How To: No-Bake Protein Bites

ProteinBites-3I fell a little behind in my posting but here I am with “Day 3” of Alex Beadon’s Feel Good Blogging Challenge – A “How-to” Post. It took me a while to decide what I was going to write this post about because my blog isn’t exactly a DIY or overly educational blog but I do post recipes.

A large part of feeling good inside and out is GREAT FOOD! Bonus point if it’s healthy food! I love big meals and family dinners as long as they’re fast – but what about in-between snacking? I’ll admit I’m quick to grab junk food like chips or cookies – which can be good in moderation but these little babies are wonderful! They’re fast, they’re bite-size, they’re sweet, crunchy, filling and best of all …. they can actually pass as HEALTHY!

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A Passionate Post: Blog Challenge Day 2

Here I Stand - Websters FallsTalk about what you love and keep quiet about what you don’t:
A Passionate Post for todays Blogging Challenge.

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post (and what is reflected by my other blog posts) I have many passions. However I’ve been watching lately as they have all started to feed into each other to create something new! I’ll try to keep this short and sweet without losing any of the details.

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I Am Home

Canaan Valley

I wake before the sun; the moon crying for me like a child demanding my attention.
I stir and fight the restlessness but eventually cave and surrender to the calling.
I prepare myself for a chill that I haven’t felt in months; layers to protect me.
I step out, exposed to the elements and breathe deeply. I am home.

I walk silently, my footsteps light against the ground so as to not disturb it.
I revel in the visible fog of my breathe and crisp air against my skin.
I notice the stillness of my surroundings, the world not yet awake.
I bask in the gentle embrace of the calm and quiet around me. I am home.

I am inspired by the age and wisdom of a sturdy old tree; the stories it would tell.
I am comforted by the gentle give and support of the soil beneath me.
I am born of this earth; not of concrete and skyscrapers but
I am made of the lush green of a dense forest. I am home.

(photo borrowed from flickr – click image for source)

Movie Review: Hector and the Search for Happiness

Hector is a quirky psychiatrist who has become increasingly tired of his humdrum life. As he tells his girlfriend, Clara (Rosamund Pike), he feels like a fraud: he hasn’t really tasted life, and yet he’s offering advice to patients who are just not getting any happier. So Hector decides to break out of his deluded and routine driven life. Armed with buckets of courage and child-like curiosity, he embarks on a global quest in hopes of uncovering the elusive secret formula for true happiness. – Description from

I’m often torn with feel good movies. I love them and usually enjoy myself but I find the joyous feeling is often fleeting and passes shortly after the credits roll. They are predictable and full of cliches but I love them just the same. I usually leave the theatre and return to life as usual but this one hit a soft spot for me.  Continue reading