Something I have been wanting to do for quite a while on Noming is to share my journey to health. It’s been up and down, and by all means filled with baggage. Probably pretty typical for a lot of people. But I don’t feel like a lot of people talk about the bad days, or the journey itself. You just get a lot of the “after’s” when people are nice and pretty and put together. But life is messy and finding your way is no different.
So why haven’t I shared?
Because somehow this world has turned into a mean and cruel monster. And the internet lets the assholes thrive. As opinionated and stubborn as I am – I don’t come with thick skin. My days are filled with emotion and are impacted by others more than anything. However not ideal at times, it’s kind of how I work. It’s how I make sense of the world. It’s just me. And while I attempt to brush things off, it just seems to go on repeat in my head. Even the times when I’ve done nothing wrong, I just can’t seem to let it go. I do NOT let things go. Which is a superb quality to have – ummmm no.
So I haven’t been able to decide what’s best. For me.
Opening yourself up is scary shizzz, and in some ways I feel like you are almost asking for it (on the internet) with all the a-holes lurking in the shadows. But there’s that whole notion of “you’re letting the a-holes win,” but sometimes that might be a better option. You know, “a fight not worth fighting” sort of deal. But “you have to live your life” yeah but I don’t have to broadcast it.
So then there’s this quote…
“To share your weakness is to make yourself vulnerable; to make yourself vulnerable is to show your strength.”
- Criss Jami
I think we all find our strength that we didn’t know we had in our weakest moments, those moments where we are vulnerable and decide somehow to move even though being still is so much easier. I know that exact case is true for me. One of those “I didn’t know I had it in me,” deals.
Now on the other end of this stick… why is it that people have to be so judgmental, and where did all the support and kindness go? OR how about that good ole saying… “if you don’t have anything nice to say than zip it,” okay I think it’s more like “then don’t say anything at all,” but I like “zip it” better.
You have to live for you at the end of the day, with or without the a-holes. But you also shouldn’t take a vase and decide to play kickball with it either. Did I just compare myself to a vase? Oh boy.
Alright let me think on this while we talk mini apple crumbles!
Now crumble, is well… crumbly. So these are not little pies with tons of structure to them. They are crumbles for crying out loud in hand/bite sized form. To remove them from their cute little mini muffin tin you’ll want to use a little spatula or a butter knife, and go down one side of the cup, wiggle your utensil a little bit under the crumble and then just lift ‘er on out. They can be a little messy as the crumble likes to try and go on it’s own adventures. But they are soooo worth every little crumbley piece.
Logan likes to throw a whole crumble in his mouth and pull a chipmunk cheek, while I like to go in for two bites. I’m sure Logan’s method does not come at any surprise.
If you check out the directions you’ll see that you want to microwave your apples, this is because they won’t be in the oven long enough to actually cook, so you’ll end up with a rather raw filling. Throwing them in the microwave gives them the cooking time they need for you to have a soft delicious apple filling.
I sprinkled a little cloves in my crumble, if you are super anti-cloves, skip-it. But I’d still definitely encourage cinnamon, or maybe a little apple pie spice if you have that lying around, it definitely brings the flavors on home.
My muffin tin is a little 12 cupper, so I’ve yet to attempt to double this recipe. If you are thinking hey 24 is better than 12, which it completely is in all cases of food (except if your name is Meg and you are talking about doughnuts because you have absolutely zilch self control), you should be alright. The only foreseeable tweak I can think of is microwaving your mix a bit longer so that all of the diced apples are cooked. But you should be good to go – I think.
If you are looking to serve these and are worried about them and their crumble action you could try to use a mini muffin cup liner to contain their crumbliness. I haven’t tried it this way, so if you do please let me know. I don’t mind a little crumble here and there so I just opted out of using liners.
So Logan and I just ended up discussing this whole finding your true-self business, and how can you if you don’t step out of your comfort zone. A lot of what came up kept pointing to the discussion in this post in fact.
I think being true to yourself and being vulnerable has the greatest potential for rewards if you can handle the heat and flack that is sure to come your way. Hmmm…. I should go to an office supply store and make big posters with my face on them and motivating phrases. Such as… “nobody knows you like you and ice cream do” or “you’ve got this, just like you’ve got more stupid store rewards cards than any person needs.”
Alright, well I suppose I do need some more time to think. And maybe create a marshmallow suit in the meantime, so people’s shit just bounces right off and I remain sugary sweet. GAWD I’m full of it today aren’t I?
In the meantime you have homework.
Make these cute little bundles of joy AND share your favorite quote on life. Whether it’s motivation, love, goals, life in general, yadda yadda… share some words that hit home for you! Maybe something you’ll share will speak to someone else (me included).
Here’s my quote on life to keep with the theme (yes the second one, stop counting already):
“You can tell who the strong people are. They are the ones building others up rather than tearing them down.”
- Meg @ Noming thru Life
Now go out into the world and be nice! Don’t waste your time being an asshat – there’s enough of those in the world.
**Oh hey! If you make any of Noming’s recipes, be sure to snap a photo and share them on twitter or instagram with #nomingthrulife so that the rest of us Nom’ers can see too! I mean you would only make my day and all if you did!**
- For the apple filling:
- 2 medium apples, peeled, cored and diced
- 1 1/2 tablespoons real maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
- For the crumble:
- 1/2 cup quick cooking oats (gluten free, if desired)
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
- sprinkle of cinnamon
- sprinkle of cloves
- 2 tablespoons real maple syrup
- 1 heaping tablespoon refined coconut oil
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 12 cup mini muffin pan.
- In a medium microwave safe bowl toss all the filling ingredients together and microwave for 3 minutes, stirring halfway through. Set aside to cool.
- In a small mixing bowl mix all crumble ingredients together, with the exception of the coconut oil. Add the coconut oil and with a fork mix and press ingredients until you have a nice crumbly mxture.
- Place 1/2 tablespoon of crumble mixture in the bottom of each muffin cup. Using one or two fingers on each hand, press the crumble mixture tightly into the bottom of each cup. Place 1 tablespoon of the apple mixture to each muffin cup leaving any liquid from microwaving in the bowl (you could also drain the apple mixture if that would be easier for you). Then evenly top each cup with remaining crumble and give just a light push on the crumble.
- Bake for 10 minutes, then rotate the pan and bake for an additional 10 minutes or until the crumble topping is nice and golden.
- Let cool and serve.