Saturday, January 15, 2011

Lets get this party started!

I was staring at my Bliss List just before thinking 'I don't have time to do any of this'. I guess that's the problem for a lot of us really, and definitely for me. I make myself so busy that I don't have time for myself. I work full time and also do acrylic nails part time in the evenings. Saving for Europe means that when I don't have a nail client booked, I work extra hours in Customer Service at my day job. Thankfully I get to see a few of my friends on a regular basis through my nail work, but its not quite the same. Don't get me wrong, I definitely make time for my friends and family, but I fit that in around everything else.

It doesn't leave much time for dancing in bare feet.

I don't know if 'dancing in bare feet' means much to you, but for me, its afternoons at 4 years old, jumping around the lounge on tattered brown carpet to Achy Breaky Heart on vinyl. Its weekends at 9 years old putting on shows for my Mum with my sister, Jess, with cold concrete farmhouse floors beneath us. Its High School days giggling and spinning down the grass bank with girlfriends just to enjoy the sun and breeze on our faces. And its early morning taxi's home, hours after stilettos were unbuckled and piled in the middle of the dancing circle. Its moments of pure happiness, when life is as simple as being barefoot and just dancing and that's as complicated as it needs to be.

The idea of having that moment at least once everyday is enough motivation to find time. And so, with the help of Courts sister, Natalie, who lives with us, I made three batches of muffins this morning.

A quick background - I have had an addiction to sugar since I was very young, when Dad would fill his cupboard with treats for our weekend visits. Anyone who doesn't have a sweet tooth may scoff at the idea of an addiction to sugar, but the facts - and negative health affects - of it are well documented. I've kicked the habit twice, and never felt better, but have always slipped back. So now, on my third go, I have been (refined) sugar free since 1 January 2011. Nats and I made muffins replacing all refined sugar with honey, so I can fulfill my sweet tooth without jeopardising my health resolution.

So, cooking - it's on the bliss list, so it should have ticked off my challenge for the day, but we are still experimenting with sugar replacement and not all of the batches were stunners. I realised its not the cooking I love, its treating my family and friends. I'm going to add that to the Bliss List, and today I hit the challenge with another indulgence. As I sat down to write this, I put on Slash's solo album and turned it up - instant happiness!

Day one - Success!

Fruit Salad Muffins

  • Sift together 2c flour, 4tsp baking powder, 1/2tsp salt. 
  • Drain the juice from a 425g can of fruit salad in natural juices, keeping 1/4c of the juice. 
  • Add to the juice 75g melted butter, 1/2c honey, 1/2c milk and 1 egg and whisk to combine. 
  • Add the fruit and wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. 
  • Spoon equal amounts into 12 greased muffin pans and bake for 10-12 minutes at 200 degrees Celsius or until the centre springs back when pressed.


Linaire said...

What a beautiful reason to blog!
Reminds me of William W Purkey's quote:
"You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,
Love like you'll never be hurt,
Sing like there's nobody listening,
And live like it's heaven on earth."

And it reminds me of why I love you so much xxx

chrishoyer2002 said...

Heeeeey pennyz :D!
Awsum idea to keep a record as a blog :D! It was funny to read this today because joel and i made a deal yesterday, im cutting out sugar and he's stopping smoking for a whole week, and im guna miss suuuuugar :( but it will be good for me, and i really want to cut back completely.
Im glad you are doing well and that you're happy, and im looking forward to reading more posts from you :D! x x

Penny said...

Aw thanks Mum :) xxxxx

@Chris - thats awesome! You gotta stick with it, you feel AMAZING, but you have to live through the hardest part for a good month or so. Jarrah Chocolatte is your friend, its only 2% sugar I think? But you would never know :)

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