Keeping warm and stress free

When the weather turns colder and the north wind starts to blow, my focus turns to baking. Baking is a stress reliever for me. I love to try new recipes and re-do recipes into a healthier version. I don’t necessarily like to eat all the baked goods – a nibble here and there – but I do like the stress relief of following a recipe, making up a new recipe and sharing – the most important part of baking – with family, friends and co-workers.

Stress, as I’ve talked about before, manifests itself in many different ways in your body. It can make you achy and tired. It can make you angry and frustrated. It can make you sad and depressed. It can cause a host of health issues that are discovered many years later after the stress has built up in your body and never released.

As the weather turns colder, we are faced with many different holidays, that come with family obligations. Sometimes this is a stress producer for some whereas it is a stress reliever to others. Cold weather and darker days may also be a trigger for stress in some people, whereas others embrace the cold days and the outdoor activities that they are now able to take part in. Still others, enjoy the darker, colder days as a chance to do things indoors that they’ve not had time for in the warmer months.

Whatever season you enjoy, whatever activities you do that keep you stress free and healthy, are important to continue each week. One of my favorite activities that helps keep stress at bay is yoga and meditation. Even for 10 minutes a day, the results are amazing! I encourage you to try it if you’ve not already. And I encourage you to put yourself first and always find time for the things that help you maintain balance and peace in your life.

And of course, baking is another way that I keep stress at bay. A special cake recipe that I enjoy making for my family is below. Feel free to change it up however you want. I use greek yogurt for the sour cream and egg whites for whole eggs. I also have put in bananas and almond flour to make it healthier….but not every time! I hope you enjoy sharing this recipe with your family and friends as much as I do!

Sour Cream Bundt Cake
1 and 1/4 cups of sugar (I tend to lower this amount)
2 sticks butter, softened
2 eggs (or 4 egg whites)
1 8 oz carton of sour cream (or Greek Yogurt)
2 cups flour (or 1.5 cups of flour and .5 cups of Almond flour)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350
Grease a bundt cake pan
Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar (I add crushed pecans in the bottom for a crunchy topping)
Mix butter and sugar together until creamy
Add eggs and sour cream
Add Flour
Stir in baking soda and vanilla until mixed well
Pour HALF the batter into the bundt cake pan
Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar (I add mini chocolate chips here)
Spoon the rest of the batter into the pan
Bake 45 minutes. Allow to cool (lol – right?)

Below is another recipe book that I like to use with some really good recipes!

Remember wherever you are, whatever you do – find something that keeps you sane, happy and stress free. Peace.

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