Archives for November 2015

Not Shooting for the Stars

Some days you just can’t get ahead.  I’ve only written six hundred words today.   Not enough, doesn’t matter.  I’m going to bed.  Too much stress today and I feel awful.  I just need to go back to bed.  I suppose, when you’re blogging every day there is going to be a day that is just not pretty.  Today is one of those days.  It wasn’t terrible, but I’m just worn out at this point and don’t feel like doing more.

So tonight I’m not shooting for the stars… I’m just going to go lay down and hope to wake up and feel better in the morning than I did this afternoon.  I would say chronic illness is to blame, and I’m sure it has something to do with it.  But in reality, doesn’t everyone just have “one of those days”?  In case you were wondering, it wasn’t rhetorical.  Give me a shout out and let me know I’m not alone here! Ha… ok… night.  :)

Writing Up a Storm

Night four (I think) of my experiment and I’m still loving it!  I’ll be honest, I don’t think I’m getting any more sleep than I was before, but I certainly am being more productive.  Something just hasn’t been jiving these first few days between my brain wanting to sleep and my kids sleeping when they’re supposed to.  Regardless of our inability to coordinate, things are going fairly well.  I am certainly not getting less sleep than I was, and I think having that solid, initial block in the early evening hours really helps if the early morning hours get rocky.

Tonight I fell asleep easier than I have been, which was great.  My brain started ramping up with the laundry list of things I had forgotten (why does it always do that when I’m trying to sleep?!)  But it was super easy to flip the off switch when I could remind myself that I was getting up in three hours and would just do it then.  I was actually surprised how quickly my mind shut itself up!  It was fantastic!

So what have I been doing with my extra time?  Writing of course!  Like I said, most of the time I’m gaining from this right now is going toward Nanowrimo.  I’m writing a novel, and it’s going really well.  I’m currently on course to win the contest of writing a 50,000 word novel in 30 days.  I don’t think that will be enough words to finish my book, but it gets me off to a great start nonetheless!

I am super excited about this particular expedition into fantasy writing, my first real shot at it, and I can’t wait to share all of it with all of you!  But for now you will just have to settle for a bit of an excerpt:

What was wrong with everyone? Couldn’t they tell there was something very wrong here? This wasn’t a carnival game or a part of the ceremony. The River hadn’t “gifted” them anything, how would a river even do that anyway? Why was she the only sane person here? The men got to chest deep water and began swimming, keeping their heads above water and eyes toward the basket. Kassia held her breath. The crowd held their breath.

Minutes passed as they maneuvered toward the center of the River, getting themselves into position to catch the basket as it drifted. Half treading water, half swimming upstream, they were drawing closer and closer. Benjamin was the first one to reach out for the basket, gently pulling it in to himself so as not to overturn it, he peered inside. He found layers of blankets, a few of which he soaked tugging at them to see what lay underneath. He cursed under his breath, very unlike him.

“What is it? Ben what do you see?” Brice prodded swimming up alongside him. “Ben!” The color had drained from his face; he made eye contact but couldn’t get anything out. Few things threw Benjamin Azure off his game, but this was more than he had bargained for.”

If that whetted your appetite a bit, stay tuned for more!

Coconut Krispies Recipe

Today’s mini thought is a delicious tidbit, quite literally.  If you need a GAPS friendly Rice Krispie recipe look no further.  This is the closest thing I can find.  (If you have something more authentic I would love to hear about it!!)  So, before I share the recipe, I’ll let you in on why I created it.

Since I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s I have been on a very strict diet.  There are so many things I just can’t eat without repercussions that sideline me for days at a time.  I am more or less used to this way of eating now, but I get cravings for certain things that I know I can’t have anymore.  One particular item I’ve been craving for weeks is Rice Krispie squares.  Mmmmm….. Rice Krispies…. they are the perfect treat.  Oooy, chewy, gooey with just a touch of crisp.  Marshmallowy, vanilla flavored goodness all in a perfect square shaped treat that you can take pretty much anywhere.  Who doesn’t love these things?!

I don’t typically crave them, but when they’re around I can’t keep my hands off of them.  And now that I know I can’t have them, suddenly it’s all I want!  A couple weeks ago I swear I ran across a recipe for GAPS approved krispie treats made with shredded coconut.  I was thrilled!  And for about a week I stored the exciting find in the back of my mind for a weekend afternoon that I could test this out.  Unfortunately, I forgot to store it in my browser and had no link.

No problemo, I thought to myself.  Google never fails me.  I searched “GAPS approved Rice Krispies” and “Paleo Rice Krispies” and “Coconut Krispies” (which turned up this gem, by the way, but not exactly what I was looking for.)  I searched so many pages of Google and I could not find my substitute rice krispie treat recipe anywhere!  I looked for days until I finally decided that I was just going to have to figure it out myself.  And I did.  And now I’m putting it here so that you don’t have to.  (And so that I don’t have to again.  Haha)

IMG_0833Coconut Krispies

Shout out to Mommypotamus for giving me the tools to create this with her GAPS Marshmallow Recipe!

Ingredients

1 Cup Water
3 Tbs Grassfed Gelatin
1 Cup Honey
Vanilla Extract
Sea Salt
4-5 Cups Shredded Coconut

Directions

Prepare a 9×3 inch baking dish by lining with parchment paper.

Seperate your water into two half cups. Pour one half in a medium sized pot and the other in a large mixing bowl.  Add your gelatin to the bowl and stir until completely mixed with the water.  In your pot add the honey, a pinch of sea salt and 1tsp of vanilla extract.  Bring to a boil.  Use a candy thermometer to make sure your honey reaches 220-240 degrees (soft ball stage).  This takes several minutes.

Once your honey mixture is at temp, transfer that to your bowl and pour in with the gelatin.  Add another half teaspoon of vanilla.  Use a hand mixer on low to combine and then increase to high speed until you reach a thick marshmallow-cream consistency.  Once there quickly fold in your shredded coconut. Use four or five cups, depending on desired consistency.  Be sure to work with all deliberate speed here so that your marshmallow doesn’t set before it gets to the pan!

Once the coconut is well mixed, pour into your baking dish and press down to get your square shape.  Allow your krispie treats to rest for a few minutes before cutting into them.  Thank the Lord for providing these new gifts and enjoy!

P.S. – If you were the one who posted the original recipe for GAPS Rice Krispies, feel free to give me a shout with your link so maybe I won’t feel so crazy! :)

Mini Thoughts

So far my sleep experiment has been a success.  I am certainly not less rested than I was before, and I seem to be feeling more energized.  Though it’s early on, so I’ll reserve judgments for now.  I am certainly being more productive than I was before!  The freedom to fall asleep at 7pm knowing I will have two or three more hours in my day to work (without kids!) is just so freeing.

And look, another blog!  Even so, don’t expect too much from me this month.  I plan on doing lots of blogging, but short and sweet blogs with one or two thoughts from the day… mini thoughts you might call them.  :)  The majority of my writing time this month will be dedicated to Nanowrimo!  I won Nano in 2010 when Evie was a baby and haven’t had a chance since then.  Right now I’ve got a great novel idea and I’m going for it.  I will post some excerpts for you soon!

I also have some great holiday recipes that I’ve been testing out and I will be sharing throughout the month.  Looking forward to having some time for my outlet again and praying that my sleep experiment continues to go well so my blogging can keep going.

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