Mulling Spices

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FOOD FOR THE MIND

Processed with VSCOcam with j5 presetThere is a certain feeling that comes from trading items between friends or strangers. Its like we’ve gone back in time to the days of exchanging goods for other goods instead of using money as our currency, there is something refreshing about it. That is exactly how I came to acquire these mulling spices too make my own mulled wine or cider. Have you ever mulled your own wine?

I have yet to make mine, but plan to this weekend. You can find mulling spices from your local spice shop, let it soak in water and warm on stove without letting it boil, the longer you keep the spice in the more intense flavour you will produce, usually only taking about 5-15 minutes. Add some organic honey or sugar to give it a sweetness, discard the spice once it has reached the desired taste and laddle into mugs or glasses. You can also pour the finished drink into a crock pot and keep warm and ready-to-serve for hours. So great for holiday gatherings this winter.

A New Project

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NAMASTE / OH DEER SHOP

Processed with VSCOcam with j5 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with j5 preset Sean and myself have teamed up to create some special products for OH DEER that will be launching in December. With discovering more in the world of natural healing it only made sense for us to create something new to the shop that brings the same well being to our friends, families and wonderful supporters of the shop.

Currently we are working on a collection of all natural bath salts infused with dried herbs and pure essential oils. We are getting really excited about it over here as we brew them up and test them out for ourselves. This process has been largely fulfilling and we cant wait to share what we’ve been concocting. Everything we are using is 100% Vegan, organic, locally sourced materials and made with the purest intentions.

I will be sure to update this space with a peek at the new line of organic bath salts in November. Its a very busy time for us with some exciting ventures on the rise, so until than stay well and stay healthy dear friends.

Goji Berry Muffins

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FOOD FOR THE MIND / NAMASTE

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetWe made some muffins folks and its the first batch of many! Sure you can find vegan muffins but more than likely packed with sugar and since we don’t eat refined sugar we thought we would make our own and add a super food like goji berries! I’ve never been so excited about food in my life. As we head towards a fully stocked pantry of dry goods and coconut milk, an almost empty freezer and enough produce to fill our fridge full, it is an exciting time, a rewarding time.

Slowly but surely we are making our way towards creating it all for ourselves in the most natural way possible. There is no better feeling than to know where your food has come from and what has been added too it. Yes its a lot more work, but when your doing something your passionate about, it doesn’t feel like work but a fun adventure together. We are getting excited about winter and all of the soups, muffins and granolas we are going to make and freeze for ourselves, do this for yourself as well. Nourish your body and mind. Eat what you know you should be eating, not what your taste buds have been trained to think tastes good to you. You know what I’ve discovered? eating organic, fresh and unprocessed foods tastes and feels so much better!

Love thyself.

Ingredients:

2 3/4 cups Organic Whole Bran muffin mix

1 cup Cold water

1 tablespoon Chia Seeds

1 cup Goji Berries

Mix well in a large bowl for 3 minutes, pour into your lined muffin tray and bake at 350 degrees for 28 minutes. There you have hot and delicious muffins with an energy boost that leave you feeling full and nourished. We will be making a variety of muffins that I will share here. This muffin mix is great when you don’t have a lot of time but still want that healthy go-to breakfast or afternoon snack available to you.

Vegan Chinese Stir-Fry

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DINNER / FOOD FOR THE MIND

Processed with VSCOcam with j5 presetSometimes I feel like a little comfort food, and this can definitely be done even when eating a vegan diet, (which I will be sharing more about later this week). This is an egg-free Chinese noodle with carrot, radish, and green string beans, cooked with coconut oil and organic soy-sauce.

Ingredients:

10 chopped organic green string beans

2 chopped organic carrots

3 radish thinly sliced

Egg-free whole wheat chinese noodles

Method:

Turn your frying pan on low-medium heat and warm up coconut oil, than add your prepared veggies and let cook for a few moments adding soy-sauce to the mix half way through and any other seasoning you may wish to add. Bring a pot of water to a boil and add your noodles for only two minutes, letting them soften and separate. You can simply add to bowl and mix with veggies + sauce or add drained noodles to veggie mix on the frying pan for a few minutes. Let it fry, mix and serve! Comfort food in a mindful manor.

A Fresh Venture

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NAMASTE

Processed with VSCOcam with j5 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with a6 preset Processed with VSCOcam with j5 preset Processed with VSCOcam with a6 preset Processed with VSCOcam with j5 preset I have recently had the opportunity too work for an incredible team here in Calgary that launched a store this past spring. Working independently is something new for me, but something I have been working towards for a while now. Seeing your manifestations come into fruition, well there is nothing more incredible. The shop is called PLANT, and its in a wonderful character neighbourhood that still has a lot of the original brick buildings from way back when and old sign-age along the shopping strip, it certainly has a great sense of community there which has been so refreshing.

What started as an even smaller business, making custom terrariums and other natural plant objects has now become a notable shop and the owner has such a beautiful spirit. Working with nature has been an exhilarating and meditative experience all at once. There is a plethora of information to learn when it comes to plant life and its so fun sharing that knowledge with the people who come in each day. Working with all natural materials, touching soil and making little works of art hardly feels like a job, but a pleasure. Lets let time stand still for a little, cant we? Another reason to never take each new day for granted but too be grateful for what you’ve got.

Fresh Salad Rolls

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FOOD FOR THE MIND / LUNCH

Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetMmm, there is nothing better than something so simple and so fresh to fill you up for lunch. These fresh salad spring rolls take mere moments to make. Filled with brown rice noodles, grated carrot, spinach or lettuce and alfalfa sprouts makes for a healthy and satisfying lunch.

Ingredients:

Vietnamese rice rolls

Brown rice noodles

Organic carrots

Organic alfalfa sprouts

Organic spinach or lettuce (chopped)

Method:

To prepare rice sheet for rolling, immerse in warm water for 5 seconds allowing the roll to become soft. Lay out flat and add your brown rice noodles that you’ve cooked in boiling water for only a moment, letting the noodles seperate than add to edge of your roll. Next add your grated carrot, greens and alfalfa (optional) and fold in two edges around veges, and roll together away from your body creating a nice sticky and incredibly fresh salad roll! Choose a dipping sauce and enjoy! I eat mine with a organic thai sauce.

A Morning Boost

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BREAKFAST / FOOD FOR THE MIND

Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetIf you are looking for a healthy boost in the morning, a nutrition packed smoothie is the way to go! During the warm months there is nothing more satisfying nor good for your body and mind. I like to change up my ingredients all the time but I find berry is my go-to. Packed with antioxidants, protein and enzymes if adding fresh greens. Now that the days are cooling down I will be making a blend in our juicer each morning instead which I will soon share as well. I can’t think of a more beautiful way to start the day.

Mixed Berry:

5 ice cubes

1 cup soy milk

1 scoop protein powder

large pinch chia seeds (filled with energy)

pinch of organic hemp hearts

frozen or fresh mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, cherries, cranberries) anything you like!

1 whole banana

Green Smoothie:

5 ice cubes

1 cup soy milk

1 scoop protein powder

large pinch of chia seeds (packed with energy)

pinch of organic hemp hearts

blueberries and apple

chopped bundle of organic kale

1 whole banana

Method:

Place in blender in same order as read here, blend on smoothie mode and enjoy!

(note: I do not have dairy in my diet so feel free to adjust the milk or juice to suit your own)

Autumn Equinox

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NAMASTE

Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetWe are in a new phase. The nights longer, the earth harder to the touch and you can feel a chill in the air. It is a time for re-charging, a time for clarity, elevation and a better self. Let go of summers energy and rejoice in this new phase. Set goals for the future. Make food stock for a bountiful winter and re-stock your herbal medicine cabinet. Re-charge your stones, crystals and clean out any essential oils that need it. Repair anything that needs fixing and clean out your fridge and pantry.

Feed your soul with beautiful plant foods. Eat for the mind and soul not just for the body. Think of ways to purge and prepare your home for the months to come. Clear the energy in your home and delve into your shadow side with love and comfort. Write down what you have already accomplished and be thankful for this.

I have been fairly absent from this blog over the past few months and it has given me some time to myself, to re-group and realize how this online journal is serving me. It has gone under some changes as you can see from the layout and soon will from the new content. It will now host a place to share healthy recipes, word inspiration and writings from the heart along my own personal journey. It will be updated much more frequently once again. I welcome you to continue to follow me here, although if this is not the content you’d like to see than I wish you well on your way and thank you for following along thus far. I appreciate each and every one of you.

love + light