There are two powers that I have come to understand with greater magnitude, which I never comprehended before. They are hope and peace. I would like to share my thoughts on peace. I have discovered through personal experiences that the challenges of life are too overwhelming when my mind is clouded with fear, anger, bitterness, hurt, or misconceptions. These emotions can be so consuming that they obscure my vision of things as they really are. For example, as I hang onto anger, I cannot clearly see the love that is right in front of me and my choices become based on an emotion that is false. Once the anger subsides, the situation does not seem as hopeless as it previously did, leaving me wondering what I was so worked up over.
Here is where peace comes in. As I allow peace to fill my heart, I feel my burdens lightened. My load that I heft around seems to have been lifted. I am calmer and I see the beauty in front of me. My distorted vision is removed and I view things as they really are . I remember recently saying a prayer of gratitude that my daughters were doing simple tasks that are common place. During that prayer of thanks, my heart filled with overwhelming peace.
Now that I have experienced this harmony in my life, I am finally living. I don’t want to hide behind fear, anger, bitterness, hurt, or misconceptions any longer. These emotions bind me down and sabotage my relationships with others. I experience freedom when I understand and sense peace. I conclude that the greatest miracles in life occur when hearts soften and vision is restored through the power of peace.
On that note, here is the latest modifications to a Chocolate Zucchini Bread recipe I was given. I made changes to fit our individual needs and cut back on the sugar. I also substituted crookneck squash for zucchini. This all natural, dairy-free, Chocolate Chip Crookneck Squash Cake tastes fabulous, is extremely moist, and contains just the right amount of sweetener.
Chocolate Chip Crookneck Squash Cake
- 2 cups grated crookneck squash
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup homemade applesauce or all natural no sugar added applesauce
- 1 cup organic cane sugar
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 3 tsp baking powder aluminum free
- 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup all natural cocoa
Grate the crookneck squash and place in a mixing bowl.
Add the eggs and applesauce.
Mix well. Add the olive oil, cinnamon, and baking powder. Mix well. Next add the sugar, cocoa, and chocolate chips mixing well after each addition. Finally, add the flour and mix well.
Pour the batter into a cookie sheet or a 9×13 cake pan.
Place the cake in a preheated 350 degree oven. Bake the cookie sheet for 20-22 minutes and the cake pan for 25 minutes. Insert a toothpick in the center to ensure that it is bake through. Remove from the oven and cool. Cut and serve.