Archive | January, 2013

{thirsty thursday} — another vitamix smoothie!

31 Jan

vitamix – i highly recommend investing in one.  they are incredible machines!  i juice every day now!

i whipped together a different blend of juice this time from random stuff i had inside the fridge…

vitamix1-30-1 Continue reading

{whatever wednesday} — snow!

30 Jan

we got some snow here in colorado – it’s finally starting to look and feel like winter!  60 degree days took over our last week of january, but then the white stuff came – it finally came!  we need the moisture so bad here, and so i’m welcoming it with gratitude.  though i heart the 330 days of sunshine we tend to get… i also heart the snow…

and it usually comes WITH sunshine, so it’s a win/win. 🙂

snowlove-1

have a great day!

{meatless monday} — an easy make-ahead meal : rainbow rice

28 Jan

greetings, you faithful readers, you.  and thanks for reading 🙂

here’s a great make-ahead meal that keeps well in the fridge – one you can take to lunch during the week or add to your plate at dinner time. nutritious, colourful, and budget-friendly – that’s quite a trifecta!

rainbowrice-1-2

rainbow rice – because it’s so colourful 🙂

rainbowrice-1

– about a cup wild rice, rinsed

– 3 small zucchini, chopped

– 3 small bell peppers, chopped Continue reading

{foto friday} — open hearts see hearts everywhere…

25 Jan

i am earnestly trying to keep my heart open these days…and, when i do – this keeps happening :

morehearts-9 Continue reading

{thirsty thursday} — my morning vitamix smoothie

24 Jan

vitasmoothie-1

this has been on the menu for a few weeks now.  eventually i’ll switch it up and try new things.  but i have had a lot going on in my life as of late – however, i believe the dust is finally starting to settle.  and no, i don’t have measurements for you – i just wing it! 🙂  i try to use all organic products, as well… for many reasons.  i ought to write a blog on organics soon…

– frozen strawberries

– frozen blackberries

– frozen cherries

– fresh kale or spinach

– 1/2 banana {a whole one takes over the flavour!}

– 1/2 pear {seeds included}

– a few dates {pitted}

– orange juice

– grape juice

– almond milk

– raw protein powder {this is my favourite}

– flax seeds

– maca root powder {a smidge – stuff is potent!}

throw it all in that amazing vitamix machine on high and blend for about a minute – the consistency is so awesome with the vitamix!  i highly recommend investing in one.  it’s totally worth it!  i can’t wait to experiment more with other things like soups and nut butters… !

SLAINTE!

{whatever wednesday} — self.

23 Jan

it’s high time i shoot some more self-portraits.  the last time i did that was in 2010. and it’s very liberating and healthy for me to occasionally get in FRONT of the camera. it’s kind of an unspoken general rule – photographers don’t like being photographed. i don’t mind it sometimes, so long as i’m the one taking the pictures! 😉

i remembered this collection when i was organizing my files recently. sometimes i feel like about 86 personalities inside this tiny little physical form of a body.  i feel very introspective at the moment – so i thought i’d share these fotos which emulate just that.

New York City Continue reading

{try-me tuesday} – a pomelo fruit

22 Jan

ever seen one of these? you may have passed them in the produce section and wondered what that odd-looking grapefruit type thing was… well, it’s a pomelo – or, pummelo. they aren’t exactly inexpensive, i will say.  this is because they are usually sold by the pound and are rather heavy.  i paid about 4 bucks for this one… but i bought it with the specific intent of sharing it on the blog with all of you.  they are super yummy.  if you like grapefruit, there’s a good chance you’ll like a pummelo… the rind is very thick {about a half inch to inch} and the flesh is usually pinkish, but can vary depending on size, origin, etc.

try one!

pummelo-1

this guy weighed about 2.5 pounds – i’ve seen them as big and as heavy as 4 pounds – that’s like a 9 dollar piece of fruit! haha

pummelo-2

check out that rind!  {and that pretty colour!}

pummelo-3

so yummy. and so good for you : fiber, vitamin c, and potassium all come with pummelo’s yummy flavour.

try one, for real!  eat them by the slice, throw them in a smoothie {white part too, it’s full of fiber!}, add to a fruit salad, freeze and throw in some soda water… whatever you do, enjoy it!

{meatless monday} — spaghetti squash primavera; it’s kind of one of my favs.

21 Jan

ssprimavera2-15

i make this meal a lot.

it’s basically just a bunch of vegetables.  have you ever had spaghetti squash?! it’s amazing.  i want to make some kind of soup with it soon… ideas are welcomed!

i moved recently, as i think i mentioned… and i’m still getting used to my new kitchen.  i will admit i very much miss the kitchen i used to live in – i just loved how big and open it was and with LOADS of counter space… but i’m grateful for my new home and once we get the garden going, i will be extra joyous!  and yes, i will be blogging all about that adventure!

here’s today’s simple meatless monday recipe.  takes a bit longer to make than most of the dishes i feature on this blog, but this is well-worth the wait! so good for you, packed with nutrients and vitamins and yanno, it obviously tastes amazing or why would i bother?! 🙂 Continue reading

{foto friday} — the ultimate drinking cup for fotographers

18 Jan

my aunt gave this to me for christmas.  how cute is this?!

caniam-1

i totally thought it was a new lense at first!  …

caniam-5

they did a good job on the detail… Continue reading

{thirsty thursday} — shitake mushroom and cippolini onion risotto w/ an authentic abbey

17 Jan

mushroomrisotto-web-8

i’m extra excited about risotto now. wanna know why?! besides the fact that it’s kinda fun to make – i just found out that risotto is naturally gluten-free… hooray for that!  it’s a rather starchy grain, and makes for an outstanding vegan dish such as this.  simple ingredients, simple cooking, COMPLEX flavour!  delicious.  i super heart risotto, and you should too… it’s easy to fall in love with it.  here’s what i made for this dish :

mushroomrisotto-web-1 Continue reading

{travel tuesday} — enchanting rooftop at dusk

15 Jan

well, you may have guessed this would be another blog about new york city…  i can’t believe it’s been a year and a half since i moved… i miss it lots in some ways, but i also know it was the right thing to do to move when i did.  i love to reminisce about my days in the big apple because sometimes i take for granted just how incredible that experience was. i feel i don’t always appreciate myself or the experience enough… not to mention, all the awesome images i captured while there!

this collection is a special one.  when i look through it, i can very easily be whisked away to this very enchanting night.  the ambiance, the dinner that was prepared for me, the dessert, too!, the sky, the brisk air, the moonrise, the way i felt… so vividly i remember it. the very last foto in this blog encompasses the whole evening.  but please be patient and scroll through all of them first 😉

thanks for sharing this with me…

New York City

i always loved the fire escapes in the city… Continue reading

{whatever wednesday} — whatever!

9 Jan

seriously though – whatever.

i mean, i have so much to catch you all up on.  not only delicious food and drinks but also photos and updates on practically everything.  my entire life has shifted and there is an abundant amount of change occurring in every corner… not only in my own life, but in everything i see around me.

i moved recently.  totally different environment. it just happened so fast, everything is happening so fast… it’s for the best, and i’m just going to trust my heart on this one… still in the transitional period, but am integrating well…

my diet is changing more and more every day.  i cleansed for a few weeks prior to 12/21 – and i’m sure that effected my body.  i’ve noticed now that i can’t tolerate certain foods anymore… i literally spit out a piece of ham over the holidays.  i’m not one for eating much meat anyway, but i like to savour it as a treat on special occasions.  i couldn’t eat it.  i don’t know if it was the salt or if my body is just that smart but i was like, “okay, i can’t eat pork anymore, ever.”  i also have been eating less wheat. even though it’s not prevalent in my diet, i can’t stomach it much anymore… it’s hard for me to digest.  i recognize this and so i just listen to what my body is telling me… dairy.  ohhh – damn you, dairy!  i haven’t really been one to drink a lot of milk or eat a lot of ice cream {i’m kind of lying on that one} but i do loves me some cheese. mm mm, but ohhhhh no i can’t do it anymore. some are better than others – parmesan and feta aren’t so bad.  i’m pretty much down to a vegan diet lately. and i don’t like soy products or highly processed foods, so that basically keeps me down to eating almost a raw organic diet.  and i guess i’m mentioning this because it could greatly shift what this blog is all about.  it’s a new year, and mine has been off to a start full of change and i’m free-flowing in the wind… a blank canvas.

what else?!  so i moved, i’m vegan… oh, my meditations are getting better.  i had a lull for a bit, but i feel like i’m back on track and in a good practice again.  and there is something happening in my life in the field of love – and it’s powerful.  my heart is transforming, that’s all i can say for now…

i began writing a book. mostly about my life… particularly, what i went through shortly before, during, and after the shift of the calendar day december 21, 2012… the end of the mayan calendar… my life hasn’t been the same since….  it’s gonna be a good one! 🙂

my grandmother passed away.  i’m flying back east to be with my family for a few days – that is the blessing in disguise about these things… it’s always nice to see family, but it’s a lousy reason to get together… it’s okay, i’m at peace about it, no doubt.

so… i’ll be back next week and i hope to use the new moon energy from friday to catapult me into the next phase.  i’m keeping my heart wide open, and making decisions only from that place… because it FEELS RIGHT.

greenheart-1

still seeing these everywhere i go…

{foto friday} — LOVE actually is… all around.

4 Jan

well – for me, it seems to be EVERYWHERE i look lately — even my toilet paper has a heart-pattern on it.

the truth is – i’m changing, and therefore – so is the world i {we} live in.

LOVELOVELOVELOVELOVELOVELOVELOVELOVELOVELOVELOVELOVE

{kind of looks like “evolve” in there, eh?!}

loveandhearts-6

LOVE this scarf… i just might have to wear it every day 😉

loveandhearts-9

🙂

loveandhearts-13

everywhere… Continue reading

%d bloggers like this: