Salads are for winter too!

While at home in SC for the holidays, my family and I have been frequently visiting the local healthy foods grocery market called EarthFare. They have a great selection of all things healthy. I purchased so far: red quinoa in bulk, organic sea salt, incense sage, lemongrass essential oil, cocoa powder for hot chocolate, kelp powder, miso soup, sandwich mix sprouting seeds, jasmine and mint gunpowder loose teas, slivered almonds, and carob and spirulina snack bites. YUM! We just came from there to get a light dinner, since they also serve cooked/raw/vegan foods. I had apple almond quinoa salad and a szechwan snow peas with roasted  garlic salad. SOOO GOOD! I ate it up so fast, I forgot to take a photo! I did snap a shot of EarthFare, so shot out to them for being a positive change to my small hometown.

I made sure I kept the little ingredients list so that I can make these 2 salads myself when I get back. Here it is:

apple almond quinoa salad

  1. quinoa
  2. granny smith apples
  3. almonds
  4. black currants or raisins
  5. bell paper
  6. green onion
  7. canola oil
  8. honey
  9. curry powder
  10. cinnamon
  11. lemon juice
  12. white wine vinegar
  13. salt, pepper

szechwan snow peas with roasted  garlic salad

  1. snow peas
  2. roasted red pepper
  3. roasted garlic
  4. oriental marinade: tamari, brown rice vinegar, sesame oil, ginger root, garlic cloves

 

Meditation with Mommy

I just got done meditating with my mom. I have been going through a lot of stress and anxiety issues lately, so I have been researching Khamitic (Kemetic) Yoga and meditation. I am almost certain it will help. We meditated to this music, which I like better than just birds or flutes. The drums are really soothing. Also, I simply opened a bottle of Lemongrass essential oil for us to breath in. It was really nice. Only took about 10 minutes. Anybody can do it! I am planning to make time at least twice a day!~Hotep~

 

Pottery

If you ever get the itch to be creative or learn something new, try pottery making. It is one of the most relaxing activities that at the same time lets your imagination run wild. As you squish your hands in the cool wet clay, you will get a little messy, but it is always worth it. Touching, molding, pushing, and pulling the clay is just the half of it, once you have set your style, you can splash bright and funky colored glazes or traditional matte finishes to the art. In my class this summer, I didn’t make any fancy flower pots or magnificent mugs, but I did create little masterpieces that I can truly cherish.

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Ma, I want some collards!

The holidays are coming, the holidays are coming, the holidays are coming!

Whenever I think about the holidays, I get a warm feeling of food, laughter and especially family. I am sure I am not alone on that. But, I also think about how the holidays can be a  way to be adventurous and create new memories, or time to think of ways to lively-up the old traditions. I was searching the web a little, and came across this Paula Deen video with Gina Neely showing how to make collard greens, a southern staple that I miss being made in the kitchen I grew up in (I don’t miss the smell, though lol!). I decided to get some and try out the recipe, but on smaller scale. The goal is to get a nice  healthy dose of leafy-green veggies (instead of a of heart-attack) so I left out the ham-hock! The meal: Collard greens, white jasmine rice, tofu steaks with caramelized onions, and black beans> YUM!

Paula Deen and Gina Nealy collards