Zucchini Bread Recipe - When you Need to Use Up Zucchinis from the Garden!

Zucchini Bread Recipe - When you Need to Use Up Zucchinis from the Garden!

zucchini bread - quick and delicious!

Picture late summer and loads of (dare I say overgrown) zucchinis from the garden.  You can only eat so many grilled zucchini - am I right?  So....what do you do with the rest?  Bake zucchini bread!  I've been making this recipe for years.  I've adapted it from the Betty Crocker Cookbook and I make it a few times a year (when I'm literally using up giant zucchinis from the garden)!  

It's easy and you can do everything by hand....no need to get out the mixer for this one.  I love that it makes two loaves. So, you can keep one for yourself, and gift the second loaf.....or put it in the freezer for a later time.  

Ingredients
  • 3 cups of zucchini shredded - about 2-3 medium or 1 large ;)
  • 1  2/3 cups of sugar
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1  1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional - can sub raisins or chopped pecans/walnuts)
Instructions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line 2 loaf pans (8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches) with parchment paper (or butter and flour loaf pans if preferred).


Sift and mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon together in a bowl and set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk eggs.  Add sugar, vanilla and oil and whisk until combined.  Add zucchini and mix well.  


Add flour mixture and mix by hand until incorporated making sure not to over mix the batter.
Add chocolate chips and combine.
Divide batter evenly amongst loaf pans and bake in centre of oven for 50 - 60 minutes or until tester inserted into centre of loaf comes out clean.
Cool for 10 minutes on a cooling rack.  Remove from pans and place top side up to cool on cooling racks.  Serve warm or cool.  


Enjoy!! 

xo, Bonnie

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Shine Your Light!

Shine Your Light!
Everyone has within them the same bright light.  This light is pure love and is the essence of who you truly are.  What makes us different, is how brightly we allow our light to shine.  We dim this light by the layers of emotions we carry and experience.  Anger, resentments, blame, criticism....all of these emotions dim our light on the outside like heavy cloaks.  When you stand in your truth and lead in love, these layers fall away and allow the light to shine brighter.  When your light shines brighter, it impacts those around you for they can see and feel your light.

If your light is dim, take the time to nurture yourself, have compassion for yourself and others and heal the wounds that dim your light.  Let your light shine brightly through acts of kindness, compassion and love for yourself and others.  Go forth and shine brightly.

With love,
Bonnie (and Divine Wisdom)

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You are Lovable as You ARE!

You are Lovable as You ARE!
The notion of loving thyself is a powerful message.  How can you love others when you do not love yourself?  Do you know that you are a spiritual being having a human experience?  There is only love.  When you deny yourself of this love, you deny yourself your own truth which is love.  We are all connected in this Universe and when you lead with love, you bring more love into your life.  When you feel "bad", your Inner Being isn't joining your "party" because all your Inner Being knows is love.  This is your guidance system and a way of knowing if you are living your truth or straying away from it.

You needn't fill this void of lack of love with anything else as all you need is already within you.  You don't have to search for this love on the outside because it exists on the inside.  Your outside world is a reflection of your inner world.  If you use the scales as an example, what weighs more?  How you love yourself and show love to others, or is it how you blame yourself and others for your life experience?

You are encouraged to tip the scales in favour of love.  Love for yourself and love for all.  Put your hand on your heart centre and feel the magnificence of the love emanating from inside of you.  You can feel this.  It is energy.  Love is energy!  How would your life be different if you lead your life from love?  What is your dominant view of yourself and others?  Is it love, or blame, judgement and criticism?

Love more, blame less.  Love more, judge less.  Love and praise more and criticize less.  As humans, we love to blame others for how our lives turned out.  What does that make you?  A victim of other people's action.  You are encouraged to take back the reigns on your life and tell a new story.  Where you are now is only a point in time.  If you keep thinking about the past and blaming and judging yourself for where you are now, the past will continue to repeat itself.  You have the ability to change your life course with your thoughts and actions going forward.

People who love themselves do not feel the need to criticize or harm others emotionally or physically.  People who behave this way do not understand the path of love and light.  But you are awakening to this notion that love is the only way forward to your desires.  This love starts with you.  Do not wait to look and feel a certain way to begin to love yourself.  Treat yourself with the respect and dignity that you deserve.  You are worthy no matter how people have made you feel in the past.  But in order to feel worthy you must treat yourself with kindness and love.

Those who "make" you feel unworthy, feel unworthy themselves.  Break this pattern.  The only way you can is to know your worth.  You are worthy because you are here.  We are all worthy.  No one is more worthy than the other even if you believe it is so.  When you place judgements on others, this is a reflection of the judgements you place on yourself.  When you see the faults in others, you see the faults in yourself.  When you see the world through the eyes of God, source, love, you recognize the love in yourself.  Remember this always!

Be the light and shine that light brightly.  Your world will change and your perceptions will begin to change.  Lead in love.  Come from a place of love and see how life will begin to unfold for you.  You are lovable as you are.  Know your worth for your Inner Being knows this.  Connect with your truth that is love and go forth and live your life best life.  Your life is based on your thoughts and perceptions.  You are surrounded by so much love.  Allow the love to enter your body and soul.  There is so much love for you here. 

With love,
Bonnie (and Divine Wisdom)

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Happiness is a State of Being

Happiness is a State of Being
Joy and love is your natural state of being.  You either choose to allow it to flow, or you block it.  It doesn't magically appear when you "get something" or have an experience.  It's an energy that lives within you and you are the only one who allows it to flow or blocks it from flowing.  That's why you feel "bad" because this natural vibration is blocked like a river dam.  We are always looking outside of ourselves to experience this natural state of joy, but all we have to do is look within.  Take a breath and notice this ever flowing life force energy.  Our breath is our awareness back to our true self.  Our breath connects us back to our own Inner Being who only knows love.  When you are not in alignment with your Inner Being (state of love and joy), you feel discomfort because those emotions are not experienced by your true Self - the source of who you really are which is pure love. 

Every moment is a new opportunity to experience peace, love and joy.  Bring awareness to this moment and capture the beauty in this awareness as you observe life around you.  Notice the trees, flowers, sunshine, smile on a child's face, the comfort of your home, your cup of coffee or tea.  Every moment is a new opportunity to feel and sense joy and love.  

Of course, there are moments that are difficult, uncomfortable and painful.  During these times, we must honour what we are feeling.  But this is still an opportunity to become aware of being in this moment.  Thank the emotions for coming up as they are there to be acknowledged and released.  Once we experience more love and joy in our lives by becoming aware of our breath and being present, we experience this more often.  And in times of discomfort, we can allow these shifts to happen more quickly and are able to experience them in a more gentle way.

We all have desires, that is part of life and that is good, but we all have the capacity to tune into this awareness of love and joy that lives inside of us in any given moment.  We don't have to wait for something external to happen to experience joy.  Joy is just a breath away.  You can choose to let it flow or block it.  How will you choose today?

With love,
Bonnie (and Divine Wisdom)

If you would like access my FREE Yoga Nidra guided meditation for Relaxation, click HERE to get access right away.  



3 Tips for Making the Most out of your Yoga Nidra Meditation Practice


Get the Most out of your Yoga Nidra Practice!

Hey there!  I'm so happy you're here! That must mean you've signed up for my FREE Yoga Nidra guided meditation for relaxation!  So excited for you. I hope you love it and make time to fit this into your daily self care routine.  

If you don't have access yet, you can sign up HERE to start listening right away.

Now that you can listen whenever you want, I want to give you some tips on how to make the most out of your practice. 

A main part of Yoga Nidra is creating an affirmation to use as the focus for your meditation.  If you haven't listened yet, you will have an opportunity to create an affirmation (positive statement) that aligns with your heart's desire. This is why I love Yoga Nidra so much. It combines relaxation with focusing on a desire that we have to feel a certain way, or accomplish something. I can tell you from experience that it's an unbelievable feeling when you start to see your desire unfold for you in your everyday life!

So....I want to make sure you're getting the most out of your practice each time you do it.  Here are three tips for getting the most out of your affirmation:

1.  When it's time to create an intention during practice, make sure it's in the PRESENT tense!  For example, if your desire is to be healthy and strong, don't say "I will be healthy and strong", or "I want to be healthy and strong".  It's much more powerful to state your desire as the truth (as if it's already come true) because when you do that, you'll be in alignment with your desire and not just hoping that one day it will happen.

 2.  Write that puppy down!  When I have a new affirmation that I'm working towards, I write it on a sticky note and post it on my bathroom mirror.  That way, I see it in the morning and at night before I go to bed.  Don't just wait to practice Yoga Nidra to recite your affirmation, keep that as a focus in your life and watch as it unfolds for you.

3.  Keep using the same affirmation. When practicing Yoga Nidra, it helps to keep the same affirmation until it becomes real for you. That's why this practice is so beneficial. It helps you to focus on a desire and to eventually see it realize in your life! 
  • However, don't feel like you can never switch out your affirmation. Remember, this is your practice and you can use it however it serves you.  While I like to work towards my overall desire, sometimes I'm feeling anxious or upset about a certain situation.  In this case, I will create a new intention as the focus for my meditation that day to help me overcome my emotions. Then, next time I practice, I go back to my original affirmation. 
Ok, so now you have a solid foundation for your affirmation.  Here are the three steps again:
  1.  Make sure it's phrased in the present tense
  2.  Write it down so you can remember it (and see it daily)
  3.  Continue to use the same affirmation until it becomes real for you (and then create a new one)...
Enjoy your practice!

If you'd like more insights about Yoga Nidra, check out this post Yoga Nidra Guided Meditation - WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, WHY

Namaste,

xo, Bonnie

 
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