Ginger Apricot Mini Cakes

One of my conundrums is that I often want to bake but I don't always know what to make. These refreshing little cakes were inspired by the need to bake using only the available ingredients in the house and were a rewarding experiment. 

Preheat oven to 400 F, line or butter a 12 cup pan.

1 stick butter, soft
1 c chopped dried apricots, soaked & drained
1/4 chopped fresh ginger + 2 tbsp chopped candied ginger
3/4 c vanilla sugar
3/4 c milk (I like coconut for it's thickness)
2 eggs
2 c flour
3 tsp baking powder

Sift flour and baking powder, coat ginger and apricots, then set aside.

Combine butter, sugar, eggs and milk.

Now, when you combine the wet and dry mixes, you want to make sure not to over mix. It should be a bit lumpy. Pour into lined, prepared cupcake tins. Sprinkle the tops with sugar so they will be crunchy! Bake for about 20 minutes.

Affirming Miracles

Years ago I started down the road toward the law of attraction the way many others did, by listening to Louise Hay, Shakti Gawain and Anthony Robbins. Truthfully affirmations have helped me immensely on many levels which leads me to believe that they can be valuable.

What do you do when the affirmations don't take? Because some of them cannot take root. That is a hard truth because we want to believe that it really can just be that easy. Last year I found myself in the space of using this affirmation: life is easy while finding myself more and more resistant to it. I finally sat down with someone who knows me really well, to see what I might be missing in my exploration.

His response as a long time part of my world shouldn't have surprised me but it did; as I have spent my whole life working for everything I got there is still a part of me that doesn't believe that life is easy for me. I believe it is getting easier. Yes. Yes, I do! There are however enough things beyond my control that need to be changed for me to know that life is not necessarily easy. I was also fighting a money affirmation, which is so not helpful.

So with all that in mind I picked up Sark's Inspiration Sandwich and took a bite. Luckily for me on page 25 the words leaped right off the page and up at me.

"Learn to step lightly from one miracle to the next. Feeling rich is available to anyone, at anytime. Especially you!"

I have been less worried about money since I stopped panicking, started saying yes more often and been willing to enjoy experiences on the off chance that they won't all be the same. Miracles happen. They have happened to me more than once. I may not feel that life is easy but (there I go again!) I can, with confidence move from miracle to miracle with the knowledge that they exist.

What affirmation do you need to recreate? How can recreating a non-working affirmation help move you forward?

Say Yes To You!

Today is the day.
Open your arms.
Take a deep breath.
Step into into it.
Walk with me and together, we will 

Are there important things you need to say yes to?
Are you ready? Take my hand and let's go!

30 Books Worth Adding To Your Reading List

I'll be honest, whenever I see a 'you must read these books to be smart list' I get super annoyed. The list are often filled with the classics that were shoved down our throats in school that were dry, boring and written by cranky old men. Not that I don't love some of them, rather that they seem like too obvious a choice. "Hey you! If you read Mark Twain and Hemingway, you are so smart!"

Except you didn't read it by choice, it was assigned to you, and let's be honest, you hated every minute of it. Yeah, buddy, I'm on to you. To be fair, everyone has a list like this that could and frankly should be shared. After all, the books we read are part of what helps create our many, varied layers.

So what books would I recommend if you wish to feel more learned, well read or just a little more enlightened? Here are some in both the fiction and non-fiction categories. In no particular order:

  1. Consider the Oyster by M.F.K. Fisher
  2. The Mirror Crack'd From Side to Side by Agatha Christie
  3. Bitter is the New Black by Jen Lancaster
  4. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  5. Strange Fruit: the Biography of a Song by David Margolick
  6. Farehenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  7. The Unfinished Clue by Georgette Heyer
  8. Midnight Robber by Nalo Hopkinson
  9. In the Devil's Garden by Stewart Lee Allen
  10. The Twisted Root by Anne Perry
  11. Passing by Nella Larsen
  12. The Stranger by Albert Camus
  13. In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
  14. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
  15. My Life in France by Julia Child
  16. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  17. Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto
  18. Faust by Goethe  
  19. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  20. Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  21. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
  22. Oranges are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
  23. Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair by Pablo Neruda
  24. Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
  25. The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
  26. Last Seen Wearing by Colin Dexter
  27. A Streetcar Named Desire by Tenessee Williams
  28. Stranger In A Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
  29. A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare
  30. Don't Bet on the Prince edited by Jack Zipes
Happy Reading!