Tune In

When themes recur in conversations and daily life, I find that it is the universe’s way of telling one to listen. Shouting for you to hush up and tune in.

A teacher of mine recently said “Have Compassion for yourself and Joy for others”. When I registered these words, I knew it wasn’t just a fluke that someone mentioned this same idea to me the previous night.  And so I pondered this thought, for it is actually quite profound. Oh, we can be so hard on ourselves…making it impossible to joyfully engage with others. I certainly find that when I neglect my heart, my light within dims, making me blind to the radiance in others.  But when we let go of self criticism and allow our wild quirky selves to make someone roar with laughter, we are able to recapture our natural bliss.

Lately I have found that creating healing meals is the most loving thing I can do for myself, and sharing them with others is such a joyful experience.

How do you have compassion for yourself and joy for others? Do you cook? Skip that aerobics class and sit quietly with yourself? Turn off that blaring car stereo and actually listen to your thoughts? Or curl up with a warm cup of tea and a wedge of Apple Coffee Cake? I surely did yesterday….and then I spread some love with my happiness.

Apple Coffee Cake adapted from Emeril Lagasse



1 stick unsalted butter, softened

1 & 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar

2 large eggs

2 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 & 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon cloves

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup sour cream

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 cups peeled, cored and chopped apples

Crumble Topping

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

1/2 cup all purpose flour

3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Dash of salt

4 tablespoons melted unsalted butter


Grease and flour a 9 inch cake pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

For your cake, combine your flours and spices together in a bowl. In a separate bowl beat your sugar and butter together until fluffy. Slowly add your eggs. Scrape the bowl down and mix again. Now slowly mix in your dry ingredients, alternating with your vanilla and sour cream. Mix in your apples. Scrape this mixture into your cake pan.

For the crumble, mix your dry ingredients together. Add your butter and mix until combined.

Now evenly distribute the crumble topping over your cake batter, gently pressing it into place. Bake for about 40-50 minutes, or until done. Give yourself a little love. Enjoy a little slice and revel in your newest creation.


Cookie I am a quiet fan of your site, so I have not commented before. You are a natural born writer and wise beyond your years. Thanks so much for sharing your feisty, cute, and culinary self with us. I am a woman in my 50’s, although a young woman in my 50’s, actually I view myself as ageless, AND, I can relate to everything you say. I just wanted to let you know your site brings fun to my mornings while I am reading my favorite food blogs.


Kirsten Cookie. Thank you so much for you lovely comment. It is the the most thoughtful one I’ve ever received…and I’m so glad that this blog brightens your mornings. It means the world to me.
Thanks again and keep commenting!

Michelle This is a great post, and after the week I’ve had, it really strikes a chord with me. Thanks.

Kirsten Michelle! I hope your week gets better. Thanks for visiting this little place!

joezawislan Great entry!! Totally agree with what you had to say. Thanks for the recipe too. Looks good enough that I was trying to cut a piece of it out of my computer monitor!! Thanks for sharing this wonderful site with us.

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