Saturday, December 12, 2015

green smoothie

i am not a fan of new year's resolutions.
however, they'll be here in three short weeks.
dodge a few by starting some good habits today.

green smoothies are a great first step.

a green smoothie is not only good for you,
it actually crowds out things
that are not so good for you.
give that some thought...

my formula follows this one,
but i've simplified the whole thing
to look like this:

below are the details...

step one:
coconut water - 12 oz
greens - loosely fill the blender

step two:
celery - 2 stalks
cucumber - 1 whole, peeled
pear - 1 whole, cored

step three:
lemon juice - of 1 lemon
banana - 1 very ripe, peeled
avocado - 1 peeled, seeded

{love you, shawn}

add the ingredients for each step,
then blend.
add the ingredients for the next step,
then blend.

when i pour mine into a glass,
i add a couple drops of lemon essential oil

if you've never tried a green smoothie,
now is your chance.
the taste will surprise you ~ it's sweet & mild.
and if you already love green smoothies,
let this be a reminder to break out your blender.

drink, be well, & be merry.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

rosemary cashews

make a batch of rosemary cashews
for your next holiday party
...they are perfect with cocktails...
make extra to share with your friends.
{teachers love them!}

~simple & delicious~
how to:
preheat oven to 350°
spread 1 lb. roasted, salted cashews 
on a baking sheet & heat for 8 - 10 minutes.
pour hot cashews into a large bowl.

stir to add:
a drizzle of olive oil
2 drops rosemary essential oil
1 Tablespoon maple syrup
a little cayenne {¼ to 1 tsp}
Tablespoon finely minced fresh rosemary
salt to taste

these are irresistible right out of the oven,
but you can let them cool 
& package in mason jars for giving.

Monday, June 29, 2015

summer favorite: asian slaw

such a delicious thing, asian slaw.

we welcome it back every summer.

it's as easy as one, two, three.

one: brassicas
finely chopped chinese cabbage
finely chopped kale
grated kohlrabi

you could also use
broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts.

two: asian dressing
2 cups canola oil
1 cup rice vinegar
1 cup tamari {soy sauce}

a little sesame oil
fresh garlic
dry mustard
salt & pepper

three: extras
toasted sliced almonds
grated carrots
chopped sugar snap & snow peas

other ideas:
broken dry ramen noodles
toasted sesame seeds
fried tofu

chilled, raw, vegan deliciousness.
perfect for this heat.

asian slaw posts of yore:
2010, 2012, 2014

all credit for this recipe & variations
goes to casey o'leary of earthly delights farm.
along with our weekly farm share,
her csa newsletter is full of great recipes.
love your farmer!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

homemade tamari vinaigrette

{originally posted in 2010 here}

our very favorite salad dressing.

this is the recipe that dean,
missy's husband, taught me eons ago.
{dean is an organic farmer & grows lots of lettuce,
so naturally he makes incredible salad dressing}

the base:
2 cups organic canola oil
1 cup balsamic vinegar
1 cup low-sodium tamari

add, more or less, to taste:
minced garlic {about 4 cloves}
dry mustard {about 1 Tablespoon}
salt & pepper {about ½ teaspoon each}


perfect for csa salad season
 {csa week 2 via instagram}
learn more about earthly delights csa here.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

dōTERRA deluxe sample kit

◄ deluxe sample kit ►
with six sample oils
perfect for summer travel

comes in an upcycled drawstring bag
custom-made by my friend, sandrine!

my gift to you
when you set up your 
dōTERRA wholesale account.
email me or leave a comment for more details.

catie eyer
dōTERRA Wellness Advocate
pure essential oils ~ simple, safe solutions 

Friday, May 22, 2015


playing in my head today
{nevermind those creepy puppeteers}
{also here}

feeling a swell of gratitude today.
i am sending you love.
yes, you.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

the band 'the last waltz' {1976}

an amazing live concert.
{also here}

here's the whole concert album.
{also here}
i've been listening to it all weekend.

read more about it here.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

'the works' sauce {it's vegan!}

we're going vegan.

and this is my new vegan sauce.

i'm calling it 'the works'
after emily's favorite vegan wrap
at her local grocery in santa cruz.
emily has been vegan for almost a year,
so this recipe is dedicated to her.

'the works' sauce
makes 2 cups

combine all ingredients and blend until smooth:

1 cup cooked beans {save broth}
{cannellini beans, chickpeas, soybeans}
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup tahini
1/8 cup tamari
1/8 cup apple cider vinegar
1 - 2 cloves garlic
1 tsp spike {seasoning blend}

you can adjust the thickness of the sauce
by how much bean broth [bean juice?] you add.

this sauce is delicious on rice & beans.
make it 'the works' by adding
fresh spinach, purple cabbage, avocado,
salsa & cilantro.
serve in a bowl or in a tortilla.

it also makes a great creamy salad dressing.

to make this sauce regularly,
cook batches of chickpeas & soybeans,
combine them & freeze in 1 cup containers.

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interested in why we're going vegan?
watch this documentary:
{also here}
{it's on netflix right now}

Saturday, February 28, 2015

takes me back

takes me back to my junior year of high school.
specifically, sanibel island, 
spring break 1987.
especially back in the high life again {16:43}
backup vocals by chaka khan, james taylor, james ingram
{listen here as well}

this cover brought it all back...

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

♥ happy birthday, emily ♥

this little baby turns 21 today.
happy birthday, sweet girl.
i love you so much.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

brandi carlile, love her {the twins, too}

{also here}

{also here}

see more brandi & the twins here.

Monday, February 9, 2015

heavenly day

{also here}

have yourself a heavenly day.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

missing her

yesterday was missy's birthday.

last night,
returning from a fun roadtrip to utah,
with the just-past-full moon at our backs,
i was able to share her story
and this song with some new friends.

{also here}
i love you, sweet girl.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

lo and behold

this month, i've been busy.
i have a couple new projects i'm working on.
{more on those later}

as a result,
some things are late
{new year's cards, coming soon!}
and others have been quite neglected
{ahem, this blog}.

this amaryllis, which i never potted,
just tossed into my basket of produce,
is bearing blooms of forgiveness.
it's all okay.

{also here}

Saturday, January 24, 2015

what do you love?

{also here}

Friday, January 23, 2015

mud slide slim & the blue horizon

another good old james taylor album

{also here}

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Monday, January 19, 2015

some james taylor for all of us

my very favorite james taylor album.
sit back & soak him up.
one morning in may... swoon...
{with linda ronstadt}
{also here}

maybe why he's on my mind today

{also here}

p.s. i'll be back here soon.

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