“It is when we stop thinking about what we don’t have or what we lack, and become grateful for who we are, that we can gain access to true unlimited inspiration.” Frank Arrigazzi, TIP TOP Spiritual Lessons
Since this is Friday the 13th I thought maybe we could all use a little pick-me-up.
Most people celebrate special occasions with cake. At our house cake is a reason for celebration all its own. And why not? Especially when you health it up a bit.
All cakes at our house are naked — without frosting. What did you think I meant?
I know carrot cake traditionally has a cream cheese icing. But a rich, moist, dense cake like carrot cake really doesn’t need it. Leave off the icing and you can really taste the full flavor of the cake.
Here’s my recipe — give it a try and let me know what you think.
3 Tablespoons flax seed meal dissolved in 6 Tablespoons hot water (or 3 eggs or any equivalent combination of the eggs and flax
1 cup buckwheat flour
2 cups of your favorite gluten free flour blend
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
2 cups shredded carrots
1 can crushed pineapple with juice (mom’s recipe calls for a small can but I use a large one)
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1 can raisins (if you don’t like raisins, leave them out)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2. Combine all ingredients. Mix until well blended. 3. Pour into prepared 9 x 13 pan. 4. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 – 45 minutes or until a knife inserted in center of cake comes out clean. 5. I think this cake is best served plain and needs no icing. However if you must have icing there are plenty of recipes available online.
“Jesus Christ knew he was God. So wake up and find out eventually who you really are. In our culture, of course, they’ll say you’re crazy and you’re blasphemous, and they’ll either put you in jail or in a nut house (which is pretty much the same thing). However if you wake up in India and tell your friends and relations, ‘My goodness, I’ve just discovered that I’m God,’ they’ll laugh and say, ‘Oh, congratulations, at last you found out.”
― Alan W. Watts, The Essential Alan Watts
“I choose to make the rest of my life the best of my life.” – Louise Hay
The women I have chosen to quote have all made major contributions to the world. I have been personally inspired by many of these women as I am sure you have, but Louise Hay is one of my favorites. Her spiritual teachings, especially those on healing always seem to find their way to me when I need them.
Today’s quote is one I try to live by. As I get older I do not see myself going downhill or getting old and sick. Instead I see myself as getting better and better. Even though she passed last year Louise is still my model of successful aging. Thank you Louise, you are missed!