The Emerald Girl

casual. classic. curious.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Be Kind and Work Hard

"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving"
-Colossians 3:23, 24
 Growing up my Mother always used to tell me to work as if I was working for the Lord. I credit that as a huge part of my work ethic. I remember doing chores when I was younger and really not wanting too but thinking about this and then being excited to do it well. (Ironically, I am writing this blog post at work. I'll consider it a break). If you were working for the Lord, you would do the most exceptional job that you are capable of doing. You would be focused and not fall prey to easy distractions, such as blogging or social media. (Hint: my tip to fight against the distraction of the vast Internet land is to keep a pad of paper by my side  and whenever I get an urge to look at something, I just write it down and look at it later if I still have an interest). While reading my morning Bible chapter, this was the verse of the day. It was a pleasant reminder. Sometimes when I feel like my job is so mundane or just not worthy, I need to remember that I am doing this work for the Lord. It renews my sense of excitement in the task at hand. It gives me a goal and something to work for. It's not always about the actual work but more about how you and how you treat that work. I love to refine myself from the inside and this is one of the verses that calls you to refine your attitude. Whatever we are doing, we may serve God through it.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

"Inspiration" is Taking Over the World

Inspiration is EVERYWHERE. To be honest, inspiration is getting too much publicity. From Pinterest to Instagram to Tumblr to blogs. It's like a non-stop barrage of constant inspiration. We have the capability to ignore but it's. just. so. hard. How hard would it be to not use Pinterest for week? How hard would it be to not check your Instagram feed? How hard would it be to not use social media all weekend long? I'm here to tell you. It's not hard to avoid social media on the weekends. I actually do this. I actually do not use any form of social media on the weekends. Saturday and Sunday for sure and often times Friday evening. By the end of the week, I'm so ready to check out of the Internet and just have time. There is something called too much inspiration. Overwhelmed by the amount of stuff out there? Me too! And the thing is all that online inspiration doesn't amount to very much actual output in your real life. I find the best inspiration is found in real life. That's why it's so important to get offline and get out and do something. Enjoy life. Go for a walk. Grab a coffee with a friend. Grab a coffee with yourself. You like to look at pretty pictures? How about making your own pretty pictures. Sure, you won't make as pretty pictures as you see in the glossy pages of Pinterest but you can. If you do it enough, you can make just as pretty pictures or even prettier pictures. Do you like to write? Write your own blog or diary. Don't just read what other people are writing. You can write too. So often we are so consumed with consuming that we forget what we were really made to do and that is to create. Don't think of creating as only something artists do. Everything you see was created. Every restaurant or store you go into was created. Every service you use was created. Everything was created. We were made to do things. I find myself getting lost in blogs and then I remember what would really make me feel satisfied deep down is to write myself. I get great satisfaction from doing things myself. The thing is that being obsessed with inspiration really only takes you away from actually doing things. The best inspiration comes from life. The best inspiration comes from doing things. Inspiration comes out of doing things. Learning from what you are doing. If you like making photographs - go start shooting things and while you are shooting something, you might be like, hey, let me try it this way. Doing things builds inspiration. I challenge all Interneters to leave social media this weekend. Just try it. Feel the boredom and make something happen. What would you do if the Internet didn't exist anymore? What would you do?

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Chocolate Chip Cookies: An Adaptation

We believe in eating REAL FOOD. My only problem with this is that I want to pin real, traditional food. You know food the way our ancestors and all of the people of the world ate before the last 50 years of major industrialization. Before billion dollar food industries dictated the information the general public received about nutrition. I digress. I like to pin and I only like to pin pretty pictures. Pinterest is first about visual pleasure and then about actual function. So, I need pretty pictures of real food done right. Most of the "crunchy" or real food bloggers out there just don't take pretty pictures of their nourishing concoctions. They may be super experienced and learned in nutrition but the pictures fall, well let's just say, rather flat. Spreading the word about real food is important. Let's spread the word by taking pictures that people want to look at. A pretty picture will encourage the viewer to click through to the original post. I definitely have to hone my food styling skills. (Currently at level 1). I know, I know. But I'm going to attempt to make pretty photos of real, nutrient dense food. My sweet tooth encouraged me to start with dessert.

This chocolate chip cookie recipe has been adapted from the recipe in Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon, president of the Weston A. Price Foundation. These are gluten free and refined sugar free (except for the chocolate chips, of course). You could easily make this dairy free by substituting coconut oil for butter. I'll write another post later about why I am gluten free.

1/2 cup coconut oil or 1/2 cup butter (softened)
1 cup rapadura
2 eggs
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon baking soda mixed with 2 tablespoons hot filtered water
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
2 cups almond flour
1/4 cup coconut flour
1 bag of chocolate chips (more or less to your taste)

Cream coconut oil, butter and rapadura
Beat in eggs, sea salt, baking soda, vanilla extract and flours
Fold in chocolate chips

Bake at 325 for 14 or so minutes
They will likely be really soft and moldable when you take them out but don't worry they will cool and harden.

There you have it. I am in no way shape or form going to be some sort of food blogger but on occasion I may post something and I hope these pictures have proven themselves to be somewhat worthy of Pinterest.