Thursday, March 19, 2015

Help! Naming my Cat.

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I'm going full Nerd and Hardcore Supernatural with this.

Being Jensen
Being Jared
Being Misha

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Saturday, March 14, 2015

It's Pi Day! So Here's a Vegan Berry Crumble in a Pie Pan (with coconut whipped cream)

Pi Day Crumble

 I've been sick all week so I haven't posted...or eaten...much lately. For that reason I decided that today I was craving my mom's amazing and delicious Vegan Cranberry Cherry Crumble and upon remembering that it's Pi day I decided to make my own version (including blueberries) and make it "pie" like. 

This recipe is pretty simple and absolutely delicious. You will need cornstarch or arrowroot and I know that's one of those things that isn't always found in one's cupboard and so I hope that doesn't deter you, you can always add a bit more flour or just make a quick run to the grocery store. It's WORTH IT! 

Serve Warm with CocoWhip

  • 3 cups fresh or frozen Blueberries or Cranberries (your pick), thawed
  • 3 cups frozen pitted Dark Sweet Cherries, thawed
  • 1/2-3/4 cup (More if you use cranberries, less for blueberries) Granulated Sugar
  • 1/4 cup dried Cranberries, chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried Cherries, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon All-Purpose 100% Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Cornstarch or Arrowroot
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup Slivered Almonds, toasted and chopped
  • 1/4 cup regular Oats (Muesli works as well if you're like me and forgot to buy oats)
  • 1/4 cup All-Purpose 100% Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1/4 cup packed Brown Sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon Almond Extract
  • 2 tablespoons Coconut Oil, melted

Preheat your oven to 375
°. Coat a glass pie dish with cooking Spray. Combine all the Filling Ingredients in a large bowl, tossing gently to coat the berries completely. (If using frozen berries allow time to thaw or thaw in microwave for about 3-4 minutes). Spoon the mixture into the pie dish and set aside.

Gently toast the almonds in the oven for about 4 minutes or until light brown, allow to cool and the chop coarsely. Combine almonds with the oats, flour, sugar, salt and spices. Then pour in almond extract and the coconut oil and combine until the mixture resemble coarse meal.

Sprinkle the Crumble evenly over the Berry filling. Bake at 375 for 45 minutes or until the filling is bubbly and the crumble is golden.

Let me introduce you to "So Delicious" brand's "CocoWhip" which is basically cool whip but without all the terrible crap that can kill you in it and it tastes a million gazillion times better. It's Dairy Free, non GMO, non hydrogenated and it's heavenly. I could eat a tub all by itself. Buy it and serve it with a warm slice of this pie crumble. You won't regret it! I find it at Whole Foods.

CocoWhip, GET IT. EAT IT.

So Happy Pi Day! And sorry for the lack of posts! I'll fix that, I also apologize for taking these pictures at night, I had a busy morning. Have a delicious day!

A terrible picture of an amazing result. 

Saturday, March 7, 2015

The Ultimate Hair Conditioning Treatment and Herbal Rinse

Ingredients for Hair Treatment
(Don't have coconut milk anymore so for the sake of art I used coconut)

Every once in a while I give myself a nice spa day. Hot bubble bath with dried rosemary and essential oils, Vitamin E skin scrub down and a nice hair treatment. I recently developed a little recipe that has become my favorite. Not only is it organic and natural it will leave your hair as shiny and healthy as any deep conditioning done at a salon. I am including a great follow up rinse for you hair that I highly recommend trying. 

Always remember of course that we all have different types of hair with different needs. I will try and accommodate all those needs by editing the recipe for different hair types, but this is one of those times that you will have to figure out what works best for you through trial and error. 
I recommend doing this treatment 1-3 times a month. It's definitely not necessary all the time. This works for women and men, so I'd love to hear about some guys giving this a try for their luscious locks ;)

The Ultimate Hair Conditioning Treatment
  • 1 Can Organic Coconut Milk (the fattier the better!) 
  • 1/2 - A Whole Organic Avocado (this depends on the thickness of your hair, thicker = more avocado)
  • 1 Tbs Baking Soda 
  • 1 Organic Egg (For Normal hair use the entire egg, For oily hair use the egg whites and for Dry, Brittle hair use the egg yolks. If you fall in the oil or dry category you may want to use more than one yolk or white.) 
  • 2 Tbs Organic Local Raw Honey (If you don't have raw that's fine)
Combine all of these in a glass container that has a lid, a mason jar works well, make sure that your avocado is ripe enough to mash in and use a fork to whisk in the egg. Apply this to your clean and either dry or damp hair IN the bathroom with a trash bag around your shoulders or a towel you don't care about. Use the entire mixture and ensure that your hair is completely coated! Wrap a shower cap or plastic bag around your head and use an elastic headband to hold in place. Now entertain yourself for at least an hour. I took a bubble bath and watched Supernatural ;). After the hour is up hop in the shower and rinse your hair out with the Herbal Rinse or your preferred shampoo. Your hair will feel different, almost thick and uncomfortable but once you have ensured that all of the treatment is out and proceed to condition it your hair will start to soften. Once it's dry you will see the difference, particularly near the roots and tips. It will be shinier, soft and less frizzy. I encourage you to try it and leave a comment with your results!

My  phone takes bad pics, so this is the best I could take.
 My hair is long, thick and often frizzy and it's soft and shiny after the treatment

Herbal Rinse
An Herbal Rinse is a Great Shampoo to follow up the above Hair conditioning treatment with. To make an Herbal Rinse gather the appropriate herbs (preferably fresh, dried works too but requires longer steeping time) and crush about 1 ounce of herbs to cup of filtered water. (If using fresh flowers bruise the flowers instead of crushing and heat very gently) Pour this into a pot and bring to a boil meanwhile adding another cup of water. Cover, reduce heat and allow to simmer for about five minutes. Allow the Rinse to cool completely, strain them mixture and store in the refrigerator. You can add this directly to your shampoo of choice or simply use as is by pouring over hair in a bathtub and catching the rinse in a bowl so that you can re-pour it a few times. 
An easy option (If fresh herbs and flours are unavailable) is also to simply add the essential oil of your chosen herb to filtered water. 

Optional Herbs for Herbal Rinse Rose,
Rosemary and Chamomile (can be fresh or dried)

Recommended Rinses
  • Brunette - A Rosemary or Sage Rinse (hydrates and leaves a fine sheen)
  • Blonde - A Chamomile Rinse (will maintain the natural color and even lighten in some cases, will also soften)
  • Red - A Calendula Rinse (maintains the vibrance of color and moisturizes) 
  • Any Hair type - Rose Rinse 

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Stay Positive, Avoid Depression, Be Fearless

I don't know about you but going through life without having major bouts of depression, doubt and fear about our lives and our futures is impossible. In fact I admit that depression is one of my biggest struggles. Whatever it truly is I have refused to treat it with any sort of medication as I strongly believe that pharmaceuticals only numb the pain, they don't heal it. While there are days that I can't get out of bed, and days that I wonder why I even bother to a point that, yes, I have contemplated what it would be like to simply move on to the next adventure, the better days always prove to me that there is a reason to fight those dark thoughts. And the only way to have better days is to make better days yourself. You and you alone are in control of what you feel and how you let outside circumstances affect you. I also understand that there is no absolute cure for sad feelings, there will always be rough days but it's how you come out of those days that can influence your entire life.

Here's a list of ways that I stay positive and avoid depression that can be so crippling to my life.

Be proactive about LIVING - Figure out even the smallest things that bring you joy and make them a part of your daily life. Be unafraid to explore, discover and BE the unique and beautiful person that you are. Force yourself to get out of bed even if it's just to read a book or make a hot cup of tea. Life won't wait for you, so don't waste the beautiful opportunity you've been given to live it.

Listen to Music - I find that music has great sway on my mood and so I choose the music I listen to on my more down days very carefully. Upbeat tempos, exhilarating classical music, epic soundtracks. All music that brings uplifting and positive emotions and make me want to face the world head on. 

Stop Putting Yourself Down - Stop looking in the mirror and seeing imperfections. Remember that you are a unique and beautiful individual capable of great things. You don't need others approval and the less confidence you have in yourself the less respect you will have for yourself. "The moment you accept yourself you become Beautiful" - Osho. Live by that.

Work Out - Not only is it scientifically proven to reduce the feelings of depression it's also just damn good for your confidence. Don't overkill it but definitely get to a point that you are active for at least 30 minutes a day (go for a walk, do pushups while watching TV, etc.) You'll get to a point after you've pushed yourself for about a week (mind over matter) that your body will crave the workouts! 

Take Pride in Yourself and your Skills - Self explanatory. Be prideful! Not annoyingly so but don't let anyone put you down, show off your skills! You deserve to be praised every now and again. No one should feel ignored in life. Compliment and praise others too! Karma baby!

Be Patient - Oh man, my bane. Learning to be patient is excruciating at times. And "good things come to those who wait" can bite my ass. But the truth is that bad things can't last forever and neither can good things. Learning to be accepting of that truth and waiting it out while focusing on being happy in either situation is essential. 

Equanimity - Buddhism speaks on equanimity which basically means that "one realizes the basic equality of all sentient beings; others want happiness, just like I do. Others make mistakes just like I do. Others are confused, angry and attached, just like I often am. Is the other person happy in this situation, or just struggling like I am?" Realizing that you are not alone, and that others experience pain as well will make you a more compassionate and open person. Don't be a victim. When you can share in the pain of others instead of isolating yourself you will begin a  powerful healing process. 

Splurge - This is not to say be irresponsible with your money or be wasteful. But on those days when you feel like nothing is going right, spoiling yourself a little bit with a new blouse or a bouquet of flowers  or a new book reminds you that you are so so worth it, and that you are capable of taking care of yourself. 

Don't Stop Learning - Don't ever let your brain be stagnant. Keep yourself occupied and keep yourself learning. If there is something you're interested in find a way to learn something about it. The internet is a vast resource as are books. (Read a book damnit....) The busier you are bettering yourself the less reasons you will have to stay in bed. 

Eat Healthier - I can't express the importance of this one enough. You are what you eat. Absolute truth. If you're diet consists of sugars, and processed foods and soda etc. your body is not going to take care of you and you are not going to feel good. Changing even the smallest bad habits to good ones i.e. eat a piece of fruit and muesli for breakfast can make all the difference in your mood throughout the day. 

Cry and Vent - I mean it, I actually think doing so is good. Telling someone you trust how you feel and how difficult life seems to you is freeing. Usually someone out there is going through the same thing or can offer some sort of shoulder to cry on. If not a someone, write it all down and have a good cry. I've realized that some of my worst days came when I was holding in my frustrations at life and once I cried my eyes out, things improved. 

Be Grateful - See the beauty in everything. This one takes time and effort. Start a journal where you just write one thing a day that you are grateful about. I have a few friends who swear by this method, that their outlook on life changed drastically after they began to see the good present in their life. No matter how bad things seem there is always something good. Whether it's your family, a good meal or a flower blooming on the side of the road, there is always something to make you smile and appreciate what you have. 

Meditate - Find a few moments every day to sit, breath deeply and focus on healing your soul. Those moments of quiet contemplation allow you to fill your mind with positive love, compassion, and wholeness. 

These are just a few things that I focus on particularly when I can feel depression looming. It's not easy and it takes work to really turn a depressive mood into a fearless "I can take on the world"  attitude. But I promise you, you can do it. You are loved, you can love yourself and you can make it through the worst of days with the promise that no storm lasts forever. 

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Outfit of the Day

This post is kind of satisfying that long time dream of mine to model. And as I have the power of the blog on my side I'm making it happen. Not to mention I woke up again today to more snow. So I'm bored out of my mind. Not sure how Nerdy or Natural this is, but why stick with the same ole thing all the time? P.S. Can't wait to get a real camera. My Android sucks bum.

The Kitteh had to be in the picture

This Outfit is Pure J.Crew, H&M goodness. I only shop J.Crew sales on principle. So My pants and shirt were lucky finds. The boots I could not live without, seriously the most comfortable pair of booties I have ever owned and they were only $35 at H&M. The scarf is from a tiny little shop in St. Andrews Scotland but the tartan pattern is "Brodie" 
The red lips are a gift, my first coco chanel item. 

Walk it Gurlll