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Learning to Let Go

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Remember how I always write about

“just jumping in”

taking risks and trying new projects?

For the past month, I’ve had this totally irrational fear of

Crafting Failure

I know.. completely ridiculous and in the scheme of things..

What I don’t get is where this mind set came from?

Had I lost my crafting Mojo?

I’ve been afraid to start..

in case I wreck things.

{ This also explains the frequent publishing of recipes with nary a craft in sight for the last little bit. }

Remember those brand new scribblers in school.. I thought they were so beautiful and pristine..

that I didn’t want to write on them
because I didn’t like my handwriting..

it would wreck them.

When strange thoughts like this appear out of nowhere,
I just have to chalk it up to demons from my past..

You know.. those times you did try and failed?

And then proceeded to bash yourself { internally } over and over for not succeeding?

Those annoying little voices from the past can just show up out of the blue sometimes,
no matter how much you’ve rationalized them into submission.

Somewhere along the way I thought I had to be perfect..

and thankfully, that is so not who I am today!

I thought you might like this.. it was shared by a friend on Facebook and I am unable to attribute its source..

 Learn to Let

But I loved it enough to print a copy for myself since I love positive reminders.

I feel weightless when I visualize the act of simply releasing those things we can’t control in our lives..

I inhale deeply..

and let it all go.

So you’ll be happy to know I’ve got a new project on the go that involves pink,  a real pair of scissors and a bolt of this..


And because these things take a little more time than a recipe..

I’ve got a wee little GORP { Trail Mix } for you to try in the meantime.

Colleen { second from the right }.. is just the loveliest friend you’d ever wish for.
Incredibly supportive and an endless source of positive encouragement..
Actually, all these girls are!


Surrounding yourself with friends is as guaranteed way to silence your inner critic!

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This is Colleen’s recipe.. such a simple one

but whenever I make it.. I think of our awesome trip together Helihiking..

We really took risks that week, I couldn’t have done it without my friends!

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GORP | Trail Mix



Nothing could be easier than making your own GORP.

It isn’t even really a recipe! Just lightly toast an assortment of nuts and add pretty much anything you’d like. There is so much unhealthy salt in store bought Trail Mix, it’s so much better when you make your own.

If you’ve got a busy day, pop a little bag of Trail Mix in your car, a handful goes a long way to ease your hunger and give you a healthier and much needed boost of energy!



Learning to Let Go
  • Assortment of unsalted nuts and seeds
  • *almonds
  • *pecans
  • *walnut halves
  • *sunflower seeds
  • *pumpkin seeds, roasted and salted
  • pistachios
  • peanuts
  • any cereal
  • Additions
  • *Large chunk white Callebaut chocolate or small chips
  • *dried mango
  • *dried pineapple
  • M&M's (they won't melt in your hand)
  • raisins
  • dried cranberries
  1. Pick up an assortment of nuts and seeds in the bulk section of your grocery store. I buy equal amounts of the larger nuts and a few cups less of the seeds. I usually buy all unsalted but do buy salted and pre-roasted sunflower seeds. This add a bit of salt to the trail mix.
  2. Once home, preheat your oven to 325F.
  3. Mix your nuts and seeds (except for the sunflower seeds) together in a large roasting pan. Bake but remember to stir every 15 minutes or so. Repeat until the nuts have browned. Stir in the pumpkin seeds.
  4. Once the nuts, seeds and the pan have completely cooled, stir in any of the remaining ingredients you wish. The items starred are the ones we usually use for our GORP, but you can use any combination you like.
  5. This is a recipe you can really tailor to your personal taste, but we really love the white chocolate and dried mango or pineapple in ours. White chocolate just seems perfect for a cold winter day!


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