I've noticed that feeling a lot lately. Frustration. Things not going according to plan. Not having time, or money, or energy to do things that I feel like I want to do, or should do.
|"When all else fails... pet the dog."|
Like this blog, for example. I've been slacking so hard, and I know it. I get frustrated. Why don't I have the skills to make amazing recipes and take amazing photos? Why do I feel like I'm talking to an empty room? Why have I been doing this for four years when it costs me more money than it makes? And then I remember the answer: because I need to PUT time, and sometimes money, into it to make it work and get it to the place I want it to be. Do the good work and good things will follow.
|At least it doesn't look like this anymore...|
This was a REAL RECIPE POST circa 2011, yikes.
It's easy to get frustrated, and then it's easy to get envious. Don't get me wrong, I am SO happy for blogs I love to "go viral" or get a book deal or even hit the 5k, 10k, 20k marks on followers. But I do get jealous. I think the two can go hand in hand.
Also, all the frustration feelings (not just blog-related, but this is my blog, so that's the example I gave) could totally be PMS. It happens.
And often, the frustrating feelings often subside, and I am able to focus on the positive again. I love what I do. I love where I live. And I love the rush of creating a recipe totally from my own head. I love this blog, and while I knowww it needs a lot of help design-wise and my photography could be better, it's mine.
Another thing I get frustrated about? My diet. I haven't lost the weight I keep saying I want to, keep making excuses. So I made brunch. And I made it Paleo because that's the diet I feel like I can stick to the best. One that is still filling and satisfying. The exercise will come, once I can find a plan I'll actually stick to.
Sweet Potato Hash Brown Patties
1-2 large sweet potatoes, shredded (squeeze out excess moisture with a paper towel or cheesecloth)
2 tbs almond flour
1 tsp coconut flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp Cajun seasoning or cayenne pepper
salt and pepper
cooking oil of your choice (I used coconut)
-Heat cooking oil over medium-high heat. If doing a large batch, turn on oven to 250 degrees F to keep hash browns warm in between batches.
-While oil is heating, mix together the shredded hashbrowns and egg. In a separate bowl, stir together dry ingredients.
-With a fork or your hands, mix the dry ingredients into the wet. Form mixture into patties and press together firmly.
-In small batches, fry in oil until crispy on both sides--about 2 minutes per side. Serve on their own or as a base for a delicious eggy brunch.