Happy New Year! (A little late)
Have you set your goals for 2015? Take some time to sit down with your family (no one is too young or old) and have every family member set some goals for the year. I have to admit this is not a habit I previously formed in my family but it is never too late to start new habits especially good habits! This actually took two dinners to get everyone’s goals down in my notebook.
To hold you and your family accountable set up a chat group, Facebook page or have a monthly meeting. Also, I LOVE the idea of taking an empty glass jar on New Year’s day and add a note every time something good happens In 2015. On New Year’s Eve, read all your good memories from 2015.
I think sometimes people (me included) dwell too much on all the negative things going on in their lives or their families lives and forget about the wonderful ways God is working all around them. Focusing on all that we are grateful for instead of all the worries helps me in the hard times and I can assure you I have no shortage of hard times!
If you need some ideas. Here is are Pope Francis’ suggested New Year’s resolutions:
“Take care of your spiritual life, your relationship with God, because this is the backbone of everything we do and everything we are.”
“Take care of your family life, giving your children and loved ones not just money, but most of all your time, attention and love.”
“Take care of your relationships with others, transforming your faith into life and your words into good works, especially on behalf of the needy.”
“Be careful how you speak, purify your tongue of offensive words, vulgarity and worldly decadence.”
“Heal wounds of the heart with the oil of forgiveness, forgiving those who have hurt us and medicating the wounds we have caused others.”
“Look after your work, doing it with enthusiasm, humility, competence, passion and with a spirit that knows how to thank the Lord.”
“Be careful of envy, lust, hatred and negative feelings that devour our interior peace and transform us into destroyed and destructive people.”
“Watch out for anger that can lead to vengeance; for laziness that leads to existential euthanasia; for pointing the finger at others, which leads to pride; and for complaining continually, which leads to desperation.”
“Take care of brothers and sisters who are weaker … the elderly, the sick, the hungry, the homeless and strangers, because we will be judged on this.”
The unfailing love of the LORD never ends! By his mercies we have been kept from complete destruction. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each day. I say to myself, “The LORD is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!”–Lamentations 3:22-24
Raspberry Coconut Muffins
Perfect muffin that is healthy and not dry or bland. Next time I am going to try these with coconut flour.
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar (may cut this down next time or use turbinado sugar)
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted (started to harden because my coconut milk was cold but it didn’t effect the end result)
1 large egg
3/4 cup coconut milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1 cup raspberries, slightly chopped
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease muffin pan or line pan with muffin liners. Set aside.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder.
3. In a separate medium bowl, mix coconut oil, egg, coconut milk, and vanilla together.
4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir with a spatula. Stir until just combined. The batter will be thick. Gently fold in the coconut and raspberries.
5. Divide batter among prepared muffin cups. Bake muffins for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Transfer muffins to a cooling rack and cool.
Makes 24 mini muffins