Last week was a complete doozy. I had my feelings hurt a ridiculous amount of times, I cried a lot, I felt really discouraged, but it taught me something. I realized that I let other people control my happiness. I've been thinking a lot about not wasting my life away on useless emotions and refreshing social media apps (embarrassing!). Instead I want to soak up the BEAUTY of my life. The life that I am so blessed to have. To appreciate gifts like the nicest card I may have ever received. I put it on my mirror as a daily affirmation. My love language is certainly encouragement and I've felt really low in that department, it was the perfect gift.
So, in order to focus on the lovely "every day" I've put together a calendar full of fun fall activities: a visit to Helen, a trip to the pumpkin patch, apple picking, and something fun for Halloween to be sure. I've also decided to be really careful about how much time I spend online. I've realized it has been a huge source of unhappiness for me, instead of endless inspiration. I'll be taking a big step back from things like twitter (I don't even understand it) and being quite deliberate about the rest of 'em. What makes me happy is being around people I love, feeling the cool breeze, making things, cooking our favorite chili, taking pictures, being creative, and that is what I want to focus on. Why open myself up to rejection (someone unfollowed me!) and vulnerability by paying too much attention to social networks that aren't even real life? Know what I mean?
With that said, I made some pumpkin bread and oh my is it tasty.
Preheat oven to 350. Grease one 8.5" inch loaf pan.
In a mixer, cream together pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, water and sugar until well blended.
In a separate bowl, whisk together baking mix, cinnamon, and all spice. Stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until just blended. Pour into the prepared pan.
Bake for about 50 minutes in the preheated oven. Done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
No one will know this pumpkin bread is gluten-free. It is so moist and delicious and perfect warm out of the oven with a little butter on top. Enjoy!
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