Apr 27

An Attitude of Gratitude


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Gratitude is good for your mental health. 

Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what a person receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude or thankfulness, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives. In the process, they usually recognize that the source of that goodness lies at least partially outside themselves. As a result, being thankful also helps people connect to something larger than themselves— whether to other people, nature or a higher power.

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Edible Flower Ice Cubes

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Beautify your beverages,

with these delightful ice cubes made with edible flowers. What could be more festive? Too pretty to eat? But you CAN use beautiful edible flowers for your ice cubes and drinks.

They are perfect for summer get-togethers. Whether it’s a ladies night in, bridal shower, or Mother’s Day tea, these floral cubes will keep your drinks cold and bump up your party host cred.

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Edible Flower Spring Rolls

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Using Edible Flowers
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in your party desserts, drinks, salads and even main dishes adds a unique element to your celebration. They add color, elegance, a bit of whimsy, and also have an interesting range of tastes.

Searchfor what is in season in your area – your local farmers’ market is a great source for finding out what is available and they’ll often have much more variety than the grocery store. Always ask vendors how their flowers are grown (you don’t want to eat flowers that have been sprayed with pesticides!). You can also order edible flowers (fresh or crystallized, which are great for using atop desserts) from several sites online (Gourmet Sweet Botanicals, Marx Foods, Food Innovations).

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Peach Almond Shortcake ~ with Coconut Whipped Cream (Paleo, GF)

 

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Starting off the week with shortcake . . .

is always a good idea. Especially if they’re amazingly satisfying and healthy.

What’s not to love about this light summer dessert? It is a favorite of mine. I believe it was this seasonal dessert that got me liking peaches when I was a kid.

These flavorful shortcakes are SO simple, grain and gluten free, and taste even better than the shortcake I grew up with. They are moist and have the slightest sweetness to them…perfect for the dessert-ifying. Here, with the addition of sweetened peaches and coconut whipped cream, they are worthy of my top 2 desert spot!

 

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Dragon Fruit, Chia Seed Breakfast Parfait

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I love chia pudding!

I prep it at night (it takes only 5 minutes!), and wake up to a delicious superfood breakfast cold and ready to eat. I’ve shared my dragon fruit version here, but I encourage you to get creative and experiment with your favorite fruit and superfoods.

 

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Vanilla Almond Cupcakes with Coconut Buttercream (Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

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You’ll love this Vanilla Almond Cupcakes w/ Coconut Buttercream Recipe that results in sweet, almond-y coconut-y perfection.

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French Pear Tart

 

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As the winter months begin to roll in, and the first snows are popping up, my mind dreams of sitting by the fire with a slice of apple or pear tart, and a cup of tea… Now pear aren’t what you’d think of as winter fruit, I know.  Like apples, though, late harvest varieties are around through December.  And they keep longer than most other fresh fruits, well into early to mid winter, giving you an alternative to apples to bake with.

I fell in love with this delicious and fairly easy pear tart.  It is loaded with butter and sweet preserves to warm the cold edges of winter. Take a look and try this recipe out.  I think you will love it as much as I do.

 

 

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Easy Heirloom Cherry Tomato Mini Tarts

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After some oven time, these mini tarts are flakey, golden brown, and summer lush.  We’re talking crisp, flavorful, herby, tomato-y YES!  So delicious, satisfying and SO very easy to make!  The tomatoes do all the work, when it comes to making these sweet tarts quite the lookers, as well!!

 
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Jul 02

Eating Seasonal Foods Can Improve Your Life

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Eating Seasonally,  is a wonderfully effective way, to maintain wellness and feel good. This seasonal method of eating, rooted deeply in our heritage, balances the body by reducing illness and increasing vitality. As you become more in touch with your body, you will discover that you crave foods that are in season. Ripened fruit in the summer, root vegetables in fall, and animal food to get you through the winter.  
 

 
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Jul 02

Patriotic Berry Almond Trifle with Coconut Whipped Cream (GF + Paleo + V)

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Growing up in the midwest, there was no shortage . . .

Of home-baked, sugar-laden treats in our home. In fact, some of my most cherished childhood memories center around cooking, baking and enjoying comforting meals and desserts with family and friends.

This simple, yet decadent, strawberry shortcake recipe is one of my favorite examples of how easy it is to transform a classic favorite into a healthy treat everyone loves. In fact, if you are like me, you will have friends begging for the recipe. 🙂

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