Tuesday, March 20, 2012

I'm moving!

Hello! I am moving to wordpress. You can visit my new site at http://gorawinmay.wordpress.com/
Thank you for your support!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Shopping

 Whew! I think I've got enough food, especially vegetables, to last me up to two weeks! Lots and lots of yummy stuff, and I am looking forward to all the recipes I get to try.
 Raw garbanzo beans. I've never heard of them raw or seen them raw, so this is new!
 This is new too. Mexican tortilla chips. They are yummy and very..uh..crunchy :)
 These are the normal chips I usually buy. The smallest amount of ingredients I can find in a chip, so they are my favorite.
 Sorry,  but I couldn't help but be artistic while I was showing you what I bought. Hazelnuts are one of my favorite nuts. I love them!
 Golden figs are one of the best treats to have handy when you're craving something sweet.
And some more fruits and vegetables, which isn't even all of it...

Saturday, March 17, 2012

The BEST Coconut Cookies

Compliments to Leanne Vogel (www.healthfulpursuit.com) for this amazing recipe! I made it this week, and was so impressed with it! I would definetly reccomend giving it a try.
 They were so delicious they were gone in a matter of days. I promised myself that I could only eat one a day. Ya, didn't happen :)
ENJOY!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Flower of Humanity

Sometimes I feel overwhelmed with life. There are so many things you can do, have to do, and want to do. I think that most importantly, we need to remember what we can do for others. When we are constantly thinking about what we can do for others, this feeling of being overwhelmed and stressed out disappears. It's our job to be the "flower of humanity" and shed our love on everyone.

One of my favorite authors, James Allen, said, "A sweet and happy soul is the ripened fruit of experience and wisdom, and it sheds abroad the invisible yet powerful aroma of its influence, gladdening the hearts of others, and purifying the world. And all who will, and who have not yet commenced, may begin this day, if they will so resolve, to live sweetly and happily, as becomes the dignity of a true manhood or womanhood. Do not say that your surroundings are against you. A man’s surroundings are never against him; they are there to aid him, and all those outward occurrences over which you lose sweetness and peace of mind are the very conditions necessary to your development, and it is only by meeting and overcoming them that you can learn, and grow, and ripen. The fault is in yourself."

Our surroundings and experiences in life are here to aid us in becoming kind and full of love, like God. Who are we to complain about being perfected? A man who does not experience, does not learn, and he who does not learn will never grow. For what purpose are we on this earth if we do not develop the character that God meant us to be?

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Hobbies!

Need I say more?
One of my favorite stress-relieving hobbies is putting together collages. I love to cut out images and words from old magazines and create fun phrases with cool backgrounds. Here is some of my work I thought you might enjoy. 
"MORE YOU IN ART BEAUTY CHANGE"
"COME TO YOUR SENSES ROOTED IN GOODNESS BREAKTHROUGH."
"SNOW DISCOVER SIMPLE PLEASURES OF THE SEASON LIFE NOT FADE"
One of my favorites. Very simple, yet very explanatory.
Definitely a favorite. You've got to love it!
I thought I might show you some of my plants. I love growing things, which makes me suspect my heart is "green" and not red:) This is my college plant. My little comfort fresh air supplier.
 I think it's called Bonsai.

What is your favorite thing to do when you need to relax?
Do you grow any weird plants?
Which one's better? Tall or short?



Saturday, February 25, 2012

organic, homegrown, and healthy food, oh my!

 Breakfast before a wonderful and really cold 45 minute walk today. Apples from our apple trees that give enough fruit to last us throughout the winter, and organic oranges.
 Fresh oranges from Arizona. My brother always brings oranges and grapefruits when he comes up to visit with his family. They are so good. Compared to store ones, these oranges are bursting with flavor. No chemicals; all natural and organic!
 Apples, apples, apples. An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but a bucketful keeps you healthy all year :)
 Don't worry, we have more grapefruits than that, and even though the peel looks a little iffy, the fruit is still good inside. Hmmm, so good.
 Snack after walk, after breakfast, and before lunch :) Homemade sourdough bread with avocado and tomatoes.
 This is my favorite cup! It's my college cup and will keep me happy during stressful times.
 Fresh orange juice mixed with water kefir. Perfect beverage for the summer, and still great to drink in the winter.
 Lunch! Ew! Make sure you wash your veggies really good, because mine always need a good scrubbing. I left my broccoli in a bowl of hot water and soap, and after a few minutes the water looked like somebody had dumped dust into it. Yuck!
A beautiful combination of winter veggies ready to be steamed and eaten with brown rice and barbecued chicken. Sorry, but I was so hungry and ready to eat, I forgot to take a picture of the final product :( P.S. I just have to say that butternut squash is SOOOOO good!!!

Coconut Frenzy

I love, love, love coconut! I would eat it all day if I lived in Hawaii! So, a stop at the health food store sparked my annual coconut frenzy a little early this year :)

I bought this ice-cream for the first time...it was sooooo good! No dairy or soy; made from coconut milk. Yummy! And the coconut flavor wasn't even overwhelming.
My favorite brand so far! I love coconut water. It's true that there is nothing compared to fresh coconut water, but this was pretty good:) They were a little expensive though. Somewhere around $1.19.
Ok! Here comes the big treat. I know they look like Cherry Ice-cream balls, but they're not. I usually just buy coconut oil to make yummy raw treats with, but some recipes require coconut butter. I checked it out at a health food store, but it was so expensive! Definitely not affordable. My dad (who is the best at searching things online) found the perfect solution. All you need is dried coconut flakes and a blender! Just dump a lot into the blender and blend, blend, blend. No liquids needed and it really does turn into creamy, buttery coconut butter! And it is soooo delicious! The first picture in this post shows it in the glass bowl.
I used my homemade coconut butter to make these lovely things.
Raw chocolate glaze over the balls or semicircles:)
Final product! Yummy? Yes, but I didn't make these ones enough sweet :(
And, to top off my coconut day, I made coconut popsicles dipped in chocolate. So delicious. Too bad I can't fully enjoy them here when the temperature is freezing!