Joie Is…never tiring of watching hummers

Looking through shutter slats at a hummingbird sitting on a feeder that is suction cupped to a window.

Ignoring the dusty fingerprints on the shutters and the window that needs to be cleaned :’) THIS image brings me joy.

This is the window I look out of every morning as I sit in the library reading and journaling. This photo in particular was shot while I was at the computer desk; a blurry movement out of the corner of my eye had me turning my head to see the warm yellow fading sunlight glinting off of his gorgeous iridescent feathers.

Every once in a while this feeder falls off the window, the glass never breaks thankfully, and if I don’t notice it right away I’ll get random fly by’s from the resident hummers letting me know about it. lol. 

I always take a moment to stop to watch them feed and it always makes me smile. 

Keep an eye out for the little things around you and slow down long enough to BE in the moment and soak it all up.💜

Looking through shutter slats at a hummingbird sitting on a feeder that is suction cupped to a window.

The OMG Dreamy Creamy Smoothie

Mason jar 3/4 full of a white liquid that looks like milk

Looking for a healthy, refreshing, smooth and creamy drink that puts a smile on your face?

Mason jar 3/4 full of a white liquid that looks like milk
While on this detoxing plan, this week is only liquids, the goal is to continue to reduce calories, fat and sugar. Coconuts are a lighter, healthier, less caloric fat than nuts (nut milk), pineapple is great for digestion, plus gives some sugar and fiber and the rejuvelac (fermented water) is great support for my gut to keep the friendlies doing their thing. 😊 
 
Today I needed a little pick me up that also put something in my stomach. This smoothie was definitely IT! 
 
Next time I make it I may add some frozen strawberries simply for varieties sake but it was absolutely perfect as is, not slushy or icy at all. 
 
I hope you enjoy it as much as my husband and I did! 😃
 

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Juicy Pineapple (super super ripe/overripe is best)
  • Half a Frozen Banana
  • 1 tsp Coconut Butter (if no butter, use an extra tablespoon or so of Coconut Cream)
  • Pinch of Cayenne Pepper (you can’t really even taste it)
  • 2 Tbl Aloe Gel (I use a frozen cube of Aloe gel made from the plant in my backyard)
  • Pinch, or more, of Lime zest (really gives it a nice pop)
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Powder ( I prefer powder as it’s without alcohol, although you can certainly use it, it just may change the color a bit.)
  • 4 oz of Coconut Water*
  • 4 oz of Rejuvelac** (If you don’t have this, you can just use all Coconut Water
  • 1/3 cup Coconut Cream
  • Depending on ripeness of the Pineapple, add additional sweetener as desired. Raw Honey goes well.

Directions:

Simply throw all ingredients into the blender and blend until SMOOTH, it may take a minute. Then drink away!

*The easy way to get Coconut Water and Cream, without cutting up a coconut, is to put a can of Organic full fat Coconut Milk in the fridge overnight. The next day you’ll have the liquid (water) separated from the cream which will have become solid. Use the needed amount of each, put the remainder in a mason jar back in the fridge to use in the next 3-5 days.

**Rejuvelac is made from sprouted grains and seeds, most commonly wheat berries. The water you soak and sprout the wheat berries for 48 hours becomes fermented, cloudy and a little bubbly – that liquid is rejuvelac. It’s full of good for your gut lactobacillus bacteria. As a side note, you can also use it in place of probiotics if you’re making cheese, it gets the fermentation process going.