It’s All About Intention
8 Fri, 2010 § 2 Comments
& remaining mindful of it.
In the Healthy Living blog realm, you walk a fine line between simply blogging about exercise, food & health & harboring — or at least portraying — an unhealthy obsession with exercise, food & weight. This is not big news to the blog world.
It did come as a shock to many however, when early this week, one ladymag decided to rip six popular bloggers to shreds.
While the article obviously spun a preconceived agenda, seriously taking quotes & examples out of context to fit the story’s slant,…it brings up valid concerns…that have crossed the minds of many in the blogasphere but none had really dared raise.
I am not going to debate, defend or even dissect the valid concerns that arose.
As I learned about the incident, read over the article & responses to it, I recognized its misconstrued nature; but what would it look like to “outsiders”? One phrase from Rachel at Hollaback Health struck me:
“maybe we’re just too in it to see it when we read it, or if we do it ourselves.”
This made me step back & ask:
What is the intention of my blog?
How do I make sure this is accurately portrayed?
Evaluating this may be a better use of energy for bloggers than sending nasty, hate-emails to Marie Claire.
Though my blog is “small” with modest traffic, I absolutely care about my readers. Even if only one reader were to stop by today, it would make me smile. I am happy about every view my pages receive & cannot help but picture the individuals stopping by & wonder what brought you to my little corner [& always check out your blogs]. Imagine my excitement over comment notices — woot! woot!
A.Road.More.Balanced is an outlet for me but obviously it is here for others as well. I am posting it publicly via the amazing web, aren’t I? I care about those who cross my path; it’s important you know my intention.
This outlet is a means of expression for me. I am still discovering my own blogging style & overcoming the fear of releasing my voice onto the pages.
It is a place to talk about life & passions, one of them being food. This is not a food journal; though many choose to share every meal every day, it is not the format that fit for me. I love sharing favored meals & recipes; this blog is encouraging me to explore my own creativity in the kitchen more & more.
Another passion is physical exertion, whether by rock climbing, biking, kayaking, hitting the weights or flowing through yoga. I have my own performance/climbing goals which are not centered around physical appearance [I would obviously be lying to say looks are not part of it though]; & I hope you’ll stick around as I talk about this more in future posts &/or browse through some of my Body Image or Self Worth posts to see where I am coming from.
My mind is often consumed by thoughts of food & “sweating”, but not only . This is also a place to share ideas & insights, which are constantly evolving & growing. It is not meant to convert, but offer my perspective while you seek the healthiest — & happiest — choices for you. If you find inspiration here, Great! If you feel the need to call me out, I hope you do. 😉
Finally, this is a place to meet people & make friends. I hope we engage in discussions about everything from life, passions, struggles to every day musings. I am excited to learn from others’ views & perspectives. I look forward to meeting you & getting to know you. I hope you enjoy my company along this Road. 🙂
Shall we move onto a culinary short-coming opportunity to grow?
These cupcakes do indeed fall short, but not in the way you are thinking. 😉
Browned Butter Cupcakes with Maple-Kissed Lemon Glaze
Inspired by Sheena’s cupcakes, I kind of created my own. She’s right; it is “just what Fall calls for”…the flavor of browned butter is so warm & inviting.
Mine only makes 10 small cupcakes ?? HUH
I know. Did I mention I invented my recipe? Did I mention I am completely intimidated by creating baking recipes? Cooking = breezy, throw a little of this with a little of that & presto-yummy-o. Baking: “mud” somehow = a delicious cake…or not. Pretty amazing & totally scary.
I should 1. hold off, 2. perfect, 3. then present
This is part of the blogging experience for me: stretching my culinary whims.
AND they are quite amazing, especially with the glaze. AND I have faith that many of you are total pros & will magically create a full dozen. 🙂 Maybe you will teach me your magic. What is the blogging community for if not to come to the aid of each other, right?
My thought: next time add ½ cup more flour & adjust the liquid to an equal percentage. Am I right?
Browned Butter Cupcakes
- 6T Browned [Earth Balance]Butter
Cut butter into pieces & melt in pan.
Stir continuously. Butter will foam up.
After foam subsides, small brown flecks will start to appear in bottom of pan.
Continue stirring until butter has reached a nice brown color & nutty aroma.
When you want to lick the spoon, you know it’s ready.
- 2/3 C Agave
- 2 “Flax”eggs [2T Flax meal in 6T warm water, allow to thicken ~10min.]
- ¼ C Almond Milk
- ½ tsp Vanilla
- Combine agave & “flax”eggs
- Stir in browned butter, milk & vanilla
- 1½ C White Spelt Flour [*If I had noticed the whole wheat pastry flour lurking in my pantry, I would have used that.]
- 1 1/8 tsp Baking Powder
- Combine flour & powder
- Stir into wet ingredients, careful not to over mix
- Pour into prepared muffin tin
- Bake at 350*F ~18-22 minutes [mine baked ~20]
- Cool completely
Maple-Kissed Lemon Glaze
- 3T fresh Lemon Juice
- 3T Maple
- ½ tsp Arrowroot Powder [kuzu or cornstarch will work as well]
- Combine lemon juice & maple syrup in a small saucepan over medium heat.
- Add the arrowroot dissolved in a bit of water [I forgot to dissolve it in water & nothing was harmed ;)].
- Stirring constantly, slowly bring to a boil.
- Simmer ~1 minute.
- Remove from heat & it will thicken slightly more.
- Cool completely [or not] & drizzle over cupcakes.