On Monday I woke up with heartburn + a WhatsApp message from my cousin Eric that read, “Look who’s on the cover of Vida Culinaria?”. That cover girl did look awfully familiar. She had my same shade of red Chanel lipstick + my Anthropology dress… holy guacamole, but it’s me! That split second I thought of you.
Then I saw your photos on social media. The ones where you’re cruising through the Life is Messy Bootcamp adventures in spite of heavy winds + vicious sea creatures. “I made that”, I thought. And then, seeing your use it. Wow! My gratitude burst into start dust, which I saved in a little teeny jar so I never forget how you made me feel.
A lady reached out to invite me to be a guest on her podcast. I had promised myself not to raise my hand until Life is Messy App + Life is Messy Kitchen come out. But this women came armed. She said, “I know you don’t do these things very often, so I’ve come with bribes! You love the ukelele. And I play the ukelele. If you come on my podcast I will give you a ukelele lesson.” Sayyyyy what? She had me at ukelele. And I remembered it was you who thought me how to say “helz yeah” from a place of eternal appreciation.
Marie Forleo launched her 3-Part Free B-School Training yesterday + of course I’m doing it for a third consecutive year. I’m a nerd, what else is new? In the middle of deep focus + note taking, there was little ol’ 5.1 foot tall me wearing my handmade felt cotton candy bow striking a pose on the B-School’s Success Stories section, well, cuz you put me there silly. You’re the one who gave me a shot when so many called me kuh-raz-eee. It’s because of you that my phone makes that epic sound that makes my heart go BOOM BOOM BOOM. You know which one I’m talking about, the infamous, “Cha chiiiiiiiing”. My favorite melody after, “Honey I’m home”. You did that.
For that + so much more, I think about you, a lot.
I think about all the little ways that you show me kindness. I think about how I could ever repay you.
I think about you, a lot. I think about what you might really need from me. Maybe some tips on vlogging? Then I remember how scary the first few times felt + how much I would like to hold your hand till it doesn’t feel like vomiting anymore. Or maybe it’s a very special occasion + you need something crunchy + easy to pack into favors for your guests, preferably something with cinnamon + cranberries. Then I remember a dream I had where I made granola + you made granola + we made granola together. Fun times.
I think a lot about you because there are 7 billion people on planet Earth + 3.5 million of those living in Panama, but you found me. Do you know how crazy pajama pants that is? The Universe conspired to bring us together. I will never E-V-E-R take that for granted.
I’m obviously under the influence of… (no not rose champagne, yet) Heartmade’s favorite holiday, Valentines Day (duh!). Which means license to be cheesy + own it, which is exactly why, without further ado, I have a full set of Love Stationery I want to give you… absolutely FREE!
I think you will love it, a lot + if I’m lucky, when you use them you will think of me too!
I was that kid who turned her nose at every dessert with a fruit sticking out of it. C’mon. Who in their right mind would turn down a chocolate lava cake for a fruit disguised as dessert right? That was me.
Until a met Apple Pie à la Mode. Cue the celestial chorus of baby angels without diapers.
Lots of fat pounds + heartburn episodes later, I thought it was time to tackle the healthy version made with real food that doesn’t taste like wet flip flops. Here it is:
- 1/3 cup almonds, soaked for 2 hours + drained
- 1/3 cup walnuts, soaked for 2 hours + drained
- 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 3 Medjool dates, pitted
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil, warmed to liquid
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 Medjool dates, pitted
- 1/4 cup filtered water
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 sweet red apples, sliced + peeled
- 3 ripe bananas, peeled + diced + frozen
- 1 vanilla bean, scrapped
To create your crust, combine all the ingredients + blend in a food processor until smooth, but not mushy. Press crust evenly into a small pie tin, preferably with a push up bottom. Place crust into the refrigerator while you prepare filling. Clean the food processor well.
For the filling, process dates + water as you go + cinnamon until smooth + gooey. You may need to scrape down the sides. Place mixture into a bowl + roll in apples. Take the pie crust out of the refrigerator + fill with the apple pie mixture.
Cover in saran wrap + store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Enjoy with a scoop of raw homemade ice cream. To make the ice cream, place banana chunks + vanilla in food processor + blend for about 5 minutes or until the texture is creamy.
Should be devoured immediately!
When you give this number a spin be sure to tag me @mayicarles to get all proud Mama Bear on ya’.
Back story. While I was in the kitchen measuring out these ingredients + slicing apples + soaking nuts, I couldn’t help but smile at how powerful we are in the kitchen. Up until now, I’ve shared mostly stories on creativity + passion + profit + goals + intentional planning with you. Funny how non of it really matters if our mixing bowl is filled with crap.
We don’t need a miracle. Not even a Fairy Godmother to come save the day. Magic is born everyday out off heart-shaped wooden spoons conjuring recipes using nature’s most amazing superfoods. Anthropology apron optional. All the rest follows. Flows. Cosmic synchronicity.
As you might have noticed, I’m embarking on a culinary adventure to clean my plate + save the world a pinch at a time. Who’s with me? I predict these voyage will bring us even closer. Real food made with love will. And we will become limitless.
Anyone + their cat can take pictures these days. No expensive equipment or editing gear even needed. Of course with great clicking power comes great responsibility to add something of value to this over-populated photo-centric-verse.
I might not know how to operate 95% of my Photoshop functions. Gosh, I don’t even own a nice DSLR, but gimme photo tricks I can immediately set into motion + watch my Instagram go from 0 to 12K followers in just 11 months. Pow!
I’ve stalked the very best + made them my teachers.
Today, I’ve packed my most treasured photography lessons learned inside one Friday Video Time episode full of insanely practical tips to make your photos stand out + get more likes + quite possible fatten your piggy bank. Play + learn!
I’ve summarized today’s key points into one cute infographic you can drag to your computer + file + print + repost + pin + telegram or share. Scooby snacks for those how try to do all the above while simultaneously putting on mascara.
In the comment, tell me please what makes you stop + pay attention to a photo. What makes you like it + share it + get out your credit card + swipe it? We are a community of artists from all over the spectrum, sharing this knowledge can make us even more powerful.
I declare January, “Constipation Month”.
Unless you live in an Igloo with no WiFi, chances are you’re running behind schedule. I mean, how could you not with the whole world posting self-improvement statuses left to right?
Well, apparently Miss Kelly is doing great on the 21-Day Eat Nothing But Watermelon Diet. Just look at her tight ass. I want that!
Mary’s getting a brand new logo. The competition is ON!
Wait a second, look at Monica’s fake eye-lashes. Gimme a pair of those + new kitchen cabinets while we’re at it. Granite countertops thank you very much.
Tell me you’re not feeling the pressure too?
Subconsciously, with an over-optimistic attitude to eat the galaxy in one spoonful, we shop for to-dos all the time. No wonder we’re struggling to checkmark “please shower” from the list + worrying about whether or not we’re working on the right things + wondering if we forgot to turn off the oven the second we’re about to fall asleep. Crap!
In today’s episode of Friday Video Time, I’m revealing for the first time my go-to exercise to cure mental constipation. Grab it here:
What are some nagging to-do’s buzzing in your head that scream, “Do me. DO ME KNOW!” Don’t be embarrassed. We all have them. Tell me. In the comments.
Today’s Mental Detox printable, is just one of fifty (50+) funsheets that come with your Life is Messy Planners kit. If your interested in digging deeper + learning the actual systems + principlesI use everyday to turn epiphanies + into done deals click here.
Since forever, I’ve been dreaming about giving away a full scholarship to Life is Messy Bootcamp. I’ll be honest, it was hubby’s idea to host a video contest. “Are you ku-raazy? No one’s gonna join”, I snapped.
I’m not Jimmy Kimmel, but this whole experience reminded me that my peeps are freaking AWESOME!
I mean just look at you bringing messy back!
Allison Dey Malacaria
You’ve made my cry + giggle, even urge hubby to stop the car to watch with me. You’ve made it ridiculously difficult for me to pick a winner, to the point I even had to assign scores + tally the points + do match n’ sh*t.
Tied in first place, winning a full Life is Messy Bootcamp Scholarship are: Allison Dey Malacaria + Karen Lema WELCOME TO THE FAMILY!!! Please e-mail me at email@example.com to hook you up to the mothership in an instant.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all the messies who joined the challenge. So sexy how you stepped out of your comfort zone like that + showed black who’s the new cool kid on the block.
Messies our revolution has begun. Today we sail away, away from the safe harbor. I hope you can join us!