Sunday, September 14, 2014

Raw Pies // Peach & Blueberry

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Crust:
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11 dates, pitted
1/3 cups cashews, raw
1/3 cup walnuts, raw
1/3 cup almond, raw
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
pinch sea salt

1. In food processor, blend nuts with cinnamon and sea salt until crumbly.

2. Add dates, starting at 5 and blend. Add dates as needed until doughy consistency is reached (i.e. the mixture sticks together).

3. Press into pie pan.

4. Optional: chill in fridge 1-2 hours.

Filling:
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PEACH

4 peaches, sliced thinly
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg (left this out because I didn't have it)
1 tbsp lemon
2 tbsp agave
6 dates
1/2 cup water

BLUEBERRY

1 quart blueberries
3 bananas
6 dates
1/2 cup water
1 tsp cinnamon

1. Blend everything but peaches/blueberries in a processor until you have a thick syrup-y consistency. 

2. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl until fruit is evenly coated with mixture.

3. Spoon into crust.

4. Optional: let chill in fridge 1-2 hours.

5. Grub!

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Tips & Suggestions: Leave out agave and maybe 3 dates in filling if it's too sweet. 
Maybe use 2 more peaches in peach pie

Here is where I got my inspiration. I personally liked the peach better but next time, I'll make it a bit less sweet. It was a little too overwhelming for me but everyone else loved it! 

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

When Eliza Turned 5

Ok, so it was quite a while ago but I just realized I never put up these pictures! So in July (yaaaaa, it's been that long) Eliza turned 5. It was a hectic summer, so we didn't have one big, huge celebration. She had more like an entire birthday week with 4 mini celebrations, one with each of her grandparents. But as is tradition, we started her actual birthday off with a stack of birthday pancakes. 
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I know this is about Eliza and all but look at that gorgeous man of mine. Hot damn. 
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The rest of the day consisted of a trip to the children's museum, eating yummy food, and seeing Beauty of the Beast performed by a kid's summer camp which Eliza loooooved. Seriously, she was born to be a theatre kid. 
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Her favorite part about the children's museum is their fake grocery store. We literally spent the entire time in there and then left. And she loved every minute of it. 

Boy does time fly.
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Friday, September 12, 2014

Warriors of the Rainbow

On Tuesday, I was guest speaking for a professor of mine that had taught at the community college I got my degree from. After my presentation, there were tons of questions but I remember one very clearly because I remember being kind of stunned and quickly spitting out an answer that felt like it wasn't enough. She asked, "Why did you change from selling clothes to making body products?". I explained our journey of becoming healthier and finding essential oils and how I wanted to make products that healed people so naturally the idea of the fashion world became uninteresting, I simply grew out of it. But at the end of my explanation, I felt like I hadn't said enough, that I hadn't fully defined the reason for this change and in result, they didn't fully understand. They didn't fully understand how huge of a change it was for me because it was more than a business change, it was a change that fully encompassed our lives and the change of business was merely an effect of this evolution.

Every time I read this, it hits me straight in the heart. It makes me tear up but in a good kind of way. Because it is everything I feel and believe in. Because it explains why I do everything I do. Because it is what I have chosen for my life. 

Call me a hippy but I chose to acknowledge and serve this beautiful planet of ours because none of us would exist without it. 

Warriors of the Rainbow 


There was an old lady, from the “Cree” tribe, named “Eyes of Fire”, who prophesied that one day, because of the white mans’ or Yo-ne-gis’ greed, there would come a time, when the fish would die in the streams, the birds would fall from the air, the waters would be blackened, and the trees would no longer be, mankind as we would know it would all but cease to exist. 


There would come a time when the “keepers of the legend, stories, culture rituals, and myths, and all the Ancient Tribal Customs” would be needed to restore us to health. They would be mankinds’ key to survival, they were the “Warriors of the Rainbow”. There would come a day of awakening when all the peoples of all the tribes would form a New World of Justice, Peace, Freedom and recognition of the Great Spirit. 


The “Warriors of the Rainbow” would spread these messages and teach all peoples of the Earth or “Elohi”. They would teach them how to live the “Way of the Great Spirit”. They would tell them of how the world today has turned away from the Great Spirit and that is why our Earth is “Sick”. 


The “Warriors of the Rainbow” would show the peoples that this “Ancient Being” (the Great Spirit), is full of love and understanding, and teach them how to make the “Earth or Elohi” beautiful again. These Warriors would give the people principles or rules to follow to make their path right with the world. These principles would be those of the Ancient Tribes. The Warriors of the Rainbow would teach the people of the ancient practices of Unity, Love and Understanding. They would teach of Harmony among people in all four comers of the Earth. 


Like the Ancient Tribes, they would teach the peoples how to pray to the Great Spirit with love that flows like the beautiful mountain stream, and flows along the path to the ocean of life. Once again, they would be able to feel joy in solitude and in councils. They would be free of petty jealousies and love all mankind as their brothers, regardless of color, race or religion. They would feel happiness enter their hearts, and become as one with the entire human race. Their hearts would be pure and radiate warmth, understanding and respect for all mankind, Nature, and the Great Spirit. They would once again fill their minds, hearts, souls, and deeds with the purest of thoughts. They would seek the beauty of the Master of Life – the Great Spirit! They would find strength and beauty in prayer and the solitudes of life. 


Their children would once again be able to run free and enjoy the treasures of Nature and Mother Earth. Free from the fears of toxins and destruction, wrought by the Yo-ne-gi and his practices of greed. The rivers would again run clear, the forests be abundant and beautiful, the animals and birds would be replenished. The powers of the plants and animals would again be respected and conservation of all that is beautiful would become a way of life. 


The poor, sick and needy would be cared for by their brothers and sisters of the Earth. These practices would again become a part of their daily lives. 


The leaders of the people would be chosen in the old way – not by their political party, or who could speak the loudest, boast the most, or by name calling or mud slinging, but by those whose actions spoke the loudest. Those who demonstrated their love, wisdom, and courage and those who showed that they could and did work for the good of all, would be chosen as the leaders or Chiefs. They would be chosen by their “quality” and not the amount of money they had obtained. Like the thoughtful and devoted “Ancient Chiefs”, they would understand the people with love, and see that their young were educated with the love and wisdom of their surroundings. They would show them that miracles can be accomplished to heal this world of its ills, and restore it to health and beauty. 


The tasks of these “Warriors of the Rainbow” are many and great. There will be terrifying mountains of ignorance to conquer and they shall find prejudice and hatred. They must be dedicated, unwavering in their strength, and strong of heart. They will find willing hearts and minds that will follow them on this road of returning “Mother Earth” to beauty and plenty – once more. 


The day will come, it is not far away. The day that we shall see how we owe our very existence to the people of all tribes that have maintained their culture and heritage. Those that have kept the rituals, stories, legends, and myths alive. It will be with this knowledge, the knowledge that they have preserved, that we shall once again return to “harmony” with Nature, Mother Earth, and mankind. It will be with this knowledge that we shall find our “Key to our Survival”. 


This is the story of the “Warriors of the Rainbow” and this is my reason for protecting the culture, heritage, and knowledge of my ancestors. I know that the day “Eyes of Fire” spoke of – will come! I want my children and grandchildren to be prepared to accept this task. The task of being one of the……..”Warriors of the Rainbow”. 


This version comes from Lelanie Anderson, off her web site.
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Eating Raw Till 4: Tips For Staying On Track

I'm not saying I eat perfect. No one where near it actually. Especially when we go out of town, I always seem to lose all of my self control and motivation. But when I'm home, I try my hardest to stay on track and I always love the results. So I thought I'd write out what helps me keep my diet clean and healthy!
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-Find inspiration, daily. Healthy people, fit people that eat right and exercise regularly. I instagram a lot so I made a point to follow these type of people so that they show up in my feed every day. I follow tons of people that eat raw, work out on the daily, and share their transformations which is a huge inspiration to me. If they can do it, so can I! I also love to search for videos on Youtube to help keep me on track. This also means that you need to keep bad influences at bay. So if you follow people that constantly post pictures of junk food and all the other terrible things they eat and it makes you want to run to the nearest fast food joint for a burger, you'll probably not going to do too well. 

"Do you have a confused body image?
...Surround yourself with live people, media and images of muscular people. Join a running club and notice the shape and form of athletic people who seem healthy to you. Attend yoga classes and notice the form of people who are highly capable and have stamina all through class.

I developed my ideals for the shape I want during yoga class. I find that the women in yoga look like I want to look. Not overly muscular and not really thin. Capable, strong women who do a lot of yoga tend to have heavily muscled thighs, buttocks and shoulders, while having thin waists, toned abdomens, toned slender calves, and defined medium-sized arms. I personally find this form the most attractive and natural on a woman. I notice this form is not small, nor bulky, nor does it contain excess fat.

Cultivating a sense of what healthy people look like will help you straighten out your idea for what you want yourself to look like." 


-Plan plan plan. And then stick to it. But most importantly, stick to it. This is something I'm not so great at. But when I do stick to my own plan, things go really well. That said, it's nice to be a little flexible. Just not too much so that you completely stray from your plan and forget all about it. 
Forgive yourself but don't go too easy. There's a fine line between giving yourself a break and falling into a bad, lazy routine. 

-Give yourself a scheduled day off where you can just do what you need to do. If this means eating out and skipping the work out, than do it. This way you can avoid splurging when you don't need to.  
Surround yourself with supportive people and lots of healthy food. Now this one is really hard for me. This lifestyle is particularly out of the "norm" for most of america so it's easy to be overwhelmed by the negative influences around you. No one around me eats extremely terrible, but not particularly great.... or as great as I want to eat. So when eating out is mexican food or pizza or when breakfast is bacon and eggs, it's hard to keep straight and be good. Like really freaking hard. But that's where an off day comes in handy, in case you need a day to splurge. And if it's not an off day, I just do the best I can. 

-Recognize triggers so that you can understand your cravings and downfalls. If the rest of your family is eating out or eating something that's not part of your diet, maybe it's best to leave. Or make yourself something so good that you won't be tempted to eat something unhealthy. And make sure there's enough so that you can fill yourself to the brim! Cause you can do that with this lifestyle and it's great. 

-Find restaurants that you can eat out at and still stick to your plan. Downtown, this is a little easier but up in the boondocks where we live, it's a little bit more difficult. That said, it is possible. I was suckered into eating out at a mexican restaurant recently because it was a Sunday and we couldn't buy stuff for margaritas (Texas is dumb about that) and our only option was going out to get one. We had to have margaritas you see, it had been a long week. I ended up ordering a nice tortilla soup that my waiter said he could make without chicken and some guacamole salad. Vegan and healthy, score! I was extremely satisfied and I didn't feel like a sack of potatoes afterwards like I usually do when eating mexican! One tip though: I've found that it's easier to avoid the entree section, too many things that could go wrong. I like to look in the appetizers, soup/salad section, or at the sides. Also, talk to your waiter! They're usually pretty lenient about making slight changes to the menu for you and they can help you navigate around things that contain animal products or other things you don't want to eat. 

-Always keep your kitchen stocked with fresh fruit to eat! 

-And last, make it fun and it positive. Look forward to nourishing your body, knowing you are making a difference. 


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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Joy: Celebrating Accomplishments

Today I wanted to take the time to celebrate a few accomplishments that seem to be floating my way. Sometimes when I just release and go with the flow and actually take the time to appreciate the present, opportunities just pop up with hardly any work. This hasn't happened to me in a while and I've had many a frustrating day hoping and wishing that things would happen but I learned to be grateful for what I had and to stop focusing on the things I didn't and you know what? Even better opportunities have presented themselves. It's funny the way it happens like that... So I wanted to take a minute to acknowledge all the accomplishments we've made and share all of our good news with you guys!
-We have been featured in a magazine called Austere this month for the tiny home and Sam Wish, super proud of that! 

-I was asked to be a guest speaker for a class taught by one of my professors which is actually tonight, so wish me luck!! 

-We are now sponsored by a local store called New Living! Also, I'm going to talk with them more about more potential collaborations and possibly putting my products in their store. I can not tell you how happy this makes me. They are an incredibly inspiring and motivated small business that is doing wonderful, wonderful things for our community and the earth!

 -Comp tickets to awesome theater shows lately, there's nothing like a live performance to inspire you. Especially when it happens to be people you know, I love being surrounded by such talented and driven souls.

 -Finishing Eliza's bedroom, holy cow. I catch myself just wanting to lay in there and admire the finality of it. It's the first *actually* finished part in my house and I absolutely love it. Oh and Eliza does too I guess ;)

 -Steadily finishing the rest of the house! We have planned a tiny home opening party on October 3rd so it will all be finished by then. I can't decide if I'm excited or just extremely nervous... or both? It seems so close, it's crazy to think that it's going to be completed after 14 straight months of building. 

-My biking goals were reached! I rode 63 miles in insane Texas heat on August 23rd. And I'm still alive. It was rough guys, it was really rough. But I made it and I live to tell the tale! Next year, we're aiming for the 100. I think I'm crazy. 

 - Now that I've done that, I'm focusing on yoga for a little bit and in the past week I've already mastered a few moves that I was never able to do before. Woop woop! 

 -Eliza is in kindergarten now which feels like such an accomplishment! Like after 5 years of struggling to take care of her and try to make something of my life, I now get 7 hours a day for 5 days a week all to myself! Being able to work on something without a toddler running around is cake. I feel like I deserve all this peace and quiet which makes it all the more sweet. 


So that's what's been happening over here. I've finally gotten to a place where I feel like I'm catching up with everything and getting my life back in some kind of order. Summer was great but had me all sorts of unorganized and frustrated. Now that I have some a lot of free time, I can finally do all the things I have been needing to do. And it feels great to finally be getting all these projects wrapped up. Ahhhhhhhh. 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Kentucky: Part 5 (the last!)

The last night in Kentucky, we stayed at a lodge type place for the wedding we were attending. It was so beautiful and right on the lake (don't ask me which one though, I have no idea). Here was the view from our room: 
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This was in the lobby, loooooooooved this building. 
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Brandon and I adventured a little around the trails on the property and even got to work out at their fancy gym. Holla for being fit!
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And then there was the wedding which was more of a reception because they had already had their destination wedding prior to this. 
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The lighting was terrible, this was the best picture I got of the bride, groom, and daughter, the flower girl. 
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Oh and the cake. Smashing. Into faces. Yes.


After a slow and only slightly miserable morning after, we packed up our stuff and hit the road! Time to go home. 

Oh, but not before one last trip to Belew's! For old time's sake. 
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One of the few non-vegan meals I had and the last of that trip. I decided to go out with a bang. 
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Ay yai yai. I swear I must have taken over 1,000 pictures. Luckily most were multiples and I was able to pair it down to about 100. 

But I'm really glad we got in one really good road trip this summer to somewhere I had never been. It's always an adventure. 
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Friday, September 5, 2014

Kentucky: Part 4

Towards the end of our trip, we spent a day at the Kentucky Dam Marina cruising around on a pontoon boat. We swam, took naps, visited the rock quarry, jumped of extremely high cliffs, and enjoyed the overcast (but not rainy!) day. 
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We had hopped houses yet again and were now staying with my mother-in-law's friend. Only for one night though because we had a wedding to catch! 
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Visiting Belew's was one of our "musts" for the trip because my mother-in-law grew up literally right behind this place. It wasn't vegan but it sure was good! So good in fact, that we actually went back for more! 
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Almost done with our Kentucky trip! I was determined to get back in the swing of taking pictures again and I guess I went a little overboard? But I had never been to Kentucky before and there was just so much to capture! So many new experiences, so much fun, and so much beauty. Plus it was a week long trip so there was just a lot going on. It was such a sweet time, I definitely look forward to visiting again!
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