Surprise…We moved!

Sooo…yeah…We are no longer residents of Celebration…

Dave has accepted a job and in a little over a week we are/have moved to the Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, area.

We arrived in Palm Beach Gardens Sunday, and after we found Dave’s new office we decided to head to Juno Beach.

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As we walked down the stairs to beach, Dave took my hand and we started on our journey to the shore.

Walking closer to the water, we passed Sea Turtle Nests and people fishing and Dave grew quieter and quieter.

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Then when the first wave of water rolled over our toes I looked into his eyes, and I knew the look I saw because I had that look when we moved to Orlando. He was realizing one of his life’s goals.

That look is something that I will never forget, and in an instant the previous week of craziness, fear, doubt, tears, and pain was put in perspective.

Dave sacrifices so much for me and for Zoe, and it is his time to explore and blaze his path and our time to be his support system.

That being said, I know that we are just getting geared up for even more chaos!

Life is going to be more interesting for me, because I will still be traveling back and forth to Orlando a ton for my On the Go in MCO, icFlorida, and upcoming Special Olympics of Florida (I can’t wait to share more about that) work.

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Also, living outside of the cartoon world of Orlando is going to take a lot of adjustment! We went to the mall at 6:30 pm on Sunday night to grab some dinner and the mall was closed! WHAT IS THIS LIFE??? LOL!

We know the area where we want to live and have contacted the school, but the moving part is only halfway done as we start to look for a new place to call home!!!

And we wouldn’t have come this far without that love, support, lifting, and help from friends. We will never be able to thank you enough for the generosity with your time and understanding of tears.

I know I keep saying that ‘I will be writing more on this blog’, but it’s time to start a new journey and exploration and this is as good a place as any to share.

I keep looking at quotes for inspiration, and it all comes back to this quote from Walt Disney that Gary Buchanan opened my eyes to at this year’s Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. Image

If you are coasting it means you are going downhill. – Walt Disney

Well Mr. Disney…we definitely aren’t coasting!

 

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What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

Happy

When I was in Kindergarten my teacher asked me a question as we prepared for the end of the year…

Teacher: Shelley, What do you want to be when you grow up?

Me: Happy.

Teacher: Are you sure?

Me: Yup!

Not an astronaut, doctor, mail carrier, car salesman, mother…just happy.

I feel like I have tried a ton of sports, taken classes on a wide variety of subjects, tried my hand at different careers, done some pretty silly things, challenged myself, and leapt before looking along the way in search of finding my ‘happy’.

And as I sit here thinking of my journey so far, I keep thinking that I don’t take enough time to celebrate the now. It’s almost as if I stop to acknowledge where I am, I won’t keep pushing to find where I should be.

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So today I will stop the excuses and getting down on myself about..

  • Not blogging on here for almost a month.
  • The gym that I haven’t used in almost 2 weeks.
  • The laundry that is growing by the moment (I swear it is multiplying).
  • The meals I didn’t make.
  • What coulda, shoulda, woulda been.

And instead I will…

  • Stop making excuses to escape my ‘To Do’ list and calendar.
  • Stop comparing myself to others and celebrate success more. Even a baby step is forward motion!
  • Start moving! Stagnant body, stagnant mind!
  • Give my 100% all the time. No more phoning it in!

I know that this is going to be a process, and that at times this will be a struggle. But I am hoping that by writing this I will keep myself accountable when things get rough and I am feeling low.

I want to find my ‘happy’, and I know I will one day.

So I am going to keep my head up, eyes forward, and a song in my heart.

Heavenly Bits Cookies

When I was younger, we would spend all of our holidays with my Bubbe and Papa.

Bubbe always made sure that we had our favorite foods (I am going to try to make her stuffed cabbage one day), and one of my all time favorites that she made were these wonderful little cookies that she called Heavenly Bits.

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My Mother would also make Heavenly Bits, too. However, she made them without thinking since she had made them so often and she never wrote the recipe down.

I would always ask my Mom to write down the recipe, but our visits are always so hectic that it always slipped through the cracks.

But after my Bubbe passed away, she gave me a gift that made my heart soar.

Heavenly Bits Cookies Bubbe Recipe

This is the recipe for Heavenly Bits from my Bubbe’s recipe box. I get teary thinking of how happy I was to see her hand writing again. It was like I had a piece of her to keep with me always.

So now I can stop blubbering, and let you know about how awesome these cookies are!!!

Heavenly Bits are SUPER easy to make, and are also called Mexican and Greek Wedding Cookies.

Heavenly Bits Cookies Ingredients

Heavenly Bits Ingredients

  • 2 softened blocks of margarine (I like to cut the blocks into cubes to add to the mixer)
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (I like to use 2 teaspoons, because I love vanilla)
  • 1 cup of nuts (My favorite to use is pecan pieces)
  • 2 cups of all purpose flour
  • Bowl of Confectioner’s/Powdered Sugar (This is to roll the cooked cookies in, so you want to make sure you have a good amount)

Heavenly Bits Cookies Directions

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F, or if you are using a convection oven you will want to set it 325 degrees F.

My Bubbe said it best when she said ‘Mix Together’! There is no right or wrong order to making Heavenly Bits Cookies, but I like to cream the margarine, sugar, and vanilla together before I add the flour and then the nuts. It’s up to  you!

These cookies are really balls, and you want to make sure that you don’t make them too big. You want to be able to eat them in one to two bites, because any larger and the powdered sugar will go EVERYWHERE!

Heavenly Bits Cookies Disher

To make sure that they cook evenly, I make them all the same size by using a small disher. It makes the process go a lot faster, too.

Heavenly Bits Cookies unbaked

For baking, I like to use a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. It makes clean up a breeze!

When you are placing the dough balls on the cookie sheet you can place them pretty close, because they don’t spread as they bake.

Heavenly Bits Cookies Baked

Once your cookie sheet is full, you bake them for 10 minutes.

Heavenly Bits Cookies Cooling

Since the Heavenly Bits Cookies are so fragile when they come out of the oven, I like to put a layer of newspaper under my cooling rack.

Heavenly Bits Cookies Powdered Sugar

Once they have cooled, you will want to roll them in the Confectioner’s Powdered Sugar to coat them all the way around.

Heavenly Bits Cookies Tin

To store the cookies, I use a tin that seals tightly lined with wax paper and layer of Confectioner’s Powdered Sugar on the bottom.

I hope that you enjoy these Heavenly Bits Cookies as much as we do!

Heavenly Bits Cookies

Quotes I Love – Athletic Inspiration

When I was in high school my friend Lisa and I used to make notebooks that were filled to the brim with fun inside jokes, song lyrics, silly pictures, and most importantly quotes.

Over time we stopped making these notebooks, but I started to keep a journal of quotes that I found when I was reading or listening to music that really struck a cord with me.

Today I wanted to start sharing some of those quotes with you, and I thought that I would start by sharing some of my favorite quotes on inspiration from some great athletes as a lot of my friends are getting ready to run one (or several) races during the runDisney Walt Disney World Marathon!

I hope that you enjoy these quotes, and best of luck to all of those running this weekend!!!

Inspirational Quotes - Jordan

Inspirational Quotes - Muhammed Ali - Champion

Inspirational Quotes - Babe Ruth

Inspirational Quotes - Pele

Inspirational Quotes - Laird Hamilton

Inspirational Quotes - Wayne Gretzky

The Gift That Keeps Giving

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Today is my good friend Holly’s Birthday, and she is quite possibly one of the most amazing women that I have ever known. We met in college, and she has always been quick with an encouraging word, always shown me that if you can’t think you can do more you’re wrong through her tireless effort to be the best that she can be, and always known how not to be afraid to let your hair down and have fun whenever you can!

A few years ago she gave me a gift that has changed how I deal with a lot of things in my life…and it may sound a little weird.

After returning from one of her whirlwind trips abroad, she brought me a set of Tibetan Prayer Beads.

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I have a tendency to dwell on things and to be very anxious about things, and Holly gave me the gift that keeps giving in these beads because they have helped me focus and calm myself when I am about to tip over the edge.

Whenever I am in need of bringing a little more focus and perspective to my feelings, I grab my beads and head to the porch swing.

As I swing I roll each bead trying to think through each part of my anxiety/fear/worry. Sometimes I make my own affirmations, while other times I roll the bead between my fingers as I stare into space as if some sort of strength is going to suddenly come to me.

However one thing always happens when I reach the last bead near the tassel of my beads, I feel thankful that I have a friend that knows that sometimes what you need the most in life is a friend that knows that you are strong enough to find the answers you need inside yourself.

Thank you Holly, for always being my friend and most of all for being an inspiration.

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies

I’m not quite sure who I have become over the past few months, but I have been into baking and cooking every meal and snack we eat. And along with that, I have also become somewhat obsessed with not letting food go to waste.

So staring at the three lone ripe bananas, my mind started spinning!

I checked the staples in the pantry, pulled the bananas out of their basket, and headed to Pinterest!

Once there I found a really awesome recipe from Lux Hippie on Tumblr for Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies!

The recipe is SUPER easy, and amazingly delicious! Seriously, this recipe should come with a warning because you won’t be able to stop eating them!!!

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies Ingredients:

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies

  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/2-1 cup natural chunky peanut butter (depending on how much peanut buttery goodness you want)
  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (note: if you are using salted peanut butter, you may not need any salt, do a taste test with the batter)
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (I used milk chocolate chips, but you could even use raisins if that’s your thing)

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

In a large bowl, mix bananas, vanilla, peanut butter and maple syrup into a creamy consistency (best to do with a hand or stand mixer).

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In another bowl, combine oats, flour, baking powder and salt

Dry ingredients

Dry ingredients

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until they are well combined, the batter should be slightly sticky. Fold in the chocolate chips. The batter will be somewhat runny, this is ok.

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Adding in the dry ingredients to the mixer

The consistency of the Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookie dough is a little odd, but don't worry!

The consistency of the Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookie dough is a little odd, but don’t worry!

Place heaping tablespoon-sized balls of the batter, I used a medium sized cookie disher, onto a ‘greased’ baking sheet (can also place on parchment paper) and cook for 15 minutes.

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Makes around 2 dozen cookies that I stored in a tupperware container for a week.

These were great cookies to grab in the morning on the way out of the door and for Zoe’s snack at school since they can have peanut items in their classroom.

I am absolutely obsessed with these Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies, and I hope you give them a try!!!

And thanks Lux Hippie for sharing this amazing recipe!!!

New Year’s Resolutions

Let me be really honest, I don’t keep my New Year’s Resolutions.

In the past I have made resolutions about going to the gym (for 2 months), not drinking soda (for about a week), and my all time favorite to stop being so hard on myself (I probably made it 15 minutes on this doozy).

So this year instead of setting myself up for failure, I decided to take a different approach to my New Year’s Resolutions.

Instead of pie crust promises, I have found seven quotes to help inspire me for the upcoming year.

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Do you make resolutions? What are you hoping to do differently this year?