake would make a lovely addition to a brunch spread. It’s packed with the fruity flavors of cranberries and orange zest, and it freezes well. Just pull out a piece or two whenever you need.
And it’s easy to make. Don’t think for a second that I want to complicate your already complicated life with complicated recipes. Nope. This is the year we do simple. We do uncomplicated. We do stir-dump-bake recipes.
We slow down and savor the season. We turn our backs on busy and say hello to blessing.
It’s a pretty cool way to live.
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