I started a gratitude journal. Corny, I know, but I’ve found myself, like many people, struggling to stay on track during the pandemic. There’s too much time spent watching Tiger King, not enough time hiking or baking or gardening. On one such evening, splayed on my couch with blanket and Netflix and feeling low, my cat, Mochi, jumped up on my chest, gave my tummy a gentle knead, curled up and soothed me with his motor at a steady rumble. I scratched his head and thought, “THIS is contentment. This is all I need tonight.” The first entry in my gratitude journal:
Mochi, sleeping on my chest, purring
On today’s walk, the birds and their new babies were a choir of song, warming sunshine shone across my back while the lightest breeze kept the heat from being unbearable, Jacaranda trees Jackson Pollocked the sidewalks in a lavender explosion, and the air smelled sweetly of star jasmine. “THIS,” I thought as I traversed the neighborhood, “is all I need.”
I’m also grateful that my local Italian Market, Claro’s, stocks a pretty decent Cannoli shell.
Hazelnut Mocha Cannoli
- For Cannoli
- 12 cannoli shells
- 6 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
- 2.25 oz. chopped hazelnuts, toasted For Filling
- 8 oz. Nutella
- 8 oz. mascarpone cheese
- 10 oz. whole milk ricotta cheese
- 4 teaspoons instant coffee
- Powdered sugar, for dusting
- Melt the bittersweet chocolate in the microwave by heating it at 30 second intervals and stirring until melted (about 90 seconds total). Dip both ends of cannoli shells in chocolate then in the hazelnuts. Set aside to set.
- Lightly beat together Nutella, mascarpone, ricotta and instant coffee. Fill a piping bag fitted with a star nozzle with filling. Pipe the filling into both ends of the cannoli, filling completely. Dust with powdered sugar and serve immediately.
🙂 Keep it up. You’ll see some surprising side effects of gratitude as time moves on. I’ve been doing it for years and have just recently upped my practice and even I was stunned by how naturally positive and compassionate I’ve become.
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Thank you! I feel a bit like a Pollyanna looking for the positive during all of this trouble, but I think remembering the things we are grateful for makes a good counter-balance for the rest….and I could use a little more compassion and positivity in my life!
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I think it does too! We need that counter balance. And there is positive here in this mess. It’s not wrong to see it or seek it or point it out. I think it’s important to see everything as it is ❤