Doubt. — Suspending Disbelief is the Cure.

This is very much in line with all of my beliefs. Doubt is the worst, however you can smother it out with love and gratitude. Thank you for this! Please check out my blog as well! 😀

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If you could create a painless, inexpensive cure for a single ailment, what would you cure and why?

Doubt. I would cure … doubt.

Because doubt is the thing that keeps us from trying.

Doubt is the thing that keeps us from achieving.

Doubt is the thing that keeps us from believing that the most amazing things can happen.

Doubt is the thing that holds us back and makes us … miss the magic.

My girl-child just started reading a book in her third grade class about the great Shoeless Joe Jackson.

So. Without a doubt, we had to watch Field of Dreams.

Field of Dreams. A story about a farmer. A farmer who believed. A farmer who believed and built a baseball field. A baseball field in the middle of a corn field.

And then watched as his childhood heroes stepped through the stalks and played a game.

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How We Can All Learn from the Creativity of a Child

I love this story! I love the way that children view the world. I really believe that we have so much to learn from them! Thanks for this beautiful post!

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She’s my 7-year-old and her world is a fascinating place.  Her daily needs are simple; food, sleep and adventure.  Her notebook is full of friendly monster doodles and has a clockwork morning report of her nightly dreams.  In one particular instance, she woke to tell me that she dreamt that she could fly.  And she had a simple request.  She wanted to do a photoshoot of her dream.

Now, you can guess what I did next.  I looked down on my abilities to fulfill her photoshoot request. I told her that I didn’t know how to do that,  that I hadn’t taken photos for a while, that I wasn’t good enough or that it would be too hard.  I thought about my equipment and how my camera was old and I didn’t have the right lens. Excuse after excuse after excuse. She was sad and utterly confused.  But she did…

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Raw Vegan Tiramisu

Alright folks! Here it is; the holy grail of raw vegan desserts! Introducing *drum roll* the raw, vegan TIRAMISU!

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So, Tiramisu has always been one of my all-time favourite desserts. Making it at home can be a bit of a daunting task (for me anyways), so I normally grab a slice whenever I frequent a great Italian spot. When is the last time that I’ve had a nice piece of tiramisu? Hmmmmm… Well it’s been a while, because ever since I realized that processed foods were upsetting my stomach, I’ve really tried to stay away from them as much as possible. That being said, I do know that the last time I had Tiramisu was at a less than authentic Italian restaurant and it left me feeling pretty blah.

Anyways, am I the only person who LOVES Tiramisu? Does anyone else mildly obsess over it?

Let me know, and also, please let me know how you feel abut this guilt-free, delicious remake!

xox

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INGREDIENTS:
CAKE FILLING:
1/2 cup dates (soaked for min. 1 hour)
1 cup of cashews (soaked for min. 1 hour)
1 1/2 tsp. coffee extract (or 1 tbsp. of instant coffee mixed with 2 tspn. warm water to make your own).
2 1/2 tbsp. raw virgin coconut oil
1 tbsp. raw cacao powder
1/2 tbsp. raw honey (not vegan) or maple syrup
2 tsp. vanilla extract
Pinch of salt

CREAM LAYER:
1 cup of almond milk
1/4 cup dates
1/2 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut
1 tbsp. raw virgin coconut oil
1/2 cup cashews
1 1/2 tsp. raw honey
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Pinch of salt

TOPPING:
3 tbsp. raw cacao, sifted

Step 1:
Blend cake layer and cream layer separately and place in separate bowls. Taste cake layer, and if you feel that it needs a bit more coffee extract, add a small amount in and stir.

Step 2:
Place a layer of cake (about half of mixture) at the bottom of a small baking dish, then place in freezer until stiff. Then, apply a layer of icing and freeze until stiff. Repeat for a total of four layers.

Step 3:
Top with raw cacao. (Use a sifter or fork,mid unavailable.)

Step 4:
Enjoy; and try not to knock anything over while doing an epic happy dance! 😀

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Collaborating with a 4-year Old

This is so very beautiful!

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One day, while my daughter was happily distracted in her own marker drawings, I decided to risk pulling out a new sketchbook I had special ordered.  It had dark paper, and was perfect for adding highlights to.  I had only drawn a little in it, and was anxious to try it again, but knowing our daughter’s love of art supplies, it meant that if I wasn’t sly enough, I might have to share.  (Note:  I’m all about kid’s crafts, but when it comes to my own art projects, I don’t like to share.)  Since she was engrossed in her own project, I thought I might be able to pull it off.

Ahhh, I should’ve known better.  No longer had I drawn my first face (I love drawing from old black & white movie stills) had she swooped over to me with an intense look.  “OOOH!  Is that a NEW…

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Deliciously Easy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies (gluten free, vegan, sugar and oil free) Healthy

Alright, so here’s the thing… Despite what my close friends may think, I don’t actually have a huge sweet tooth… Unless I haven’t been eating very much fruit. I used to basically never crave anything sweet, until I became a raw vegan. As a raw vegan, I ate huge amounts of fruit per day and I have never felt better! Well, those days are gone and I do fall short of eating as much fresh fruit as I would like to on most days.

Alas, I am left with random cookie cravings. Yes, a jump from fresh fruit to cookies; don’t judge me please!

Any-who, I really don’t like processed cookies very much… Unless I’m extremely hungry, then I’ll eat anything. So why eat something terrible if I don’t even truly enjoy it? And that my friends is why I make healthy cookies.

At the end of the day, I am one with the fact that cookies will get eaten. I just try to make sure that they are the right ones!

Please give these a try and let me know how it went! Your tummy and body will thank me later; I promise!

(As a side-note; most gluten free or vegan cookies still contain large amounts of sugar. So even though you’re avoiding gluten and dairy, you’re still really not eliminating the worst of it.)

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INGREDIENTS:
2 very ripe bananas, mashed
1/3 cup natural, unsweetened apple sauce
1/2 cup natural, unsalted peanut butter
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 cups gluten free oats
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 pure, unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

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INSTRUCTIONS:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients with a fork and place on baking sheet in desired sizes. Bake for 20 mins. DONE!

Wasn’t that easy? Just wait until you try them!

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Creamy, Vegetable, Coconut Curry Lime Soup! (Gluten free, super healthy and vegan!)

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(Meet my kitchen helper; Buddy! He LOVES sweet potatoes!)

Alright, so for the first time since I have arrived here in California, it has rained! Apparently, it like never rains here. Well, anyways, I love the rain! I voluntarily rode my bike around and picked up a few things from the store. People definitely thought that there was something wrong with me… The joke was on them though! 😀

I signed up for a farm fresh delivery service and my order came today! YUM! Basically, farms will deliver organic, GMO free fruits and vegetables right to your door. It’s very well priced and since I’m on vacation, I don’t actually have a car at the moment. This makes for a very happy customer! Since everything is seasonal and grown within the area, you start using vegetables and eating fruits you may not normally grab at the store. It’s very cool!

Anyways, today my box of love came full of delicate winter squash and carrots. Since it was cold and wet outside, I decided that this was a sign to make some heart-warming soul-rejuvenating soup. On a cold day, grab a bowl of this extremely healthy soup and ward off any sign of sniffles!

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Serves about 4-6 depending
INGREDIENTS:
5 cups of vegetable broth
1 Can of coconut milk
1 Sweet potato/Yam, chopped
2 Potatoes, diced
4 Carrots, chopped
1 Large onion, diced
2 small winter squash seeded, peeled and chopped (or one medium squash)
A bunch of asparagus, chopped into medium sized pieces (about 2cm) (optional but recommended ingredient)
1 Tomato, chopped
Juice from 1 lime
5 cloves of garlic, minced
1 1/2 inch piece of ginger, minced
3 teaspoons of curry powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon basil
2 sprigs of thyme
Pinch of cayenne (this adds spice so use to your liking)
Salt and pepper to taste

Step 1:
Cook all of the vegetables (EXCEPT TOMATO AND ASPARAGUS), along with garlic and ginger, on medium heat for about five minutes.

Step 2:
Add remaining ingredients (except for coconut milk and lime juice) and simmer on low-medium heat for about 45 minutes.

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Step 3:
Check to make sure vegetables are cooked through, then add coconut milk and lime juice. Salt and pepper to taste and ENJOY!

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