Mince Pies + How To Stay Stress Free This Christmas

It’s only 14 days till the big day, and the big day wouldn’t mean a thing without these little gems. Mince pies are an absolute Christmas classic and these particular ones, if i do say so myself, are really pretty great.

I got this recipe from a magazine called ‘Vegan Living’ and i really like it, if you haven’t heard of it check it out! I have put the recipe for the mince pies at the bottom of this post. So these actually turned out as expected however, the flour was pretty tricky. The recipe says to use oat flour so I had a load of oats and thought I’m not gonna waste money on oat flour when I can just make flour by blending then sieving the oats, right? So I’m gonna say now if you want to try this recipe JUST BUY SOME OAT FLOUR! I cannot tell you how long it took me to blend up the oats then sieve them so they would make a nice, soft flour. I’m going to predict at least an hour, one whole hour just sieving oats! No one wants that.

Anyway, once i’d gotten over that dilemma, it was time to make the mincemeat. Now if I had to bottle up a smell that encompassed everything I love about Christmas, it would be the smell of this mincemeat. The sweetness of the apples and sugar (i used brown sugar instead of coconut palm sugar and it worked just fine) combined with the subtle cinnamon spice and zesty orange is just so festive and comforting! So excited to eat these as I settle into the festive season!

Whilst I do absolutely love Christmas as it is the best time of the year for many reasons i.e. brass bands, frosty weather, wrapping up warm, getting cosy, MULLED WINE, brussels sprouts (they’re my favourite), being with family, I could go on. It can also be very stressful for many people, I know I’ve felt a lot of stress recently. Whatever the reason is for feeling this way, know that you’re not alone. I’d like to give you three things to remember this Christmas to hopefully put your mind at ease.

  1. Take time for yourself. It’s very easy to get swept up in the manic state that December could potentially bring, but it’s also so important that you take time out just for you. I’ve been reading a book recently that discusses practicing mindfulness. In it it discusses depleting versus nourishing activities, it reads “When you’re locked into Doing mode, its not just the autopilot that drives you – you also tend to get caught up in important career and life goals, and such demanding projects as homemaking, childcare and looking after elderly relatives. These goals are often worthwhile in themselves, but because they can be so demanding it’s tempting to focus on them to the exclusion of everything else, including your own health and wellbeing. At first you might tell yourself that such busyness is temporary and that you are, therefore, quite willing to forego the hobbies and pastimes that nourish your soul. But giving these things up can gradually deplete your inner resources and, eventually, leave you feeling drained, listless and exhausted.” Remember that the time you take for yourself is just as important as the time you take to spend on other people. So whatever it is that you enjoy doing whether it be painting, running, cooking, drawing, reading, seeing a film, walking the dog, meditating or simply taking a long hot bubble bath, whatever it is, you deserve it! Give yourself that time to indulge yourself in the things you love doing most, you’ll feel great because of it!
  2.  Most people often have a negative mindset at the end of the day and we often beat ourselves up about choices we made, opportunities we didn’t take, things we should’ve said etc. But some days, you need to say “I did enough today”. Really believe it because none of us are superhuman. Allow yourself to feel and really believe that today, you really did do enough. Say it out loud even! Give yourself a break and don’t be so hard on yourself, you’re doing just fine. Nothing we do in life is wasted and even the things that maybe didn’t go so well, are the things you learn the most from.
  3. This last one is inspired by a woman called Kris Carr who is a wellness activist and all round positivity guru. Definitely check her out if you don’t know about her already. I was listening to one of her talks the other day and she was discussing the day she found out she was diagnosed with stage four cancer. She didn’t know what to do. She hadn’t been looking after herself properly in terms of diet and lifestyle choices. Then something changed in her mindset and she decided that she wouldn’t be ruled by her disease and so she became the CEO of her own life. She would hire the best team there was to take care of her and fire all the things that were bad for her in her life. It was the phrase ‘become the CEO of your own life’ that stuck with me and has inspired me. We all have the power to make ourselves feel the best we can and these are choices we make every single day. Choices like what we choose to eat, the people we surround ourselves with, the environments we put ourselves in, these things all have an impact on our personal wellbeing. So I challenge you to make it your goal with the new year looking bright and shining on the horizon, to fire all the things that make you feel crappy in your life, and to hire only the absolute best to make you feel as great as you possibly can and be the best version of you!

So a bit of something different in this post, i hope you like it!

If you are interested in the book about mindfulness, here is the link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mindfulness-practical-guide-finding-frantic/dp/074995308X

Happy December!

Laura

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