Ever have one of those days where you look down at your kindle only to realize that you’re completely absorbed in a book about rabbits? Yeah. That.
How on the earth have I never read this book? I somehow managed to spend most of my adult life in education and COMPLETELY SKIPPED THIS TITLE!! I’m fixing. I’m fixing. I’m buying the hardcover. I want it on my shelves.
Moving on from that particular revelation onto another!
I loathe mornings. I absolutely, positively loathe mornings. Here’s the thing–I get so much shit done inside their evil boundaries. Meal prep, writing prep, baking, cleaning, meetings with my agent, sweeping piles of crumbs up…everything before 8 am. They say the secret to really successful people is how they organize their day.
I can tell you with one-hundred percent surety, that when my mornings are active, I am definitely more successful. I am also slightly more dark-circled, and I may tear-up at the lugubrious tones of the alarm, but that’s neither here nor there. I am simply one of those people who NEEDS their eight hours and never seems to manage. I am about as good a sleeper as a five-week-old baby. I also have to chase a naked toddler everywhere, so there’s that. I think that’s an energy drain.
Naked babies are slippery little demons, let me tell you. Let’s just hope she’s not this slippery when trying to hide shit from me when she’s fifteen.
So I force myself alive at five or six am and pretend it doesn’t bother me. Which is a particularly good thing today because I am DONATING TOYS today. Yup! And I’m challenging others to de-clutter as well.
Go through your closet, your kids closet, your toys (except the ones you keep in your bedside table, no one wants those) your kids’ toys, and your kitchen appliances/kitchen ware.
If you haven’t used it/worn it/ if your kids haven’t played with it in a year, DONATE IT.
I am forever talking about first-world problems on here, but you know what? Public services are being cut at a record pace thanks to our do-nothing congress, and the wimpiest bunch of senators we’ve ever seen, and people need what we can no longer use. I promise, your home will look better for it. You’ll feel lighter. It’s incredible.
Then make this sneaky snack.
Chocolate Zucchini Bundt
Chocolate Zucchini Bundt Cake
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Keywords: bake appetizer bread breakfast dessert cake
Ingredients (serves 12)
- 2 cups shredded zucchini
- 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup nonfat greek yogurt
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp vanilla extract
- 9 tbsp liquid egg whites or 3 eggs
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup chopped nuts
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips
preheat oven to 350F
butter or grease and flour a bundt pan
combine ALL wet ingredients and beat until yogurt lumps are gone
sift in dry ingredients slowly, 1/4 batch at a time, and stir gently
pour into bundt pan
bake for 45-60 minutes or until skewer inserted in center comes out clean
dust with cocoa powder or icing sugar when cool