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Week In Review: Baking Self Care And Sugary Treats

Goodmorning,

I’ve had a really tough week. Just… ugh. I haven’t been very mentally stable. A lot of anxiety. A lot of guilt. Very ungrounded. Negative coping. Tough feelings. I wrote a post about it, actually – thinking it would be my Week In Review. But then I realized I missed my normal way of ending the week: by listing the little accomplishments that soothed my soul. So I’m back focusing on just that. The little, simple things that put some ease and happiness into some difficult days.  My other post will get its day later this week. 

This week I…

Linking up with the fabulous Meg

Posted a Week In Review and a thinking out loud post on letting go of parts of my past self

I somewhat set up my little desk/office space. Not quite done but feeling pretty cozy. 

I got out my old plug-in mouse again, hoping that using it may be better for my crunched-over-laptop posture

Ever since seeing Joyce’s Instagram post, I’ve been craving steel cut slow-cooker oats like mad. Something I always used to make but hadn’t in a very long time. And then I saw these and any contemplation was done. Cooked up a big batch of slow cooker pumpkin oats with added molasses and gingerbread spice and enjoyed them at my new little work space. 

Served hot with added almond milk, peanut butter drizzle, banana and raspberries

To relieve a lot of anxiety, I did some much desired BAKING. And happily discovered that baking in my new kitchen is quite fun πŸ™‚

I made…

A reunion batch of Suz’s Recovery Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins with chickpea flour and the optional avocado. I’m not sure what it is about these guys but I had been craving them ever since I last made them. 

THESE absolute new favorite chocolate brownie bites. Seriously, I did not think they would turn out as amazing as they did. I took some inspiration from Brittany’s idea and filled some with a peanut flour paste, some with homemade raspberry chia jam, and some with BOTH. PB&J goes brownie style. Yes. Please.

And some chickpea flour chocolate chip cookies. Yep. These are also damn good. 

I sat down to write out a budget and figured out how much I “need” to work to feel safe financially

I booked a film. Hurrah. But…. I had to turn it down. The shoot conflicted too much with the run of the show that I am managing this coming week. Of course right? Seriously, Murphy. Give me a break why don’t you. 

I made a trip down to my old area to do a few errands including retuning a book to the library and hitting up the market

Kale – Wow!

And stopped to get my old favorite muffin. Plus an extra to take home… 

I hit up the bulk barn and treated myself to a lot of feel-good goodies. Like…

Vanilla peppermint Clodhoppers!!! I mean, how could I NOT!?

And sparkly star shaped yogurt pretzels

Oh how I love the Christmas aisle…    

I grocery shopped for a re-stock of baking supplies I was needing to do since the move

I swept and wiped the floors, finally set up my chromecast with my TV, made more of my all purpose cleaner and body wash and put away a few more little things here and there

I worked every day at rehearsal, in preparation for our opening this Tuesday. I also worked every evening at the restaurant. I volunteered to leave a few hours early one night, because it was slow, so went home and spent an entire evening on my couch, for the first time since moving in. And then I suffered extreme guilt for it the next day. Because, since I’m not working at all next week due to the show, I “should” have been making money. So I picked up a shift the following night to make up for it. See? Just a little look into the mindframe I’ve been in this week. Dan also hasn’t been here in over a week so, alone time is just not feeling good. 

All the more reason why these little things were important this week. 

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Tell me,

Have you started on the Christmas treats yet?

Do you have a cozy place for working in your house?

Do you write out a budget?

 

27 COMMENTS

  1. Susie @ Suzlyfe | 13th Nov 17

    I love fall because of all the treats! YAS to those pretzels. And thank you fo rmaking my muffins, not only becuase you shared them with others, but also becuase you reminded me of how darn good they are. Alex and I finished up the last of my pumpkin banana blueberry muffins last night. That means there are no muffins in my freezer.
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    • Cora | 17th Nov 17

      I’d love me some pumpkin banana blueberry muffins, too…… is there a recipe for those!?

  2. Jamie@TheMomGene | 13th Nov 17

    You just moved…essentially picked up your life and dumped it upside down somewhere else. Dan is gone…so, alone time. You’re still coming down off the stressful apartment hunting. I would be surprised if you WEREN’T a crazy mess. Love you.

    • Cora | 17th Nov 17

      Huh. Thank you. This all makes a lot more sense now that you’ve helped me look at it…

  3. Emily Swanson | 13th Nov 17

    You always amaze me with how much you do in a week! And I’m so thankful God provided the gift of baking to relieve stress and anxiety. I LOVE to bake; it really is so therapeutic. I’m looking forward to baking and eating all those sugary treats this year; I just made some dark chocolate cookies this past week that were sooo good, and it makes me excited for more Christmas cookies. Praying for you and thinking of you today.

    • Cora | 17th Nov 17

      Baking has been SUCH a relief to me in this past week. I love it so much. It makes me so happy. I’m SO excited to start with all he Christmas goodies!! (even though I’m still currently loving my pumpkin phase πŸ™‚ )

  4. Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy | 13th Nov 17

    What are Clodhoppers? They look amazing. And I love any type of pretzel – chocolate, yogurt covered, etc. I’m drooling over all of your baked goods this week, sign me up! It’s so easy for guilt to creep in, but girl, you DESERVE a night of no work to calm and rejuvenate your soul.

    • Cora | 17th Nov 17

      Oh man – I always forget you guys don’t have clodhoppers. Do you have “OMGs??” I think now they are just called OMGs. And seriously, if you don’t have them, I need to send you some…… so let me know. They are THE BEST. Basically cookie nutty crumbly bits + chocolate/candy coating in cluster form.

  5. Emily @ Always Emily H. | 13th Nov 17

    All of your baked goods look so delicious!

    • Cora | 17th Nov 17

      They turned out especially delicious this week!

  6. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets | 13th Nov 17

    I don’t know what those Vanilla peppermint Clodhoppers are, but I know I want them.

    I think you did a great job of taking care of yourself despite having lots of guilt and anxiety. It’s no wonder, you’ve got a lot on your plate right now with the move, the new show and getting ready to live with your boyfriend. Be gentle with yourself.

    Oh and if you need a baking guinea pig, I’m here for you.
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    • Cora | 17th Nov 17

      Man oh man… do you guys have “OMGs?” I think they are the same thing as clodhoppers. If not. I need to send you some. Seriously. They are the best and I am beyond addicted and do not care.

      Yeah, now that I’m starting to look back on my last month and all the current changes, I can see how much I’ve got going on and how it makes a lot of sense all the craziness I’ve been feeling. So now that rationality is starting to kick back in, I’m trying to offer myself more grace. Thank you for reminding me to do so.

  7. Kristy from Southern In Law | 13th Nov 17

    You have been baking up a storm! Can I come to your house? Just to eat?! πŸ˜›
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    • Cora | 17th Nov 17

      Please do! But only if you bring something of yours, too…. πŸ™‚

  8. Casey the College Celiac | 13th Nov 17

    I LOVE my little desk nook in my tiny apartment. And I’m totally riding the Christmas train – bring on the pumpkin and Christmas carols!
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    • Cora | 17th Nov 17

      Yep. This year = never too early for Christmas. My soul NEEDS IT.

  9. Joyce @ The Hungry Caterpillar | 13th Nov 17

    Sorry things have been feeling wonky lately, Cora. And it’s nice that you took some time to focus on those good moments in the midst of a bad week.
    Break a leg next week! Is this the first show you’ve managed? Or is this something you’ve done before? I hope it goes awesome. πŸ™‚
    Steel cut oats are like the best thing, yeah? I have ingredients to make pumpkin oats–sounds like just the thing!
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    • Cora | 17th Nov 17

      Thanks, Joyce. Yes! This is the first time I’ve done any sort of tech or stage managing. And let me tell you…. I hope its the last. It’s been a great experience but I am SO not comfortable with any sort of tech stuff. I’m way more nervous about screwing up the lights than I ever have been going on stage – ha!

  10. danielle | 14th Nov 17

    oh geez louise! the mind games we play. make it stop, press the reset button πŸ™‚ i tell that to myself always and sometimes listen, but mostly go into the spiral of madness. i’m in the spiral now, with a strained calf muscle and a comeback marathon for january. ugh please pray for my leg. i really know that it’s not a big deal in the grand scheme of life, and who cares because i have a beautiful life and am very blessed… but a part of me really wanted this marathon to at AT LEAST work out. like just make it to the race injury free for a change. aye vey just knock me out of this funk already!!!!
    anyhow, it sucks that Dan is gone. that never helps. of course when he gets back it will be better… and yeah, Murphy and his stupid laws. yay for the baking!!!

    • Cora | 17th Nov 17

      But it is a big deal. It is 100% understandable how you would be going into a spiral of madness and be upset/frustrated/stressed about this. When our bodies reject us and do something that is out of out control and take something away from us!?? That bloody SUCKS! Yes you are blessed but you also have the right to be miffed, too. I really really am praying for your leg. And for your lovely soul. I want them both to be happy! But Murphy is going to have to take a a freaking step down first……

  11. Ellie Pell | 14th Nov 17

    I love your desk. I was just thinking about how to create one in my van…time to Pinterest! Christmas baking was supposed to happen December 2nd…but instead I’ll be at a baby shower so I’ll just hold on those plans =P
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    • Cora | 17th Nov 17

      Pinterest search: Van desks. Foldable workspace. I am just way too intrigued with what you are going to come up with.

  12. Kat | 14th Nov 17

    Soooo many delicious baked goods! And why on earth are yogurt covered pretzels so dang delicious? Seriously I could eat an entire bag and still crave more.
    Super proud of you for booking a film! Sorry you had to turn it down, but still, that’s so awesome that you were even given the opportunity for something like that. I know much more will be coming your way!
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    • Cora | 17th Nov 17

      Oh man – right!? I always have to get both chocolate covered and yogurt covered pretzels because I love them equally and can never choose.
      Thanks Kat. I hope there will be a “next time” sooner rather than later.

  13. chasetheredgrape | 15th Nov 17

    Hopefully working out a budget helped. Realising what you exactly need always helps as a first step.
    I love your new little desk nook, always lovely when you look out on trees. Trees make me happy.
    With being so go go go with the move and work things were always going to come to a crazy point. But let yourself feel, give yourself grace and look forward to the present and future. All will be well my lovely.

    • Cora | 17th Nov 17

      It really did help. It didn’t make me feel “confident” about my finances and upcoming work etc, but at least it set a clear image in my head to know what I feel I need to aim for. Much better than just guessing and aimlessly making rules for myself.
      Now that I’m settling and letting rationality set back in, I’m more able to take a look at all that I’ve been doing this month and realizing the connection between how I’ve been feeling. And therefore able to give myself some grace.

  14. Kaylee | 25th Nov 17

    Look at you go go go on the baking train! And your pictures a lovely πŸ™‚
    Holy kale! That price is a score for farmer’s market produce.
    Hmm, I have really been meaning to start budgeting myself. Are you using the specific format/app/tutorial/anything? Teach me your ways!
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