Listen to the Quiet

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Psalm 46:8-10

Attention, all! See the marvels of God!
    He plants flowers and trees all over the earth,
Bans war from pole to pole,
    breaks all the weapons across his knee.
“Step out of the traffic! Take a long,
    loving look at me, your High God,
    above politics, above everything.”

I’ve enjoyed spending time outside the last few days–even in the morning. You know it’s summer time when you can go outside in the morning wearing shorts!

 

Even though we live in the city, I still enjoy listening to the “quiet.” The sound of the train, lots of birds chirping, and even the sound of cars driving by. It’s funny how noisy my life is pretty much all the rest of the time…I barely notice until I just sit with no kids jabbering/crying/etc., no music playing, no one talking to me. It’s nice.

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BBQ Fixin’s: Effortless Mashed Sweet Potatoes

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So Memorial Day weekend is almost here which means it’s officially BBQ season. And that means excellent side dishes to go with all of that barbecue goodness. One of those SUPER simple side dishes I like to serve with grilled food is sweet potatoes. Of course my husband will tell you that we eat sweet potatoes for just about every meal year round at our house… They’re just so easy!

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Plus sweet potatoes are on the clean 15, and they’re one of the few veggies my son will eat that are not hidden in a smoothie :).

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Jazzing up Joe (Coffee for Super Humans) Plus a Poll-Black or with Cream (And Sugar)

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The sound of beans grinding. Getting the water to just the right temperature. Measuring out a tablespoon of butter. That’s right. Butter. :Grass-fed butter to be exact.

Over the last year or so, my morning coffee has gone from super easy to make: stick the grounds in the coffee maker, pour in the water and hit brew…To about 5 rather particular steps with freshly ground, locally roasted coffee beans,  my beloved Aeropress (overview and review coming soon), grass fed butter, coconut oil, cinnamon and stevia. But, even though making coffee takes a little longer…it is SOOOO good. Truly, it is worth it. Although, I’ll warn you, once you start drinking delicious coffee (with butter instead of cream)you won’t be able to go back.

You can read more about “Bulletproof Coffee” here, which after reading, I decided to give my own version a try. Part of the theory is that a lot of pre-ground, artificially flavored coffee (often loaded with sugar and milk) can make us feel anxious or tense. Some of the reason being, coffee beans are not meant to sit a long time after they have been roasted. However, many of the beans we would buy at the grocery store, or even at the coffee shop down the street with the green mermaid, have been sitting on a shelf for awhile.

Personally, I purchase Columbian coffee (for it’s light acidity) that was roasted in Eureka Springs, Arkansas (just a few hours from where I live). When I drink other coffee, I can tell. It just doesn’t make me feel the same. This may also be because at home, the butter and coconut oil are great fat sources and drinking the coffee alone with these added can make me feel full in the morning.

When I start my morning with this cup of coffee it really does make me feel…SUPER!

And now, before you go make your coffee, a poll because I’m curious…before I started drinking Super Human Coffee, I drank my coffee black. Now, obviously I’ve gone away from that, but, let’s see how many die hard coffee drinkers are there, and how many milk and sugar drinkers with a bit of coffee are out there?

Super Human Coffee

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3-4 ounces strongly brewed coffee/espresso
  • 1 tablespoon grass-fed butter
  • 1 tablespoon unrefined coconut oil
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • 4 drops stevia
  • hot water

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Put coffee in coffee cup and add butter, coconut oil, cinnamon and stevia
  2. Pour in enough water to fill the cup (but not too full)
  3. Use blender/immersion blender/aerolatte(what I use) to combine ingredients well
  4. Drink up and do super human things