Some things just transcend seasons, trends and decades. These things are rare, but forever genuine.
A perfect beef stew is one of these genuine treasures.
The key word here is a perfect beef stew. There are lots of things that could go wrong, thus rendering a stew bland and not worthy.
The key element to make a stew sing and become transcendental..................
There's a distinct difference in being content, and realizing that there is absolute peace and joy where you are.
I thought it was great being content. Content sounds full, needing little and grinning much.
But there's a place beyond that has an immense feeling of gratitude and calm.
I moved to Arizona from Colorado and for years I was constantly comparing and feeling like I left home. That there was this place, a better place, waiting for me to return.
It was driving back from my little vacation when I realized, I AM in a beautiful place.
I was overwhelmed with a feeling that was beyond being content in this land, but actually feeling like it was home. A home where all is right and wonderful. Where everything is familiar and I have little need to be anywhere else.
Home in a desert with its mysteries and treasures.
I'm days away from a little vacation that will involve nothing but my little family, sand, waves and the promise of extra fresh seafood.
For years my daughter has talked about seeing the ocean. Ever since she knew of its existence she has begged us to go.
It's just that a beach in the middle of a land locked desert takes some effort to get to.
It also makes the abundance of really amazing seafood a bit sparse. However, it can happen.
I never want to forget, or get too busy to just stop and take in the small moments.
Those sweet times when life hands you something and wants you to pause and appreciate.
To notice the light streaming through and resting on a cup. Or when a baby erupts with laughter in the middle of a store. Or something as simple as doing nothing.
One particular afternoon, after a day of cleaning and chores, it just seemed right to stop everything and bake cookies.
No rhyme or reason. Just a moment that I thought I needed to grab.
The afternoon sun angled in on my tea, and I stepped back just to notice and be in the moment.
Me, tea and a plate of blueberry lime cookies.
I like when these moments reach out and slow me down.
This recipe is based off of Elana's Pantry chocolate chip cookie recipe that you can find on the bag of almond flour. I tweaked things slightly and changed the flavor up to suite my moment.
Blue Berry Lime Cookie
2 cups almond flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup butter
zest of two limes
1 Tablespoon honey
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup dried blueberries
Preheat oven to 350º. In a food processor blend everything except the dried blueberries until a dough forms. Add the dough to a bowl and stir in the blueberries. Let the dough rest in refrigerator while the oven preheats or about 1/2 an hour.
Scoop 1 Tablespoon rounds of dough onto cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. Flatten out the dough gently but not too thin.
Bake for 8 minutes just until the edges start to brown. Remove from oven and let cool. Serve and enjoy!
I hope your day is full of these sweet little times and that you have the opportunity to enjoy them.