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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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??

                                                                                                                                                                                       top-marylin

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/