The Choice to Cook

Life can go in a vast array of directions. It can also start up stream and decide to whip around and change course dramatically. Often I see my life in colors. Some days are filled with brightness chartreuse light slipping around me, while the blue in the sky beams down making all the colors of the world around me magnify. Other days, are filled with a deeper contrast. Indigo blue shrouds my sight, and a dark sultry red trickles delicately onto everything I create. It is on these days, the dark days that I crave creativity more than ever. The kitchen was always home to me. The smells of my childhood are cilantro, parsley, basil, rosemary, and garlic on soft hands. I was born an introvert, I cared more for my colored pencils, and my animals than I did for people. There was an exception to this, and that was I blossomed when I created food for others. It was exactly like when I wrote words on my favorite paper, cooking became a means of expression, a way to show people I loved them, a way to create beauty through simplicity.  Food is nourishment for your body, but when you eat food that is pure that is real it is nourishment for your soul. The choice to cook, was a decision I made for myself, but it has grown it has rooted deep within me and now my desire is to share this love with others. Beyond making meals and sharing recipes I also want to make a point to stop people around the world from going hungry. There is plenty of sustenance on this earth for all, but just as my course changed the planets course has altered from the choices of mankind. I cook to bring joy to people, I cook to create something magical out of what some would deem ordinary ingredients, I cook to bring life to my body and others bodies, I cook to create beauty, I cook to remember my childhood, and I cook to create my future. As I spend late nights configuring how my first cook book is going to look, the voice that will be present, and all the other little details that create a whole, I am most excited about sharing vegan simplicity with people all over the globe. I am hopeful that one book will turn into 10 books, and that every book will give back to people who deserve for more than myself. ❤

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Lilla Baci Weekly Menu

                                                                    Lilla Baci- Weekly Menu

Above is a link to the official weekly menu for Lilla Baci!! I am beyond excited about this next step in spreading the word on organic vegan cuisine and lifestyle! For the first time I am putting all of my energy and time into growing a beautiful vegan business. Vegan food is such an adventure. For many who were not raised in a vegan or vegetarian household it is a whole new exploration in the kitchen. It also forces you to make a connection with your plate. You start becoming interested in where your produce comes from, new ingredients bring you to different locations and connect you with fabulous local organic farmers that you begin to establish relationships with. The vegan community I am becoming part of has become family. Like minds and like hearts striving for a similar purpose; to give every creature on this earth a fair chance at a wonderful life. I would love for you all to take a minute and read through the menu! It will be changing weekly based on the produce available through my farmers and the seasons. I would love to hear all of your thoughts! I thank you for sharing this with me and I look forward to getting to know so many of you on a more personal level! Blessings and love to all! xoxo

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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! 

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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!                            

 

 

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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/