Well, it has just been one of those weeks. Have you ever not had a working cell phone? I have been without one this week and I am finally back into the world of connection. I cannot believe how much I rely on having it and when it was gone, I felt anxiously disconnected with my world! I was without my alarm clock, scheduler, to-do list, contacts, email...the list goes on. So finally, today, my world became more calm and collected when everything was working again.
It made me think about how much I rely on other things in my life for calm and happiness. When really, there is plenty of calm and happiness surrounding me in so many other ways. I can survive and still be connected with my self and world, without a cell phone.
I also got many fun things done, like my jar gifts for the holidays. This is a easy and thoughtful idea for holiday gifts. Anything can be a jar gift, but I decided to go with food ideas (with the help of my assistant Alysse). We made soups, brownies, cookies, chili and granola. Put a fun bow and the recipe on the jar and you just warmed the heart of someone you love with something homemade.
I will share one of my favorite recipes that you can use. I also made one for myself to end my jarring week with a touch of homemade comfort and to celebrate my re-connection with the world.
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
2/3 cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/3 cup baking cocoa
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
Layer all ingredients in order listed in a one-quart, wide-mouth jar, being sure to pack down after each addition. Secure lid and attach baking instructions and a gift tag.
Instructions: Empty brownie mix into a large bowl. Add 3 eggs, 1/2 cup oil and one teaspoon vanilla extract. Pour into a greased 9"x9" pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 22 to 25 minutes. Cut into squares.