This is how my animals help me do yoga. This is Raven (who you know) and my cat merlin. Today is a day for self nurturance. Some yoga, some house cleaning and whatever else strikes my fancy before I have to go to work later this afternoon. As I'm writing this hubby (who got rained out of work this morning) just surprised me with a breakfast sandwich. I'm also working on perfecting a gluten free muffin recipe. Friends gave me almond flour from Italy. And I found a recipe on line for almond flour muffins...but not chocolate. So I added a bit of this (cocoa powder, fresh strawberries, honey, walnuts, almond milk....) and deleted a bit of that (lemon zest, dried cranberries) to the recipe I found which consisted of almond flour, eggs, baking soda, sea salt and oil. I've been flying by the seat of my pants with a bit of my italian ancestors whispering in my ear about quantities. But the first batch turned out darn good. Now my plan is to incorporate a new secret ingredient...apple sauce in place of the eggs. While having dinner with a friend the other night at flatbread, the staff was passing around free samples of a new addition to their menu. It was a little muffin/dessert of chocolate heaven. That just happened to be organic, gluten-free, and vegan. They told me the secret was applesauce. So, I'm gonna run with that!