Being a Catalyst for Change & Lazy Days Apple Strudel [6-ingredient recipe]
Good Morning Friends!
I hope you all are doing well. A very Happy Friday to you! 🙂 We made it through another week which means it’s time to indulge and celebrate a teensy bit. Today, my muscles feel like Jell-o. In fact, I hobble when I go down the stairs, or an incline, or anything that requires me to hold my body weight back from tumbling over. You get the idea. My doctor recently put me on a “medication, mindfulness, and exercise” schedule to help control my anxiety and I’m happy to report that it’s working! Or, at least I feel better. Minus my thighs. And my rump. But I digress.
Working out has never been something that I’ve been “excited to do”. I never wake up and think, “you know what sounds awesome? SWEATING!”. No. That doesn’t happen. However, I’m a sucker for “challenges”. You know those viral challenges that people make cute Pinterest photos of? I enjoy browsing those. Is that weird? I’m not sure. Anyway, I saw a “Guns, Buns, and Abs 30 Day Challenge” and thought, “huh…. I can do that”. So I’ve completed Day 3 and my guns… buns… and abs… are crying. That probably means it’s working. Now, because I’m a sucker for pain (or perhaps I was a masochist in another lifetime) I also tacked on a “30 Day sit up challenge” to my routine. So, every morning I have been waking up, drinking a giant glass of water, and doing squats. I never did squats before this challenge. No, I’m serious. The only form of squatting I did prior to this exercise was picking up a zillion toys that the Noob Chef Junior used to throw on the ground when she was very young. Needless to say, my buns were out of shape. With every squat I think, “is this natural to do? This has to be unnatural! It hurts!!”. But I’m sticking with it.
However, I was reflecting this morning how it can be difficult to be the only one in the family with a true motivation for working out. My latest health changes have pushed me to declare 2019 as my year for loving myself well, inside and out. But what about my family? My sweet husband, bless him, is a wonderful man with a desk job and fellow co-workers that love to bring in sweets. Today was “donut Friday”. You get the idea. So, I nudged Mr. Noob Chef into doing these challenges with me. “Come on!” I
hopped hobbled around like a cheerleader on “uppers”, as I stood in front of my husband and daughter, “come workout with me!”. They both gave me skeptical looks but nonetheless joined in.
At times it feels like I’m a work horse pulling my family through the mud as they groan with each step. I get it. My legs hurt too. We move, sweat, and ache because our bodies need to get strong. Deep down, I dream about being really toned. Not, Jennifer Lopez’ ripped abs toned. (Can you believe that she’s 50 and looks like that?! Go girl!!). I’d just settle for “not flabby”. That would be nice 🙂 But it’s equally as important to listen to our needs too. It’s still winter here on the coast. I joke daily about how it feels like “Noah’s Ark” because we have seen endless days of rain here. The weather is cold, dark, and wet which means that my body and mind crave comfort food.
So do I abstain from comfort food simply because I’m working out? Of course not. I give in to the need for comfort food and earthy spices. I watch my portions and smile with bliss as I savor each bite of food. And then I march around the house with my Fitbit buzzing and praising me for every 250 steps gained. (More about the Fitbit in another post!).
Which brings me to today’s Lazy Days Apple Strudel.
It’s still cold and wet which means that Fall and Winter cuisine is fair game. *Sings*: (Where are you Spring time? Why can’t I find you…?). Yes, I want to curl up with something warm in a bowl between my hands at the end of the day. Does anyone else love cradling a cup of tea, or a bowl of warm soup in their hands when you’re freezing? It’s one of life’s little joys. This Lazy Days Apple Strudel is perfect for a weeknight sweet tooth when you want to put something together that feels cozy, delicious, simple, yet fragrant. It’s not overly sweet, and you don’t need to peel the apples. (Hence being lazy 😉 ). It’s simply delicious and I know you’ll enjoy it too. Just grab these 6 ingredients and you’re good to go!
I hope you all have a wonderful Friday, my friends. Stay tuned for the next post, and as always, keep on cooking! 🙂
Lazy Days Apple Strudel
- 3 apples
- 1 box of puff pastry
- 1 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees (F). Then gather up your ingredients.
Chop up the apples into thin slices. Forget about knife cuts here. They don’t count. 😉 Dump the apples into a bowl.
Add the coconut, butter, cinnamon, and powdered sugar.
Mix it all up!
Place it on a sheet of puff pastry. (And internally freak out if you’ve made too much apple mixture. Then take a deep breath and know that it’s going to be fine because cooked apples are ball’in even if they ooze out of the sides). 🙂
Place the second puff pastry sheet on top and pinch the edges together. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes.
Cut yourself a slice and dig in. You’ve earned it! ❤