The fireworks are bursting and I'm sitting at home finishing up some work on the blog.
Today was exactly what I needed.
As part of my self-care routine for this month, I have started to go to bed earlier, wake up earlier, and work out in the mornings. I've also been working on some healthy new recipes as part of my focus on self-care through food, and hopefully I'll have some of those posts up soon.
In the meantime, I hope you spent your 4th of July (if you're in the U.S. and had the day off) as I did: relaxing. I did some work on my business this morning, recorded a podcast on gluten-free baking with Brittany Angell, and then gave myself the rest of the day off.
First I went to a friend's house where I got a hypnotherapy session. We've been trading each other sessions, which means at least once a month I get a rejuvenating session to help me clear out any cobwebs.
Next I went home and picked tart cherries off the tree in the backyard. With some added stevia, they make a great jam or pie filling.
I discovered I was the only one home, so I sang at the top of my lungs. Mostly songs from Beauty and the Beast, as I have decided that I should come back as a Broadway star in my next life.
I spent hours in the kitchen playing, and I think I may have discovered a vegan, nut/soy-free recipe for quiche. Since I'm a fan of all things mini, I plan on trying it again in a few days as a mini-quiche with caramelized onions. If I get it just right, you can be sure I'll be sharing the recipe with you here!
And finally? I watched an old episode of Friends. I blogged. And now I'm going to have a snack and go to bed.
I didn't catch up on my e-mails. I didn't get my latest recipe perfected for the blog. I didn't organize my finances. I didn't plan the next six months of my new business or think about all the changes in store for me this year.
I just chilled.
It was a day well spent.
So why this post? I wanted to let you know about my new Gluten-Free Baking 101 Cheat Sheet. See that new tab up top? That tab is my personal cheat sheet when I'm trying to decide which flour(s) to use in a recipe. I decided it was just plain mean to keep it to myself, so while I have the original, color-coded copy, you now have your own as well. Sorry, no pretty colors for you though.