The past few months have been big for me. Big. Huge. (channeling my inner Pretty Woman moment ..). In my truest Scorpio fashion I took exactly two months to mourn and then I went out and created the life I wanted, dripping with passion and utterly perfect. Isn't it funny how life works?
It's all always utterly perfect.
When I think about how much my life has changed in the past year, and in the past few months in particular, I can't help but think about how happy I am, even against all odds. During my darkest moments I kept repeating this absurd mantra to myself, "Trust the process." I clung onto the mantra as if it was the very thing that would pull me out of the pain. All I could do was trust that in the end I would step out of everything stronger, more beautiful, more empowered, and even happier than ever before. I didn't know when or how it would happen, but I just put 100% of my faith in it, trusting the process.
And you know what? It happened. A lot faster than I had expected but oh boy did it happen.
Now, I live on the beach and I spend my time playing in the sand with new friends, new lovers, and myself. Which is why this is actually a recipe post, because another perfect part of my day is this recipe. I'd like to think that when I look back one day on the summer that I found happiness--true, authentic, deep happiness--that this dish will come to mind. Because every time I make it I feel like I could float away (except that one time my Vitamix died while making the ice cream.. that was the opposite of happiness).
My main goal with this post is to bring YOU this same bliss. The problem is that many of you may not have a Vitamix. Fear not! There is a neat little gadget that I've seen and I think it's the perfect solution for many of you! If my Vitamix keeps acting funky I may invest in one of these guys. It's a Yonanas machine and you can take any frozen fruit and turn it into ice cream. How cool is that?? Yes, I realize that I become absurdly excited over kitchen gadgets ..
As for this recipe, I think you will love it. I make a large batch of rawnola and store it in the fridge so I can munch on it throughout the week. I'm not particularly creative with this recipe, actually, as I got it from Loni Jane (my idol). It's simple, it's delicious, it's filling, it's low in fat, it's perfect after a beach day .. it's really just everything in one bowl. I like to add fresh fruit to my ice cream, as well, and take my time eating it.
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