Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Spirit of Adventure {Guest Post}

@ConveyAwareness | Seek a Little Solace Guest Post - The Spirit of #Adventure

Do you ever look with longing at someone else’s life and think, “I wish I could do that too.”  I do. I often wonder how it would be to live a life of adventure, free of fear and full of courage. But when I pause to contemplate the definition of adventure and what it means to be courageous, I have to acknowledge the fact that I do approach my life with courage and fill it with adventure. And so can you. It’s all in how you look at things. 
"Sometimes adventure comes in simply changing your perspective. [Tweet This]

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Pancakes with added plant power (DF)

One of my family's favorite weekend breakfast foods is pancakes. Well, I do like french toast too, and I have a recipe using the Complete here that you may be interested. But, my every day breakfast is one of two things: 1) a Complete smoothie with added sources of plant protein or 2) pastured local eggs over medium with veggies on the side. 

I hope you enjoy this pancake recipe. Without buttermilk, they're not fluffy but they're still very good and even better with real maple syrup (mmm grade B is my favorite but hard to come by locally so I buy online).

1 1/3 cup of flour (I prefer this)
2 tbsp sugar (we like coconut sugar)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
pinch of sea salt
1 cup of almond milk + *2 tsp
1 egg
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup of vanilla Complete plant powder (or your choice)
1/2 to 1 cup of blueberries (or your berry preference); partially thaw if frozen
1-2 tbsp oil (we prefer coconut oil - buy any cold pressed brand)

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Joy [Almond Shortbread] Cookies

We are a laid back family and because of this chill attitude, we do not have any "must do" traditions for a holiday. But I must add, I do enjoy baking especially in the colder months. Ever overdo it when it comes to baking? I did. Yep, just this past Christmas. However, it was a joy to bake and enjoy the goodies. And, did I enjoy them! Yum! I'm already contemplating when I will bake my next batches! These cookies break almost all the rules but I tell myself that if I choose better quality ingredients then I'm not breaking ALL the rules. =) 

Today's post will be a recipe I originally found in a magazine for military commissaries about 3 years ago. For this past Christmas, I was thumbing through various old recipe cookbooks and I stumbled upon this one I'm sharing today. 

I love finding recipes I have not made in a while and in this case, since the Christmas before. I have two shelves dedicated to recipes I have made over the years and I keep all the good ones from the recipe cards found inside the CSA box pick-ups. Pinterest is a great place to store recipes, too. Are you following? Follow me on Pinterest with the 6K+ others - go do it now before you forget. I'll wait. =)

Joy Cookies - Almond, Chocolate YUM - #ConveyAwareness

One of the best parts of having a blog is having your own online recipe index. My husband recently asked me if I'd like for him to order a series of cookbooks for diabetics and I declined. I replied that the recipes were most likely using artificial sweeteners. (You're probably wondering if we are diabetic. We are not but several of my clients are or are borderline and they're usually asking for recipes on what to cook.) I told my husband that I / we can find whatever I / we need already on my blog or on countless other real food blogs. 

This recipe is not unique as you may find various renditions online but it is delectable and you get to control how big of a piece you want and with any recipe, you get to choose the quality of the ingredients. This year I cut the cookies bigger than in years past. Other years I made them into bite size squares and I think that is a good idea especially if you like cookies. If I'm not thinking about vegetables, you can best believe I'm thinking about cookies! And these are nothing short of "I'll have three (or more) of these." 

Preheat oven to 375°.

2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter, room temp
1/3 cup oil
1 egg 
1 T milk
1 tsp almond extract
1 2/3 cup flour (this is my favorite flour for baking)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt (omit if butter is salted)

3 T melted chocolate
1/4 cup slivered almonds

In this recipe, I used coconut oil and since it is cold here the oil was solid. I melted it and then let it cool slightly before adding the egg. I also took the egg out earlier in the day so that it would be room temperature. When mixing ingredients for baked goods, I find that everything should be close in temperature or the ease of spreading in the pan may not be as effortless. 

Choose organic ingredients when possible. 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Try This to Improve Your Life and Relationships {Guest Post}

iConveyAwareness - T'ai Chi Chih for Improved Relationships with photo cred: Seek a Little Solace

Are you interested in serenity, longevity, and good health? Or, perhaps you are interested in becoming better at golf, skiing, or whatever you most enjoy doing. Maybe you would just like to feel less stressed, and more relaxed, less fatigued, and have a general feeling of well-being. If any of these benefits appeal to you then T'ai Chi Chih can help achieve this and much more. People who do the movements regularly have reported a more balanced weight, lower blood pressure, improved vision, asthma greatly relieved, along with clearer mental focus and insights. 

[T'ai Chi Chih improves quality of life which means improved relationships - what a positive byproduct!! - added by Jessica David.]

What is T'ai Chi Chih?