Thoughts in a moment: mindful discussion book club

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I have decided to create a thoughtful book club! The reason is two-fold: I want to read more and engage in constructive conversation! There are no hard and fast rules to this book club and you don’t have to read every single book to participate! If there are a select few books you’d like to jump in on the discussion for, by all means! We are meeting here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/399791290395171/

I made this selection of books because I believe these are all issues that are affecting our present day and also issues that relate to the intentions of this blog — some are little known. I believe we will generate positive dialogue and perhaps learn something about the world, ourselves, and each other! Happy reading!

April

For April, I decided to choose two books. The first, The Little Book of Hygge – The Danish Way to Live Well is a quick read about this Danish way of life that you may already be partaking in without even knowing it!

The second book, In Defense of Food, discusses the industrialization of food as it relates to the decline of the environment. Pollan looks at food from a health perspective and discusses the multi-billion dollar food industry with facts.

May

“When thirty-eight-year-old New Yorker writer Ariel Levy left for a reporting trip to Mongolia in 2012, she was pregnant, married, financially secure, and successful on her own terms. A month later, none of that was true.

Levy picks you up and hurls you through the story of how she built an unconventional life and then watched it fall apart with astonishing speed. Like much of her generation, she was raised to resist traditional rules—about work, about love, and about womanhood.”

June

TBD

July

“Trayvon Martin’s parents take readers beyond the news cycle with an account only they could give: the intimate story of a tragically foreshortened life and the rise of a movement.”

August

“It started with a harmless quest for perfect wash-and-go hair. Every girl wants it, and Siobhan O’Connor and Alexandra Spunt finally found it in a fancy salon treatment. They were thrilled—until they discovered that the magic ingredient was formaldehyde.”

September

“Your toddler throws a tantrum in the middle of a store. Your preschooler refuses to get dressed. Your fifth-grader sulks on the bench instead of playing on the field. Do children conspire to make their parents’ lives endlessly challenging? No―it’s just their developing brain calling the shots!”

October

“Researcher and thought leader Dr. Brené Brown offers a powerful new vision that encourages us to dare greatly: to embrace vulnerability and imperfection, to live wholeheartedly, and to courageously engage in our lives.”

November

“#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed”

December

“From the star of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills comes an emotional and eye opening behind-the-scenes look at her descent into uncovering the mystery of chronic Lyme disease.”

January

“Even as seas rise against the shores, another great tide is beginning to rise – a tide of outrage against the pillage of the planet, a tide of commitment to justice and human rights, a swelling affirmation of moral responsibility to the future and to Earth’s fullness of life.”

February

“Nightline anchor Dan Harris embarks on an unexpected, hilarious, and deeply skeptical odyssey through the strange worlds of spirituality and self-help, and discovers a way to get happier that is truly achievable.”

 

Easy, make ahead breakfast bakes

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Ever struggle with what to eat for breakfast? I am one of those people that values sleep over eating breakfast… I know, I need to get my priorities in order. With the exception of avocado toast, cereal and the occasional bowl of oat meal, my breakfast choices are pretty bland.

However, I did just make this killer breakfast bake that is so easy and makes enough for the whole week, although you may eat them faster than planned and that’s okay because it is so simple to make more!

Here’s what you do and feel free to swap in other ingredients as you see fit because there really is no right or wrong way to do these!

I use a large muffin tin and use one egg for each muffin or bake.

So for this particular recipe I used six eggs.

In a bowl whisk up six eggs with 1/2 to 1  cup of grated sharp cheddar cheese (depending on how cheesy you like it).

Add in half an onion, diced and two cloves of minced garlic.

Loosely chop a green of your choice – I used green swiss chard, about 1/2 cup.

Add in a pinch of sea salt to taste.

Stir all ingredients and pour equal amounts into a greased muffin tin.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes or until the egg mixture is fully cooked.

This recipe would be great with so many other ingredients too! You could line the tins with bacon if you wish or add in a bunch of other greens or even tomatoes. It would also be great with added spices such as paprika!

The best part is you can wrap up individually to have on-hand each day for breakfast. I am partial to eating mine with a side of avocado.

What are your go-to breakfast recipes?