Juice Party!

Beet, Watermelon, and Lemon

A tasty treat on an amazingly beautiful day. I so wish the blistering heat would stay away and the cool breezy heat would stay for a spell. But sadly we are heading into the depths of summer, meaning long days of excruciating sunshine. On the bright side, juicing becomes so much more fun in the summer months. On winter mornings I have to force juice down, I wake up and just want to dive into a cup of tea and a big bowl of baked oatmeal. In the summer there is nothing more refreshing and energizing than a large bottle of juice. This baby was packed with beets, watermelon, and tons of lemon juice.  Give it a try if you feel like something refreshing and filled with live enzymes! Get juicing my beauties! 

 

 

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Rose… A piece of writing from a time ago.

I wrote this many moons ago, and yet I still feel like I am continuing the journey I always imagined. Crossing seas, traveling to far off places, living and experiencing culture are my best memories, and my every future dream. Writing is something I have cherished since before I could remember, it has kept me alive and open. I will be sharing many pieces of writing, some simply about raw emotion, and others based upon the beautiful people I have met on my travels. Certain pieces have been written for projects to raise funds for causes such as the Rwandan Orphan Fund, and Maji Mazuri. I will be updating as frequently as inspiration allows, and sharing with you older pieces that are close to my heart. I will even be sharing some special pieces about my path to organic living! I hope you enjoy this little bit of prose and I hope for all of you to find the world of your imagination on a daily basis! 47602_619170752434_602485780_n

I have looked onto the horizon since I was a child, though the meaning of that perplexing line has changed somewhat over the years. As a child I looked upon it as if it were the most miraculous picture I had ever seen. A waterfall you see, the largest there ever was, and I was enraptured with every part of it. I would gaze for hours planning in my mind the trip of a life time, sail boats, pirates, and nonstop exhilaration. I wanted nothing else but to be witness to such a phenomenon. My imagination was wild back then, full of power and determination. My favorite spot was a desolate one, secretive and mysterious hidden in the shadows, but as in a fairy tale once you went through the shadows there was freedom. Freedom that could be felt through my soul, and make me forget the conceivable and loose myself in the impossible.  I grew of course and was constantly told that the line I saw out there, where the ocean seemed to perish, was really where the world I knew ended and the world I had never witnessed began. Yet how Could I trust them? In my mind the horizon was a waterfall into the never-land of my imagination; to them it was a perilous line that pried at their closed minds. They say you grow up in an instant and it’s so hard to believe that something so life changing could happen so quickly, but this is one thing I was taught, that I learned to trust in. One day you possess a certain childish innocence; you are fascinated by the small, and amazed by the simplistic rhythms of the wind. Then it happens, a threat to your imagination, or that first love that turns into despair, whatever it is, it strips the innocence you once possessed away, and in that instant you forget what it was like to be a child. I realized one day looking into the horizon that it possesses certain immortality, an immortality for my mind. I have yet to go past the world I know into the world I haven’t seen, but I do long to feel it, every bit of it, the pain, the power, the sorrow and the bliss. As a child the horizon was my goal, my only desire was to hold it in my hands and make it entirely my own. Now the horizon is my escape, my dream yet to come true. Though, one day I will travel to that waterfall beyond my vision,  I will conquer the fleets of ships in my dreams, and one day, I will be in that new world, and it will be entirely my own… I will be in the world of my imagination.

Organic Vegan Pesto with Tomatoes and peppers Roasted in Balsamic and Sherry Vinegar

Vegan Pesto Bites

 

So favorite foods in the world… Tomatoes, Basil, and Tomatoes. Seriously there is nothing I love more than a gorgeous organic tomato right off the plant. The farmers at Farmers Market are awesome, and of course I have made many friends among them. However the lovely people who run the heirloom tomato stands in summer know me on a whole other level. Crazy tomato girl level. This is one of my very favorite dishes to entertain with. Its simple, and sinfully delicious. It wows a crowd, and yet does not stress the host to the point of drinking all the wine before everyone shows up. Win, win if you ask me! So lets get started. 

 

The Goods for the Pesto-

2 cups of basil

2 large garlic cloves, or 3 smaller cloves ( use your taste buds if you want it stronger add more, but go slow!)

1/4 cup pine nuts

a small handful of walnuts

The juice of 2 lemons (add more or less depending on taste)

Enough olive oil to make a smooth lovely pesto. Just add slowly while processing

Salt and Pepper

 

The Goods for the Roasted Tomatoes and Peppers

You can roast any tomatoes you like, however for presentation I always use Organic Sugar Plum Tomatoes!

2-3 peppers, I love yellow with the red and green, but feel free to use any color you like and add more or less!

Sherry Vinegar

Balsamic Vinegar

Olive oil

One full head of Garlic

Salt and Pepper

Basil and Parsley ( Optional)

 

The Goods to put all this great stuff on-

I use Organic French Baguettes sliced and toasted. You can use any bread you like really even Gluten Free!! Yum!! And feel free to toast with some olive oil and garlic!

I prepare the pesto first as it can sit in the fridge and get even tastier while I cook the rest. If you want to prep it the night before go for it! Just beware that the green can become less vibrant while sitting overnight but if you add more lemon on top it lessens the discoloration a bit!  You will need a food processor or a blender for this pesto. Start off by toasting the nuts lightly in a pan on low heat. Watch them carefully, I have personally murdered many a pine nut. Once the nuts are toasted set them aside. Wash your basil and make sure to pick as close to the stem as possible. If you get to many stems in the pesto it will be bitter! Place the basil in the food processor and process until chopped. Add the nuts, lemon, and garlic. Start processing and slowly pour in the olive oil until there is a nice smooth consistency. Lastly add salt and pepper,  add slowly and keep processing until the flavor is just right. With this recipe it is really based on personal taste. I love lemon, and I adore salt so I am pretty generous with both. Taste throughout and find your perfect pesto! Now onto the roasting of tomatoes and peppers. Your house if going to smell like bliss so be ready to start twirling around your kitchen with happiness. Place tomatoes and peppers into a roasting pan. You can do whole peppers or slice in half, which for me makes it a bit easier to peel! Place whole garlic cloves in and add a little chopped basil and parsley if you have it!  Drizzle olive oil,  and balsamic over the veggies and use your hands to coat evenly. Add just a bit of sherry and once again use your hands to coat! Put in over on 375 F for about 40 minutes give or take. Toast bread lightly in the oven and then slather the pesto on each piece, add tomatoes and peppers in whichever way is visually pleasing to you, and then devour! Remember to save some for your guests and family.  🙂  I hope you all love these little bites as much as I do! Enjoy!

 

Organic Vegan Cupcakes

 

For the love of organic vegan cupcakes! I love making new flavors of cupcakes, so many to try and conquer. Let me know which ones you like the look of and I will post the most requested recipe! If you need it to be gluten free and or sugar free I can help make that happen! 🙂 Hope you are all having a beautiful Saturday! 

Fair Trade Organic Clothing… That’s cute!

So I try to be as kind to the environment as I can. But I have a confession… I LOVE CLOTHES! I really do. I love lingerie, I love dresses, I love anything and everything that is pretty.  Over the past 6 years being vegan, and learning more everyday about how as a consumer I affect the people and animals of the world, I have come to realize many of the companies I love are not always kind. I am an Anthropologie gal, I cannot deny it. I love everything from their window displays to the bedding, to the attire. The company as a whole has improved many of their practices, but overall I still do not see them as a truly fair trade and organic environment. Hopefully one day they will get there, as I would host a party in their honor. In comes a huge problem. Most organic fair trade clothing lines I have come across just do not fit my style. I love the companies for what they are, and the practices they partake in, and yet I cannot seem to fall in love with their clothing. So I searched, and researched, and came across three companies that I have ordered from that I am absolutely enamored with. Number one being People Tree. UK based company makes gorgeous clothing, with all fair trade and often organic materials! Check out this beauty I ordered the other day! O sweet love! Beautiful clothes, nightwear, and accessories that treat the earth and the people in it kindly! I felt like I hit the jack pot when I found them! 

                                                                                                                                                                                            People Tree Dress

 

Next up is Indigenous Organic and Fair Trade Clothing.  I do not love everything but really do you ever love everything from one place? The things I do love, I am crazy about. They are 100% organic, I want to kiss them for this, and every material they source is fair trade.  Bliss.  This Coat is something I can’t seem to take my mind off of, and I may just order it for the coming Autumn. Yes it is a long way away, but Autumn is the most spectacular season and the fashion is so fun and cozy.  If you are looking for everyday cute attire, and some adorable dresses as well check them out! Feel good about what you buy!                            

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                            54333MERLOT

 

Now lingerie, a girls favorite secret something for under her clothes. You have the huge companies like Victoria Secrets who source their material from lord knows where. Why not look and feel beautiful while keeping up with your sustainable and kind life? There are a couple sites I frequent and fear not I will share all of them with you in time. Tonight I am going to share my absolute obsession. G98 is a French organic lingerie company and I am so infatuated with their creations, I cannot get enough!  This corset set is so feminine, the details are exceptional and its made out of recycled white pine pruning.  How cool is that??

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I will leave you with the links to these three amazing companies! Check them out and then let me know your thoughts! Do you love them? Are you looking for something different? Let me know and I will try to help! We all have the capability of making a huge impact by being smarter consumers. When we spend a little more time and sometimes a little more money on goods, you help so many people and you help the environment.  Happy Fair Trade Organic Shopping! ❤

http://www.peopletree.co.uk/

http://www.indigenous.com/

http://www.organic-lingerie.com/en/

ChocoBliss Bites

Decadent Dark Chocolate Bites

Decadent, enticing, delicate, rich, I could use so many adjectives to describe these precious little bites of bliss. I have my days of recipes that take all my days, but to start I really want to share the simple things I create from either trying to get my mind off things, and or just because I have a craving for a particular something. I took part in Live Below the Line and for 5 days I lived on $1.50 a day. So far I have raised $710.00 for the Global Poverty Fund, and it was an experience I will never forget. 1.4 Billion people live below the line each day, not only feeding themselves on $1.50 a day, but that tiny bit of money has to stretch for transportation, medical, housing, etc. These little chocolate bites were made with both smiles and tears. I made them on the last day of my LBL experience. I was hosting a tea party the next day and these guys are best chilled in the refrigerator overnight. I could not eat them or anything else for that matter, but that was not what brought on the tears. As I entered my state of relaxation pouring the melted chocolate slowly off the spoon onto the parchment paper, watching it glide and swirl to make perfect circles, I realized the gravity of poverty and injustice on our earth. Here I was on my last day of LBL, a light at the end of the tunnel, access to all the food and clean water I wanted, pouring chocolate in a beautiful home where I feel pretty safe from day to day, knowing the hunger was only temporary. And yet that day and everyday the majority of people do not have that light at the end of the tunnel. So why me? Why was I not born into something else?  As I write this I realize many of you are like wow, I was just looking for a delicious chocolate bite recipe. I promise, the recipe is awesome but feel like every recipe has a story and this one belongs to these little guys. As I put the pumpkin seeds, cranberries, almonds, goji berries, and currants atop I wished I could give these to all the children that are hungry. My whole self transported somewhere else, and low and behold that night I received more donations.  Magical. These guys will be sold in a couple weeks at the Maji Mazuri bake-sale  you will be hearing more about Maji Mazuri in the coming days. Anytime I make these for someone, or sell them at a bake-sale  they will make a difference. That is my wish for these creations. So if you decide to try our the recipe share with your family, or make them for a friend who needs a smile. I hope you all enjoy this recipe as much as I do!!! 

ChocoBliss Bites

The Goods-

4 Bars of Organic Dark Chocolate, feel free to use 2 bags of chocolate chips instead

As for the toppings be creative! Feel free to mix it up. I went to the bulk section at Whole Foods and picked up a handful of Goji Berries, raw pumpkin seeds, currants, raw almonds, and dried cranberries! All organic of course!

You can melt the chocolate a couple different ways. I do not use the microwave but if you are short on time, go for it! Be careful not to burn the chocolate, and often times consistency will vary. My favorite way is to create my own double broiler. I get a pot fill it with about 1/2 cup of water and find a glass heat proof bowl that sits just right on the pot. It has worked like a charm my whole life so I have never bothered actually purchasing a double broiler! Break the chocolate bars up and put them in the bowl on top of the pot. Make sure the water is simmering on a nice medium low but try not to let it boil. The chocolate will melt, you can give it a couple stirs to make sure it melts evenly! Once the chocolate is all melted take it off the heat and bring it over to some parchment paper lined cookie sheets, or plates. I used a tablespoon but if you want these to be smaller feel free to use a teaspoon!  Spoon the chocolate onto the parchment paper making circles as small or as large as you want. Mine were about the size of a medium silver dollar you find on the beach!  This process takes about 15 or so minutes but its very relaxing. Once all spooned out, go head and add your toppings in any fashion you see fit! You can make designs, you can free hand, you can do whatever makes you smile! Once all your toppings are on transfer to the Refrigerator and let cool for 3 hours to overnight. That’s all there is! Sit back and enjoy these beauties with everyone you love and cherish! ❤