I started this journal in hopes that my life could help or inspire someone else. Enjoy!
Happy New Year!!!!!!
Raw Gingerbread Men
The holidays are over!!!!!!!!! Woo Hoo! As stressful as they were, the thing I loved about the Holidays is that they were a time to appreciate the loved ones you have in your life. I still have my Christmas tree up and every time I look at it I feel so grateful for the wonderful friends and family I have in my life. I started this tradition where I have my friends and family paint ornaments for my Christmas tree. I bought these wooden shapes at Michaels, some paint, and glitter glue. Take a look by scrolling down and looking to your left. They turned out marvelous! I painted the heart and the angel I also started another tradition this year thanks to inspiration from Shannon at the rawdorable blog Which of course I found out about from the mother of raw food news websites. Thank you so much for your inspiration! Me being the crazy and creative raw food gal that I am I didn't use a recipe.
My brother's gingerbread man,
He looks like Elton John!
Truth be told I have never in my life followed a raw food recipe verbatim, I always just get a concept or idea from others and then make it convenient and tasty for me. A perfect example of this, is my raw gingerbread creation. I had juiced some carrots, ginger, and apples in the morning and had all this pulp left over. Then I processed butternut squash in the food processor with dates and soaked dried apricots. I wanted to use all dates but I didn't have enough and had a lot of raw apricots on hand! I mixed the whole thing in a bowl with two cups ground golden flax, grated ginger, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice. I dehydrated them for about 24 hours at 115 degrees so that they were still chewy. I actually wrote down the recipe this time, but I think I would want to tweak the recipe some more before I give it to you. Next time I would definitely use all dates instead of apricots for sweetness and I would add some almond pulp left over from a batch of almond milk for better texture. They were a little two chewy for me, but they still tasted great and I had a lot of fun making them. The icing I made from soaked cashews, orange juice, coconut oil, agave nectar, and some lemon rind and juice blended in the blender. I put the icing in little squeeze bottle containers We decorated the gingerbread men with pumpkin seeds, black sesame seeds, dried mangos, dried mulberries, goji berries, and dried black currents. We all thought my brother's looked like Elton John, it was so cute!!!!!!
Raw Pickled Ginger
Raw Pickled Ginger
Another cool project I did at Christmas was to marinate some raw ginger slices that I sliced thinly with my ceramic mandoline. I marinated them in apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, and a little bit of agave nectar. They are perfect to go with raw or vegetarian sushi. It was a real hit with my family.
Juicing in the New Year!!!
For Christmas I got a juicer!!!!!Yeah, for about a year I had been using my sprout bag to juice which works fine as well but now I've been juicing more than ever. My favorite treat is a half carrot half orange juice. I use an equal amount of carrots and oranges as a treat in the mornings. It is like drinking pure sunshine! For fun, I took the orange carrot pulp and put it in the food processor with 1 cup soaked cashews, agave nectar, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice to taste, and a large handful of some golden raisins towards the end. I put the mixture in a pie dish and covered it with the left over frosting I had made for the gingerbread men which was: soaked cashews, orange juice, coconut oil, agave nectar, and some lemon rind and juice. I served it to my friends for an after Christmas get together, and they really liked it. Gosh, it seems like I make all this gourmet stuff all the time! The reality is I mostly make the fancy stuff for potlucks and get togethers. As for me, I eat whole fruit, vegetable juices, green smoothies, simple blended soups and salads. I sometimes add steamed veggies and brown rice into the mix. I hardly eat nuts anymore. Avocado is a lot easier to digest for me. I don't really eat a lot of raw desserts, but I love to make them for others.
Raw Carrot Cake
Okay so I told you about the juicer, but my favorite gift was definitely a beautiful set of Kyocera Ceramic Knifes. My favorite was this pink one I got below. It is so sharp you cut through a head of lettuce effortlessly. Kyocera Pink Ceramic Santoku Knife I also loved the fact that my guy named a star after me at starregistry.com. It is so cool, the star is in his zodiac sign constellation. Awwwwwwww, he always makes me feel like a star anyways!!!
I got him a cool digital photo scrapbook of our first year together. You make it on your computer but then they send it to you as a book at ww.wpicaboo.com/ I think it is an awesome idea for weddings, family albums, trips . . .(etc.) I had so much fun making it and I love looking at it. It is so special because it has the very first e-mails we sent to each other:) I also got him a GPS navigation system, mainly because I am the worst copilot:)
Hand Painted Oranaments
As fun as Christmas was I am so glad it is over. Originally my guy and I were going to escape to the city to this very nice hotel for Christmas eve, but my family had other ideas and, well, I ended up hosting Christmas eve at my place which was very stressful. I felt like I couldn't do it all raw this year because I was the minority, luckily the vegetarians in my family are still the majority so it a was nice balance of mostly vegetarian raw and cooked. Anyways, I was so drained after the event that I need a whole year to recover!!!
Luckily my guy and I escaped to the city the 23rd and had an awesome time walking through the city and looking at Christmas decorations. It was awesome and so romantic. I just feel like I gave away to much of myself at Christmas, and I'm so glad that the new year is here and I can begin to focus on my wants and needs. I definitely realized this Christmas that I need to be aware of taking care of my needs and not just the needs of everyone around me. I love that January is such a reflective time to be able to slow down and take inventory of your life. I learned so much about myself this year. I learned that I have good qualities like a really good heart. I live by the quote: "My Religion is Kindness.", and I feel like I can truly say that I am a good person who is kind and loving. And for the first time in my life I'm with someone who truly appreciates my kindness.
Carrot Orange Juice
I also learned that I have my limitations. When you live practically alone you realize that you can't blame your disorganization on anyone but yourself. I definitely need some help in that department. Getting organized is high on my priority list this year!!! Here is my resolution list this year in no particular order: 1. Get in Shape 2. Get Organized 3. Focus on and Grow my Business 4. Use the Principles of The Secret to be Happy, Healthy, Abundant and Grateful everyday. Overall 2007 has been the best year of my life without doubt. I manifested some huge things that I had always wanted like a beautiful living space, a new (used) car, financial and emotional independence, self confidence, optimism about the future, a little thicker skin, and most importantly the love of my life, my best friend and soul mate! I honestly feel on top of the world right now. I feel so blessed and truly grateful for everything and I just have the feeling that things are only going to get better! I can honestly say that this is the happiest I've ever felt in my life and the most optimistic I've felt about the future. I really want to keep using the principles of the Secret this year, it's probably my number one priority because when I use the principles of the Secret everything else falls together.
Sunset at Doran Beach
Happy New Year, Much Love and Abundance in 2008!