Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Recipe for Super Shamrock Shake

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Kiss me, I’m Irish.

This is my version of a Shamrock Shake it’s delicious and healthy and will keep you full for hours.

In my head I call it Sham-WOW (but I think that’s a kind of cleaning cloth or something….)
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1 Banana
1/4 avocado (I used the other 1/4 in my eggs)
Spinach (handful– I use frozen spinach since I dont like to use ice)
Juice or water (about a cup)
Chia seeds (about a tablespoon)
Matcha protein powder (one scoop)
Yogurt (about 1/2 cup)
1 T Olive oil
Vanilla (just a bit)
Peppermint oil (to taste)

Blend.
Serve :) makes about 3 cups. I pour it into a 4 cup mason jar.

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Pi Day Key Lime Pie (gluten free)

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In honor of the ULTIMATE pi day (3.14.15) I made this pie for my friend’s birthday today and have been serving it to my massage clients all day :)

Key Lime Pie (gluten free!)

Crust
Gluten free snickerdoodle cookies, smooshed

Filling
1 can of sweetened condensed milk
4 egg yolks
1/2 cup lime juice

(Pour into crust and bake 15 min at 350°F)

Topping
Whip the 4 egg whites
Add sugar once egg whites are frothy and add vanilla extract

(Dollop on top of cooled pie)

Refrigerate pie till ready to serve….try not to eat the whole thing.

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The geek in me was soooo thrilled to finish making this pie at 9:26 this morning. Pi is 3.1415926….
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Things I find amusing: week 3

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Life lately:
20140117-195047.jpgMy mom is ADORABLE.
And Biscotti is an alien.20140117-195304.jpgThis smoothie will make your morning so much better:
20140117-195622.jpgWe had so much fun at the collage party on Tuesday night at Rule 42!
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2 Videos to watch:
Zoo animals get their revenge. (click)

Welcome to the completely bizarre world of Food Party! (click)

Have you checked out my Pinterest yet? You totally should! (click)
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20140117-195741.jpgI’m obsessed with these.
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20140117-195727.jpgAnd THIS. I need this for my massage room, dontcha think?

In case you missed it on the blog:
20140117-195251.jpgMore than just a collage party. (Click)

((There’s another party TODAY at Harmony Moon (4 pm)))

Yoga and nutrition for conquering winter depression. (Click)
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Have a lovely week!

Tasty Tuesday: Poached, Chocolate-Dipped Apple Chips

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But, just because time has escaped me doesn't mean I'll neglect to share the deliciousness with you!

These would make a great Christmas Eve treat.

Poached, Chocolate-Dipped Apple Chips

You'll need:

Granny Smith apples (as many as you can gather–you can never make enough apple chips
Water (just enough to cover apple slices in the pan)
Cinnamon
Cardamom
Ginger
Cloves
Star anise

Instructions:

•Slice apples with a mandolin (if you don’t own one of these already, go purchase one: it is ENTIRELY satisfying to slice things paper thin, effortlessly)

•Place in frying pan, evenly distributed (try not to overlap them)

•Cover with water and spices.

•Bring to boil and then simmer till almost all of the water has been absorbed

•Transfer slices to baking sheet and bake at 275 (low) till crispy!

Enjoy as they are (yum!) or:
Dip in melted chocolate.

Make as many as you can–they go FAST!
Let me know what you think! Merry Christmas!

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Detox for Pitta: Ayurveda

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Too much Pitta:
Fever, inflammation, indigestion, rashes, ulcers, body odor, acidity, breakouts….

The focus of your pitta detox is:
cleansing of the blood and liver

Helpful detox herbs for pitta:
Neem. Neem is powerful for eliminating toxins in the blood. It is anti-viral & anti-bacterial.
(Use neem oil and neem soap)

Amalaki. Amalaki keeps your colon clean. It’s great for detoxing and rich in antioxidants (supports the immune system)

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Guidelines for Detox:
Wake up around 6 AM
Sleep by 10 P

In the morning massage your body with warm sunflower or coconut oil.
Follow your massage with a cool shower or bath with neroli, sandalwood, or eucalyptus oil.

Start your day with a glass of warm (not hot) water.

Avoid strenuous exercise.
Exercise in the cool morning or evening (not in the heat of the day)
A 20-30 min walk in the morning is great. Breathe deeply.
Exercise with softness and compassion.
Forward bends will cool you.
Moon salutations will balance you.
Spinal twists will massage your liver and spleen.

Wear blues and purples and whites.
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Get plenty of rest.
Take breaks during the day. Meditate or sing.

Best days for detox juice fast are Tuesday & Sunday
Only fast for 3 consecutive meals

**Do not skimp on QUANTITY**
((You will get grumpy!!))

As soon as you lose energy and get hungry: eat rice
When rice is no longer enough (still hungry): eat kitchari

Eat only when hungry.
Settle yourself before and after you eat.
Pay attention to your food when you eat. (No distractions)
Always leave room after you eat to help with digestion (only eat 3/4 your stomach capacity)
**Do not overeat while detoxing.

Largest meal at lunch
Good to eat at about the same time everyday.
**Do not skip meals while detoxing.

The juice:
Drink pomegranate, carrot, and lime juices.
Add lemon and honey and pepper.

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Dandelion tea will help your liver release bile (helps with digestion and detox)
Also drink plenty of cool water (not cold)

Stay hydrated.

Eat: ((you can add these to your juices, as well and then eat them whole (in soups or cooked NOT RAW) when you are ready for food, again))
Veggies: lots of romaine and celery, collards, kale, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, cabbage
Fruits: melons, plums, peaches, cooked prunes, figs, apple, pears, pineapple, papaya
Grains: quinoa, barley, amaranth, rice

Spices to add to EVERYTHING:
Cumin, coriander, fennel, turmeric, ginger, fenugreek

Avoid:
Hot, spicy, fermented, salty, oily, fried, caffeine, alcohol
Avoid heavy dairy (cheese, yogurt)
Raw foods, heavy desserts

Kitchari recipe for pitta
1/2 c mung dal (yellow not green)
1 c basmati rice
3 c water
3 T ghee
1 inch piece of ginger peeled and cut finely
1 t coconut
1 t fennel
1 t cilantro
3 cinnamon sticks
1/2 t turmeric
And pick 2 veggies (1 c of each): green beans, carrots, peas, cauliflower

Wash rice and dal well (rinse, strain, rinse, strain)
Cook in water till only 1/2 the water is left
While cooking roast all of the spices in the ghee.
Once roasted, add the veggies.
Add to the rice and dal. Cook till ALL of the water is absorbed. ((Approximately 35-40 min)

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Thankful Thursday: February 14, 2013

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1.photoshoot with David, 2.walking with Becca downtown, 3.making valentines

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1.kissy valentines, 2.me, 3.my word for the year: OUTWARD

bottom:
1.stickers now for sale at Turtle Lane, 2.selling original collages (will post on Instagram, find me at ArtisticDrama), and 3.a lovely thank you card from Ethiopia for supporting lunapads. (Lunapads.com helps girls be able to go to school even when they have their periods)

What I Am Thankful For This Week (Feb 14th)
Thursday:
•Haircut after 7 months

•Yummy dinner (warm 2 flour tortillas. On one, put cheese and chicken thigh pieces. On the other, put mayonnaise and roasted red pepper slices. Smash together and voilà!)

•Watched Julie Julia with mom

Friday:
•Photoshoot with David. Such a fun adventure in the woods.

•Went to Baja with Becca and had a wonderful conversation

•Kristine bought a valentine card

Saturday:
•Gorgeous day

•Had fun researching the spleen (how many girls can say THAT?)

•Had a awesome “daddy date” with Todd. We got pizza at Shen Pizza and milkshakes at Split Banana

•Did chair massages at Turtle Lane

Sunday:
•Breakfast with the sunset girls!!

•Watched Buffy with Tj

•Dinner at his parents and Mr and Mrs Smith. I love that movie!!

Monday:
•Made stewed pears with mom

•Ordered magnets!!

•Modeled for Greg, Mary, and Emerson. All people I like a LOT. Especially Mary. I adore her.

Tuesday:
•Detox and jasmine oil

•Turtle Lane, again. (Good for the soul)

•Hour economy meeting! We are on the news NBC29 the barter system. You can look it up.

Wednesday:
•Interview with Blue Ridge Life for their article about Hour Economy

•Mom gave me peacock blue sheets which are luxurious and gorgeous.

•Watched 10 Things I Hate About You

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If you are free tonight, you should come! And if you bring your valentine we won't hurt you....promise. Also, they are playing When Harry Met Sally at the Visulite tonight. That's number 2 on my list of favorite romantic movies.

What happy things did you do this week?

Homemade Pumpkin Honey Butter

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Allow me to rock your world with my homemade pumpkin honey butter:
mix honey
peanut butter
and canned pumpkin (organic is awesome)

spread it on bread (I used challah HOLLA!! from our local Newtown Bakery)….

Wow. So easy and so yummy. You could add cinnamon and nutmeg, too. Wowzers. Share with everyone you know because sharing is caring.

Quick Recipe for Homemade Ginger Apricot Cider

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2/3 cup Apricot nectar
1/3 cup boiling water
a pinch of ground cinnamon (or you could use a cinnamon stick!)
and 2 pinches of ground ginger.
Enjoy :)

Creamy Tomato Soup & A new blog feature: “Sounds Weird, Tastes Delicious” Recipe: You Add THAT to Soup?!

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So…. I like to experiment when I cook. Sometimes I am so hungry, I don’t even really think about it- I just DO it. (Like Nike, only tastier.)

What I make might sound odd. Even disgusting. But man oh MAN is it delicious!!

I started thinking about it and I thought, “woah! Isn’t odd-sounding-yet-delicious like the definition of gourmet food?”

Answer: no.

The definition of gourmet food is totally different.

In fact gourmet isn’t even the kind of food. It’s the person who eats it.

Usage Note: A gourmet is a person with discriminating taste in food and wine, as is a gourmand. Gourmand can also mean “one who enjoys food in great quantities”

So, voila! I am indeed a gourmand.

Learn something new every day.

Anyway. What I am saying is I love food. I love restaurants haunted by gourmets.

*hee* sounds spooky and yummy.

So. I decided I would share my weird foods. And you should try them and see if you like them as much as my family and friends….

*note: I don’t write specific recipes. I just don’t. If you want to measure stuff out you totally can but I never do. Sorry.

**that’s why I suck at baking by the way….

Creamy Tomato Soup
Today my mom made homemade tomato soup. I stole a ladle or two for my dinner but I mixed in some extras:

•frozen spinach
•turkey burger
•cream cheese
•and oyster crackers
Heat thoroughly.

If that doesn’t sound weird to you, you are my kind of person. It’s the cream cheese that’s the kicker. A couple of dollops and you’ve made your own creamy tomato soup.

Enjoy it!

Pumpkin Cream Cheese with Brown Sugar on Toast: A Fall Breakfast Recipe

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Good morning!
I love making food on days that I don’t have to rush off somewhere. This morning I made toast and as I was boiling water for my tea I decided to whip up my own pumpkin cream cheese spread.

Homemade Pumpkin Cream Cheese:
Mix a little canned pumpkin (I like the organic kind: I empty the whole can into a Tupperware container and add spoonfuls of it to as many things as I can think of)
With some Neufchâtel cheese (less calories than cream cheese but just as delicious, if not MORE so….)
Spread on toast.

Honestly I am pretty slapdash about my cooking so I didn’t blend it perfectly and the beauty of it: you don’t have to! Tastes just as yummy just slapped on the toast.

I sprinkled my toast with brown sugar.... Oooohhh man.

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Optional serving suggestion: with Bolthouse green juice mixed with hot water to make tea, served in the freshly cleaned-out pumpkin can (don’t waste the last dregs!)

*ok, YES, I realize that all sounds weird but don’t knock it till you’ve tried it….

Consume outside on the porch in the sunshine with a side of some light reading for English class: Anton Chekov…. Say “mmmmm” a lot.

What do you add pumpkin to?