We are Amy and Gail Shingler, sisters-in-law and friends!
We are passionate about living authentic and intentional lives!
We are enthusiastic about healthy eating!
We created a space to share our favorite recipes & the life philosophies from which they stem!
Our desire is to inspire,
may you be edified by what you read here!
Monday, November 4, 2013
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Saturday, October 5, 2013
We make assumptions every day:
about people within our own circles,
the "others" around us,
about why they do the things they do,
say the things they say,
what they are thinking,
what their motives and intentions are,
we presume we understand where it ALL stems from.
It gives us a 'misperception' of being 'in the know,'
and so, being somehow 'in control' or 'of interest and import'.
When we or someone else make a statement of assumption about another,
it is fair and kind and loving to ask,
"Do you know that to be absolutely true?" or
"How can you know that?" or
"Do you KNOW that person?" or
"Have you spoken intimately with him or her?"
The answers to any or all of those questions define an assumption
and help us see what is worthy of our time and energy to comment on.
Friday, September 20, 2013
As you lean toward a plant-bsed lifestyle, remember:
progress, not perfection!
As much as this process is about being proactive and changing our habits,
it is also about allowing the body to do what it innately knows how to do:
process and let go of the old;
So today, say to yourself:
I trust the intelligence of my body.
I ease into a new way of being.
I can relax knowing that my decision to eat a plant-based diet is well researched and sound.
I have been moving toward the notion of conscious eating for many reasons, and I find myself at this place with an open mind.
The earth, with all its abundant riches, provides for me everything I need.
I am becoming more aligned with the natural and benevolent flow of life.
I ease into it, trusting that this is exactly where I am supposed to be.
It's all about leaning in!
from PEACEFUL DAILY
Monday, August 12, 2013
Yep! It's that time again. My youngest two girls started school last week and they were so excited. As we begin to get back into the school morning routines, I've been on the lookout for easy, healthy, and yummy breakfast options. The one I tried this week was chocolate chip pumpkin muffins. They were a hit.
Chocolate Chip Pumpkin muffins
1 medium banana, mashed
1 (15-oz.) can sweet pumpkin puree
1/4 cup 100% pure maple syrup
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups oat flour (grind up oatmeal in blender)
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 cup grain-sweetened dairy-free chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 375°F. In a large bowl, combine mashed banana, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, and vanilla extract.
2. In a small bowl, combine oat flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Transfer mixture to large bowl and mix together gently until well combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
3. Spoon batter into muffin tins and bake for 20 minutes or until the muffins are lightly browned. Remove muffins from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Store muffins in an airtight container.
I love this recipe because:
1. oatmeal is a great alternative to wheat
2. the only "sugar" is 1/4 cup maple syrup in 12 muffins
3. There is no added oil or eggs used
Sounds like a great way to fuel the young minds in our household! Happy schooling!
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
In the Shingler household,
we are grateful
for the techniques we have learned from Byron Katie,
and it is BLISS to hear and see
our 3 children use these techniques
in various forms to help themselves,
each other, US, and others,
to find all there is to be grateful for,
all there is to delight in
and find comfort in,
even in what seem like
the WORST circumstances imaginable.
There are many in our lives
who do not see
the beauty and richness of their own,
we hope someday they will.
There are many in our lives who do not see
all the possibilities
in their despair, barrenness, darkness,
they do not see their value
in what they believe is a "small" life,
a life less than they want,
a life less than they deserve.
All we see is their magnificence,
AH! if only all we had to do was tell them-
for them to believe and see their blessings!
I love this letter to Byron Katie
and I love her response,
it does not minimize the facts of the situations
in which people are truly grieving,
but it gives practical steps to find a way forward
and eventually beyond that grief.
Our joy is up to us,
what and who we trust in,
what and who we believe in,
has REAL power to transform us
within and through circumstances
we wish we did not find ourselves.
I love this letter to Byron Katie
Monday, July 15, 2013
Here it is:
3 Cups Oatmeal
1 1/2 Teaspoons baking powder
1/2 Teaspoon baking soda
1/4 Teaspoon salt
3 Bananas, very ripe
1 Tablespoon coconut oil
1/2 Cup coconut sugar or date sugar or brown sugar
1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 Cup dark chocolate chips
1/4 Cup applesauce or 1 extra ripe banana
3 Tablespoons oatmeal & 1 Tablespoon brown sugar (optional for topping)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray 9 x 5 loaf pan with cooking spray.
Make oat flour in a food processor or blender by processing oats for 1-2 minutes or until it resembles flour.
Add oat flour, whisk in baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
In a separate bowl, beat mashed bananas, brown sugar, vanilla, and coconut oil until smooth and creamy.
Slowly add in oat flour mixture and mix until well combined. If it is too thick I add 1-2 Tbsp of almond milk.
Fold in dark chocolate chips and pour batter into pan.
Sprinkle top with 3 tablespoons of oatmeal and 1 tablespoon of brown sugar. (optional)
Bake for 35-40 minutes or toothpick comes out clean.
Let cool for 15 minutes and then remove from pan and place on wire cooling rack.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
This is one of my favorite videos I watch at the gym in the morning. It is sort of a theme song for me lately. I believe we all need to practice and therefore live by truth telling with an emphasis on love and vulnerability. Sometimes that takes bravery, well it does take bravery . I love the lyric that says, "say what you want to say... let the words fall out." I hope this inspires you and brings a smile to your face.
Monday, June 17, 2013
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