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Week In Review: My Time At Home

Week In Review: Time At Home

Hi lovely friends,

Last week, to relive all the good feelings, I recapped my brother’s wedding. I didn’t have a chance to talk much more about my time at home, though. I don’t want to let the visit go by without documenting some of the life-giving accomplishments that were had during this time, so I’m using this week’s Week In Review to go back and relive some of those moments. 

Thank you, Meg!

Home was really wonderful – as you already got a sense of from my last post.  I felt the best I had felt in a really long time. I felt relaxed and…. well, happy. Something not to be taken for granted. Also something pretty fascinating when you think of the power of home and being around family and friends. It’s like these things have the ability to just sweep all dark clouds out from under you. To give myself some credit, however, I did do some work and basically plea to the uppers to let me enjoy my time before I left. I wanted the dark spiral I was getting myself in to just leave me alone, so badly. I was not willing to let myself ruin my own – or any one else’ – experiences.  That’s what I hate the most.

I’m pretty happy, and I guess proud, to say that I felt far better about my over all mood – toward myself and others – than I think I ever have when being at home. Sometimes it can be a hairy experience, as I think a lot of you know. But for whatever reason, this time, I was able to feel more relaxed and more myself. 

I enjoyed a morning at the farmers market… and picked up a few treats a long the way

Danielle pointed out to me that, yes, the cup does infact look like it says “…to make squirrel happy.” Which I’ll totally take as well.  Squirrels need to be happy too. 

I enjoyed a number of relaxed mornings on the couch with my parents. My favorite time in the world. And this time could actually just…sit… and feel no need to be productive. 

I also thoroughly enjoyed a number of beautiful and deliciously laid out breakfast bars to feed the house of company we had staying with us.  Gah these are my favorite. 

I made good use of the insane amount of muffins my mom made for the post wedding breakfast, and fell in love with locally made breakfast sausages. Basically I loved breakfast even more than I usually do. Didn’t know that was possible. 

Since the bride can’t have gluten or dairy right now, I made a special gluten free cake for the bridal shower (to add to the already overflowing feast), using this recipe from Les. In all honesty, I think this was the best gluten free recipe I’ve ever made. The magic of beans strikes again!!

It brought me back to the days of betty crocker rainbow chip icing. And who didn’t have THAT as their all time favorite?  

Since she couldn’t have dairy I replaced the buttercream frosting with lemon coconut whip cream. Goooooood choice. 

But I wasn’t the only making mean progress in the kitchen. On our last morning my dad whipped up some gluten free waffles (again to cater the brides’ needs) which were innnnnnncredible. Seconds were had. 

I got out for a couple relaxing morning walks along my road

And enjoyed even the littlest things, like coffee on the deck with my soul sister, and beautiful plates of fruit

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I didn’t touch the blog. Heck I hardly touched my computer. Like I mentioned before, the thought of returning to those things that are so a part of my habitual routine back here in Toronto felt all sorts of gross. Now that I’m back, I feel there’s been a bit of shift. I have some very weird-feeling changes of thought going on, actually. I’ve realized the areas where I am not happy – which are kind of new, surprising – and somewhat scary – revelations for me. For now though, I’m going to just let me them do their thing and see where they go, rather than make any drastic assumptions. I’m hoping to just keep this lingering sense of comfort with me, and hope that when it begins to slide, I may be able to fight against it with a little more edge. 

Tell me,

What’s new for you right now??

What’s your favorite thing to do when you are home with family? 





  1. Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy | 3rd Jul 17

    Isn’t it weird how home knows us better than we know ourselves sometimes? So glad to hear you got the much needed rest, relaxation, mind quietness and beauty! Your time at home sounds wonderful. The bride is so lucky to have you guys to make such great food – that gluten free cake looks BEAUTIFUL, Cora! Have a great week xo
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    • Cora | 6th Jul 17

      Thanks, Sarah. Oh gosh…”how home knows us better than we know ourselves sometimes”…. ain’t that the truth. It’s pretty crazy. But I guess can feel pretty beautiful when you feel it in action. Hope you are getting some of this same relaxation/quiet/nurturing time amongst your busy summer.

  2. Susie @ Suzlyfe | 3rd Jul 17

    Home is so healing. I have been at my worst, gone home, and found my best again. Sometimes I’m not at my best when I am home, but being home gives me permission to realize that and make apologies and right myself so that I can be my best self again. Alex is my home, but even so, when I go to Georgia and have time with my mom, something magical happens. And then I come back home to Alex and I find myself again. You will find the same thing happens with Dan, and you will realize that home is where your favorite heartbeats are.
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    • Cora | 6th Jul 17

      I think we are often not “our best” when we are home… but I think that is extremely important because no matter our state, home ALLOWS us to be how we need to be. And then, as you say, we are able to be more aware of it and, hopefully, realize the need for change. Its best when “home” isn’t just one place, but rather with a person – like you have with Alex. I hope to have that same feeling soon. Maybe when Dan and I finally live together this fall. Gah its too hard now doing long distance. Though, I need to find a home for myself, within myself, even when I’m not… “home.”

      “home is where your favorite heartbeats are.” — um, I’m stealing this. And putting it everywhere.

  3. Cindy | 3rd Jul 17

    All of those fruit plates are beautiful. I love this post so much – it confirms the fact that I am a HUGE breakfast lover. I am super intrigued by that cake with the white beans – did you use all six eggs?

    • Cora | 6th Jul 17

      Cindy! How have you been?? How is your summer in Toronto going??

      Yep I did use all 6 eggs. The cake feeds quite a few and you only need a small piece each (its nice and filling!) so I actually didn’t feel like I was consuming a bucket load of eggs while eating it – unlike other coconut flour recipes. It worked out perfectly for me and will be making it again!

  4. Jamie@TheMomGene | 3rd Jul 17

    My all time favorite thing to do with family is play cards or Scrabble or Monopoly! I’m super competitive though so they always have to give me a talking to before we start ? P.S. That cake looks dreamy. You had me at lemon whipped frosting.

    • Cora | 6th Jul 17

      Oh dear god. Never will I EVER play monopoly with my family. With anyone, as a matter of a fact. OR, oh man, or go mini golfing. The memories we all have as a family, from when I was young, and the ANGER I would portray during any of those games…… let’s just say I was a fiercely stubborn and competitive kid. I now just don’t do boardgames….

  5. Evangeline | 3rd Jul 17

    So many beautiful things happening in this post. First, I’m so happy this was a good visit home for you. It’s frustrating to entertain the feeling that you’re bringing a cloud with you, especially when there are expectations for happy, happy joy, joy celebrating. I’ve been there. Anyway, it sounds like the time was full of genuine joy and peace, and that’s sometime to celebrate in itself. Second, the food. Yum. Your family has serious kitchen skills.
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    • Cora | 6th Jul 17

      Yes – it is very, very frustrating when you feel that way. You can put on a mask and try to act “fine” on account of everyone else, but even that feels so rotten. I was so grateful to have these feelings go away after my first night there. So I didn’t have to act. I’m so, so grateful.

  6. Emily Swanson | 3rd Jul 17

    The beauty of God’s creation in this post. LOVE LOVE love those morning walks where you can just think and walk and wonder at beauty. Also, that cake looks delicious. πŸ™‚ I’m so thankful you had such a wonderful time with your family. Those breakfast bars sound epic.
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    • Cora | 6th Jul 17

      Thank you, Emily. I’m really thankful as well. It feels especially beautiful when you know of all the hard times that you have had in the past. You would have LOVED our mornings! You could have joined me for a walk and then a beautiful breakfast bar full of all the yummy things!

  7. danielle | 3rd Jul 17

    oh how i love everything about this. i can actually feel the sense of calm vibrating out of this post, it’s that strong. magical.
    Squirrel! that’s so funny, i know i’m semi dyslexic and see words distort and rearrange themselves randomly. i’m constantly doing spell check because i think i type correctly then see that i’ve put them all out of place. oops. i’ts like those stupid decimals, i sometimes put it in the wrong place but that is pretty serious considering it could mean i give someone a charge of 1,000.00 rather than 100.00. silly details.
    i’m enjoying getting out and breathing fresh air every day, even if it’s for 20 min. i realize how much my soul needs this… so i’m going with it, without any goals or reason besides i like physical activity and fresh air. that’s it. i love being with my family and watching my daughter explore the world. yesterday we hung out in our bedroom and i watched her play with my laundry drying rack for literally 20 minutes. she sat inside of it, then carefully folded it and unfolded it… i loved that. watching her explore the world is probably my favorite thing to do at home. it’s relaxing. i’m enjoying it and life feels better these days than earlier.. emotionally. my brother has been visitng for a month from Aberdeen and having him here makes me so happy, he leaves today and it’s another 6 months till he comes back, but these visits are more precious to me than any amount of gold or chocolate.
    i’m praying for strength as he departs… and will miss him but will not fall apart. i WILL keep it together.
    don’t you love those people that make you feel less alone in the world???

    • Cora | 6th Jul 17

      Ah Danielle this is so beautiful. I’m so happy you have been basking in the wonderfulNess of having your brother visit. And that you already recognize you have the strength to keep these feelings going after he leaves. Because you do!

      I think what I love most about children is their complete fascination with Ordinary things. You don’t need to buy them expensive toys… chances are they will much prefer the random cardboard box or drying rack in your bedroom. They are constant reminders to us to revel in the simple things.

  8. Joyce @ The Hungry Caterpillar | 3rd Jul 17

    Hey, Cora. I’m so glad that your time at home was so life-giving and happy, especially considering that I know you’ve been feeling pretty down this summer.
    I haven’t had funfetti cake with the little sprinkles it in in forever. I’ll have to check out that there recipe. πŸ˜‰
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    • Cora | 6th Jul 17

      Hey Joyce. Thank you. Yes, it was the ray of sun I really needed this summer. I just wish the feeling could last a little longer.

  9. Ellie Pell | 3rd Jul 17

    I am totally remembering those cakes with the ball-shaped sprinkles. They were the best! My life is good right now too Cora. Isn’t it a blessing? I never thought I’d feel comfortable staying at my parent’s house ever again, but the world works in mysterious ways. I am so happy πŸ™‚
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    • Cora | 6th Jul 17

      This thrills me to hear, Ellie. Like…. this is so exciting. I hope this continues for you. <3 <3 <3

  10. chasetheredgrape | 3rd Jul 17

    ‘Now that I’m back, I feel there’s been a bit of shift. I have some very weird-feeling changes of thought going on, actually. I’ve realized the areas where I am not happy – which are kind of new, surprising – and somewhat scary – revelations for me…’
    Em girl are you in my head right now?? Being home has brought up a whole heap of issues that I need to look into. I know eventually I will start to think of this period as exciting and adventurous but right now it’s just scary and daunting. A slice of your cake right now would help though! πŸ™‚

    • Cora | 6th Jul 17

      Sounds like we are going through quite a bit of the same thing miss…….

      Would love to hear more of your thoughts when you have a moment – if you feel like mind dumping! Hope you are doing well and offering yourself lots of grace <3

  11. Casey the College Celiac | 4th Jul 17

    New for me is that I’m moving to Mankato, Minnesota for grad school in t-minus 3 weeks. AHhhhhh! (Feelin gexcited + terrified for sure). And you and your family are SO sweet for accommodating the bride’s dietary needs. I’m sure it made her special day feel even more special!
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    • Cora | 6th Jul 17

      WOOOO 3 weeks!!! Excited and terrified sounds perfectly right, miss. You are in the right place <3

  12. Juli@1000lovelythings | 4th Jul 17

    I am glad you were able to enjoy the time with your family and cross my fingers that you can keep this sense of comfort in your everyday life.
    Sometimes a change of pattern/pace scenery in your life brings a sense of clarity about what’s going on and then you cannot believe how you never saw these connections before. I myself had a few eye-opening experience in the last few weeks. I am still processing what to make of it and how to cope. For the time being I eat my feelings in pretzels ;-P
    P.S. you gave me the biggest cravings for oranges and waffles πŸ˜€
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    • Cora | 6th Jul 17

      That feeling of “not believing how you didn’t see the connections before” can be so hard… but that’s what learning is, right? Continually moving forward.

      Oranges and waffles. I know right!? I’m not even a huge orange fan and now this combo (with breakfast sausage) is like all I want.

  13. Bethany | 4th Jul 17

    Love the muffins! We are heading home for a visit soon and this makes me even more excited!
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    • Cora | 6th Jul 17

      Woooo!!! Yay! I’m glad you are getting a home visit in!

  14. Kristy from Southern In Law | 5th Jul 17

    I’ve never had a funfetti cake. It’s not a “thing” here in Australia so I feel like I’m missing out on serious sprinkle-y goodness! I need to change that soon!

    As for what’s new with me… nothing really… just work work and more work which means I am seriously behind on blog reading!
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    • Cora | 6th Jul 17

      No rainbow chip icing in your childhood!? OH NO! What about chips ahoy rainbow cookies!?!

      Gah girl I hear you. For some reason I keep picking up shifts, amongst a trillion other things Im needing to do, so to say my life feels messy right now is an understatement. Blog reading and post writing has taken a huge beating πŸ™ :(. I want time to bake your recipes again.

  15. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets | 5th Jul 17

    This post made me so happy since I know your struggles when you go home. I think it speaks volumes to how far you’ve come mentally. Give yourself a big old pat on the back; you deserve it.

    I want a slice of that bean and funfetti cake. Hooray for coconut cream frosting.
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    • Cora | 6th Jul 17

      Yep – I know you know of my past struggles of being home. This time was pretty new in many ways. That’s pretty exciting eh? πŸ™‚

      …you’ve also been quite a bit of help in these home ventures I’ve had over the last while. So thank you <3

  16. Heather | 5th Jul 17

    My favorite meal is breakfast and those breakfast spreads look amazing!! Also that cake looks so yummy! When my husband and I got married we had a Funfetti cake, so I can’t help but smile anytime I see one. πŸ™‚
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    • Cora | 6th Jul 17

      OK you had a funfetti cake at your wedding?! You are the COOLEST.

  17. Kat | 5th Jul 17

    I’m SO glad that you were able to enjoy some time with your family! I know that sometimes struggles can arise from being at home for you, so its nice to hear that you had a much better experience this time.
    And seriously, you are making me crave all the cake now. It’s been so long since I’ve had any, which is weird for me seeing as how I adore it so much! Funny story though – I just got a freelance gig and they want “3 healthy cake recipes” Did I score the jackpot on that one or what?! Wanna be my taste tester? πŸ˜‰
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    • Cora | 6th Jul 17

      Oh my gosh. So who’s more excited about your freelance gig … you or me!? Get on those recipes so I can make them!

      And thank you. Thank you for recognizing that home is often hard for me, so that this time around truly did feel like a blessing. <3

  18. Alyssa | 9th Jul 17

    aw YES. yay family time!! I saw my family yesterday too. We went on a hike! got ice cream later on too. Love doing things like that with them. πŸ™‚

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  20. Kaylee | 13th Jul 17

    For me too I know family time can either me even more stressful and draining or it can be exactly what I need so I’m so glad it was the latter for you. Sounds like you were able to be happy not just internally but also enjoying the social aspects too (if that makes any sense at all)

    That cake is looking goooood. Would never have guessed about those secret beans. If you still have some leftover muffins and such, you know where to send ’em. ?

    My family and I love playing board/card games when we’re together. We even usually carry around a deck and play when we go out for dinner. ?
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