It’s crazy how quick this past year flew. 2013 where did you go? Maybe it’s because I’m getting older that the years now seem to just pass way too quick for it to register.
Every year I really utilise this time of year, over a break, to reflect on life, the year that’s passed, and how I’ve grown from the challenges throughout the year to come out the other side so much stronger.
What an amazing year it seems to have been for everyone’s personal growth. I feel like I’m finally getting to know just who Hannah is and what she wants for her life.
Surrounding yourself with the right people is key to creating the life you want to live, and making a conscious effort to clear out the ‘closet’ of any baggage you may be holding onto from past experiences.
I’m really excited about this coming year 2014 and some new chapters that are/will begin.
As the year ends, I always make a point of getting into the spirit of the holiday and thanking the people most valuable in my life for being who they are. Mostly I do this by making crafty items or cards, food or little guilt-free treats which can sometimes make them squeel with delight.
This year I made a big batch of all organic raw sugar-free chocolates to give to my colleagues and friends wrapped up in mini xmas hampers. They were a hit… so I thought I’d share the recipe with you all as my gift to my readers.
Rose-Goji RAW Chocolates
• 1/4-1/3 cup Goji Berries
• 2-3 Tbsp Rosewater
• 3 heaped Tbsp Raw Cacao Powder
• 1/2 Tbsp Carob Powder (optional)
• 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
• pinch Himalayan Salt
• 2 Tbsp Cacao Butter, melted
• 2 Tbsp Cocnut Oil, melted
• 1 & 1/2 – 2 Tbsp Coconut Nectar
In a small bowl soak the goji berries with the rosewater for at least 1 hour.
Then in a medium-sized mixing bowl place all dry ingredients, and add all the wet, except the soaked gojis. Working quickly to stir well to combine.
Note: for cooler climates it helps to place the mixing bowl on top of another bowl filled with warm water (bainmarie) to keep the chocolate warm so it doesn’t set before you’re ready.
Lastly, when all shiny and combined, add the gojis and mix in well.
Pour evenly into chocolate moulds of your choice, tap gently on tabletop to even out the levels, and place flat to set in the freezer.
(I had access to some cute silicone ones from Aldi)
Once set after about 30mins pop out and serve, wrap or munch.
Makes about 18 chocolates.
Make a conscious effort this holiday season to show some love to the most important people in your life…tell them you appreciate them