Guess what?! Today is the one year anniversary of the launch of barreeatrepeat.com!! Last year, I resolved to have things up and running by the beginning of July, which was probably a bit overambitious (story of my life), so although I did post my very first entry on the first, I didn’t actually tell anyone about the blog until the 13th so that I could have more than just the one page up for viewing. Plus I was NERVOUS. This whole thing has been a big experiment in being more vulnerable. Writing the blog has provided me with an opportunity to share some personal confessions and has provided an open invitation for criticism and critique of my writing, my recipes, my beliefs and opinions. And perhaps worse than outright disapproval or judgment, was the idea of being met with utter silence. Thankfully, as is often the case when we pursue a passion, my fears and apprehensions about the hypothetical were far worse than reality and I can’t describe how much it has meant to me each and every time that someone has referenced something I shared in a later conversation – telling me how they could relate or how it was good to know that someone else was feeing the same way or facing similar struggles. I have loved the opportunity to communicate more frequently and deeply with my community near and far and the chance to connect with others I have never actually met in real life. Every time someone tells me that they tried one of my recipes, used one of the workouts, read a book I recommended, or are honing a new habit, I feel surge of happiness. It’s required a lot of effort and has been stressful at times, but working on this blog has been such as source of joy for me over the past year and was one of the most major outcomes of my Happiness Project. I can’t believe all I’ve learned throughout the past year about the writing process, the technical side of things, about myself, and about creating more opportunities for flourishing. And in light of the “blog-iversary,” I’m applying one of the secrets of happiness I have learned – it’s important to find occasions for festivity. Celebrating milestones, accomplishments or major and minor holidays helps to make time stand out, more memorable and meaningful.
It can be really easy to get caught up in the day-to-day or discouraged by the speed of your progress towards a particular goal or aim, which is why celebrating milestones along the way can provide a big boost to your morale and resolve to continue on a particular path. In taking time to recognize our progress or appreciate the work of others by celebrating milestones, we bolster engagement, commitment, and our positivity ratio. It provides an opportunity for reflection and realignment or adjustments if and when appropriate, but also – it’s FUN.
When we make time to celebrate even the small things, we make those days stand out, punctuating time or highlighting it with boldface text rather than just letting one day slip into the next. Celebrating milestones, achievements, or even minor holidays and anniversaries is a great way to increase your ability to savor a particular event or accomplishment. It changes our perception by slowing down time for the good stuff. And in creating opportunities for festivity we not only help the good times to pass us by more slowly, but we also draw our attention to the fact that they’re happening in the first place! And in my case, writing about some of those special events has only served to further multiply that effect.
The very first recipe I ever shared on barreeatrepeat.com was one of my personal favorites – my Spinach and Artichoke Dip! So to celebrate one year, I decided to incorporate that deliciousness into something new to savor – Paleo Spinach and Artichoke Pizza! And spoiler alert, it’s already one of my favorite recipes ever. It’s totally dairy-free and grain-free, but miraculously the consistency of the crust is right on point and if you’ve had the spinach and artichoke dip before, you probably feel pretty good about where this is headed…
Serves: 8 slices
- Eggs 3 each
- Full Fat Coconut Milk 1 Cup (250 ml)
- Tapioca Flour 3 cup (375 g)
- Baking Powder 1 TBSP
- Sea Salt 1 TSP
- Chicken Breast, cooked, cooled, and diced 2 each
- Spinach and Artichoke Dip ½ a batch (recipe HERE) You can either half everything in that recipe or you can just leave half of the mixture as a dip - which is probably the right answer! 🙂
- Medium Yellow Onion, diced 1 each
- Coconut Oil or Ghee 1 TBSP
- Sundried Tomatoes, chopped 4 TBSP
- Mushrooms, sliced ½ cup (40 g)
- Preheat the oven to 350 F / 180 C and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
- In a large bowl whisk the eggs and the coconut milk together to combine and then add the remaining ingredients to combine well.
- Pour the mixture onto the baking sheet, spreading it evenly over the pan, it won't rise or change shape too much, so make it into your desired proportions as much as possible. It'll be a bit of sticky liquid so just trust the process.
- Bake for 15-17 minutes or until a light golden color. Remove from oven.
- While the crust is baking, prepare the chicken and the spinach and artichoke dip You do not need to bake the spinach and artichoke dip, just mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.
- Chop the onions and heat a small saucepan over medium high heat to melt the coconut oil or ghee. Then sauté the onions for about 5 minutes until slightly translucent and then add the sliced mushrooms. Saute for another 3 minutes until softened slightly.
- Then spread the spinach and artichoke over the paleo pizza crust evenly, leaving space on the edge (like a normal pizza) and then pile on the rest of the toppings (chicken, sundried tomatoes, mushrooms, and onions).
- Bake for about 15 minutes and then enjoy!