Gratitude and Attitude + Citrus Ginger Coconut Jasmine Rice Pudding

gratitude-lotus-flowerOne of the principal ideas of living a Happy Well Lifestyle, is trying to remain as positive as possible in the face of adversity. We’ve all heard: “No use crying over spilt milk.” “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” “Keep your chin up.” Or as one friend said so well, “It’s not the hand you’re dealt, it’s how you play your hand.” But sometimes actually living this way is much easier said than done.

This past week we have felt extreme gratitude while also trying to maintain a positive attitude in the wake of our boat fire. I awoke at 1 am last Saturday morning realizing our sailboat was full of noxious smoke, and there were flames in the main salon. I yelled, “FIRE! GET UP!” and my husband, Kirk, and I both immediately lept out of bed.

Luckily with quick thinking and acting on both of our parts, we were able to save our lives, and our boat. [You can read more about our boat fire on] But the aftermath of a fire can seem very Twilight Zone-ish, with fire-, smoke- or water-damage to personal property—just figuring out where to live, how to get meals, and even acquiring the basics such as toiletries and underwear can be a chore. It is a very humbling experience.

Gratitude and Attitude

We feel so much gratitude towards Fire Station 41 Magnolia, and the outpouring of love and support from our amazing family, friends, acquaintances and even strangers who have offered housing, clothing, meals, and help to clean up the mess.

Even with all the love and support, it can be hard to remain optimistic at times, thinking about the daunting amount of work that still lies ahead. But we can’t go back in time. All of the “woulda, shoulda, couldas” in the world won’t help. Unfortunately bad things happen to good people all the time.

It’s important to look for the silver linings and the new opportunities that may arise when things aren’t going as planned. Keeping positive energy at the forefront while dealing with bad situations will only benefit everyone involved. So we are doing our best to keep a positive attitude, realizing that things could be much worse:

  • We are ALIVE.
  • We have insurance
  • Our possessions are mostly replaceable, our boat is repairable and will be OK.
  • The fire remediation crew just cleaned every nook and cranny of our boat from stem to stern – scratch that off my spring cleaning list.
  • We’ll have nice new floors, ceiling and upholstery when we set sail for the Caribbean this fall.
  • And then there are the delicious home-cooked meals our friends have treated us to.

With deep gratitude, I’m sharing this recipe for Citrus Ginger Coconut Jasmine Rice Pudding* that friends Kat & Willie made for us the other night. YUMMM!! One week post-fire, our attitude is looking up…”the future’s so bright, we gotta wear shades.”

Citrus Ginger Coconut Jasmine Rice Pudding

1 can (13.6 fluid oz.) full fat coconut milk
1 cup water
3/4 cups orange juice
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/8 tsp sea salt
1 cup long grain Jasmine rice
2 to 4 TBSP maple syrup, to taste
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1 TBSP orange zest

Mix the coconut milk, water, orange juice, vanilla extract, salt, and rice in a medium-sized pot. Bring the mixture to a boil and reduce to a low simmer. Cover the pot, but leave the lid very slightly ajar to let steam escape.

Simmer the rice for 30 minutes, or until most of the liquid has absorbed. Stir in maple syrup, ginger, cinnamon, and zest. Continue cooking till rice is creamy and soft. If necessary, add a little more water or maple syrup.

Serve warm or cool, dusted with extra cinnamon if desired.

Serves 4.

*Courtesy of

One Response to “Gratitude and Attitude + Citrus Ginger Coconut Jasmine Rice Pudding”

  1. Lucy Jackson Bayles

    Hi Heidi, I had lunch with your Mother yesterday at our usual “haunt” ~ “Cowboy Coffee” ~ and learned about your boat fire! ! ! Gracious! I’m so grateful that you awakened when you did & that you & Kirk were able to clear the decks to safety! I’m sure you are experiencing a myriad of emotions on an hourly basis as you confront the enormity in the aftermath of a fire. I truly can’t imaging, but i do feel certain positive experiences will prevail along with moments of tears and “what if’s” as this adventure forever alters your lives. You are in my thoughts with gratitude for your safety! Love, Lucy


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