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Ash Wed 1/9/19

 

What I’m reading:

Simon Hill has a really in depth blog on leading a plant based lifestyle. He answers the most common questions and gives really handy tips that I’ve been loving. I feel so good about my diet right now- how it makes me feel mentally and physically, and the impact it has on the environment.

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What I’m listening to:

Product I’m loving:

Did you know: Over 2 billions disposable razors are thrown away each year in the US alone? That’s enough to wrap around the Earth, end to end, 6 times!!!

I am soooooo stoked on this razor that I got for christmas. If you’ve read my previous posts you may know that I have been slowly but surely finding alternatives to common household plastic waste. This razor is 100% plastic free and even comes with 10 extra blade replacements. This would be the last razor you ever need to buy. (plus, it is delivered and packaged in 100% recyclable material.) Shop it here.

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Word of the week:
BeautyOpening my eyes and heart enough to see it in all things. Even in cold and quiet south Jersey- it’s everywhere, pulsing through all things. I see it. I feel it. I am it.

Quote of the week :

So Many Gifts
There are so many gifts
Still unopened from your birthday,
There are so many hand-crafted presents
That have been sent to you by God.

The Beloved does not mind repeating,
“Everything I have is also yours.”

Please forgive Hafiz and the Friend
if we break into sweet laughter
When your heart complains of being thirsty
When ages ago
Every cell in your soul
Capsized forever
Into this infinite golden sea.

Indeed,
a lover’s pain is like holdings one’s breath
Too long
In the middle of a vital performance,

In the middle of one of Creation’s favorites
Songs.

Indeed, a lover’s pain is this sleeping,
This sleeping
When God just rolled over and gave you
Such a big good morning kiss!

There are so many gifts, my dear,
Still unopened from your birthday.
O, there are so many hand-crafted presents
That have been sent to your life
From God.

 

 

Post Surf Stack

Christmas came early here in OC! We’ve been graced with some really fun surf this past weekend and it’s left me feeling so grateful to be here in NJ this year. After peeling off my wetsuit with frozen fingers I whipped up this seriously sinful stack of pancakes. They are so simple and so so good. Enjoy!

Ingredients
Blueberry chia compote
1 cup blueberries
1/2 tbs chia seeds
big dollop raw honey

Pancakes
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
few dashes cinnamon
big pinch salt
1 extra ripe banana
1 cup non-dairy milk (I used almond)
splash of maple syrup

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  1. Combine all compote ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil (add a splash of water to coat the pan).
  2. Let the blueberry mixture simmer until thick (about 6-8 mins).
  3. Mix the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt together in a large bowl.
  4. In a separate bowl, mash the banana then add in the milk and splash of maple syrup and mix together.
  5. Add the wet mixture to the dry. Fold it together until just mixed.
  6. Heat a pan over medium heat and add vegan butter or coconut oil to the pan.
  7. Add approx. 1/2 cup portions of the batter to the pan.
  8. Let cook until edges turn golden brown and the middle starts to bubble. Flip and cook another 1-2 minutes.
  9. Serve with vegan butter, maple syrup and blueberry compote on top.

 

Golden Beet Tartar

Ingredients- makes 5 cups
3 lbs golden beets, roasted, peeled and cubed into small cubes
1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon shallots, finely minced
1/4 cup capers, minced
2 tablespoons vegan Worcestershire sauce (I used Annie’s brand)
1/2 cup pickle, chopped into very small cubes
3 tablespoons veganaise (I used Follow Your Heart-Grapeseed Oil)
1/2 cup packed finely chopped curly kale
1+1/2 tablespoon dijon mustard
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Micro greens to garnish (or use some extra kale)

1. Rinse beets, pat to dry and wrap individually in foil.
2. Roast beets at 350 for 1-2 hours (depending on how big they are) until fork tender. Take out and let them cool completely.
3. With cool beets chop the end off and rub off the skin using your hands (it should just slid right off).
4. Chop the beets into small cubes.
5. Place beets into a large bowl, add all ingredients and toss to combine. Be sure to fold it together with a spatula as not to mush the beets.
6. Garnish with micro greens, chives or small flowers and serve with crackers or toasted baguette.

Ash Wed 12/5

What I’m reading:
I’ve been really enjoying this book by Leo Buscaglia. If you are in a teaching role of any kind (parents included!) you should read this book!

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What I’m listening to:
I started this playlist at the beginning of the Fall season. I hope you love it as much as I do!


Product I’m loving:
I’m slowly slowly collecting Weck Jars of all different shapes and sizes. They are my favorite way to store grains, nuts, seeds, and spices! I love being able to see everything that I have on hand in this way. If you buy in bulk (like me!) then this is the perfect way to keep things fresh and easily accessible.

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Word of the week:
Forgiveness.
anger, anger, anger keeps reminding me to invite in compassion, compassion compassion. Remembering that everyone is doing the best they can. Remembering that I am doing the best that I can. Through this remembrance I am filled with forgiveness.

Quote of the week :

sufi

 

Ash Wednesday 10/17

What I’m reading:

What I’m listening to:
Good mix of tunes I’ve been listening to while I work behind the buddha bar making medicine!

Product I’m loving:
THE CRISP FALL AIR. GO OUTSIDE ❤

Word of the week:
Reciprocity. This word has been ringing through my mind ever since I read Robin Wall Kimmerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass. I’m most interested in this word as it relates to our relationship with Earth. The Earth provides us with an abundance of everything that we could ever need but yet we are constantly asking “How can we take more?”. The earth gives and gives but what do we offer back in return? How can we make the exchange a two way street? I think an exchange like this with the earth would lead us to the answer to one of the most essential question as a human, “What is my unique gift?”.

Read this if you want to hear more on reciprocity. OR better yet, read the whole book. It’s the most beautiful book I’ve ever read.

Quote of the week :
Be kind, everything else will take care of itself.

Ash Wed 9/26

What I’m reading:
Chief Seattle’s Letter to the President in 1952. It’s so damn beautiful.

“This we know: The earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand of it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.”

What I’m listening to:
With each passing year I find the whisper of ‘less’ growing louder. When I think of what wealth would look like for me it’s big open fields, wild animals and dirty hands from the garden.  A simple life, in harmony with nature makes my heart swell. What does wealth look like for you? What does it feel like?
Enjoy this playlist inspired by a simple life in nature..


Product I’m loving:
These outdoor incense sticks have been a life saver these past few weeks. My little beach bungalow is surrounded by trees and with all this rain that we’ve been getting, the mosquitos have been out to play. These sticks are huge and last for at least 4 hours. The bonus is that they are made with non-toxic orange oil, which naturally keeps bugs at bay without harming local populations of bees. AND they come in eco-friendly paper packaging. WOOT WOOT

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Shop them here

Word of the week:
Clarity. 
I’ve felt confused on some big things for a really long time. This week I’ve been getting a lot of clarity which feels like such a relief. With that being said.. with clarity there comes a certain level of responsibility to act on this new knowing. I am working on some things!! eeeeeekkk

Make a list of things you’re unsure about. Write about your uncertainty. Meditate on it. Don’t strive for an answer. Just strive for awareness and stay open. In time, everything works it’s self out.

Quote of the week :
Wild Geese
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting —
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

-Mary Oliver

Ash Wed 9/19

Another week, another list of things that are inspiring me ❤

What I’m reading:
Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
“Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants”

I just started this book the other day. I can’t remember who referred it to me but it’s been sitting on my shelf for a while now. Stay tuned for more on this one.

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What I’m listening to:
Oprah’s Super Soul Conversation with LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner. He discusses his spiritual evolution, what it means to lead with compassion while finding meaning in your work, and his unique approach to running a multi-billion dollar tech company. Listen all the way to the end.. his last line is my favorite!

LISTEN HERE

Product I’m loving:
This is a magical workbook like no other! Using magic, energy work, Tarot spreads and archetypes, gentle reminders, self-help ideas and journaling prompts – this workbook utilizes the phases of the Moon in real time to get you anchored, in touch with your intuition, and on your path with more intention, and more results.

The journaling prompts have been key to my growth and sanity these past few months. I highly recommend this or something like it to help keep you on track and tuned in.

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Word of the week:
Affirmation. I have been working with affirmations this past week and I have truly felt the mental and physical affects that they create within and around me. Here’s the thing –Our thoughts determine our emotions, our emotions create our behaviors and our behaviors define our reality. When we bring in the power of affirmations they change our thought patterns which affects our emotions, which changes our reality!
Step 1: Identify a thought pattern that isn’t serving you. (ex: My future is uncertain. I don’t feel safe.)
Step 2: Create an affirmation. (ex: I am safe. I am supported.)
Step 3: Listen to the words, feel them, embody them.
Step 4: Stay open to these truths unfolding before you.

Quote of the week:
I’m so grateful for the people who have been with me for many, many lifetimes. I am continually supported and comforted by the deep, unspoken connection that we share. Who knows what we’ve been through and who knows what lies in our future. What I do know is how grateful I am to love and be loved by you. Thanks old friends ❤

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Keep going,
Ash