Book Review: Moosewood Cookbook by Mollie Katzen, 40th Anniversary Edition

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This cookbook was an ultimate pleasure to read through and use. Now mind you it does not have any pictures. Sometimes that can throw people off, but I like the fact that I have no visual expectation to live up to! It’s all about the process and then the feast!

This is all vegetarian, but I can see adding meat to various recipes where I need to as well.

Here are the table of contents: Intro, Pantry Notes, Some Useful Tools, table of Conversions, Soups, Salads, Sauces and Dips, A Few Baked Things and Sandwiches, Entrees, Desserts, Index.

There is a wide variety of recipes and tastes throughout! From a dish called Satyamma’s Famous Cauliflower Curry to HErbed Carrot Soup, Pepper and Oninon Shortcake, Lentil-Walnut Burgers and Cardamom Coffee Cake!

I made the simple Guacamole recipe, using the recommended augmentations to make is a bit more flavorful……It was gone just like that!!!!

If you already don’t know, Moosewood is a well known restaurant in Ithica, New York. From the website:  “The Moosewood Collective is a group of nineteen people who own and operate Moosewood Restaurant and write cookbooks. “Collective” is our group’s philosophical identity, not a legal term. Most of us have worked together for more than twenty years and some of us have worked together since Moosewood opened in 1973. Our membership has changed over the years, but basically we are a stable group. When all is said and done, Moosewood is a hard place to leave.”

One day I hope to travel and visit Moosewood for reals, but until then, I can enjoy their recipes right here in my own home with this staple cookbook! Hope you can find the time to try some of these out yourself! Cheers!

FTC disclaimer -I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

More about the author Mollie Katzen here!

More about the book here!

Book Review: A Beautiful Mess Happy Handmade Home by From the creators of A Beautiful Mess, Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman

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Having once met Elsie at a Los Angeles scrapbook convention, I have always admired her work. So when I found out she wrote a book with Emma Chapman, I had to check it out! Both Emma and Elsie have the blog A Beautiful Mess, that if you get a chance to look at, you will be filled with amazing creative spirit!

The book, A Beautiful Mess, Happy Handmade Home, Painting, Crafting, and Decorating a Cheerful More Inspiring Space, delivers their unique style for you to pour over! It’s divided by titles of spaces in a home….living room, play spaces, outdoor spaces, etc. You will find something to create for each part of you home.

But what inspired me most about this book were the quick easy sections on hosting themes parties…I love this! For example, the chapter titled, Celebrate, Birthday Cocktail Party. This included a yummy drink recipe and then several ideas with pictures for inspiration.

I was surprised by how thick and sturdy the book was too…the pictures are all in color and the pages are thick quality, making it easy to turn to the next bit of genius!

This will be a goto book for me when getting inspiration for our house, future parties and simply creating! You will be thrilled too!

For more information on the book, check it here

To read more about the authors click here

Now get out there and create! I hope to post some finished projects here from this book!

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Happy Birthday to my Dad!!!!!!

Dear Dad,

Even though you are half way around the world, I am always reminded of your wise words….Be HAPPY! You have always told this to Raj and I since we were little kids…simple words, but so much meaning and so true. Thanks Dad.

I hope your day is filled with memories, time at the club and with family…and when you visit next year, we;ll have to celebrate with a couple of Margaritas…or how you call it…Maggies!!!!!! Lova!

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Book Review: Tacolicious by Sara Deseran, with Joe Hargrave, Antemelo Faria, and Mike Barrow

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In the mood for something inspiring and wonderful! Since I couldn’t make it out to San Francisco to the Tacolicious restaurant, I brought the book* home to me!

There is a wonderful mix on traditional and non-traditional mexican dishes and recipes that will have your taste buds roaring for more. Ask anyone I know, and they will tell you that I’d tell you I’m not a cook. They are true. But this book makes it look easy, and taste delicious.  By the way the recipes are well organized with gorgeous pictures and the book itself is hearty and thick!

There are various tips and anecdotes scattered throughout that will make you smarter…ok…well not smarter, but definitely keep help you impress your family and friends. I’ve already decided to go create a menu from this book for next year’s Bunco group! But I had to try a few of the recipes and went with a few of the drinks first. You could add alcohol too, but I went the route of family dinner with the girls….and since we rarely have soda in the house, this was even more of a special treat! It’s called Silas…named after the author’s oldest son. Mint leaves, lime juice, agave syrup and soda water…girls loved it. For dinner I went with their old-school taco. I know…tacos are easy…but what I enjoyed about having the recipe is home made hot sauce and spices I get to use!

If you enjoy Mexican Cuisine and want to go one step above what you may be used to, you will enjoy this book! For more info on the book click here.

Thanks for reading and Salut!

*I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Powerful words for powerful girls.

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This is one of my favorite quotes ever from Shakespeare! As a result I have dedicated a small wall area in our home to this quote and to the girls in our home that it references!!!

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There wall of fame! All the photos have Trevis as a coach in them except for one. He is even in the one that I was supposed to be in, but I was working that weekend up in Davis with massages.  I love walking by this space everyday. I notice the changes in them from year to year…their independence and strength getting stronger. I hope they know they are strong, and kind and full of spirit…and even though they will always be my little girls…they are fiercely mighty!

What you favorite quote right now and why?

Before and After Evolve Transformation!

Finally I am ready to post some pics since participating in the Evolve training at my workplace, MINDBODY Online. It was an amazing three months…that now, is part of an lifestyle and lifelong commitment! This is just one of the things I like about where I work, but they stress a work life balance that I have only experienced at one other job in my life thus far. I am very thankful!

We were able to attend three different gyms, each with their own unique style and focus. The one where I, for myself, saw the most results was at REV SLO Fitness.  And it is here that I continue to evolve. When I first went there, I knew it was something special…as my favorite color of green is everywhere! But the commitment by the staff to help us see results and then get them…that is magical!  REV is a family…the staff, the clients….there is no judgement…only the work.

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Then to meet the other people that are training…their transformations…it’s inspirational! There is one person, Stephanie Elizabeth who has been documenting her adventure. I am always inspired by people and their journeys and hers is quite amazing! She is also an amazing photographer!

Goals are important….my mama always reminds me to. ” have your goals out in front of you!” Well I’m here to share my ultimate goal of this: wanting to take boudoir pictures! Yup, going to have Stephanie take them too! Along with REV, I also have a group of friends on facebook that help  each other with monthly challenges….Jamee Sicat heads it up and it’s great checking in with the people there too! I also heed the words of my friend Emily Lo, who I still remember having a long day of different workouts with…we did running, biking, took a class, was on the treadmill and did weights….all at once! She said…”It can be done, our bodies can do this!”  Sue Conrad, another woman I did yoga on the beach ans spin with also inspired us to just do it! It’s what the Evolve Challenge has taught me too!  And if you cruise online, meet Jill Conyers….we were scrapbooking buds online, and now she has one of the most inspirational health and life blogs that is my goto daily read!

One of my favorite quotes from REV, that I hear all the time from all the trainers is, “Don’t think it through, just push through it!” When I’m taking a Spin and Gunz class, I secretly like being pushed to go farther and harder…reach my limit and then try more! Yes, now that I have said it, I will regret these words…but not really! The trainers are doing us service…but ultimately, it’s up to me! Half the issue is showing up…once I do, I know I am spending excellent quality time for myself…I at least deserve that!

Ok..so enough rambling…here are some befores and afters…and I still have a ways to go….but with my goal in sight, I know I can get there! The boudoir shoot will really be a medal for me…but maybe I’ll let Trevis see the pictures! ;) Thanks to my trainers in life and to me!

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AFTER!

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PuraVida! Cheers to being happier, healthier and stronger! Cheers to the Journey!

A New Natural Adventure!

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Another business for me…well I don’t necessarily consider it a business, but more like a lifestyle. With the strides I am making on my health (post coming soon), I found..or rather, these oils found me!  As a massage therapist I always use essential oils. Why wouldn’t I? They are healthier and offer a multitude of benefits depending on which oil you use. And they can be used in many ways…internally, aromatically and topically. It’s important to follow precautions, but used wisely they can be come the medicine cabinet drug companies don’t want us to know about.

So yes, I now sell doTerra. Many people do. I am not here to ask you to buy them from me. I am asking you to try them…and find out for yourself. All of the doTerra consultants I have met so far have one important thing in common…they use and share the knowledge of what they know. With knowledge, you have power.

Find out for yourself, and then try some.

I will be sharing all the uses, oils and recipes I will be trying out along the way.

PuraVida!!