Day 2 of Finding Your Flow with Deepak and Oprah is entitled Finding Happiness. “I am the source of unlimited happiness.” Have you ever done a gratitude journal? It’s a great activity, but I like to do it with a friend. Actually, I’m doing it right now: This month a friend and I email each other at the end of the day and list at least 3 things from that day that we’re grateful for. It gets you looking at good things in everyday situations that you might otherwise not put much energy into. It shifts your focus. Today I’ve already been appreciating the birds outside my window, a video link that a friend sent me, and that I actually took time to sleep last night. I like emailing these because a) someone else is holding me accountable and b) I get to see the good things happening in my friend’s life. I try not to list food everyday, even though I am ever grateful for the food in my life.
Contrary to popular belief, almonds –not peanuts – are the most popular nut in world. Almonds are also extremely good for you. They are a rich source of calcium, magnesium, fiber, and most of the vitamins, as well as being the biggest barriers against cardiovascular disease and diabetes. I like to use that fact to justify eating more than one piece of this tart in one sitting. In this almond paste tart, plums and almonds work together in harmony, bringing sweetness and tartness in every bite. Partially prebaking the tart crust allows the tart to stay soft when being served, while the crust itself will be golden brown and baked to perfection.