Wednesday, September 19, 2012

for this Day

This is a little of what my day looked/looks like. Warm yogurt honey waffles with maple syrup and fresh raspberries, Grapefruit juice fizz, a little bit of Sehnsucht*literature study of C.S Lewis and his craze for Northernness, a plethora of chapters and materials to read in preparation for my World History exam, and a messy desk that I haven't used since, I don't know when (simply because the desk is messy and these days I have not been in the best of moods to clean it). You want to help? 

When I think of traveling, of visiting places like Scotland, Wales, Ireland and England, of the adventures that will befall me on such a journey, I get this sensation of Sehnsucht*.

In German, Sehnsucht means an "inconsolable longing", a kind of mystical yearning. Can I better explain what I feel? Surely not. A sort of yearning comes over me, likened almost unto C.S Lewis's "Northernness"1.

I now work on my essay on Lewis and his Northernness craze, whittling away the hours until the essay is due and anticipating bible study tonight. All the while, pondering on this sense of Northern calling accompanied with that thing called joy. My mind is fully engaged at this point, I can't turn back now.

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1 Lewis on Northernness, "I was uplifted into huge regions of northern sky, I desired with almost sickening intensity something never to be described (except that it is cold, spacious, severe, pale, and remote) and then, as in the other examples, found myself at the very same moment already falling out of that desire and wishing I were back in it” (17). as Musings about this to come later, be looking. || *SehnsuchtSehnsucht is a German noun translated as "longing", "yearning", or "craving", or in a wider sense a type of "intensely missing". However, Sehnsucht is difficult to translate adequately and describes a deep emotional state.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Book Exchange, watercolor painting, and London

Just brilliant. I would totally have one of these telephone boxes in my house! 

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Saturday, September 8, 2012

RECIPE || Almond Smoothie

Although basic sounding, this Almond Smoothie is a delicious mixture of chocolate, bananas, and a healthy dose of oatmeal and Almonds. Great for a healthy and yummy snack at midnight, second breakfast, tea-time, and so forth.

Adapted from Chocolate Almond Oatmeal Smoothie on A Daily Something


  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 3 tbsp raw oatmeal
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup Almond milk (Raw milk if you do not have Almond milk on hand)
  • 1 tbsp raw cocoa powder
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 8 ice cubes

1. First blend the liquids, cocoa powder, oatmeal, and almonds. 
2. Then add in the bananas and ice cubes. Add more liquid as needed. 
3. Stick a spoon and stir the mixture just be absoltuely sure it as all blended together (DON'T do this while the blender is on! ;).
4. Pour into a funky glass (I love using mason jars) and slurp through a straw (You must have a straw!) 
4. ENJOYx100!

I have made this smoothie countless times. I am diary-free so I use Almond milk (which by the way makes it all the more creamy!), but my brother uses raw milk and he LOVES it. "Hey Charity, can you make me that Almond smoothie for breakfast, just a little glass?"

And the great thing about this recipe is that you can mix it up, try adding dates, coconut oil, other kinds of nuts, protein powder, and so forth. Make it your own. 

You must try it.

All text © 2012 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2012 Hislight Photography

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Weekend Findings


I used to feature a section on my blog called Weekend Findings.
The Weekend Findings were my muses from the weekend, including: crafts, inspiring blogs, fashion, home goods and more.

I am not doing Weekend Findings currently, but I might pick it back up again. If you would like to see past Weekend Findings, check them out HERE. Also, I would love to hear your feedback about Weekend Findings, Do you want it back? Did you enjoy them? Is it better I stopped doing them? Comment here or send me an email, I'd love to hear your opinion!