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Simple Life, Simple You: Coconut Macaroon Cookies

These delicious low-carb cookies were devoured by my coworkers throughout the day while we were working, and each person told me that they enjoyed them. These cookies are extremely easy to make, very versatile, and overall just amazing to eat. I made a batch for myself, and a batch for my coworkers.

Ingredients:

Ingredients
4 egg whites
¼ cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups coconut
½ teaspoon salt

Directions:

Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper and grease lightly. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
Separate the egg whites from the yolk, and combine the egg whites along with the honey in a saucepan over low heat, stir constantly ( don’t let the egg white solidify). Then remove from the heat.
Pour the egg white/honey mixture over the coconut mix. Stir until combined, but do not over stir for you do not want the coconut to be too soggy.
Spoon the macaroons onto the prepared cookie sheet with a teaspoon. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until lightly browned on top and firm. Cool, then coat with melted chocolate or eat plain.

I made several batches, a couple with chocolate drizzled on top and a batch that was just plain. They are both delicious.

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Simple Life, Simple You: Persian Orange Cake

Good evening, everyone! So today I am going to be posting about a lovely Persian Orange Cake that is very easy to make and is consisted of only a few ingredients. In fact, I made it this past weekend when I was enjoying my Saturday off from work.

Ingredients:
Ingredients:
2 large oranges, washed
6 eggs, beaten
1 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease and line the base and sides of a tin pan.
2. Pierce the orange skins with a fork, microwave in a closed container on high for about 7 minutes, turning them around after a few minutes. *I turned them every two minutes.
3. Cut oranges open, remove pips and chop roughly or pull apart into smaller pieces with fingers. * Wear some gloves, due to the oranges being extremely hot.
4. Blend oranges and remaining ingredients thoroughly in a food processor.
5. Pour batter into prepared tin. Bake for 1 hour. If the cake is still very wet, cook a little longer.
6. Cool in tin before gently removing. Dust with icing sugar.

This beautiful orange cake is delicious and makes a great dessert for the end of the day, or even as a lightweight snack. And for all of those who are low-carb, this recipe is for you.

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Imperfections (Poem)

My imperfections shine so brightly
yet you still love me,
as your imperfections are non-existant
as you live life as if you had any.
I’m such a mess I know it,
yet you embrace them,
while you step forward
reaching out for my hand,
trying to guide us into the next step.

These imperfections of mine give me small limitations,
yet you keep pushing
showing me to see over the wall,
and see the next step ahead.
I’m such a mess
I know I will be throughout time,
you show me the value of my imperfections,
and where I can be in time.

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Wherever my Soul Takes Me

I am the type of person who is always looking for the next place to travel, the next place to lay my head while I learn more of my holistic trade, help others, and write more poetry and stories. I am what most people call a nomad, wanderluster, a wandering hippie who wants to learn everything, see everything, and heal everything. And that is exactly who I am. I am constantly thinking about the next place I want to travel to, and experience the culture surrounding the area. It is in my bones, in my skin, in my heart, and in my soul. This is why I keep a handful of things with me, just a duffel bag of clothes and books, and a backpack.

For three years, I lived in New Mexico, in Taos for a good portion, and Albuquerque for a brief period. While I lived there I ended up going numerous adventures, one long weekend I got in my car and went to Utah and Arizona, and trust me it was amazing. I went to Colorado on numerous occassions to see family and friends, I traveled to Oklahoma to see my parents and younger brother. And at one point I went to California and had a great time. Now, I currently live in Alaska, situated next to Canada, above Washington, and a flight away from New Zealand and Japan. And right now, I can’t wait to see where my soul and feet take me next, because I live for adventures.

When you are nomadic at heart, you are bound to have endless adventures. And there is nothing wrong with that, because that is the soul you were born with. Where do you like to travel? Do you like going on long trips to unknown destinations?

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Wanderlust Box (Poem)

A soul wrapped in a countryside box,
Placed with a bow made of a map on top.
Open the box and you shall see,
The bits and pieces that have scattered about,
Leaving the soul wandering for the rest of its eternity.

Poke some holes into the box,
Let it breathe,
Send it off,
And let the world shape it into who it’s supposed to be.
That is the only way we will ever know,
Who it will be,
Once they’ve reached the ripe age of ninety.

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A True Beauty (Poem)

He had a certain type of beauty to him,
Not the hollywood glitz and glamour,
But a beauty that came through years of torment that resided inside.
Roughed up,
Spit out,
Thrown out on the sidewalks,
With women and men walking by,
Without giving him a shot.
This society we live in is corrupt,
It tells women to be brainless,
Tells men to achieve a hollywood staus.
Who are we kidding,
No amount of twilight sparkle will ever catch my eye.
Give me a man that will speak his mind,
Express raw emotion,
And for God’s sake,
Make sure he doesn’t follow society’s stupid pride.
Photo Model: Henry Rollins 

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The Minimalist Nomad: Traveling Lifestyle

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Recently, while I was working at the clinic today, a coworker of mine had asked me about my trip plans to Alaska (I am moving the first weekend of March). This had started a conversation that begun at 9 am and it is still proceeding. One of the questions had stuck out though.

** K: Are you flying or driving?
Me: I am flying.
**K: Nice. How many luggage’s are you taking with you?
Me: Just my backpack and my duffel bag.
**K: Wait…that is all? How much do you have?
Me: Not that much, actually. I travel light.
**K: What all do you own?
Me: A few outfits that I can mix and match, a set of pajamas my tennis shoes, winter boots, heavy jacket, a few books: 5 reading, 5 writing, some pens, feminine necessities, a deck of tarot cards, wallet, phone and laptop.
**K: Wait, that is it? I have a whole bunch of stuff in my house that I could never get rid of. How do you do it?
Me: I’ve never needed much. Just the necessities and a few things that I know I will definitely want to have on me.

(**Kept my coworkers name confidential for legal purposes.)

Traveling, for many seems like a daunting thing, due to the fact that you have to figure out what you are going to bring with you and what you are going to donate, throw away, or sell. Many times, people tend to develop attachments to inanimate objects and begin to feel as though they must save many things, making it hard for them to get rid of things down the road.

When it comes to traveling, you need to think about many different scenarios from flying to sailing to luggage prices and about what you actually need with you. You also need to think about the others that are coming with you, if you have children, and try to figure out exactly what they need to bring as well. With this much going on in one persons head, it can make you go crazy, and in the end, you wind up with a headache or a migraine over this whole thing.

Minimalism is a Zen-living style where you own less materials and objects, and focus more on yourself, family, and living life. As a society, everyone has been creating attachments to inanimate objects, making them seem like they are a big thing, and in which they are not. When you release the objects that you do not need, you begin to feel better, you begin to eliminate any discontent you have, you are able to live in the moment, able to focus on your health, pursue your passions, and you’ll be able to rid yourself of any excess stuff. Doesn’t that sound grand?

Living the minimalist lifestyle, especially while traveling, makes things a lot easier. From relieving yourself from excess objects, you will be able to enjoy life more, and focus on everything around you, instead of accumulating things.