Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Raw Coco-Cacao Bliss Balls

I think raw foods are pretty incredible. After taste testing this batch of raw coco-cacao truffles, I think my tastebuds would agree. My friend Leah recently passed on a recipe via her fabulous blog and I'm so glad I finally got around to making them. So healthy, and so delicious. As a bonus, the entire batch cost less than one of these little treats would set me back at a store or restaurant.

These are going to be perfect little energy orbs to take along tomorrow, as we're planning on going for a hike!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Summer cowl

These days basically all my knitting time has been devoted to making knit yoga mat bags but I've still managed to put together this braided cowl, made of butter soft organic cotton. It's a shorter version of this one that I made last fall. The shorter version means it's not too warm, perfect for staying cozy on chilly evenings. I'm going to find the time to make some more for the June BLIM community market, which is coming up in less than a month now! I'm planning on having all sorts of crafty creations to peddle... if you're in the Vancouver area come on down and say hi!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Soggy Yogi = Fresh Yogi

There's nothing like a long soak in a hot bath for a sore body and tired mind... someday, I fully plan on having a big old claw foot bathtub in which to lounge. For now though, I'm very happy with what I've got, once I add in some of these aromatherapy bath salts. Super relaxing for body and mind - especially when combined with a glass of our homemade wine!

I'm geared up for summer and am planning on making the most of it - lots of hiking, camping, climbing, biking, and maybe a road trip or two... and oodles of yoga, of course. I think my muscles will be thanking me for these bath salts. 

I've made up 8 jars so far, packaged in repurposed glass jars with handmade labels, and I'm very happy to be adding them to the Fresh Yogi collection!

What are you looking forward to this summer?

Friday, May 13, 2011

Staying fresh!

Does your yoga mat ever get that... not so fresh feeling? Nothing sucks the fun out of child's pose like a funky mat. New mats are also stinky, right? Therefore I've started making yoga mat cleaner with all natural ingredients (of course) including tea tree oil, and essential oils. I've got three scents on the go... peppermint, lavender, and orange. Having a clean mat is good, having a clean mat that smells awesome is better!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Mexi night

Mexicans sure know about food. You know what I'm talking about - beans, tortilla, spicy sauces. Major yum. Around 2007-08 I spent a couple years living in Belize (south of Mexico, east of Guatemala), studying monkeys, scuba diving, sailing on boats, and, of course, eating fantastic food. Belize is also home to the very best hot sauce in the entire world, Marie Sharp's. As I mentioned in a recent post, I know hot sauce like fancy people know wine, and this is the epitome of spicy bottled deliciousness.

I digress. The point is, I made Mexican food for supper last night and it was really, really good. I made tortillas for the first time since I left Belize (why it took me this long, I genuinely have no idea), unfried re-fried black beans, and vegan enchilada sauce. Here are the recipes... just keep in mind that the measurements are mostly approximations (I didn't actually measure much), so adjust as you see fit, especially with spices... 

Monday, May 9, 2011

Quick almost-raw pasta lunch

I think raw, living foods are pretty awesome. Gorilla Food is one of my favourite places to eat out in Vancouver, but I find it a bit more difficult to whip up delicious raw treats at home (beyond basic salads and such, obviously). A lot of raw recipes seem to rely on imported ingredients as well as the use of a dehydrator, so alas, most of my meals are cooked (which isn't a bad thing, I just like to switch it up and try new things). Anyway, today I managed to rock out a raw, tasty lunch. I grated a zucchini to make some un-pasta pasta. Then I processed two organic, locally-grown heirloom tomatoes with a clove of garlic, red onion, basil and oregano, salt and pepper, red pepper flakes, and a bit of paprika to make a sauce. Poured it over the zucchini "noodles" and added some chopped red pepper, toasted sesame seeds (not raw, obviously),  and nutritional yeast. It was pretty delicious, and filling... although I think I saved enough room to have some raw banana ice cream for dessert.

Next time I think I will add some portobello mushroom to the sauce to "beef" it up- it's the sort of recipe you can switch up to suit your tastes, and whatever veggies you have lying around.

If you have any raw recipes to share, I'd love to hear them!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

May Flowers

Pretty vintage floral fabrics sewn into new yoga mat bags. The sun is shining, and I'm so glad summer is coming!