Vegan Coffee Fudge

Originally posted on BlissfulBritt:

Remember this post I posted a few weeks ago, when I attempted to make some fudge? I ended that post with a simple request: please share with me a delicious vegan fudge recipe. Well, my request was granted by the fabulous Brandi over at The Vegan 8 .

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I’ve been in love with Brandi’s blog for a while now, but never attempted any of her recipes despite how amazing they all look! Simple, but delicious recipes with 8 ingredients or less? Count me in. Brandi shared with me her 3 ingredient fudge recipe, and while this recipe looked perfect as it was, I decided it needed one more ingredient.

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Vegan Coffee Fudge

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Ingredients

  • 1 heaping cup semisweet vegan chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup solidified coconut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1.5 tblsp fresh ground coffee*
  • Sea salt to sprinkle on top

*Make sure your coffee is not only freshly…

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Current Reads

Everyone likes to ask me what I am currently reading! Here are 3 of the main books I am indulging in when I get the chance.

Zen, The Beginners Mind By Shunryu Suzuki

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Stilettos in the Kitchen By Shanel Cooper-Sykes (This book is what my book club is reading)

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The Power of Now By Eckhart Tolle  (I seem to read this book off and on because I find myself applying the teachings as I go along in my life – by my goal is to get though it…this time lol)

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10 ways to get back up when you feel life has knocked you down!

Even the smoothest roads have a bit of bumps and that is expected because it’s all part of this beautiful thing we call life. Things have been a blessing lately but I recently found myself in a situation, which had me feeling like part of my world was ending – but it was more of a blessing in disguise.

The truth is, I have so much to be thankful for at this moment, and despite my bump in the road it was very necessary to pull up my big girl socks and deal with my S*&% like a big girl. Here are 10 points that helps to get me back into my fabulous mindset. I Hope this helps you as much as it helps me. Xo

1. Be honest with yourself and embrace your feelings.

The worst thing you can do to yourself is place your feelings aside – especially if you are hurt. The chances of your feelings re-surfacing and crashing are high. Don’t get me wrong, there are some issues that just need to be tossed to the waste side! However, even in those situations you should still admit your feelings to yourself.

2. Analyze how you got there.

Think about the choices that may have brought you to your bump in the road. This may take some alone time with your thoughts. The best part of healing is the time you get to yourself to think.

3. Write 

I keep an ‘inspiration journal’ and I write almost everything that make a difference in my life. Once you have collected your thoughts, or maybe your thoughts are still cluttered? Writing out how you feel will make things a bit more clear. You will be surprised at what you put onto paper.

4. Forgive yourself 

One of the most important points! This is where you really let go and breathe. There is no way you can move forward if you don’t forgive yourself for ending up at that bump in the road! Pinch yourself…did it hurt? Yup, that’s because you are human! And guess what? S*&@ happens! Dwelling on the past is only going to make you feel worse. Therefore, you need to acknowledge what you went through and be ready to forgive yourself. The future is still waiting for you and it needs your best self!

5. Tell yourself just how much you deserve the best.

Remind yourself that you have just one life, and one shot to live it. This means you deserve the best regardless. You don’t deserve to feel broken just because life throws a few curve balls. Find a way to lift yourself!

6. Tell yourself 3 amazing things about yourself.

This is the time when you begin to boost your appreciation for yourself. I like to do the “I AM” activity. E.g. I am beautiful, I am strong, I am greatness. Remind yourself of these things every single day.  You deserve to recognize your unique qualities. There is nothing wrong with a boost of self-confidence.

7. What have you learned about yourself?

In every situation there is a valuable lesson to be learned. What has your situation taught you? Did you learn something new about yourself and what can you do differently next time? I am a strong believer in the saying ‘everything happens for a reason’ because everything happens to take you to your rightful destiny.

8. How will you get back on track?

I have noticed that when we get thrown off track, we want to stay there and relish in our sorrows. This is a NO NO. It is important to get right back into the grove of your daily activity. Hit the gym, do yoga, meet with friends. Whatever tickles your fancy, just get back into it.

9. Everything will be O.K :) 

There are going to be moments of doubt even when you thought you had it all figured out. But the one thing you always need to understand is that it will all be o.k no matter what.

10. Trust God.

Last but not least, this is to reinforce the last point. No matter what is happening it’s always important to trust in your higher power.

Stay Fabulous!

A Gift from 2013

Are you ready for your Newer Year?  I pray you are ready for a year that belongs to you. If you believe it does then everything is already working in your favor.

In 2013 I had the opportunity to revamp my company, be a Miss Black beauty Canada contestant, travel a bit, lose a few pounds, and meet some truly amazing people. The best part is that most of it occurred organically with the help of good energy. Below are a few points that I took from my ‘notes of reflection’ for 3013 in hopes they will help you.  These points are simply highlights that helped me reach some of my highest potentials.

  • Don’t say it. Just do it
  • You will never know until you try
  • Embrace your womanhood
  • Love Life and Life’s people
  • Let go and Embrace change
  • It’s my human obligation to love and let others see the sparkle in their lives.
  • Life is magical
  • The bigger picture is that tomorrow is not guaranteed
  • It’s my life…therefore opinions are so meh

What did 2013 teach you about yourself? Tell me about some of your experiences!

 

Stay Fabulous,

Keneisha

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Segregated prom tradition yields to unity

Originally posted on Schools of Thought:

Editor’s note: In May, the superintendent of Wilcox County, Georgia, schools announced the high school will host its first official school prom in 2014. Read the full story

By Jamie Gumbrecht, CNN

Wilcox County, Georgia (CNN) — It’s a springtime tradition in this stretch of the magnolia midlands for crowds to gather at high school students’ proms. They’ll cheer for teens in tuxedos and gowns while an announcer reads what the students will do once they leave this pecan grove skyline.

Earlier this month, Wilcox County High School senior Mareshia Rucker rode to a historic theater in the nearby town of Fitzgerald to see her own classmates’ prom celebration. She never left the car, even to catch up with her friends. She’d recently helped to invite the critical gaze of the world to her county; few would be happy to see her there, she said. Besides, she’s black and…

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Son to mom: We did well after you left

Keneisha Williams:

Opinions: How would you react if your mother abandonded you for 11 years?

Originally posted on Anderson Cooper 360:

Lee Heist Jr., the son of the woman who surfaced after disappearing 11 years ago, looks back on the day she left. “I remember we walked home from school, it was only a couple of blocks away. And she wasn’t there. We assumed that — my sister and I assumed she was grocery shopping or something,” he said.

He tells Anderson Cooper he’s experiencing mixed emotions right now knowing she’s alive and where she’s been for over a decade.

Brenda Heist told police she abandoned her family and life in Pennsylvania more than a decade ago to escape her problems. She hitchhiked to Florida with a group of homeless people.

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Journey Journal

diaryThe purpose of this journal was to give myself a viral presence, a
single entity that wasnt attached to my company but rather a place that I could share me. I started this personal blog back in
January.

I have kept journals for years – since the 7th grade. Those are
personal and although i dont get the opportunity to write in them as much I still jot down personal thoughts – its a place I go to when I simply want to vent, laugh, smile etc.

In September 2012 I found myself in a worldwind of everything and I
felt as though I was going through the ultimate growth, with the
ultimate lessons, with the ultimate questions, with the most craziest
revelations. I found myself in a journey. I decided to pick up a
notebook from the dollar store *incert smiley face here* and I began
jotting simple notes, confessions (which I titled ‘honesty box’)
clippings, tid bits of research, deep questions with answers about
myself, songs that spoke to my heart, new discoveries, hopes, things
that made me smile, quotes, prayers, goal etc.

It turned out to be a book about my journey through life and the
things that seemed to complete me. I wrote questions about my life,
people, situations, and came to clarity through writing answers about
my questions.

Since then I have my 2nd journey journal and it goes just about
everywhere with me. DO you have a journal?

desiderata – by Max Ehrmann

I love this poem so much that I framed it and gave it to a few individuals in my life  who have made a great impact in my life - enjoy
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Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be critical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.
© Max Ehrmann 1927

[Health] Superfoods

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Health education is a lifelong journey and as you grow you will always find what works best and what doesn’t work with your diet. I try my best to eat as clean as possible (I do get a sugar rush every so often) however, my aim is to stay away from processed foods and cook from scratch so that I am always aware of what is entering my body.

The best way to load up on energy is by consuming natural foods. These natural foods are also great for heart disease, cancer, cholesterol and more. We call these *insert victory music here* SUPERFOODS! These foods are so super you will even be in a better mood when you being to consume them more often!

- Blueberries

- Oats

-Beans

-Oranges (Be careful of the acidity)

- Salmon

-Broccoli

-Pumpkin

-Spinach

- Walnuts (not too much per day)

-Yogurt

-Dark Chocolate (don’t eat the whole bar please)

-Tea