Chocolate Bread

I tried this easy recipe for Almond Butter Bread recently and it was a bit dry for me and a little bland. However, I thought it would make a great fixer upper.

I picked up some MaraNatha Dark Chocolate Almond Spread and made another batch.

It is as good as any chocolate cake I’ve ever made. Not too sweet and moist enough to hold together.

Thanks to John & Miriam for sharing the original recipe with me.

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the BLESSING club

Saturday my cousin and I went to the Women’s Holiday Expo and we met Bella LaRocca. Bella decided to do something positive to help those less fortunate in her community. “The Blessing Club” provides backpacks filled with day to day essentials that are in such demand but often overlooked.

The Blessing Club is based on the dream of a nine year old girl, named Bella LaRocca who had a vision of helping the less fortunate in our community. Through her compassion and the love of her family, she found herself volunteering with a group that fed the hungry and homeless. While interacting with the less fortunate, she noticed the stress of those receiving food and clothing and the difficulty transporting all their belongs in ripped grocery bags. While preparing to start the school year, Bella had her AHA! moment…why not provide “backpacks” to the less fortunate?

These backpacks would include everyday necessities such as socks, underwear, toiletries and hygiene products.

The Blessing Club allows children the opportunity to make a difference and pave the way for all of our children to make this world a better place. We have ongoing projects, outings and events to support valuable life lessons such as managing money, understanding life goals, gratitude and respect for others. It is through parent involvement and family participation that our club will be successful. While we are learning the lesson of compassion we will be distributing backpacks filled with simple necessities to those amongst us in need.

Bella of The Blessing Club

You can help Bella make a difference by donating to their fundraising page at GoFundMe. Follow The Blessing Club on Facebook and Instagram.

Honey Do

I have had a couple of days to relax and do nothing. A lot of things have changed – for the better. I needed this time to absorb it all. Also .. make lists.

I am a big list maker. I have small notebooks stashed in places, apps on my phone, lists in my head. Stuff that needs to be done, stuff that I want done, bucket list, honey do list.

Moving back into an RV full time came with a great opportunity to SORT first. The last time we moved from a 1700 sq ft brick ranch house to a 40′ 5th wheel … for weeks we had only a path through the boxes. Things we thought we wanted to keep, things we believed we would need.

This time we are afforded the chance to really go through things and let them go. I am finding this way easier than LK. He is a champ with it but I see he bothers him. The “what if I need this” voice is strong with him. Me, if I find that I have gotten rid of something that I NEED .. I get another one. Sentimental objects are a little different – but gadgets and such, it is the curse of being an Army Brat. You have to move so often, and you don’t always get to take all of your things with you, so you learn to let it go.

This time around I am trying really hard to let even the sentimental things fall away. Finding them good homes with people who will truly enjoy them and cherish them. Everything else, donated.

Collect moments not things.