By: Candice Paschal, A Higher Standard of Living
A promise you’ve made to someone is way easier to keep when you can master the art of keeping a promise you’ve made to yourself. With the new year fresh on our minds, most
of us still have the mindset of taking extra time to be mindful of how we spend our time and what we allow into our daily routine. A wave of cupid’s fast flying arrows sneak up and miss more targets than they hit to remind us that being in love or being alone, are each something to be celebrated. You want so deeply to give the ones you love your absolute best and might go to great length and expense to do so, but what about the person who has never left you? The person whose thoughts you’ve had to persistently hear and what about the heart that has raced at the rhythm of your every emotion?
Unless you decide to visit a psychedelic shaman in the South American rainforest, you will never be able to experience separation from yourself during this lifetime so you better begin to realize in this instant that your life is going to be so much easier once you establish a deep desire to give yourself the absolute best. Go to great lengths to impress yourself, forgive yourself, let go of the past, nourish your body, feed your spirit, and make more time to do what you love. AMOR FATI, to be in love with one’s own fate. To accept one’s own path. Loving and learning from every celebration and every obstacle on your path without judgement. An African proverb states that a candle loses nothing by lighting another candle, but the candle must first be lit. Today make a promise to cherish yourself and keep it, after all, how can you make a promise to others if you can’t keep a promise made to yourself?
Menu Service for Two, (gf)(v)
Coconut lime kombucha,
Cupid’s arrows & fruit dip
Smoked jackfruit over seared polenta finished with bbq sauce & red cabbage slaw Mexican drinking chocolate
Cupid’s Arrow Fruit Dip
1 can coconut cream 1⁄2 cup maple syrup
Juice of 1⁄2 lemon
1 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of sea salt
Mix all ingredients together, keep chilled and stir before serving.
Shish kabob skewers threaded with pineapple, whole strawberries, & julienned mint.
Smoked Jackfruit Marinade
2 cans young green jackfruit in water 1⁄4 cup liquid smoke
1⁄4 cup liquid aminos
2 tbsp molasses
1⁄4 cup maple syrup
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
Dashes of salt & pepper,
Drain and slice jackfruit, mix marinade ingredients together and pour over jackfruit onto a flat baking sheet, refrigerate 30 mins. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Bake jackfruit 20 – 30 mins on the top rack or until jackfruit is crispy, flip as needed for even cooking. Serve over seared polenta with your favorite bbq sauce.
Red Cabbage Slaw
1⁄2 cup shredded red cabbage
1⁄4 tsp apple cider vinegar (ACV) 1⁄2 tbsp vegan mayonnaise Pinch of sugar
Dashes salt & pepper
Mexican Drinking Chocolate
2 cinnamon sticks
1⁄2 cup vegan chocolate pieces
2 cups sweetened cashew or coconut milk
Dash of cayenne pepper
Optional whole dried chili pepper
Combine all ingredients into a small crockpot and cook on medium low until chocolate is completely melted, add more chocolate as desired, stir and serve hot.