One of my favorite family weekends is Labor Day weekend in Mt. Shasta, as we kiss summer goodbye. I find the Blackberry Festival to be particularly charming and oh-so-reminiscent of my childhood.
I soak up the sound of music wafting through the sea of purple clad people, aptly dressed in their colored festival t-shirts, gingerly gripping their blackberry infused beers. The squealing children in the background can be heard amidst the backdrop of games like the water balloon toss, potato sack races and Continue reading ‘Blackberry Topped Strawberry & Fig Smoothie with Cardamom Chia Pudding’
“What is your practice?” That is the question the substitute yoga teacher asked the class. To be honest, having only started vinyasa yoga four years ago, I have never considered myself as someone who had ‘a practice’. I never even saw myself as a yoga person. In my mind, yoga was far too calm and quiet for a fidgety person like me to embrace. But then, one day, someone you’ve never met Continue reading ‘Tangy Stuffed Italian Artichokes’
There are some days realizations hit you harder than others. I had one this week as I watched my daughter start high school. In all reality I can’t believe that I am old enough to have a daughter in high school. I couldn’t possibly be that old! Honest truth- I do (have a high schooler) and I am (old enough)! Continue reading ‘Grapefruit Smoothie’
Looking for a work/life balance? I know I am. And in my quest for balance and enlightenment I am always excited when I come across antidotes in magazines or realize observations from my everyday life. Regardless of where I pull my inspiration from, I am always appreciative that these moments invite me in to take stock of where I am. I am not always in a good place, but I try to pull myself above it.
I recently read an article on the healing attributes of kindness. My ‘ah-ha’ moment was Continue reading ‘Bountiful Fig Bowl’
This week’s episode of ‘I am not cooking!‘ is brought to you by my faithful blender.
I am a newly converted blending addict. There is no way around it. No matter how much I dream about a nice hot meal I keep on blending. Fortunately it is summer so it’s slightly less noticeable. >she tells herself in affirmation< Continue reading ‘Fudgiest Peanut Butter Smoothie’
This is not the recipe I thought I would post this week, but since today was National Ice Cream Day, I thought I should take the opportunity to share my fresh out of the blender Dark Chocolate Raspberry Nicecream ‘banana ice cream’ with a rich chocolate sauce. This is really some sort of incredible concoction Continue reading ‘Dark Chocolate Raspberry ‘Nana’ Nicecream (AKA Banana Ice Cream)’
Right now I can’t cook to save my life. It is just not possible. There are those moments in life when the wheels just come off and you free fall Don Draper style off the high rise. That’s where I am. That’s what my life feels like right now. I’ve tried to ‘pretty it up’ and put lip stick on a pig, but at the end of the day, it is still lip stick on a pig. Nothing more. Continue reading ‘Watermelon Basil Sweet Tea’
I think you know that I’m infatuated with the raw food concept. And while that may sound like an odd concept, on some level we all like raw. Summer is the ‘raw’ Mecca as home gardens and farmer’s markets bust with succulent fruits waiting to burst with sweet juices, fragrant with a lovely floral scent. But let’s be honest, I am not just talking about eating fruits raw, and while I don’t believe I am a full fledged contingent of the growing raw-food advocates group I am enjoying dabbling in it. Do I believe that raw food has more nutrients? Continue reading ‘Shredded Beet & Toasted Sesame Salad- The RAW deal’
There are times when life throws you curve balls and instead of taking a good cut at it, it hits you in the head. Okay, this is not a literal story but it is pretty darn close- figuratively and literally. But I’ll skip over those details. Let’s suffice to say that was my week in a nutshell and now I can’t seem to find time to cook. And despite how I crave to be creating meals in the kitchen I have had to redefine my efforts to match my ‘snacky’ healthy palate. This week, I returned to my new favorite food area of exploration – the world of raw, vegan. Continue reading ‘Raw Caramel Cookie Bars (vegan, gluten free)’
One year ago I had a kitchen accident, an accident that took me down a wild path of recovery and self-discovery. The outcome at a glance was very fortunate, but there is no denying that it has redefined me in many ways. Continue reading ‘Guacamole Grows Up’