I feel like sometimes I obsess over the negative way more than I should. I look at the glass half empty. I acknowledge myself doing this too. It’s something that I feel like I have no control of. I feel like life has jilted me in so many ways. Stranded me in the dessert with one glass of water and told me to find my way out. I did find my way out but by the time I did I was angry, resentful and stopped trusting a lot of the world.
I feel this experience impacts me daily. It makes me incredibly hard on myself. I am my own worst enemy. I have a two and a half year old daughter and she is bursting at the seams with joy. Watching her lust for life and excitement is breathing life into me. It’s restoring a part of my heart that I thought wilted and died many, many years ago.
Her smile lights up the room and my heart. She reminds me that I have so much to be grateful for. She doesn’t need much, her mind isn’t complicated. Her needs are met; she is so loved, adored and doted on. She smiles and twirls and sometimes I join in because it takes my heart back to a place of innocence and joy and sometimes I just freaking need to get out of my head, look into her beautiful eyes and remember that I am ok.
In those times of joy or in times of sadness I like to bake and cook. It clears my mind, and brings me back to where I need to be.
It’s not as bad as it might seem in that moment. You question yourself, the world. Especially with all of the horrible things happening daily.
So sometimes when things seem like it may all be too much. You might just need to get simple again. Throw on your apron, twirl and dance and bake a good cake.
This chocolate bundt cake is rich, moist and absolutely delicious. It is the perfect dessert for any occasion and everyone you share with will enjoy it. One of the reasons I love to cook and cake and blog, is because I am able to bring others joy with food. Food brings everyone together.
|I made this for my little sister Tera for her 25th birthday.
1½ Cups Water
⅔ Cups Coconut Oil
2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1 ½ Cups of Sugar
Dash of salt
1 tsp. Xanthan Gum
2 tsp. Baking Powder
1 Cup Cocoa Powder
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Beat the eggs, sugar and vanilla.
3. Once combined, add the melted coconut oil and mix for 2 minutes.
4. Add water, flour, cocoa powder, salt, xanthan gum and baking powder.
5. Once all ingredients are mixed well, pour into a greased Bundt cake pan.
6. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
3.5 oz. Chocolate Bar (gluten free and dairy free)
1 Cup of Coconut Cream
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 TBSP. Coconut Oil
1. In a sauce pan melt the chocolate bar, coconut cream, vanilla and coconut oil. Once melted, remove from heat immediately. Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes before pouring onto the cake. Serve and enjoy!