Good Morning Friends!
Today I woke up after sleeping for nine hours and felt so rested. For those new to my blog, welcome! *BIG HUGS!* I’m so glad you’re here. I’m Penny. A regular woman, married to my Daddy for 5 years now (together for six) who blogs about anything and everything DDLG/BDSM… but lately, I also blog about my life. You see, I’ve lived with anxiety for over a decade. However, when 2019 rang in I decided to tackle this mental illness once and for all. I don’t want to just live with anxiety. I want to beat it! So, I rounded up an expert medical team, hopped on some medicine to make me feel happier and stronger, and began marching forward. So, some of these blog posts will chronicle my journey too. My hope is that if there is someone out there who also has anxiety, that you see that:
- You’re definitely not alone. Yes, this mental disease sucks! But, we can also beat it. I have faith and I hope you do too.
- There is no shame in getting/asking for help. Eventually I needed medication to aid my journey into feeling calmer and more centered. It’s okay to ask for help.
- There is life beyond the panic attacks. I promise ❤
That said, I want to talk about baby steps. Part of my recovery plan is living more mindfully. As a Little, I’m usually a ball of energy. I wake up in the morning bouncing, happy, and ready to go. But lately, I’ve had to harness that energy in other ways. Instead of having a million thoughts in my brain that could easily overwhelm (and stress) me, I have begun to workout! Like, really workout! In fact, I’ve enjoyed it so much that I ordered a set of boxing gloves and sparring mitts so that Daddy and I can spar each other when we workout together. 🙂
Now, I’ve never been a super “gym rat” kind of person. Quite the opposite actually. But I have to say, that when it comes to feeling better mentally, nothing really makes me smile these days like a hard, dripping-with-sweat workout. (Daddy would normally insert a sex joke here lol). If you’re wanting to get back into working out but you aren’t sure where to begin, here’s what I did. I’m a sucker for those “30 day challenges” that you see floating around. I think mentally I tell myself, “pfft… it’s just for 30 days. I can do that!” and then pray that by the end of 30 days I’ll want to do more. So I began with a 30 day sit up challenge:
Then, I got excited while doing that and I tacked on another 30 day challenge to firm up my core and butt.
Okay, now let’s talk about squats for a moment because this was new to me. Squats are HARD!! They burn, make your thighs scream, and really give you a workout. By far it was the most difficult workout that I’ve ever done. But I’ve stuck with it because I knew that by aching (i.e. wobbling around like Bambi being born), that what I was doing was working. Not to mention, Daddy kept checking me out as I was working out. That’s nice motivation too. 🙂 So after working on my core for a bit I got REALLY hooked to working out and tacked on a 30 day challenge just for my arms.
So, that’s what I’ve been up to! Well that, and cooking. 🙂 I love cooking for Daddy. It makes me SO happy to see his face light up when I cook a delicious meal. We workout together, rub each other down with icy hot cream, and then I bustle in the kitchen to cook us something delicious. At the end of the day, I meow in his arms as he strokes my hair. His arms are home.
Yes, I have anxiety.
Yes, I hold my breath in hopes that my MRI comes back clean.
Yes, I’m on this journey of self-discovery and recuperation to beat this illness once and for all.
But you know what? I’m going to enjoy myself along the way.
That said, let’s look at today’s recipe. 🙂
I love creating new recipes. I do it quite often. I’ve been reluctant to share them on here because it’s not necessarily DDLG related. But then I thought, “I’m still an adult even though I’m a Little”. So, be prepared to see many more delicious recipes to come! 🙂 I hope you don’t mind. ❤ Today’s strudel is a lazy days kind of breakfast (or dessert). It has been pouring around here so everything is dark and cold. But these earthy, winter spices and tender apples make everything feel comforting, and inviting. With just 6 ingredients you, too, can whip this up in no time. I hope you love it as much as I do! Stay tuned for the next blog post, and as always my friends, keep on smiling! 🙂
Lazy Days Apple Strudel
- 3 apples
- 1 box of puff pastry
- 1 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees (F). Then gather up your ingredients.
Chop up the apples into thin slices. Forget about knife cuts here. They don’t count. 😉 Dump the apples into a bowl.
Add the coconut, butter, cinnamon, and powdered sugar.
Mix it all up!
Place it on a sheet of puff pastry. (And internally freak out if you’ve made too much apple mixture. Then take a deep breath and know that it’s going to be fine because cooked apples are ball’in even if they ooze out of the sides). 🙂
Place the second puff pastry sheet on top and pinch the edges together. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes.
Cut yourself a slice and dig in. You’ve earned it! ❤