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I want to share with you. With whats been going on and whats been motivating me as of late. Because sometimes hearing things that motivate others, well, might just ring with you too.

1. Others: I have been reading, and talking, and listening a lot lately. Surrounding myself by words, people, etc. that are in tune with how I want to live my life.... is so motivating. The ideas they give me, the inspiration, and the support. Its awesome. Lately, Ive been wanting to healthify myself, by eating better and exercising, expand my passion for teaching, simplifying, and creating, and just feel all around happier. So as I mentioned I started to read blogs by people who live this way in their life. They are awesome.

2. Running: I never thought I would say this. I am loving running. Weird right? Its punishment! Its pounding! And not to mention, at a sizable 5'11" female, that's a lot to smack down on the concrete for an extended period of time. But! alas, it has been getting my blood pumping while leaving me with my mood elevated, craving healthier foods, and just making me full of energy.

3. Muffins: So when I mentioned creating above, I primarily meant creating food. And recently I am obsessed with creating healthier muffins. Of course, I like to slather mine in peanut butter, but what don't I love to slather in peanut butter? Primarily meat stuffs, because well, I don't really eat them. And that would just be a terrible waste of the nutty goodness.

Carrot Spice Muffins
adapted from Oh She Glows

1 cup spelt flour
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 cup oat flour
1/4 cup cane sugar
1 tablespoon flax meal
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/3 cup apple butter
1/2 cup coconut milk (just the creamy goodness on the top...very yogurt like)
1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons almond milk
1.5 teaspoons vanilla extract
1.5 cups grated carrot
1/2 cup raisins, soaked in water and drained
1/3 cup chopped walnuts

Wow. Thats a lot of goodness right there.
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Mix all of the dry ingredients together. Then the wet. Then stir to combine. Shopping for the ingredient is definitely the tough part to this recipe. Scoop the thick batter in muffin liners and pop in the oven. Sprinkle a bit of coarse sugar on top if you want them to look all perty before baking. They will take about 18 to 20 minutes.

Let cool and enjoy.... they are totally breakfast worthy. :)

Music Paring
Ive been enjoying the Johnny Cash pandora station. I think you should too.


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