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Filipino Inspired Sweet Cheese Rolls 

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Aka: Ensaymada

Ingredients:

Dough

  • 2 tsp Instant Yeast
  • 2/3 cup Warm Water
  • 3 3/4 cups All-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1/3 cup Sugar of choice (I used organic cane sugar)
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 3 large Eggs
  • 1/4 cup Evaporated milk or any milk substitute
  • 1/3 cup Unsalted butter, softened

Inside:

  • 8 oz. Cold Cream Cheese (sliced)

Topping:

  • 1 stick of softened and creamed butter
  • 1/2 cup Sugar

Directions:

Dissolve yeast in 1/3 cup of water. Set aside.

In a mixing bowl with dough hook, place sifted all-purpose flour, sugar and salt. Mix at low speed until incorporated.

Add the dissolved yeast, remaining water, eggs and evaporated milk. Mix for 2 minutes at low speed then mix at medium speed for approximately 4 minutes.

Add unsalted butter and continue mixing until gluten is slightly developed.

Transfer the dough in a greased bowl and cover with plastic.

Let the dough rest for about 15 minutes at room temperature.

Punch down the dough and divide it into pieces weighing 60 grams each.

Let the dough rest for 15 minutes then cover with plastic sheet to prevent from drying.

Roll out the pieces thinly into 8″x5″ rectangles. Brush surface with butter.

Roll into a long rod and twirl into shape, adding sliced cream cheese, locking ends to seal.

Place each piece on a greased or baking mat lined baking sheet .

Let the dough rise until it doubles in size. (Approximately 1 1/2 hours at room temperature)

Bake for 17 minutes at 325 F or until golden in colour.

Let the bread cool then remove it from baking sheet.

Brush the top of each ensaymada with creamed butter and sugar.

Enjoy!

Aloneness VS Loneliness

Posted by in Conversation Starters, Inspiration, Life Hacks, News, The Adaptive, Uncategorized

If you search the meaning of aloneness, oogly-googley comes up with some definitions that are a bit off from my own.

To me, aloneness is feeling content when alone. Having a tendency to choose peace and self care instead of frivolously giving away my own personal energy.

https://www.thefreedictionary.com/aloneness

Loneliness is the lack of feeling content when alone.

I choose aloneness: )

I have many wonderful friends and I think they are growing their love of aloneness as well.

Choosing quality time with anyone, especially family, is a key component to my whole “best day ever!” Life motto.

I am so grateful for the #selfcare my family has taught me to seek out.

Tarahdeen y’all! (You win! I win!)

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The Crystal Movie – By Spirit Science

Posted by in Conversation Starters, Inspiration, Life Hacks, News, The Adaptive

Now, at first glance, you might be thinking… “Crystals?”, but don’t pre-judge anything before you check out this wonderfully informative video on crystals and how they can benefit many aspects of your life.

I am currently testing out all of the things they discuss in this short movie and I’ll let you know after a little more time how it’s going. (Honestly, so far so cool!)

I started using crystals just a few weeks ago because I stumbled upon great information that stated how beneficial they are to add to ones life. Crystal information seemed to be popping out everywhere. I’ve been making it a point to pay more attention to syncranicities that happen around me.

My sister was on the crystal train already and doing her own in-depth research which has proved to be very rewarding to her life.

Enjoy this easy to digest video!

Do you own any crystals?

I’ve heard that crystals go where they are needed.

Tell us a story of how you came to hold your crystals.

Looking forward to your comments!

– Holly

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Everything Is Connected

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Hello hello!

Lately, I really enjoy looking up scientific info, even though I used to say I disliked science (I was a silly child), but now I love to watch videos from Brian Cox, David Attenborough, Stephen Hawking, and the like.

Today this video crossed my path and it didn’t disappoint.

Enjoy!

Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Have a beautiful day!

-Holly

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Trauma Release Exercise Technique

Posted by in Conversation Starters, Family, Inspiration, Life Hacks, The Adaptive

Hello everyone,

Today I want to share something that might look a bit odd, but it’s beneficial  none-the-less.

Most of us have suffered some form of trauma in our lives and there are many ways to deal with it. One of them being Trauma Releasing Exercise (TRE)

Check out the video below to learn more about how to release trauma from your body. It’s a great way to feel better when you can’t exactly figure out what’s bothering you.

If you do try it out, feel free to let me know how you feel afterwards.

Have an awesome day!

-Holly

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Coconut Oil Pulling

Posted by in Conversation Starters, Family, Life Hacks, News, The Adaptive

Hello,

I am a true believer in the coconut oil pulling craze.

I first heard about it around 6 years ago. You put around a spoonful of coconut oil in your mouth, you swish it around and “pull” it, somewhat vigorously, through your teeth anywhere from 10-20 minutes.

Now there’s a little debate in my mind as to how long because I’ve read a few well-known health sites that have said anything over 10 minutes may cause you to re-absorb some bad bacteria if you pull too long.

My personal belief is that you should pull the coconut oil through your teeth as long as you can stand it… up to 20 minutes.

The truth is, your jaw muscles get really worked out during this whole process and it gets tiring. Especially the first few times you do it, but there are so many benefits and the workout is one of them!

I’ve noticed it helps define my neck, chest, and shoulder area because it’s such a workout that it usually reminds me to actually do some other physical moves while I’m doing my pulling (think squats, horse stance, core exercises, whatever you can think up). Total bonus!

Not only does it help in toning the neck area, but it also:

  • Cures tooth decay
  • Kills bad breath
  • Heals bleeding gums
  • Prevents heart disease
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Whitens teeth
  • Soothes throat dryness
  • Prevents cavities
  • Heals cracked lips
  • Boosts Immune System
  • Improves acne
  • Strengthens gums and jaw

I have noticed all these benefits in my time using it.

I know I’m just a little ‘ol girl from the inter-webs, but speaking from years of experience, when I remember to do the coconut oil pulling 3-5 days a week, my teeth are whiter, cleaner, healthier, and pain-free. I have less gum and mouth issues altogether since introducing this into my life.

If I feel a canker sore coming on after I bite my cheek or something, coconut oil helps mouth my wounds heal faster, it’s awesome!

So go to the cupboard right now, grab your cold-pressed coconut oil and scoop a quarter size amount into your mouth and start giggling because you’re going to sound like your talking to your dentist for the next little while 😉

Oh and maybe share this if you like it. Girls gotta blog!

Happy coconut oil pulling!

-Holly

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