Cauli’Cheese (Cauliflower like Mac’n’Cheese)

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So I was scanning through Pinterest recipes again (one of my favorite bored pass times) & stumbled across this interesting recipe for Easy Cheesy Cauliflower Gratin Recipe (Low Carb and Gluten Free). Now I am no fan of cooking in the microwave but it was the recipe that perked my interest. So i went to the store, I bought a couple items, came home & started a new delicious creation I like to call “Cauli’Cheese”.

Cauli'Cheese

Cauli’Cheese topped with Garden Fresh Sweet Potato Leaves

This creation was so yummy my little 4-year old & I gobbled it up so fast I wasn’t sure if we really had just eaten.

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The bowl maybe a little sloppy, but all that really does is tell you how yummy this dish was because apparently I didn’t even have the patience to wipe down the sides…

Organic Ingredients:

1 Large Cauliflower Head chopped up
Couple handfuls Garden Fresh Sweet Potato Leaves; chopped
Organic oil; Avocado oil

Cheese Sauce:

1/2 c. Whipping Cream
1/2 c. Random Cheese in fridge (this time it was vegan cheddar, manchego & parmesan)
2-3 tbs Coconut Oil
Kosher Salt
Fresh Cracked Pepper
 

Method:

Wash, chop up, place into cooking pot, cover in Avocado oil & steam entire Cauliflower for about 10 minutes. While that is cooking place all the ingredients for the Cheese Sauce into small pan, heat on medium heat until smooth.

Mash up Cauliflower when tender & mix with melted cheese sauce.

Place into Glass dish, bake on 400 for 20 minutes.

Top with Garden Fresh Sweet Potato Leaves, serve & Enjoy!

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These pictures really do not do this dish any justice (Thanks IPhone)

Seriously this was a good one & is being added to my top favs on pinterest (Click here to view). If you try this recipe out please leave a comment or at least let me know what you thought… I think I’ll bring to this Thanks Giving this year!

 

Until Next time… Peace Be with you…

Sweet Potato Coconut Curry “Vegan”

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Sweet Potato Coconut Curry “Vegan”

I am part of a Vegetarian Wholefoods Group on Facebook & one of the group members posted a recipe for Sweet Potato Coconut Curry, she said her toddle loved it! So I googled some recipes on Pinterest (click here to view the one I went off of) and decided to use that as the outline for my own creation. I was so impressed with the prep time, the cooking method & most of all I was so impressed that once my 4 year old toddler son got one taste of the Sweet Potato Coconut Curry he started devouring his entire portion!

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Sweet Potato Coconut Curry 1

As a mom finding meals & creating recipes that my little one actually enjoys is a constant mission. This recipe I came up with is a keeper & will be going onto my Pinterest, meal plans & of course on here for you all to try the recipe! Not only is this recipe Vegan but it is healthy, quick & painless, easy & Scrumptious!

Organic Ingredients:

1 Large Sweet potato (diced)
1/2 Large Onion (diced)
Coconut oil (for saute)
1/2 Bushel Parsley (garnish)
16oz Chic peas (Cooked)
12oz diced tomatoes (Canned or fresh)
1 12oz Coconut Milk (Canned & Organic)
1/4 c. Raw Honey
1/2 tsp Turmeric
1/2 tsp Cumin
1/2 tsp Red Curry powder
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Clove (ground)
1/2 tsp Coriander (ground)
1/2 tsp Marsala powder
Himalayan Salt
Black Pepper
 

Method:

Diced up onion & sweet potato. Saute onion for 3-5 minutes. 
Toss in all the spices, cook for 1-2 minutes. This allows the flavors to meld with the onion nicely.
Add all other ingredients minus the parley. Bring to a boil, simmer on low for about 30 minutes.
Sweet Potato Coconut Curry

Sweet Potato Coconut Curry tasty enough for the entire family to enjoy!

I served this with Couscous but you can serve with any grain your like. Top with fresh parsley, salt & pepper & enjoy!

 

CouCous Prep:

Use 1.5 water to couscous.
Boil water, turn off boil, toss in couscous & some coconut oil, cover & let sit for 5  minutes then serve.

Vegan Lentil Taco Soup

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This past weekend I picked up some Ancho Chili spice from Native Seed Search in Tucson AZ. I wanted to make something delicious with this new spice & found a good recipe for lentil taco soup on Pinterest. However I did not have all the ingredients so I bought a few fresh veggies form the store & threw together what I had in the pantry. My version of Vegan Lentil Taco Soup came out so delicious, my taste buds were salivating the entire time eating it that I felt the need to share it on my blog so you all can try the recipe out yourself! If you end up making it please post a comment below to give me your feedback!

Vegan Lentil Taco Soup

Vegan Lentil Taco Soup

For the Taco Soup​:

Ingredients:

2 tbsp. 

​Coconut Oil
​½ red onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and diced
​4​ c. Organic Vegetable broth
2 c. water
1-16 oz. can diced tomatoes​, from my garden​
​1 c. ​Red Lentils
1 c. Green Lentils
2 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. ancho chili powder
2-3​ tbsp. lime juice
Himalayan Salt
Pepper
 

Method:

​Place 3/4 of the jalapeno & onion  into a heated pan with coconut oil, sprinkle with ​Himalayan Salt & Pepper, sauté for 3-5 minutes. Toss in all the garlic, stir for 30 seconds. 
 
Then add in the tomatoes (with juice), lentils, veggie stock & water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat & simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
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Don’t forget the toppings!

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Absolutely mouth watering!

 
Fill up bowls, be generous with the toppings, serve & enjoy!


​The Toppings:

Diced Jalapeno
​Slice Green Onion
​Fresh Cilantro
Crushed Organic Corn & Chia Seed Tortilla Chips
Himalayan  Salt
Fresh Ground Pepper


The Avocado Lime Crema click here for recipe!

​Avocado Lime Crema

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Avocado Lime Crema

​I created this delicious Avocado Lime Crema the other day to use as a topping on my Vegan Lentil Taco Soup & wanted to share it with you nice folks for future use. It’s an amazing addition to many dishes. Don’t be afraid to over indulge as it is 100% healthy & good for you!
Avocado Lime Crema

Avocado Lime Crema

Ingredients:
1 large Avocado
1/4 c. GMO Free Almond Milk
2-3 Tbs Lemon Juice
1/2 tsp. Cayenne Pepper
1 Garlic Clove
Himalayan Salt
Pepper
Place into nutribullet, blend, chill in fridge till served. Feel free to adjust more spices to fit your heat spectrum. Enjoy! Let me know what your thoughts are & if you make it I’d love to hear your feedback!

In light of the Drought in California…

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In light of the Drought in California… In 1986 Masanobu Fukuoka (a Respected farmer, philosopher & microbiologist) traveled to America visiting California for the second time in his prosperous life… This is what he wrote about the state of the land:

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“When he first saw the condition of the landscape in California he was shocked by how barren it was. Some of that, he noted, was caused by the climate, which lacks the dependable summer rains of Japan, but much of it was caused by care- less agricultural practices, poor water management, overgrazing, and over-logging.”

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Now in 2015 (and before) California is suffering from a serious drought, one so bad that the land is turning into a barren waste land, in 2013 water rationing was implemented in various counties, jobs have been lost, culture has been changed & soon other states (like Arizona) will suffer drastically from this Ecological tragedy. All may have been salvaged if “We the People” Respected Nature, The Land & our Resources.

biomimicry-is-innovation-inspired-by-nature-in-a-society-accustomed-to-dominating-or-janine-benyus-79-42-08How can we reverse what we have done to this land? What are our options? Why does it take our Culture so long to take action before all is Lost? I would Love to hear your input, feedback & solutions (please comment below!).

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‪#‎californiadrought‬ ‪#‎Microbiologist‬ ‪#‎wethepeople‬ ‪#‎Ecologicaltragedy‬

Wild Arizona Passion Flower (Passiflora mexicana)

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I wanted to share this with you all… On my excursion this past weekend to Southern Arizona this was one of my favorite plant finds… I’m excited to be able to share it with you all in the Near Future, along with the rest of my Herbal Remedies created in my Apothecary…

Passion Flower (Passiflora mexicana)

Passion Flower (Passiflora mexicana)

Wildcrafted Passion Flower (Passiflora Mexicana) found thriving in Southern AZ coming soon to Free Spirit & Mind Product Line…

Passion Flower (Passiflora Mexicana)

Pink Passion Flower (Passiflora Mexicana)

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Purple Passion Flower (Passiflora Mexicana)

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The Beautiful Passion Flower can be found all throughout Southern Arizona, if only you know what to look for…

Passion Flower is such an amazing plant not only is it absolutely beautiful (even though it is some what “smelly”) but it also contains many Medicinal Properties including:

Sedative qualities
Calms the mind from the typical day-day nonsense found/experienced in the “City-Life”
Anti-anxiety
Helps with tachycardia & hypertension
Helps with Insomnia
Soothes ticks from seizures & spastic muscles
Can aid in withdrawal symptoms from substances
Soothes spastic cough
Can help with diarrhea

Herbal baths can be used to help with many ailments including calming the mind, soothing the muscles, helping speed up a sickness, move toxins through & out of the body, exercising demons, baptisms, enlightening your spirit, bonding with plants, meditation & so much more…

Last night I took an Herbal bath using Passion Flower a  magical plant as one of the Herbs… After the bath I was completely relaxed, soothed, peaceful & ready for bed... Used in the bath:

Passion Flower-To sooth the mind, ease the chatter in my mind & to bond with this new plant friend
Pedicularis- To soothe the muscles
Lavendar-For calming
Lemon balm-to relax the nerves, anti-bacterial, anti-viral & to relax the muscles
Eucalyptus-Anti-bacterial, to open up the lungs & soothe the brain
Mint-Refreshing, relaxing & soothing
Sea Salt-To relax the muscles, anti-bacterial, exfoliant & general cleansing 
Have you ever taken an Herbal Bath? When was the last time you took one? If you haven’t taken an Herbal bath I highly recommend that you do. Why… Because you Deserve to have the Experience, you Deserve to be Pampered, you Deserve to enjoy the Heavenly Aroma…
Herbal Baths

Herbal Baths

Until Next time.. Peace be with You

Asian Style Honey Mango Veggies & Quinoa

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This simple recipe was created out of what was in the fridge, a little Inspiration & Sheer Luck and all with a dear friend)! Okay what’s for lunch I asked myself… hmmm okay I throw some Quinoa in the rice cooker & come back later to decide…

time ticks on by...

time ticks on by…

Okay Quinoa is done now what should I add to it… great I’ve got some fresh veggies in the fridge:

Broccoli
Cauliflower
Zucchini
Red Onion
Carrots

Great… what seasonings should I add:

Oregano
Parsley
WildCrafted False Tarragon
Turmeric
Ginger
Salt
Pepper
Cayenne Pepper
Paprika

Hmmm… What else should I add… Oh I know some:

Honey
Organic Soy Sauce
Chardonnay (Why the hell not… it needs to be used soon anyways!)

Hmmm… something is missing… oh I know I will use this Organic mango & see how that turns out…

Organic Mango that needs to be used...

Organic Mango that needs to be used…

And for the Taste Test… Hallelujah This is AMAZING…

Hallelujah This is AMAZING...

Hallelujah This is AMAZING…

So there ya have it… Super simple Healthy Asian Style Honey Mango Veggies & Quinoa…

Method:

I cut up all the veggies into bite sized morsels.
Turned the cast iron skillet onto low (in between low & medium)
Threw in onions, broccoli & cauliflower.
Waited a minute or two & threw in the rest of veggies.
Sprinkled in the spices (not using too much of anyone so as not to over power)
Added the wine, soy sauce & honey
Hmmm… it’s  a little too watery… okay I’ll add some Organic Arrow Root Powder (this acts as a thickener just like corn starch but with out all those Nasty GMO’s)
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Asian Style Honey Mango Veggies

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Cooked Quinoa with coconut oil

Oh yea the Mango, some Raw Cashews & Pumpkin Seeds… topped those on at the last moment, Mixed with the cooked quinoa, added a little Coconut Oil, salted to taste & devoured!
Asian Style Honey Mango Veggies & Quinoa

Asian Style Honey Mango Veggies & Quinoa

Seriously guys this was one of the best tasting meals I’ve had in a very very long time… My hopes are that the next time I try this that it will come out as good (if only… if only…)… Please do yourself a “Flavor”, save this recipe, go to the store, buy the ingredients & make this ASAP… It came out sooo Good… I cannot wait for left overs & there are left over veggies I can use later for a delicious wrap!

Till Next Time… Peace Be with You…

The Devastation of Mankind… An Oil Spill In The White Mountains

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While out on my Solo expedition this last weekend I was Heart Broken to stumble upon an Oil Spill in The White Mountains, right on one of the most Beautiful Creeks I have ever seen… Why would someone do this? How could anyone actually believe this is okay!

Not only is this a horrible devastation the National Forest but I feel as though it being on The Apache County that it is yet another blow to The Apache Nation… First the Mining company takes over Sacred Land at Oaks Flat & now this…

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The Sadness of Man Made Toxic Chemicals…

“In the long-term, toxic materials from oil can remain in the water and on the land for many years. They can build up in the food chain to lethal levels, and destroy or disrupt and area’s ecosystem.”

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This is what I saw

I had went to this place to enjoy the beauty, harvest some herbs & fall in Love with Nature… However that was not the case, nor will any herbs be able to harvested in the area for a LONG, long time again… I had made the decision that it was my DUTY to contact the local authorities, The Forest Services & report the Spill… Although the office was closed for the weekend yesterday I managed to leave several voicemails at several agencies & hunted down two Rangers to Personally report the issue… After talking with the Ranger this morning I am filled with sadness, tears & griefNot only has the spill not been reported before my call but I cannot believe anyone would destroy the Beautiful Mountains, especially with Toxic Chemicals!!!

My Hope is that I am completely wrong & that there really was No Oil Spill… but in my Heart I know this is not the case… However I will remain to keep an optimistic outlook (behind the tears & sadness) & look forward to that call & or email from the Rangers that there is No Oil Spill, that Everything is Fine & The Precious Land was not Destroyed… Either way the Rangers will be contacting me to let me know what the out come is, if the EPA needs to get involved & if the spill can be contained. I have never participated with a Natural disaster but in this case (since i’m the one to make the report0 I feel compelled that if given the chance or opportunity to help out with the Clean up… I for one WILL BE THERE!

“studied over decades with the improved techniques of modern chemistry and biology — have allowed scientists to paint a more complex portrait of what happens after a spill.

It is still clear that the bulk of the damage happens quickly, and that nature then begins to recuperate. After a few years, a casual observer visiting a hard-hit location might see nothing amiss. Birds and fish are likely to have rebounded, and the oil will seem to be gone… some of it has merely gone underground, hiding in pockets where it can still do low-level damage to wildlife over many years. And the human response to a spill can mitigate — or intensify — its long-term effects. Oddly enough, some of the worst damage to occur from spills in recent decades has come from people trying too hard to clean them up.”

You can read more by clicking here at this ling about the Long-Term damage an oil spill causes to the once Beautiful, untainted & safe Land…

If you are in Wild or The White Mountains (like I was) & find an issue like this or feel that something needs to be reported Please contact the authorities because the issue may not have been Reported!

The Arizona State Forestry Division:

1110 West Washington St #100
Phoenix, AZ 85007 Ph–(602) 771-1400

Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests:

District Phone Numbers:

Alpine Ranger District
(928) 339-5000

Black Mesa Ranger District
(928) 535-7300

Clifton Ranger District
(928) 687-8600

Lakeside Ranger District
(928) 368-2100

Springerville Ranger District
(928) 333-6200

Website:

http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/asnf/home/?cid=stelprdb5211223

EPA:

Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Imports and Exports Hotline

Phone: 202-554-1404
Fax: 202-554-5603
E-mail: tsca-hotline@epa.gov

Website:

http://www.epa.gov/

Super Foods Protein packed Garden Fresh Salad

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After a nice hard workout of practicing my new dance skills out in the Arizona summer heat I felt the need to load up on Proteins & Greens… I looked in the fridge & saw that I needed to use up my freshly made mung bean sprouts & Probiotic packed Sauerkraut. But what else could I add… oh year I have a garden that still has fresh greens that I can use! So I decided to create a Super Foods Protein packed Garden Fresh Salad. 

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Super Foods Protein packed Garden Fresh Salad

As I went out into the garden I decided to choose the following ingredients picked them & chopped them up to add to my soon to be delicious Super Foods Salad:

Amaranth leaves
Basil
Cherry tomatoes
Purslane 
Rosemary
Tai eggplants
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Probiotic packed sauerkraut filled with lactic acid bacteria, including Leuconostoc, Lactobacillus, and Pediococcus!

Super foods protein packed Garen Fresh Salad

Okay well now that I’ve got the base of the “Greens” to my salad, now I have to add other Super Foods & create a yummy salad dressing (since I am in the mood for something then than they regular olive oil & balsamic dressing). So I went to the pantry I pulled out the following ingredients:

Almonds 
Avocado Oil
Balsamic Vinegar
Cashews
Coconut Oil
Dried Cranberries
Hemp Seeds
Himalayan Salt
Lemon Juice
Nutritional Yeast
Pepper
Pumpkin Seeds

 To make the yummy sauce I place all the following ingredients into my magic bullet & blended up the:


Avocado Oil
Balsamic Vinegar
Cashews
Coconut Oil
Himalayan Salt
Lemon Juice
Nutritional Yeast
Pepper
Pumpkin Seeds
 

Now that Ive got my veggies cut up & the sauce made I added them into the wooden bow & topped with pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, dried cranberries, salt & pepper. This salad was so good & filling, I have some left over for later & feel totally refreshed, satisfied & energized! What was the last salad you created…

Super foods protein packed Garden Fresh Salad

Super foods protein packed Garden Fresh Salad

Some Ingredient benefits:

Cashews: Protein, copper, phosphorus, manganese, magnesium & zinc

Mung Bean Sprouts: Folates, Iron, Vitamin B, k & C.

Purslane: Vitamin C, and some B-complex vitamins like riboflavin, niacin, pyridoxine and carotenoids, as well as dietary minerals, such as iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, and manganese, Vitamin A, betalain alkaloids, anti-oxidants, anti-mutagenic & omega-3 fatty acids.

Amaranth Leaves: antioxidants, protein, vitamins, calcium, carbohydrates, iron and minerals,

Coconut Oil: Lauric acid, Saturated fatty acids, triglycerides, capric acid, caprylic acid, myristic acid and palmitic, Polyunsaturated fatty acids, Linoleic acid, monounsaturated fatty acids, Oleic acid, Poly-phenols, gallic acid, betaines, ethanolamide, ethoxylates, fatty esters, fatty polysorbates, monoglycerides, polyol esters, fatty chlorides, Vitamin E, vitamin K & Iron.

Nutritional yeast: Is a complete protein (meaning that among the 18 amino acids), B vitamins, Vitamin B-12, thiamine, folate, B-6 & niacin.

Pumpkin seeds: Anti-Diabetic Effects, zinc, anti-parasitic qualities, Plant-Based Omega-3 Fats, healthy fats, antioxidants and fibers, Tryptophan for Restful Sleep, Anti-Inflammatory Benefits

Cranberries: Phenolic Acids, Proanthocyanidins, Anthocyanins, Flavonoids, Triterpenoids

Probiotic packed sauerkraut: lactic acid bacteria, including Leuconostoc, Lactobacillus, and Pediococcus!

The Story of Kombucha…

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Kombucha (Naturally derived Probiotic drink) is the final product of fermenting a Scobie (symbiotic colony of yeast & bacteria) in a sweetened tea drink for a number of days. Kombucha has been noted to help with warding away sickness, major illness, Cancers & even Longevity! Instead of taking probiotics you can simply sip on kombucha through out the week! Kombucha teas can contain up to .05% alcohol (not nearly enough to drunk off of & safe for children in regulated doses).

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Home brewed “Booch” (Kombucha)…

Kombucha

Variety of Flavors!

To give you a little history on Kombuchas the story goes that a small village Doctor who lived in Russia realized that after many many years of birthing generation after generation, he noticed that hardly any of his villagers were ever stricken with disease, cancers, major illnesses & experience great lengthy lives… So the Doctor decided to go around his village & talk to the Villagers to see if there was something he was missing for he knew in his Doctor schooling that humans should be subjected to greater # of illnesses. So the Doctor went out into the village & talked to the villagers. After some research he concluded that the villagers were all making this fermented beverage from these mushrooms they got off the local trees… it was a simple tea & sugar beverage with the mushroom inside. “Could it be this fermented beverage that is causing the lack of Illness in my Village,” the doctor thought…

The Doctor decided that he would travel to more of Russia & even parts of Asia to see if other villages were making this same drink. After years of traveling, traveling from Village to Village, talking to villagers & other village Doctors, the Doctor concluded that it must be the Kombucha that was keeping his Village so Healthy… Because in his travels the Villages that were not making this fermented beverage were high in sickness, disease & cancers & lived normal or short lives… Yet the Villages that were making the tea beverage we lacking these diseases & not to mention that these Villages who were drinking the Kombucha experienced Longevity.

This is just one story about Kombucha, from my research Kombucha has been around for a while (thousands of years) but the health benefits were not discussed until the early 1800’s. Recently Kombucha has been brought to the states & has been a big hype. Finally people are catching onto this great beverage with Amazing Health capabilities.

I am not stating kombucha will help any major illness, sickness or longevity, I am just sharing a piece of my life with you… In my house we drink Kombucha on a regular basis my son has been drinking Kombucha since he was 1 years of age. Both of us have great health, have never gotten sick from Booch & so we decide to continue implementing the regular usage of, “Booch” in our house. Hardly ever will you not find Kombucha in our fridge… You have the choice to hop on the “Booch” Train or not… in the end the Choice is yours…

Peace Be with you…

What’s for Dinner & Toddler Approved!

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After the weekend of my son being gone with his dad & a long day of research, dance class, conference calls & errands I decided to be completely lazy for dinner! Hmmm… what can be yummy, quick, painless & good enough for my toddler to eat?

Quinoa with Steamed Broccoli, Corn, Peas and Chia Seeds…

Simply delicious & easy dinner...

Simply delicious & easy dinner…

Sometimes you have to go back to the basics to make a night time meal tasty enough to be Toddler Approved”, and come on how many of us out there have made meal after meal & the little ones just wouldn’t eat it? If not you then be thankful but in my house hold it’s common, when I make an extravagant meal, that I’m completely proud of & excite to eat, my toddler takes a few bites & say’s:

“I’m not Hungry”

Seriously kiddo I know you are hungry you were just asking, “What’s for Dinner?”, please just eat… well tonight I made a delicious & simple meal out of the few ingredients I have in stock & by total surprise it was Toddler Approved:

Dump the following ingredients into the Rice Cooker, turn on & walk away:

Ingredients: All Organic NO GMO’s or Pesticides!

1 c. Tri-colored quinoa

2 c. Water

1/4 c. Nutritional yeast

1/4 c. Coconut oil

Fresh Garlic

Kosher salt & Pepper to taste

Ten minutes before rice cooker is done place a small amount of water in a saucepan, just enough to cover the bottom, place a steamer in it & fill with the following ingredients:

Fresh baby broccolis (whole)

Frozen corn

Frozen Peas

3 Tbs. Avocado oil

Himalayan salt to taste 

Bring to a boil for 3 minutes, cover with lid, turn burner off, set timer for 7 minutes, walk away… When timer goes off, rice cooker should be about done. Spoon Quinoa in bowl, top with steamed veggies, drizzle with avocado oil & chia seeds & serve…

Why choose chia seeds? Why NOT! They are packed with omega3’s, protein, healthy fat, calcium, magnesium, Magnesium, phosphorous, Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) and Vitamin B2.

There you have it 10 minutes prep, 20 minutes cooking & delicious enough for your toddler to enjoy… Try it at home or share similar Toddler Approved meals down below in the comments I’d Love to hear what you can get the Little One’s to enjoy & eat…

Toddler Proven “Power of Positive Talk” Experiment #1

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Toddler Proven “Power of Positive Talk” Experiment #1 Inspired by Dr. Masaru Emoto Water molecule Experiment on Rice…

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I have been struggling with my son using words as a way to hurt peoples feelings. I did not know what to do about his recent habit, all I knew is that it made me sad. I do not want my child to think it is good to use words as a weapon! I had tried several ways to talk to him about his new form of communication but nothing seemed to get through to him. Then I remembered the experiment by Dr. Masaru Emoto so I decided to give it a try with my 3 year old.

Each day we would wake up and as soon as we went downstairs for breakfast or snack we would speak to the jars we had labeled with either “I HATE You” or “I Love You”. But we would only speak nice, kind, loving and enduring words to the jar labeled “Love”. And we would yell at, tell nasty things to and say ugly words to the jar labeled “Hate”. Dr. Masaru Emoto had 3 jars & he ignored the 3 jars but I thought this concept would not be understood by a 3 year old, so we decided to skip the 3rd jar.

Water molecule

Negative talk damages and alters the make-up of molecules

As the days progressed we started to notice that the jar labeled with “I HATE You” was pretty dirty and cloudy in color. But the “I Love You” jar was barely effected at all. My son pointed this observation out as often as he could, constantly asking, “Mommy why is the “I hate You” jar so yuki? I would explain to him how our words can effect even the smallest of things like a few grains of rice… and rice isn’t even alive so that should tell you something.

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After a couple weeks

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Notice all the “sludge” on the I Hate you jar?

After a couple weeks of this routine the “I Love You” jar was finally starting to get cloudy and milky, so it was time to end the experiment. Here is a video of the final talk my son & I had about the Power of Positive Talk.

The final result of this experiment is profound and the interesting thing about the outcome is my now 4 year old son does not use words to hurt people very often at all. Children pick things up so easily. We adults take children for granted, underestimate them and sometimes believe that they cannot comprehend the world for what it is. But this experiment proves (at least to me) that children can learn to correct their behavior, they are Compassionate beings and when they realize that their actions hurt another being they STOP that behavior. Children are not the little “sociopaths” we can sometimes believe them to be… I challenge you speak to children like they are “real people” that they understand cognitive thought and if you have a little one (or big ones) I challenge you to do this experiment with them and see how they react…

Until Next Time… Peace be with You…

The Journey Continues- Jesse James Float Log-Float 2

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Hey guys Welcome back to my Float Journey…I’ll tell you it sure feels nice to know you are appreciated in an establishment & Jesse James Body Wellness & his team have done it again, they really know how to make you feel Welcome… Look at the chalk board behind the tank… every detail counts!

Welcome Rose in the Float Room at Jesse James body Wellness

Welcome Rose in the Float Room at Jesse James body Wellness

Today my intentions were to meditate & open the flood gates of information…

Here is my video float log before the float at Jesse James Body Wellness

Todays float was exceptionally good. Sometimes when I meditate after I have reached several moments of absolute peace and stillness I like to open the flood gates of inspiration & information. This is a simple trick I do during meditation after I have cleared my mind for 10-20 minutes or so. I visualize the word “Inspiration” or “information” and let the thoughts flood in. I would call todays float the “Thinking tank”, as there were so many ideas that flowed into my head during meditation. So many ideas flowed into my thoughts like gardening ideas, marketing ideas, label ideas, self-care and thought processes.

Today the main thought that flooded into my brain during the float was the idea of:

Gardening of The Soul

As a Gardener it is easy for me to relate everyday things in my life to gardening, so it is no surprise that I came up with this term during a mediation. “Gardening of the Soul” what exactly does this mean? To me it refers to the self-care we do to maintain our Souls through critiquing, cleansing, maintenance, loving & nurturing ourselves. Just as we have to tend to our gardens in ways of weeding out the bad plants, exterminating noxious pests, pruning our plants so the nutrients go to the fruits, fertilizing our garden beds, watering our gardens so they are hydrated & healthy & much more… we need to tend to our souls in similar ways. Some of these ways include incorporating new thought processes, weeding out bad habits and negative thought processes, removing negative influences in our life that are not serving us for the greatest good, nurture ourselves by pampering ourselves, fuel our body’s with healthy & nutritious foods, spend time in Nature maybe put your hands in some dirt, feel the sun on our face & skin, be comfortable with silence or be around people that make us feel good… All of these things and many more are my ideas of “Gardening of the Soul” and I work on all of these things on a constant basis…

Gardening my Soul is a constant task that will never stop because over time the things in our lives are constantly changing, constantly evolving; people come & go, jobs & careers change, lovers slip through the cracks, friends fade away, children grow up… but in the end we still have ourselves & hopefully our sanity & by maintaining ourselves is an easy way to ensure we keep a strong, solid grasp on our lives…

Here is my float log after the float at Jesse James Body Wellness

With the concept  in mind “Gardening of the Soul” what have you done today or lately that could be considered Gardening of your Soul? When was the last time you did something just for you? When was the last time you let go of a  bad habit, a friend who brings you down or negative thoughts that you constantly repeat to yourself? If it has been a  while for any of these I challenge you to tend to the Garden in your Soul… but most of all I challenge you to do something to better yourself… Distractions are understandable and for most of us we tend to get lost in a 9-5 job, paying our bills, collecting things, shopping  or focusing on everyone else that we forget about ourselves, we forget about our own personal self-care. So take a moment and reflect on how you can improve yourself, better yourself & make your life just a little more manageable or easier…

Until next time… Peace be with you…

The Journey Continues… Jesse James Float-1

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Hey guys by now I sure hope you have pampered yourself with a float, if not come on it’s about time that you treat yourself to some, “You-Time”. I have been floating at Jesse James Body Wellness center & I want to share with you that Jesse sure knows how to make you feel Welcome, safe & relaxed… Jesse & his team have set up a beautiful cozy little spa. The spa is complete with a Float Tank, a Naturalpathic Doctor, a massage therapists, a smoothie bar & essential oils.The Wellness Center is Centrally located in Phoenix Az on Bethany Home Rd & 16th St, right across the street from Lucy’s. Here is a link to the map.

Upon arriving at The Spa Jesse has a little sign right out front that Welcomes the “Scheduled floater”, seeing this sign sure brightened up my day…Reserved for Rose

As usual before any float I like to find some time to sit, write & reflect on my intentions for the float that day… As a re-cap my float-time is a Special time & I dedicate to myself to unwind, focus, meditate, cleanse & Just Be… Here is a short video on my thoughts & Intentions before the float this day…

For many addicts we find ourselves Quick to React to situations, questions, defending ourselves or engaging in activities that may not be good for us in the long run. This has a lot to do with our Cognitive thought process and processing the entire situation before we “React”. I find that addicts share a similar trait, we want things “Now”, we want things when we want them & there is no holding back. When at times this maybe a good trait to have it can & does get us into trouble plenty of times.

During the float I was not able to find any magic answers to my Intention that was set for the day, but what i did find was that I was able to get more intimate with myself on a Spiritual level (simply by mediating for a longer period of time) than I have in a while. In everyday life we all like to tell ourselves, I will make myself a better or more “enlightened” person by mediating on a daily basis. I will do Yoga & learn a new position today. I will not eat junk foods or sweets today. Whatever we tell ourselves may not be what actually happens even if we have true intentions to see it through. For instance I like to meditate several times a week but I do not make the time on a regular basis or for the amount of time I like to meditate (a minimum of 45 minutes). So my float time allows the time for my meditation. And Never have I regretted floating as with each float I gain something out of the experience. Here are my thoughts from right after the float…

We should never set our expectations too high, for expectations are not healthy. What will happen will happen one way or another no matter how much we may wish for a desired result or affect. The tough part is allowing ourselves to be okay with whatever the out come… For me I find it easier to accept the outcome if I can find something in the situation that is either serving me for the highest good (that way I can acknowledge it) or realizing something is not serving me in one way or another. As for the later that is not always easy to accept but when we can accept it than it is ou duty to correct the issue & do what serves us best even if it kills us emotionally, in the end letting things go that are not lifting your spirits is better than hanging onto those things that bring us down… in the end the choice is ours…

“Lower you expectation of Earth. This is not heaven, so don’t expect it to be.”

=Max Lucada=

Until Next time… Peace be with You