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How To Enjoy The ‘Present’ by Living In The Past

I made a resolution to live in the present this summer.  To be aware of the ‘good times’ that are happening now, rather than continually worrying about the future or dwelling on the past.  So today to hold myself accountable to this, I am instituting  “‘In The Moment’ Monday” from now until September 1st.  Every Monday I will share with you instances where I plugged in and paid attention to the ‘present’.

Last night we were flipping through channels and came across a classic.  The 1963 original ‘Jason And The Argonauts’.  My brother, who is 10 years older than me, used to take me to the drive-in when I was a kid to see the old Ray Harryhausen movies; The Golden Voyage Of Sinbad, Jason And The Argonauts, Sinbad And The Eye Of The Tiger, ect.

My husband ‘D’ was also a fan as a kid (maybe we were seeing them at the same time as kids, destined to meet one day as ‘Fantasy/Sci-Fi Nerds’!)

As ‘D’ and I reminisced over  the nostalgia of our childhoods, I took stock of what was happening around me.  I noticed the color of the summer night through the blinds, the familiar-comfortable way we were enjoying each other’s company, the smell of zucchini bread baking in the oven (see below), and the great wash of contentment I was feeling at that moment.
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awesome….(and ‘busty’)

~Zucchini Raisin Walnut Honey Bread~

~1 1/2 cup all purpose or GF all purpose flour

~1/2 tsp baking soda

~1/2 tsp baking powder

~1/2 tsp salt

~1 egg

~1 tsp vanilla

~1 tsp cinnamon

~2 tbsp crystallized ginger-finely chopped  (optional)

~1 cup raw organic honey

~1/3 cup refined coconut oil

~1 cup well drained shredded zucchini (squeeze out excess liquid with paper towels)

~handful of chopped walnuts

~generous handful of raisins

Mix dry ing together and set aside.  Mix the remaining ingredients in separate bowl.  Gently mix in dry ing (do not over mix).  Pour into oil sprayed loaf pan and bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees for approx. 45-50 min.

zucchini bread

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15 Comments

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    Jessica Joy at The Fit Switch
    June 9 at 3:30 pm

    What a beautiful moment you captured and shared. Really, it sounded like perfection. What a great outlook to focus on for the whole summer. It’s going to obviously be a GREAT one. Thanks for the perspective. : )

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      Red
      June 9 at 6:04 pm

      Thanks Jessica! Glad it was encouraging! 🙂

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    Debbie
    June 10 at 1:48 pm

    I so love the original movie. I prefer older films that most of the modern stuff. The older the better and this one I watched it a lot!

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      Red
      June 10 at 3:22 pm

      Ha! Ha! Me too Debbie! ‘D’ gave me a couple of these movies for Christmas one year, it was awesome 😉

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    Stacey
    June 11 at 9:49 am

    I love this! You were taken back to a happy moment, but you were also able to enjoy all of the amazing things around you!

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      Red
      June 11 at 12:28 pm

      Thanks Stacey! It was good 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

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    Bonnie Way
    June 15 at 9:23 am

    Beautiful memories. I find it fascinating what we remember about specific moments… the way smells or sounds bring back memories like that. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

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    Jenny
    June 16 at 12:39 pm

    Love how you always have a recipe with your posts and what amazing memories here. Lovely post. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me. Hope to see you again tomorrow for another great round. #sharewithme

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      Red
      June 16 at 1:08 pm

      Yep, I can link up and visit with more sites that way 😉 See you tomorrow!

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    Deborah Davis
    June 16 at 7:37 pm

    Just the positive inspiration and insight so many of us need! We take so much for granted. I love the concept of plugging in, being in the moment and paying attention to the ‘present’ so I am so delighted that you shared your wonderful post and delicious zucchini bread recipe with us at the Plant-Based Potluck Party Link Up. I’m pinning and sharing.

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    Red
    June 16 at 8:00 pm

    Thanks Deborah, I’m enjoying it! 🙂

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    Brandi Clevinger
    June 18 at 4:29 pm

    I love how smells and lighting can capture a moment that you’re not likely to forget. Then, later, a smell or lighting will trigger that memory to make you smile.

    Zucchini bread is so delicious and yours looks especially moist!

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      Red
      June 18 at 5:28 pm

      Yes Brandi, those senses can give a such a strong sense of nostalgia. Know just what you mean!

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    Candace
    June 29 at 12:15 pm

    Sounds like you may have read or would benefit from reading ‘The Power of Now’ by Eckart Tolle

    • Reply
      Red
      June 29 at 12:57 pm

      Thank you for the book suggestion Candace! It is my connection to Jesus Christ that allows me to see in the moment what I would miss on my own. Thank you for stopping by 😉

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