My Winter 2019 Hygge Challenge

Thanksgiving is over and I now have 8 batches of Turkey Carcass Soup in my freezer.  (I actually ran out of freezer safe containers!)

I’m reflecting on my words for 2019.  Comfort. Connection. Confidence.  They all served me well as guides through the year.  I’m using both my Passion Planner and Leone’s Shining Year Planner to finish up this year and start visioning my 2020. I am on the hunt for a word for 2020 and paying attention to the ones that cross my path often. This Words for the year2018 is a good list of words to choose from when deciding on a theme word for the year.  I have done this for a number of years now.  I also have made a vision board the last few years. I have in the past created a vision board on my own, or with an amazing group of friends.  My vision boards have also helped guide me through the year focused on my goals and values.

I have started my “Winter 2019 Hygge Challenge”.  Carving out a few minutes each day to feel comfort in my space.  What I like the most about Hygge is it is the intentional slowing down and savoring the comfort of what you are doing.  Three years ago my word for the year was Zest.  This is what I wanted, the intentionality of action.

I am spending my Hygge moment today with Aldi’s Candy Cane tea.  One of the things I am allergic to is tea  Yes everything fro the tea plant.  This makes warm winter drinks a treasure hunt.  I like plain peppermint tea and drink it often. This mint tea blend with the addition of cinnamon and chicory makes a lovely tea to spend your Hygge moment savoring.

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are starting to enjoy some Hygge moments of your own.

Fall Baking Fail Number 1 – Gluten-Free Baking Can Be Tricky

I love to try making all the fall baking treats.  I still haven’t been able to make a good Pumpkin Bread, so I thought I would try a Pumpkin Bar.  It was definitely a “No”.  Too chewy and oily.

Baking fails happen.  It often feel worse now that I’m using all the different gluten-free flours and dairy alternatives that are more expensive.  But I had plenty of baking fails before we needed to change our diets due to Celiac Disease and food allergies.

It’s a good thing I have Aldi’s new Sea Salt Caramel Dessert Hummus to have with apples instead of the chewy pumpkin bars. Have you tried this seasonal dessert hummus?  It is really good.

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I better make some Brownies, since when my kids saw the pan yesterday they thought brownies (it is the only thing the pan is used for) and I had to quickly warn them it was NOT brownies.

I’m back to the pumpkin bar/ pumpkin bread drawing board.  I also have one other dessert I am trialing this week.  I hope it turns out better than my pumpkin bar experiment.