Look what happened now...
Ready, Set, Jet!
Sadly no girls movie night in a long, long time. We can't seem to get our schedules together. And by "we" I mean "me". I can't seem to get caught up enough (and still be conscious) to commit to a date for movies and mayhem. So please to enjoy other happening instead..
Hibiscus tea :D
And took time out to get my hair done.
After spending 3+ hours getting my hair painted.
The lovely attendant kept saying, "You have so much hair. You have so much hair!" I replied, "Well, it is long, isn't it?" she shook her head, yes, but that I just have SO MUCH hair. I think she was really surprised. Wearing it flat ironed, really well, flattens it and it's not so obvious.
And I was back on the road and off to the next adventure.
When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money. ~Susan Heller
A great way to learn about your country is to leave it. ~Henry Rollins
The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see. ~G.K. Chesterton
There are only two emotions in a plane: boredom and terror. ~Orson Welles
I met a lot of people in Europe. I even encountered myself. ~James Baldwin
We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment. ~Hilaire Belloc
Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen. ~Benjamin Disraeli
I have found out that there ain't no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them. ~Mark Twain
How are things?
My raw (not) cooking adventures continue.. I have been craving Lemon Bliss Balls (recipe below) for a few days now and finally took some time off to stand around in the kitchen and not cook them.
There are quite a few variations of this recipe on line. I made two batches, one more or less following the recipe below and another round with my tweaks.
Lemon Bliss Balls
1 cup raw cashews
1 cup desiccated coconut
zest of one large lemon*
juice of half a lemon
1/2 teaspoon concentrated natural vanilla extract
2 tablespoon maple syrup
extra desiccated coconut for rolling in
Place the ingredients into your processor in the order listed above and pulse at high speed until the mixture is smooth and the nuts and coconut have broken down. Using your hands shape the mixture into balls. Roll in coconut and place in the fridge to firm up a little. Eat and enjoy. (Credit to its creator)
I ran out of coconut because I use it in everything and always forget buy more. I also substituted the maple syrup for California dates. This made the base less moist, so I added extra lemon juice which I think was better. (It was at least more flavorful.) So maybe I didn't follow the basic recipe at all now that I look at it! I used a lemon, I swear. I didn't roll in coconut, because I mentioned I ate it all earlier.
Also note: My $10USD travel food processor is not the BEST, but it does do the job. So no excuses that you cannot afford the equipment, right?
2nd batch I increased the amount of dates and lemon juice. This made them more moist and easier to shape. There ween't any left so I deem them a success. Anytime my family eats healthy I call it a win.
I still count myself as a "baby Vegan" I am still learning the ropes. Vegetarian I get - no sweat..but I continue to discover all the products that contain secret amounts of meat and meat by products. (Yuck!) I am attempting at least a few days a week of the raw till 4 eating and am learning so much.
Yes, I know that is not a raw tortilla. I let my lettuce for the raw rap go all wilt-y. #Fail and had to use tortillas. But they are locally made and I did have spinach and kale for the taco. This is about as far as you can go from Tex-Mex and still eat it on a tortilla. Besides the corn I also added fresh mushrooms and onions.
1 cup walnuts
1/3 cup sundried tomatoes, soaked in oil
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 tablespoon chilli powder
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1. Place all ingredients in food processor.
2. Process until a texture similar to the photograph is reached. (1-2 minutes)
3. Enjoy immediately or store in fridge for up to 4 days.
Recipe fromThe Rawtarian
One of my friends commented while eating my Raw Carrot Cake, "This looks like something the cat thew up. But it tastes like it was touched by Jesus!" So you really can't judge it by appearance.
I have also been enjoying Smoothies and Nice Cream bowls, every morning for breakfast. I find that these are more than sweet enough and I have no problem saying "No Thanks" to cookies and candy when offered through out the day. (Damn co-workers) Sweet tooth satisfied!
See you at the airport ~
“Anyone who knows me, should learn to know me again;
For I am like the Moon,
you will see me with new face everyday.”
“Do not feel lonely, the entire universe is inside you.”
“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
“Not only the thirsty seek the water, the water as well seeks the thirsty.”
“From "Wetness and Water"
How does a part of the world leave the world?
How can wetness leave water?
Do not try to put out a fire
by throwing on more fire.
Do not wash a wound with blood.
No matter how fast you run,
your shadow more than keeps up.
Sometimes it's in front.
Only full, overhead sun
diminishes your shadow.
But that shadow has been serving you.
What hurts you blesses you.
Darkness is your candle.
Your boundaries are your quest.”
“Lovers find secret places
inside this violent world
where they make transactions
“The garden of the world has no limits, except in your mind.”
“All day I think about it, then at night I say it.
Where did I come from, and what am I supposed to be doing?
I have no idea.
My soul is from elsewhere, I'm sure of that,
And I intend to end up there.
This drunkenness began in some other tavern.
When I get back around to that place,
I'll be completely sober. Meanwhile,
I'm like a bird from another continent, sitting in this aviary.
The day is coming when I fly off,
But who is it now in my ear who hears my voice?
Who says words with my mouth?
Who looks out with my eyes? What is the soul?
I cannot stop asking.
If I could taste one sip of an answer,
I could break out of this prison for drunks.
I didn't come here of my own accord, and I can't leave that way.
Whoever brought me here will have to take me home.
This poetry. I never know what I'm going to say.
I don't plan it.
When I'm outside the saying of it, I get very quiet and rarely speak at all.
We have a huge barrel of wine, but no cups.
That's fine with us. Every morning
We glow and in the evening we glow again.”
#Rumi #Poetry #Love
Yes, That is one HUGE avocado
It should be, it cost me $1.50US but as I stood in the produce department lost in thought over the pros and cons of spending that much for 1 avocado, I thought what am I doing? I love them, they are super healthy and it's not that MUCH. But the more I thought on it, the more I wondered why it is still so hard for me to spend more on good veg?
They are organic, healthy and a filling meal. So why am I complaining? Why did I hestate to put them in the bag? I think I still have the mindset that I shouldn't pay that much for vegetables or fruit. Even though thats mostly all I eat. I remmeber what they used to cost and it sucks they are so expensesive now, but everything has gone up. I don't eat fast food, God only knows what that costs now a days.
*Note: I do not count tacos as fast food, ok?
Speaking of prices, here is more sticker shock from a recent shopping adventure:
There would be more photos, but I received a call while in the store and had to leave. So I only spent $110.USD (mostly on nuts and fruit).
That's 2 cases of water making my trolley look so full. Everyone here in South Texas drinks bottled water. No one drinks tap water. The city says it safe, but it smells of chlorine and tastes awful. To be honest, it also breaks out my skin if I stay in the shower or bath too long. It's just not pleasant.
I am so used to drinking bottled water, that when I travel I also purchase bottled water, much to the shock of the locals. I'm sure your tap water is great, but here in the land of oil and fracking it seem like we would be much better off drinking bottled water. So don't be a hater.
And who doesn't want to kill parasites, have glowing skin and sleep better? I'm in!
Life is good again. All it took was a basket full of fruit and veg.
Todays breakfast was a very filling smoothy made with organic blackberries, over ripe bananas, and with just a splash of (not tap water) almond milk. It was delicious purple goodness.
See you at the airport-
It's cold and I wish I was home.
I went for a short trip and *wow* the weather turned off cold again.
More pictures to follow when I get thawed out!
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