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The Taste of Fall

 

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2 cups of unbleached flour, 2 large eggs, 2 cups of sugar, 3/4 cup of unsalted butter
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1 tsp baking soda, ground cinnamon, salt, & nutmeg. 1/2 tsp ground cloves & baking powder
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1 – 1/2 cup of homemade pumpkin puree
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1. Combine the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set them aside. 2. With an electric mixer, beat sugar and butter on a medium speed. 3. Add the eggs. 4. Beat until light and fluffy. 5. Add pumpkin and beat for another minute until soft and juicy. 6. Add the flour and mix on low speed until combined. In 2 greased 8×4 inch loaf pans, evenly pour the batter. Bake for about 55 minutes in a convection oven preheated to 325 °F. ** Optional : you can add 1/2 cup of chocolate chips or Golden Raisin to the batter.
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Voila!  ~The Taste of Fall ~

 

The Authentic Sound

 

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It is the authentic sound that should resonate in our hearts.

 

 

©Kalida Corner

A Glimpse of our Spring Break

… I don’t wanna close my eyes. I’m feeling so alive.
I try to find the words, but no words can say what my heart is feeling.
I just wanna stop the world from spinning,
Slow it all down for a minute so that I can take it in.

Cacao & Rolled Oats Smoothie

In a blender, add:

1 cup of sweetened vanilla almond milk, 1 cup of frozen sliced bananas, 2 tablespoons of honey, 1/2 cup of Gluten free rolled oats, 1 tablespoon of raw cacao, 1 tablespoon of almond butter, and 1/2 teaspoon of chia seeds.

Blend until smooth.

Pour into two small cups and top them with slices of bananas, coconut chips, cacao nibs, chia seeds, and bee pollen.

Happy Healthy Monday 🌷

Page 245

Our lives are like a book, with scrambled pages that we wrote while living. Every single page signifies our emotions, actions, and tones. Through these pages, we see for ourselves who we’ve become and who we want to be! Through these pages, we erase an experience and craft a better version of ourselves; through these pages, we can be where we want to be.

Approaching a new year, I flip through the pages of the aging one like I’m re-reading and analyzing a book; I grab my orange sharpie and start highlighting words that require replacement and striking out sentences that interrupt the reading pace, and foremost adding rhythm to every flipped page.

Moms. Dads. Family members. Workers. Single moms. Everyone. Applaud yourselves for your hard work this year. Look at the mirror, but this time for a significant purpose, that does not include shaving beard or putting make-up on. This time, wipe all the excess of your days and look through your eyes. Feel your heart beating. Listen to the sound of the air coming in and out of your nose while inhaling and exhaling. Gaze at yourself without thinking, just breathing and feeling and seeing who you’ve become.

Myself. Self-work is not done. I’m still in the process of fathoming life. I’m still an avid learner who believes that applying what I’ve learned is the challenge. As I look at myself, I see a self-healing and demanding deeper change. A self-healing, demanding her own image to apply uplifting changes, which are personal for each one of us, yet alike —

Yesterday, as I opened 2017 book and flipped to page 245, I realized what I’ve crafted with my own hands on a rainy day. I crafted an iron mask around my own heart, and I detached it from my body: without arteries to carry blood away and let go of the pain and loss and tears. Yes, I admit it: It hurts.

Being moms, we feel the need to manage our feelings against criticism of life and raw dialect; we feel the need to be role models to our children and teach them about life that “we” parents are still learning about; we feel the need to stay strong to the ones we love and lost because that’s what they’ve taught us and aimed us to be.

Yes, on page 245 is where you find orange highlights everywhere, fragmental writing structure, erased events, and serious tone. It’s a page in my book that I re-opened before 2017 comes to an end, and set my heart free and far away from mourning for her absence in my life. She is the woman who taught me not to follow her foot steps in life and solely follow God. She’s the woman who gave me the courage to open my ears to the resonance of his voice inside of me and gently move my lips to vibrate hearts with words of faith and love. She’s the woman who taught me to take care of my well-being and appreciate sorrow as much as happiness.

As a fresh year arrives, I skim through the last pages of the year and seal off traces of grief; I seize a brand-new book entitled “2018”, with 365 empty pages, and upheld by a humble, grateful, and motivated being.

🍂Fall🍂

 

the magical season is here –

a season expressing an evolution;

a season calling for a solution.

rustling leaves.

dancing trees.

raining hail.  

hiding birds.

wind howls:

stop! stop!

fire smokes:

burn high.

 

the modest season is here –

a season revealing a flaw;

a season giving a cause,

a law.

naked trees.

injured branches.

crushed leaves.

ripped roots.

thunder strikes:

act

appreciate

unite!

 

the nutritious season is here –

a season to revive the sun

a season to strive the wind

and shut the gun.

nutmeg.

cloves.

cinnamon.

allspice.

fall’s pure flavors united

to boost souls.

 

fall is fall

for it renders the world.

after every goodbye, it evolves.

after every beginning, it arises anew.

 

fall is here-

for the world

to change!

©Kalida’s Corner

 

Halloween Pineapple Coconut Flake

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Cake

2 cups of flour

1 tsp baking soda

2 cups of sugar

2 large eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 1/2 cups of crushed pineapple

  • In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking soda. Then, add the eggs, vanilla extract, and pineapple.
  • Grease a 9×13″ baking pan with butter and pour the cake mixture. Let it bake for about 40 minutes or until golden brown.
  • When ready, poke holes in the cake!

Topping

1/2 cup salted butter

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

2/3 evaporated milk

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup chopped pecans

1 cup sweetened coconut flakes

  • While waiting for the cake to be fully baked, heat the topping ingredients (butter, sugar, evaporated milk, and vanilla) in a medium sized sauce pan until it reaches a boil. Then, add chopped pecans and coconut flakes. Continue cooking for about 5 minutes on a medium heat, stirring constantly.
  • Pour the cooked topping evenly over the holes of the cake. SLICE and ENJOY !