A few weeks ago I celebrated my 28th birthday. This birthday, like most others of recent past, was less celebration and more inward reflection. I can't help but constantly evaluate my life, wondering if I'm on the right path and if the decisions I make in the present will lead me to the correct future. I try not to over think every aspect of my life too much, but unfortunately that is one of my downfalls, I over-analyze situations rather than just living them.
Along with my self reflection, Dayv has been having similar thoughts and is working incredibly hard on making his dreams become a reality. But, I'm still in the "What are my dreams?" phase. I have general goals, but nothing concrete enough for me to wake up every morning with the ability to make those dreams a reality. It is incredibly frustrating.
I've spend the majority of this summer working towards the vague goals I have, to which I've grown and learned a lot about myself in the process. Unfortunately, I feel guilt as this space here has been a bit neglected. A good friend of mine recently told me she missed the weekly subscription email in her inbox, and I immediately wanted to rush home and create a blog post just for her.
The truth is, although I work so hard and love this little blog so much, I sometimes have extreme doubts about its purpose. There aren't five vegan food blogs anymore, there's more like 5000 (or more). With everyone churning out extremely innovative and delicious recipes at a rapid pace, it can seem like everything has been done, and then done a thousand times more. I wonder if my simple little recipes that I love creating and eating are what other people love as well, or if they just don't matter. Like I said, I've been over-analyzing.
At the end of the day, this is a place I created for myself and if others want to read and contribute, it makes the work even more enjoyable and fulfilling. Even if I feel like I can't compete with everyone else, I have to remember that it's not a competition. It's not a competition.
Additionally, I have been considering branching out more in the subjects that I write about. Currently, I stick to a rather rigid subject matter of vegan recipes, with the occasional review that I am interested in or feel passionate about. But, there is just so much more to me than making food, and I wonder if this is the place to share that person.
This is a rather lengthy post, and I thank you so much if you read it. Any input I'd greatly appreciate. If you're a blogger, do you ever have similar feelings? If you're a reader, are there topics that you'd like me to discuss? Any questions you'd like me to answer?
Notes: I have been enjoying this recipe for over a month and cannot get enough of it! It's a perfect breakfast alternative to oats, although I enjoy it for lunch. I add a generous helping of ceylon cinnamon both while cooking and immediately before consuming, and I recommend you do the same. Ceylon cinnamon has an amazing earthly flavor which I have just recently discovered. Also, harder apples, such as Honeycrisp, work best.
Apple Pie Quinoa Breakfast Bowl
makes one bowl
1/4 c quinoa + 1/2 c water or 1 1/4 c cooked, leftover quinoa
1 c unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 large apple, diced (I used Honeycrisp)
The night before: In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil and add quinoa. Cover, reduce heat to simmer, and cook for 10 minutes. Turn off heat, but keep pot covered and allow to "cook" for an additional 10 minutes. Transfer to container with lid and place in refrigerator. (Can ignore this step if you already have leftover quinoa as long as it was cooked in water.)
In the morning: In a small saucepan over medium high heat, add almond milk. Once it begins to sizzle(like it's about to boil), add prepared quinoa and apple. Sprinkle with cinnamon, and stir occasionally until the almond milk is absorbed and becomes similar to the consistency of oatmeal(about 10-15 minutes, depending on desired thickness). Remove from heat, transfer to bowl, and top with additional cinnamon. Enjoy!