How to make your own lip balm

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lip balm - make your own

In this article I will show you how to make your own sustainable and eco friendly lip balm & I will show you where to purchase some items from to make them.

I’m not sure about you but I find that I like to have lip balm around easily & readily & I like to keep it around all over the house, in several drawers, in multiple purses & even in the car. But I also get tired of buying a lip balm, spending at least several dollars on it, using it a few times & then misplacing it. Right, haven’t you ever found yourself in the the same boat? Then one day I thought, “Hmmm… I really like this balm. What are the ingredients?” So, I started to get creative. I researched a few blogs on how to craft your own lip balm, reviewed a few recipes online & in some books I had on hand & then I ordered some oils & essential oils. Here is a link to a few places I like to shop from, maybe you have heard of them?

Bulk Apothecary – I get most my oils & essential oils from here. The essential oils are fantastic & what I love best about them is that they provide a wide variety of quality & sizes that will fit anyone’s pocket book. They use to offer a 22 lb yellow beeswax but I do not see that as an option any more, maybe they will offer it again (that’s what I got & I’ve had it for years & have hardly put a dent in the bag)

Mountain Rose Herbs – Here is where I buy most my herbs (if I do not have them in stock from wild-harvesting on my own). This vendor is totally reliable, very trustworthy & the products are top quality. In fact, I know the farmer Nate Johnson, who provides a lot of their herbs personally ;) and he is one hell of a guy & completely trustworthy.

Amazon – Look for tubes & containers – I use to buy them at Specialty bottle but then found out I was paying way too much for shipping. I added the link to Specialty Bottle in case you wanted to check them out. Even though the shipping is high, I still find lot’s of unique items you can purchase from them that you can’t really find anywhere else. Amazon was not my first choice to shop from for a long time, but I have gotten over that & have accepted that they really do have tons of items for much cheaper, especially if you are paying for the Prime membership.

What you’ll need & your Organic Ingredients

  • Beeswax 1-2 tbsp ( I prefer yellow but people with allergies may want to choose white as the pollen has been removed)
  • Oils; coconut, jojoba, hemp & avocado oil; 1 tbsp each
  • 20-30 drops organic peppermint essential oil
  • Lip balm tubes or tins – If you have the tube holder (below) be sure that your tubes are a match cause I’ve bought tubes that were on sale & when they showed up, they did not fit in the tube holder I have. To avoid that issue you may want to purchase your tubes & container at the same vendor, like Specialty Bottle (listed above)
  • Lip balm tube holder & scraper – I’ve added a link to one on Amazon, I did not purchase this one but this is what I have & it works perfectly for crafting.
  • Wax paper
  • Small sauce pan or double boiler
  • Glass mixing straw or rod
  • Stickers for labels & something to mark them ( I either use the printer labels or I use stamps to mark the first link with. I really like the brown labels as they look so much more natural & I just secure them with a piece of scotch tape & no one ever notices).

lip balm tins

Steps:

  1. I like to start by lining up everything I need. By the stove I place my measuring spoons, glass rod for stirring, oils & beeswax.
  2. Place tubes or tins in another area & have wax paper (or cookie sheet) underneath to catch drips. Have an extra piece of wax paper to place over tubes while cooling so no contaminates get in.
  3. Turn on burner to a low temperature so that the wax will melt but not simmer or boil. Place oils & beeswax in pot & keep a close eye on it.
  4. Once the wax is fully melted, remove from heat.
  5. Add essential oils (if desired), stir in quickly before wax starts to harden.
  6. Pour in tubes to top, cover with wax paper & let cool for however long it takes.
  7. While cooling create your labels & once cool wipe tubes clean, scrape off top to flatten, cap & slap label on.
  8. Enjoy & gift out to your friends & family they will be so tickled that you thought of crafting them your own personal lip balm!

lip balm tubes

This balm is fun especially around the holidays makes a great stocking stuffer & is great for the entire family, all lips & every occasion. I usually make a few varieties of balm, bound together with cord & then hand out or sell as gifts. They are always a huge hit. Here’s a picture from a Holiday party last year where I sold my lip balm tubes.

Kid’s Yoga & Meditation

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While some people think kids wouldn’t like yoga or meditation…

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Beginning of Kids meditation

I like to believe otherwise…

I find the best way to get kids into things like this, is to make it fun… How do we do we accomplish this?

We make fun yoga poses out of animals. Here are a few of the animals and poses we use and do:

Dog- we do downward dog, hold the pose & then lift one leg straight out at a time, this helps with our balance

Gorilla-we bend over, make silly noises and lean from side to side

Snake- we lay on our bellies, come up on our hands, arching our backs and make fun hissing noises.

Ladybug- Mommy curls up on her belly, kinda like in baby pose, then the kiddo gets on top of mom, laying on her back and lays still and quite feeling like a little ladybug.

Monkey- Mommy bends over, crosses arms together, holds hands out for kiddo. Kiddo puts legs through arms (like he would on the monkey bars outside), grabs mom’s hands and then mom lifts kiddo off the ground and we swing back and forth making silly monkey noises.

Tree & mycelium- standard tree pose but this time half way through kiddo curls up under mom and acts like mycelium and tries to wrap himself all throughout moms feet or “roots” this allows us to work together to help the tree grow.

We then use the wall as a prop to work on our strengthening and toning. 

Strengthening and toning exercises

Strengthening and toning exercises

And we do acro yoga poses… this allows us to connect, work together and have fun!

Us connecting

Us connecting

As for the meditation…

We close our eyes and focus on what’s around us, we feel the air on our skin from the fan above, hear the music coming from above and we focus on our body parts (this usually makes us laugh) …

Beginning og meditation

Beginning og meditation

next thing I know it’s been minutes and those little eyes are still closed and the face is finally relaxed… So yeah, it isn’t hopeless to get children to join in on your routine as long as you make it fun for them…

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So the next time you want to connect with or do some fun activity with your kiddo, maybe you could try one or all of these methods…

Let me know what you think by commenting below, if you have used any of these or what you do to help your kiddo participate in these activities. 

Until next Time… Peace be with you

A Glimpse of my Life and education…

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Let the Journey Continue into a glimpse of my Life…

In 2011 I received my Associates in Computer Sciences at Rio Salado College & now in 2016 I received my Associates in Applied Science with a focus in Addictions and Substance Use Disorders, completed with Certificates Levels I & II and am currently in the process of getting my LSAT License for the State of Arizona so I may further a career to help serve the suffering addict.

Degree in Associates

Associates in Applied Science with the focus of Addictions & Substance Use Disorders

Degree in substance abuse I

Associates in Applied Science with the focus of Addictions & Substance Use Disroders Level I

Degree in Substance abuse II

Associates in Applied Science with the focus of Addictions & Substance Use Disorders Level II

In 2015 I became a Certified Herbalist and continue to practice the healing of plant medicines through Free Spirit & Mind

Certification in South Western Herbalism

Certification in South Western Herbalism

Now I have started school and a whole new Journey at the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts to further my Holistic education as a Mind, Body Wellness Practitioner with a focus in Nutrition, Wellness/Life Coaching & Urban Farming… I am excited to see where this diligence & hard earned effort will lead me & to see how many people I can help serve along the way.

Be the Change you wanna see

Be the Change you wanna see

Peace be with you…

Wood sorrel (oxalis)

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Wood sorrel (oxalis) can be found all throughout woodland areas. Here is what it should look like:

wood sorrel 3

This plant is filled with oxalates and vitamin C. Oxalates is a salt compound that makes things taste sour, rhubarb is another great example of a plant filled with oxalates. Typically the greens are what is eaten. Some native Americans chewed on wood sorrel to alleviate thirst or to cure mouth sores. The roots of sorrel can be eaten but are usually boiled and they have a starchy taste somewhat like a potato. Either way, this is a most Pleasing wild Edible to feast upon while out in Nature.

Wood sorrel 1

 

It also grows quite well in desert regions during the cooler months. Children seem to go gaga over this little plant, cause of the sour taste. My son, just loves eating this plant, although it can upset the tummy if eaten in high quantity.

 

Wood sorrel 2

 

NOTE to the reader: When in the wild do NOT eat any wild foods unlesss you are 100% that you have properly identified the plant.

Rose Hips AKA the fruit of Rose’s

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Rose Hips (Rosaceae spp.) Did you know that there are over 2500 species in the rose family and all of them bare some sort of fruit. Maybe some of them you wouldn’t think belongs to this family:

Rose hips flyer

Almonds
Stone fruits such as peaches, apricots, choke cherries and the like.
Apples
Hawthorn
Loguats
Berries such as blackberry, raspberry, strawberries and so many more.
Even goatsbeard belongs to this family.

Pretty interesting huh! Now did you know that the beautiful rose that is so commonly used as a gift to show your love to another also bares Edible fruits? These fruits are known as rose hips and they appear after the flower has formed on the rose plant, the petals fall off and then a rose hip (or edible fruit) starts to emerge.

These delicious fruits are extremely high in vitamin C, contain astringent properties and are very restorative to the sickened body. They are also wonderful to steep in a honey or mash up to make a vinegar or delicious syrup and then added to any regiment while one is ill. Rose hips are also said to be especially good for calming babies who are sick with colic.

Rose hips in mouth

I will use these delicious rose hips I harvested in the San Francisco peaks near Flagstaff last weekend to make a delicious honey that will be infused with a few other medicinal herbs. So stay tuned for the release of a delicious honey blend and quite a few more that have been steeping for a while now ;)

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Disclaimer: This has not been approved by the FDA. This is not intended to diagnose,
treat, cure or prevent disease. Consult your health care provider before using this product. And most importantly I do not recommend harvest anything from the wild and do not consume anything wild unless you are absolutely sure of it’s origin & what it is!

Catnip, Nepeta cataria

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Catnip, Nepeta cataria

Catnip, Nepeta cataria

Catnip, Nepeta cataria

Everyone knows that catnip is used to get our cats feeling perky, but did you know we humans can use it to? I grow catnip in my garden for all kinds of medicinal uses. Catnip is a member of the mint family and can be used to help with anxiety, tummy issues such as indigestion, cramps or nausea, it can also be used to help with colic, fevers and menstrual cramps. Sometimes I’ll brew a tea for my toddler and give this to him to help him calm down in the evening. Have you used catnip for medicinal uses?

Have you used catnip for medicinal uses? If so leave a comment I’d love to hear what your thoughts, preparations or experience was. And if you are going to grow this in your garden I really recommend keeping it in a pot or in an area where you do not mind if it spreads, because it will take over!

Delicious Veggie Wraps

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Sometimes it is easier to prepare a delicious and healthy meal than we think. Many times I find myself discouraged to make something nourishing & healthy at home for fear that it will take too much time. When the fact of the matter is, as soon as we put that fear to the side we start creating wonderfully delicious things.

What’s on the menu for todays lunch & takes less then 10 minutes to prepare?

Delicious Veggie Wraps, Medicinal Kimchi & Locally harvested Tangelos

Delicious Veggie Wraps, Medicinal Kimchi & Locally harested Tangelos

Delicious Veggie Wraps, Medicinal Kimchi & Locally harvested Tangelos

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Medicinal Kimchi

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Delicious Veggie Wraps

In my fridge months ago a friend & I made an amazing Kimchi. We made a gallon jar of it, so I am just now getting to the last of it. Earlier this week I went to a friends house to drop off some medicinal item’s & she gifted me with the most delicious tangelos from her backyard! After spending the morning out of the house, running errand and forgetting breakfast, I came home & wanted to create quick nourishing meal, that was warm, satisfying & flavorful. That’s when I looked through the fridge & realized I had all that I needed to create this lovely meal depicted above.

Organic Ingredients:

1 Flatout wraps

4 Baby Portables

Handful Purple Kale

Handful Fresh Spinach

1/4 Purple Onion

1 Garlic Clove

Olive oil

Himalayan Salt

Black Pepper freshly ground

1 Glop Jalapeño Artichoke dip from Sprouts

Method:

Heat olive oil in skillet on medium heat. Dice up onion & garlic, place in pan once oil is heated, cover with salt, cook for about 3-5 minutes. Chop up shrooms, kale & spinach, toss in pan, cover with salt & pepper. Cook for about 1-2 minutes. Spread Jalapeño Artichoke dip onto wrap, place cooked veggies inside, wrap up tightly & place back in pan. Brown each side lightly, takes about 30-60 seconds per side. Remove from pan, slice & enjoy!

I had forgotten to fill wrap with the Medicinal Kimchi, so I added on the side & scooped on top of wrap as I ate it. Peeled a fresh tangelo & enjoyed!

Delicious Veggie Wraps2

Delicious Veggie Wraps

Delicious Veggie Wraps1

Medicinal Kimchi

Hope you enjoyed this easy & simple recipe. Please post a comment if you try it out, I would Love to hear how’s yours came out!

Until Next Time… Peace Be with You…

A Toll on our Nation in regards to Toxic Stress

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What is Toxic Stress?

“The future of any society depends on its ability to foster the healthy development of the next generation. Extensive research on the biology of stress now shows that healthy development can be derailed by excessive or prolonged activation of stress response systems in the body and brain. Such toxic stress can have damaging effects on learning, behavior, and health across the lifespan.”

toxic stress

Watch this short video for a better description of Toxic Stress.

Learning to deal with stress is an important component to dealing with everyday life. I am going to be discussing a few things that could be done in the U.S to help alleviate Toxic Stress in our Nation. Please watch this video to get a better understanding as to the matter at hand.

“Please if you have any care for the future of our children, healthcare or community, watch this video and hear what the Federal, Scientific & Pediatric Level Communities have to say on the issue of the effects Toxic Stress has on our Children.

This video discusses Toxic Stress, that we as adults and as a Nation inflict upon our Children that leads to such issues as sickness and imprisonment later in life. We as a collective whole, have to do a better job at maintaining a higher quality of standards Nationwide when it comes to our children’s health & education. Through maintaining higher standards we can dramatically decrease poverty, sickness, disease, antisocial behaviors and incarcerations here in the United States.

These are immediate changes that need to take place in our country & communities, if we desire any Hope for our Future generations. This video was captured in 2010, what has our country done in the past 5 years to pave the way for the positive changes in our system this podcast discussed? But most Importantly what are you currently doing in regards to lowering Toxic Stress in your immediate environment?” (Free Spirit and Mind, 2105).

How would I sell these changes to the public you ask? I am already selling these changes on Facebook, I posted the above words with the video, “The Toxic Stress of Early Childhood Adversity: Rethinking Health and Education Policy” on my business news feed. Why did I do this? To get awareness out as to the severity of toxic stress on our Nation, especially when it comes to our children and youth. I did so to engage the minds of everyday people out there, to get the typical mother, father, friend and teacher alike to start contemplating such issues.

In addition to the Facebook post I made, I think seminars, classes and talks about toxic stress need to be raised on a constant basis. I think the people need to evaluate and consider how stress in our immediate environment negatively affects our families, children, homes, community and Nation. I would like such questions to be openly spoken about; what are local and state agencies doing to counter the effects of toxic stress in our youth. I for one engage in natural activities like hikes, plant walks and drum circles with my son as a way to lower stress for my child and as a way to lighten his heart to the way our society has hardened over the years. I think it would be beneficial if the media continued to bring up these issues on a regular basis. The main issue I see with ideas like the video presents, is that once spoken of or discussed, the idea gets lost or forgotten about after a time and less effort is made to see the changes through. Keeping such issues at hand and open to discussion publicly on a regular basis can help raise awareness which can motivate change.

When it comes to considering policy changes in regards to toxic stress when and how it can affect different cultures, I would include discussing the impacts of income, poverty, proper education in the health care and school system and how medical care is being given to these communities. One of the main issues would be to address the educational level. How are children and parents receiving education about the effects of toxic stress? How we as a Nation, make sure that all cultures in our country are receiving the funds that will provide for this education? In the video, it touched on how studies reported that illegal immigrants actually have less stress in the family unit thann our recognized residents, at least until the parents are deported or removed from the child’s care. This is important as illegal immigrants is made of hundreds of different cultural communities here in the United States. It would be crucial to making National changes that include such communities.

At the end of the video a question was asked as to exactly what policy changes are to be considered to see through that toxic stress is being addressed Nationally on all levels of help. What stood out to me most was the science community stating they want the people to begin to think of things in a new way, in a scientific way. This will take a lot of convincing, many people become bored with scientific evidence or they accept it but do not want to do anything with the information. They also want the state and local level to make positive changes that can be supported on a federal and political level. These are the three policy changes that the White House representative brought up (Center on the Developing Child, 2010):

  1. Do more around home visits for vulnerable families & how this can help parenting. I believe this would require more state and federal support, both on a participation and financial level. This could reinforce the seriousness of the cause and allow parents and communities to understand how desperately desired this movement is on a political and community level.
  2. Broadening & growing our network of Pediatric & mental health programs to lessen toxic stress and as a medium to bring awareness to the parents or caregivers of our youth. Keeping this issue open and ongoing is the only way I see this policy being successfully followed through with.
  3. Screening more of the vulnerable kids at an earlier age. I see this one being crucial for minorities, domestic violence, illegal immigrants and adoption cases. Making sure that no child is left out regardless of their culture, financial needs or social status.

What can we do to reduce Toxic Stress?

In order to lesson Toxic Stress on a National or even community level will not be an easy endeavor. There are many roadblocks that we will surely face that could be detrimental to the cause. Planning out and preparing for such roadblocks could be a way to safeguard the changes that are to be made. Toxic stress is a here and now problem we face on a day to day basis. These problems are the problems that should be dealt with in the now, they should not be swept under the rug or discussed at a later date. These are the problems that are killing our Nation’s children, not space exploration or discovering life on other planets. We should be looking to sustainable solutions that can heal our immediate problems here and now. Here are a few of the roadblocks that could be a potential threat to eradicating toxic stress from our communities.

Currently there are not too many resources that are openly provided to parents in regards to toxic stress. By connecting parents to the proper resources can bring attention and awareness to the severity toxic stress has on our children’s and community future. Through educational seminars open to the public, free of cost could also be a network to introduce the idea of toxic stress. I would not be surprised if many people out there did not know the meaning of toxic stress.

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Where will the money come from? As brought up in the video, we have found the funds that pay for space exploration and researching life on other planets so how is it that we are not able to find the funds to heal our immediate issues that are causing so many problems throughout our Nation. If our mission of bridging internal medicine and pediatrics together is to safeguard the future actions of children, which can prevent further disease and incarceration, I do not see the government being willing to participate, for fear of losing financial liquidations this country depends on from our sick and imprisoned population. In my opinion in order to find the funds, at least on a political level, we would need the government to be willing to do what is right for the people and their Nation. If this is not able to take place, which I do not see happening any time soon, then the funds will have to come from private sources, non-profit businesses or the rich who have an abundance of wealth and are willing to fund such a cause.

illegal immigrants

Illegal immigrants. Illegal immigrants make up an ever increasing number of our population. How can we help pave the way for all our Nations people when we have so many immigrants that are unaccounted for? This is another roadblock that we face as a whole without being able to account for these statistics, we are unable to make the proper changes that include all communities. But there is no hope for these immigrants to come forward and claim their ground, as they fear the reprisal of being deported. A solution that would have to be discussed would be to grant sovereignty or legal status to immigrants with the condition that they participate in mandatory programs that will educate families on toxic stress. But then the question would be, would our government and nations peoples be willing to implement such a change?

What about removing toxic stress from children who have parents that are unwilling to make positive changes for them. What motivational factors can be implemented in schools and pediatric offices that could entice unwilling parents to do what is right for their children? I see a major issue may be that these type of parents have fear of revealing some sort of domestic violence issue in their home. Maybe these parents are too self absorbed, lazy or were brought up by parents who lacked their own care. Then the issue would be to make sure the resources are openly provided to the families and the children alike. Possibly offering more big brother or big sister programs that would provide mentors or peer support to such children that do not have the parental support needed to remove toxic stress from their lives. After all if we are able to help one life, then we are doing our part.

neglected children

Toxic stress is an everyday problem that we face in our homes, communities and Nation. It is our responsibility as individuals to bridge the divide and to bring awareness of such issues that keep our society in despair. If changes are to be made on a bigger level we will need the support of highly placed individuals both as a voice, spokesman and financially. We will need to awareness of the negative consequences of toxic stress brought to the attention of every home, of every individual and of every institution. If we can find the means of restoration to our communities then we ensure an abundance of peace, love and support throughout our Nation. After all if we are to look towards a better and brighter future for our people, we must look to our children so they may provide the way for our next generations.

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References

Free Spirit and Mind. (2015). In Facebook [business page]. Retrieved December, 17th 2015, from https://www.facebook.com/freespiritandmind/.

Center on the Developing Child. (2010). The Toxic Stress of Early Childhood Adversity: Rethinking Health and Education Policy. Retrieved from: http://developingchild.harvard.edu/resources/the-toxic-stress-of-early-childhood-adversity-rethinking-health-and-education-policy/

Nut & Bean Veggie Burger

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Last night my friend & I wanted to make a really yummy dinner. I had already put a bunch of black bean & garbanzo beans to soak in the crock pot… So I thought Veggie burgers would be really yummy. The last time I tried to make veggie burgers I tried a recipe using quinoa & black beans but it turned out really dry & crumbly, I was not please at all! So I started my search on Pinterest for a yummy, juicy veggie burger. I could not decide on a specific recipe so I used the base of these recipes to make my own creation…

Stupid Simple Bean Burgers With Paprika Garlic Burger Sauce [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

Black Bean Hemp Burgers [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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Nut & Bean Veggie Burger… one of the best burgers I have ever had!

I really liked the idea of using more nuts in the recipe & am glad because after making this recipe I think the nuts make the patties more “meat like” and the patties seem to hold together better.

Organic Ingredient:

  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • ½ red onion, diced
  • ½ c. Walnuts nuts
  • ¼ c. pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ c. hemp seeds
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp ancho chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp. Turmeric
  • 1 tsp. coriander powder
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 1/2 c cooked & drained beans; I used black & garbanzo
  • 1 cup cilantro, chopped
  • ½-1 c. rolled oats
  • Coconut oil

Toppings

  • 1 c. Homemade medicinal kimchi; click here for recipe
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 Tomato, sliced

Method:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place all ingredients into a bowl, mix with a handheld blender. The consistency should be thick, not runny if it is not add more oats until you reach the desired consistency.

Place dough onto wax paper and fork out. I used a large canning jar lid to cut the patties; making sure each patty fills the lid. Then place onto a lightly greased cookie sheet, bake for 20 minutes, pull out, flip and place back in for about 10-15 more minutes. Serve & enjoy.

Spicy Cheese Sauce

  • 1/2 c. Raw Cashew
  • 1/2 c. Nutritional yeast
  • Part of the red bell pepper, diced
  • Part of the tomato, diced
  • 2 Cloves garlic
  • 2 tbs Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tbs. Rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. Curry
  • 1 tsp. coriander powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • Himalayan Salt
  • Cracked Pepper

Method:

While the patties are cooking place all ingredients (except the diced tomatoes) into a blender or Nutribullet, blend until smooth & creamy. After the sauce pleases you add in the tomatoes, stir & slather on your veggie burger along with the other toppings.

Crispy Kale Chips

  • 1 bunch kale, diced into 1 inch squares
  • Several Tbs. Coconut oil
  • 1/4 c. Crushed nut mixture; I have been using a mixture of walnuts, cashew, pumpkin & hemp seeds in replace of bread crumbs, I used this.
  • Himalayan Salt
  • Cracked Pepper

Method:

Dice up kale, place all ingredients into a large ziplock bag, seal & rub all ingredients into one another. Let sit in bag until you flip the burgers. Once you do Place the kale mixture onto a cookie sheet & place into the oven to cook for remainder of cooking time. About 20 minutes seems to be perfect.

Nut & Bean Veggie burger with tomato, avocado & medicinal KimChi & Crispy Kale Chips.

Nut & Bean Veggie burger with tomato, avocado & medicinal KimChi & Crispy Kale Chips.

I served this dish with the toppings & Kale chips. We were very pleased with the entire meal. The patties were thick, juicy & easy to eat they was savory, tasty, filling & satisfying. There is no reason why vegetarian cooking should be boring, bland & tasteless. It can be fun, delicious and juicy!

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!

Sweet Potato Coconut Curry 1

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!

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

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…

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…