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What I Really Think When Reading Inspirational Quotes

I was just in the process of reading those fun blog surveys that you know I love so much when I came across one of the questions about “What is your favorite quote?” Usually I just soak up the inspiration and move on. This time though I paused to really consider what the quote was saying.

And then I laughed.

That’s probably not what you were expecting to hear from me, right? From my title you were most likely anticipating something a lot more serious?

Today’s post is far from serious though. We all need to laugh once in awhile (hopefully every day) and I hope that at least one of these inspirational quotes causes at least a little giggle to escape that Friday, bleary-eyed face that I’m confident 99.99% of you are currently are wearing.

Disclaimer: In no way am I trying to negate the positive effects that inspirational quotes can have on a person or make fun of those who post them frequently. I have used them often to cheer me up on a dreary day, probably even some of these quotes specifically. These are just random ones that I found on the internet and I jotted down the first thought that I had in my mind. As you can tell from the comments, my brain has quite the sarcastic tendencies.Ā 

What I Really Think When Reading Inspirational Quotes

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My momma told me to never lie.

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quote-moving-bike

Unless your bike chain falls off. If you try to keep on moving then you would probably end up with a few scraped body limbs.

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quote-opportunity-door

I think this one should say “If opportunity knocks, build a building, build a door frame…” Then you can insert the door.

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quotes-moon-stars

False. The nearest star is over 4 light years away. If you miss the moon you would probably hit another planet/asteroid before reaching the stars. Oh, and you’d run out of oxygen first…

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quote-stronger-think

Really? Tell that to my hands that think they can carry plastic grocery bags for over a mile. I’m pretty sure I’m NOT as strong as I think.

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quote-strong-rain

Actually, at any given point it’s always raining somewhere on Earth. Unless we are talking about the Moon where it never rains, but I don’t think that’s where the writer was going with this one.

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quote-end-day

I guarantee that there’s another question that I’ll ask myself at the end of the day… “What did I have for breakfast this morning?”

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Questions for FRIDAY:

What do you think of inspirational quotes?

Do you ever laugh when you read them?

Have you smiled yet today? šŸ™‚

Grain-Free Pumpkin Calzones (WIAW)

Continuing on with the pumpkin trend that has swept the nation blog world I have for you today a delicious new way to consume the ever popular squash.

Surprise surprise though. It’s not a sweet meal that I’m sharing today but a savory! I seriously cannot remember the last time that I didn’t post something fruity, sweet or dessert-like. Probably the reason is that I usually think of sweet dishes as being more exciting and savory ones being… not.

However, no worries with this pumpkin recipe being less than exciting.

Grain-Free Pumpkin Calzones

Grain-Free Pumpkin Calzones

Grain/Gluten/Wheat-Free, Vegan, Nut-Free, No Refined Sugar, GAPS/Paleo-Friendly

Makes Two Calzones (about 8 inches wide approximately)

Grain-Free Pumpkin Calzones

Dough Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup ground flax seed + 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (any other squash puree would work as well)
  • 1 tbsp honey (or maple syrup to make this vegan)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted (ghee or butter would be fine too)
  • 2/3 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • Filling suggestions listed below

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Mix together the flaxseed and water until thick. Then add the pumpkin, honey, and melted oil mixing well.
  3. After the wet ingredients are combined mix in the remaining dry ingredients until you have a thick dough.
  4. Divide the dough into two and roll out thin rectangles/ovals on more parchment paper (I found that it was actually easier to use my hands and prevented the possibility of the dough sticking to a rolling pin).
  5. For ease of use transfer the first dough rectangle to the baking sheet and add your filling to one side, leaving about 1/2 inch on the edges to close the calzone. Once you have your filling in there flip over the empty side and press down on the edges to close. Move the calzone over to make room for the next dough rectangle and repeat. You can also take a fork and make a pattern along the side of the calzone but of course that’s optional.
  6. Place the calzones into the preheated oven and bake for about 40 minutes or until golden brown and the crust is firm to the touch. Depending on how thin you roll your dough determines both how long it will take to bake and also what the end result will be as far as texture goes with being crispy or doughy.
  7. Let cool for a few minutes before serving. I served the calzones plain because I didn’t want to open a big can of tomato puree, but next time I will definitely whip up a quick sauce with some salt, garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning and a little bit of honey.

Grain-Free Pumpkin Calzones

Filling Suggestions:

I made a filling of 1/4 lb cooked grass-fed ground beef per calzone along with some sauteed onions, red peppers and a few slices of organic mozzarella cheese. For a vegetarian or vegan option you could use diced mushrooms in place of the beef or amp up the vegetables with a greater assortment like broccoli, wilted spinach/kale, squash, or even diced tomatoes. If you want it to still be cheesy you could add in some nutritional yeast or use my cheeze sauceĀ spread on the dough before adding the other add-ins (you could even replace the butternut squash in the cheeze recipe with more pumpkin!!!).

Whatever you choose, I would suggest adding some extra seasoning to the filling like some sea salt, black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, etc. to give extra flavor.

Grain-Free Pumpkin Calzones

And for all of you just as crazy about pumpkin as me, here are…

9 more pumpkin recipes from other bloggers:

9 Pumpkin Blogger Recipes for this Fall

PumpkinĀ Pie Banana SmoothieĀ with Diary of a Semi-Health Nut

Pumpkin Almond Protein Batter from Sprint 2 the Table

Pumpkin Spice Hot Cocoa from Hummusapien

Pumpkin Protein Ballz from A Piece of Cait

Pumpkin Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins from The Big Man’s World

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Oat Bran from Kiss my Broccoli

Pumpkin Donut Holes from The Healthy Maven

Pumpkin Black Bean Quinoa Burgers from Peachy Palate

Pumpkin Plantain Bread from Edible Balance

And for those of you NOT CRAZY about pumpkin, make sure to check out my previous WIAW recipe round-up WITHOUT the pumpkin.

Then visit Jenn at Peas and Crayons to see what everyone else posted for their WIAW today!

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Also shared at Gluten-Free Wednesdays, Allergy Free Wednesday, Fat Tuesday, Gluten Free Tuesday Linky
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Questions for you:

Do you usually prefer making sweet or savory dishes?

What food is featured on your WIAW today?

Do you have anymore awesome pumpkin recipes to add to my list?