Thursday, March 22, 2012

Things I Love about Mount Airy, NC

  • The great friends I've made.
  • Walking down by the beautiful creek at Riverside Park. 
  • No traffic
  • Slow pace/laid back
  • Walks down Main St.
  • All the quaint little stores along Main St.
  • Meeting my parents for lunch when they're in town.
  • The festivals (Autumn Leaves, Mayberry Days, etc.)
  • My little church of only about 25 folks 
  • Seeing all the runners and cyclists going throughout the town.
  • Salmon salad at 13 Bones.
  • The serenity of Sunday mornings, hardly a car on the roads.
  • The sound of birds outside my window as I type away at my keyboard.
  • The squirrels chasing each other around my backyard.
  • The lush trees in my neighborhood that make a canopy over the streets as you drive.
  • Walking through my neighborhood and stopping to chat with others out walking.
  • Lazy days going to the local movie theater.
  • Sitting on my deck drinking smoothies in the summer.
  • Gardening in my own backyard.
  • Running around in the snow with LF in the winter.
  • Sitting by the fireplace, drinking cocoa and watching the snow fall outside.
  • The beautiful colorful trees in the fall, so much red, orange, yellow everywhere.
  • The dogwoods, daffodils, and flowers all blooming in the spring, nature coming back to life after winter.
  • Calling a neighbor to help with any small household project or to water my plants when I leave town. 
  • The history, Andy Griffith's hometown of Mayberry.
  • Swarms of lightning bugs in the evenings
  • Coconut soup at the Thailand Cafe.
  • People sporting their cowboy boots
  • The Christmas lights down Main St in December, the big tree at the end wrapped completely in white lights.
  • Sitting by and listening to the streams in the Parks.
  • Fresh air from the abundance of foliage and lack of busy traffic.
  • Old houses with charm
  • Seeing the Blueridge mountains in the distance as you drive down almost any road in town.
  • Pandowdy's Prime Rib
  • Walking through the history museum 
  • My little house that I enjoyed remodeling
  • Sipping wine at Old North State Winery
  • Browsing the Antique stores
  • Produce stands on the side of the streets selling peaches, tomatoes or their most recent fresh crop
  • Being 10 minutes from the VA border to go get cheaper gas!
  • Cashiers not rushing you off, but talking to you like you're friends.
  • Hearing the church bells down the street.
  • Fresh cut grass in the summer, the neighborhood busy with folks snipping flowers, edging driveways, friendly waves
  • The old men in their overalls sitting in rockers enjoying the weather.
  • All the picnicker's at Riverside, the laughter of the children on the playground, the shuffling of the skateboarders
  • Collard green sandwiches
  • Driving down 52 towards Winston and seeing the beautiful "Mount Pilot".
  • Having Winston near by to get my Whole Foods and Target fix. 
  • Just the good ole' laid back country town life.

    I'm sure I could add more to the list, but this was just a brain storming session of writing down everything that came to mind. I thought I would remind myself of all the positives around me, because sometimes, we need to remind ourselves in the daily humdrum of things, that there is beauty around us, if we just look for it.
    What are the things you love most about where you live?

    Monday, March 19, 2012

    Raw Cacao Truffles

    Here is a great recipe if you love anything chocolate-y with coconut. Two of my favorite things! You don't have to cook or bake or anything complicated, just throw the ingredients together and they are done. That's why they are called Raw. Well you do need to put them in the freezer so they can set, but that's the great thing about these, you can keep them as long as you like without them going bad since they freeze so well.

    Raw Cacao Truffles

    ¾ cup raw cacao powder
    2 cups ground raw almonds (I used a food processor)
    1/2 cup raw organic honey
    1 Tbs. organic coconut oil
    Pinch of Celtic sea salt
    1 cup shredded, dried unsweetened coconut flakes

    Combine all the ingredients except for the coconut flakes in a large bowl and mix thoroughly. Roll up your sleeves, take a small amount of the mixture, and roll small balls between your palms. Add your love! Dip each ball in a separate smaller bowl containing the coconut flakes.
    Freeze overnight to harden the truffles.  You can freeze them up until it's time to serve them. Make sure they sit out for a bit or they will be too hard to bite into.

    You really need to use the honey and coconut oil to get the consistency right, you can't substitute the honey for sugar or another sweetener. At first it may look like there is no way it is all going to mix together, but just keep stirring and it finally gets to the perfect consistency to roll into little balls.

    This recipe makes about 20 truffles. I cut the recipe in half to get 10 of them.

    I love these so much I just had to share. I found the recipe at Kimberly Snyders Health and Beauty Blog.

    Friday, March 9, 2012

    Purpose Driven Life - Book Review

    This is a book I read when I first came back to the Lord about 6 months ago. It is actually a daily devotional, you do each day for 40 days.  It was the perfect time for me to do this because every single day just spoke exactly what I needed each of those days.  A friend had given me this book back in 2004 but I just couldn't get myself to pick it up each day, it just wasn't the right timing.
    A lot of you have probably gone through Purpose Driven Life, it was first released 10 years ago or more. Anyway, I really got a lot out of it. My favorite chapter was Ch. 16. Titled, What Matters Most.
    This chapter is the chapter about love.
    "No matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I'm bankrupt without love." 1 Cor 13:3b    I feel the very first step with getting back with God is to do some major learning about love, after all, that is what Jesus was about, the love walk. The book says, "It is in loving that we are most like him... that's why we're given a lifetime to learn it."

    Here are a few more of my favorite quotes from this chapter...
    "Relationships, not achievements or the acquisition of things, are what matters most in life."
    "Busyness is the great enemy of relationships."
    "Love leaves a legacy. How you treated people, not your wealth or accomplishments, is the most enduring impact you can leave on earth."
    "Your time is your life. That is why the greatest gift you can give someone is your time."

    If you haven't picked this book up, I encourage you to do so. It really put me on the right track to get back in a habit of a morning quiet time again. The book also comes with a journal, so you can write down your thoughts and things God spoke to you as you prayed and read.

    Jesus said our love for each other -not our doctrinal beliefs- is our greatest witness to the world. 

    We could all use a lot more love in our lives.