"Autumn-the season that teaches us that change can be beautiful". I love this quote. It is very relevant to me in my life right now. After spending the last year on maternity leave with my little one every waking moment, I am back to work. It has been a difficult transition for us both as I spend most evenings away from her now. Difficult as it is, this has been good for me too. I now fully see that I want to be with her all the time and it is helping my husband and I figure out a new way to shape our lives for our future so that I can work from home and be with our daughter for her every moment.
My husband and I went through an upside down summer with the disappearance of our beloved dog. It was crazy, frustrating, messy and heart wrenching. Whenever we go through a tough situation we ask ourselves, "what am I supposed to be learning from this?". We came up with a lot of learning lessons this summer but I think some of the biggest ones were to embrace change and move more with the rhythms of life, live more in the moment. We were pushed to step outside our comfort zones and in turn ended up meeting some pretty incredible people. We learned that even the most difficult situations you go through in life can end up being beautiful ones. Before we knew we would have our dog back I started looking at myself differently. Being more compassionate for myself, trusting myself, loving myself more and learning more compassion, trust and love for others.
When you go through a hard situation, a big change in your life try to remove yourself from the pain and discomfort of it and look at your situation in a different light. What are you learning from your situation? Can you find beauty in it? I believe there is beauty in everything, whether it be the growth your soul makes when you get through a hard struggle, the way you change as you learn something new, or the changing leaves in the fall. Find the beauty in every moment. Find the light in every moment and you will find that the light lets more love in.
My recipe is one of comfort. Autumn is a time for getting comfy, changing tank tops for sweaters, flip flops for little boots and iced drinks for spiced lattes. It is a time where we become more introverted as we move into the hibernation stages of winter. It is a time of reflection and with that comes change. Slow change so that when spring finally peeks its head around the corner we can emerge as beautiful butterflies, ready to take flight and take on the world. Enjoy being comforted by the things you love most this fall. I know I will.
Baked Autumn Oatmeal
Vegan, Gluten Free
-2 ripe pears
For the wet ingredients:
-1 flax egg (1Tbsp ground flax stirred with 3Tbsp water)
-2.5c. plant milk
-1/4c. maple syrup
For the dry ingredients:
For the crunchy topping:
-1.5Tbsp coconut oil, melted
-1/4c sunflower seeds
-1/4c flax seeds
-1/4c pumpkin seeds
-1.5Tbsp maple syrup
1.Pre-heat the oven to 375F.
1.Make your flax egg. Let sit for a few minutes to thicken then add the rest of the wet ingredients and mix.
2.In a separate bowl mix all your dry ingredients together. Set aside.
3.Chop your pears and apples into small pieces.
4.Grease the bottom of a 8x10 inch baking dish with coconut oil. Spread your apples and pears in an even layer on bottom of dish.
5.Spread dry ingredients evenly on top of fruit.
6.Pour wet ingredients evenly over top of dry ingredients.
7.In a separate bowl, mix all of the crunchy top layer ingredients together. Drop pieces of it all over your oatmeal.
8.Pop into the oven for 30-35minutes until seed/nut mixture is toasty.
9.Let cool slightly and enjoy with a splash of almond milk.
Love and Light,