Thursday, February 7th, 2008
Kristen Suzanne in Hemp
I love holidays…I’ll take pretty much any excuse to celebrate something. And, what could be more exciting than celebrating LOVE?
Where there are celebrations there are gifts! I’m not one to wait to give a present, so I gave my boyfriend his Valentine’s Day gift a month early – haha – I simply can’t help myself. If I buy it early, I give it early. Yes, I could buy it closer to the date but that wouldn’t be fun! As you can probably imagine, I’m not too crazy about waiting for my gifts either, so it’ll be no surprise to you that I sniff around the house for my gift well before I’m supposed to get it. Fortunately, I have a boyfriend who doesn’t mind indulging my neuroses and he gives me my presents early :)
As Valentine’s Day approaches, I’ve been dreaming in the true colors of romance (pink, red, white), and I was inspired to make something in the kitchen. Here is a delicious Cherry Vanilla Hemp Shake. It’s the perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day by loving yourself with nutrition and health, and if you have a partner in your life, then make extra and share the Cherry Vanilla Hemp Shake love with him or her. I’ll send the recipe to this fabulous treat in my February email newsletter (subscribe here).
You might be asking what I’ll be doing on the actual day of Valentine’s Day if gifts are already exchanged and I’ve been drinking Cherry Vanilla Hemp Shakes all week prior since I’m celebrating early? Well, we’re actually starting our 21-Day Juice Feast on Valentine’s Day (how exciting), and this. Duh!
I embrace the world with love.
I live my life knowing that love is a universal force that permeates everything.
Monday, February 4th, 2008
…this is terrible.
As most of you know, I’m usually happy and this blog is a reflection of that. However, after watching this video and reading this Washington Post story, I feel like the wind has been knocked out of my sail. And, I mean hard. This is shameful.
If this bothers you as much as it bothered me, then let your voice be heard. Urge the USDA to tighten its enforcement by following the directions after viewing the video link above.
Friday, February 1st, 2008
We made it to the cabin. We’re having such a glorious time out here in the woods, green smoothies and all! The Internet connection is slow (dial up), but the beauty is that I simply look out the window, relax, and bliss out with nature as each page takes its time loading. I’m relaxing and loving it.
Awe-inspiring Stars: I love looking at the stars with my boyfriend, and this is one of the best places to see them. We’ve been enjoying them every night as we relax in the hot tub on our deck while listening to a gorgeous river rushing by just yards away. Being surrounded by nature like this causes me to pause and simply be still, soaking up the calm, yet invigorating energy and clearing my mind.
Yesterday it snowed. Even though I love living most of my life in the hot Arizona sun, it sure is lovely to witness snow – light, delicate, and graceful as it falls and floats to the ground.
Well, I’m off to our nightly hot tub and star gazing. Talk to you all soon!
Sunday, January 27th, 2008
Today, I taught a Raw food prep class (Raw Entertaining & Party Favorites) at Whole Foods. I’m so happy because it was another amazing turnout (sold out) and we had a blast! I love teaching people about Raw food; it’s so rewarding, inspiring, and gives me a “high” that lasts for hours well after the class ended. Who could ask for a better career than that? My mom, always the entertainer, cracked us up with stories about…guess who? Yep, me. I can’t help but laugh along. I won’t even try to retell the stories because I wouldn’t do them justice. Let’s just say…you had to be there! Okay, I’ll give you a little taste. She aired some laundry of mine (and I’m not talking about the kind you actually hang up to dry), as well as letting everyone know the way I kept my bedroom as a kid (those of you who attended know what I mean). Again, very funny stuff, but you had to be there to appreciate it.
Next class is March 8, Raw Around the World. Join us as we go on a global adventure tasting deliciously unique flavors from different parts of the world. Or, maybe you want to stop by because you want to hear more of my crazy childhood stories or insight into my love life. Either way, it’ll be lots of fun!
The excitement isn’t over for me yet. Tomorrow, we’re going on a trip to a lovely, somewhat remote, cabin (yes, Zeus is coming along – he LOVES “bye-bye car!”). And, I can’t wait to get there because they have horses near the cabins. If you know me by now, you know that I love animals (big time!) so I’m stoked about this trip! If my boyfriend can drag me away from the horses, then I’m sure we’ll be spending some time reading (I have a stack of books I aim to get through), playing games and cards, relaxing, working on my next ebook, taking long walks (Zeus has doggy booties now – so freakin’ adorable – especially when he walks), watching dvds (we’re taking a few classics – Northern Exposure anyone?), and just having some relaxed fun. This is much deserved R&R.
As I pack for the trip now, I’m trying to figure out where I’ll be sitting in the car – haha. The car will be filled with 2 coolers full of fresh, organic produce, my blender (and some other kitchen tools), plenty of raw organic food and snacks, Zeus with his toys and food, laptop, books, dvds, clothes, pillows, etc. This is going to be interesting. Are we there yet?
Let your dreams lead the way. Your creative genius is a star shaped kite that flies high and far.
Juicy Living Cards by SARK
Thursday, January 24th, 2008
Wow, I’m beginning to feel giddy with all the attention from the blogger awards. I think you know what that means – DANCE TIME! Tap the left leg, and shake it out. Jump up in the air and twirl about. Grab my dog, Zeus and do a little jig. Clap my hands and smile real big. YEEHAW, BOOHYAH, we’re dancing fools! (Where is the camera for a youtube video when you need one?) I’ll settle on making a Dancing Smoothie to honor it and share the recipe below.
This award was passed to me from my truly terrific friend, Melissa, of RawBabyAlex. Truth be told, I wanted to give her one of my awards from yesterday because her blog is an all time favorite (but she was already given 2!). When I have kids, you can be sure that I’ll pay EXTRA attention to her blog. Furthermore, I have to give her huge kudos for the juice feast adventure she’s on. She is the one who inspired me to embark on my own juice feasting journey. (Thank you again for all of your advice and help, Melissa).
YEP! You read it, the cat is out of the bag…I’ll be doing a 21-day juice feast starting on Valentine’s Day. My awesome boyfriend and mom will be joining me on this fun adventure. We can’t wait. We wanted to go 30-days for our first run of it, but with the class I’m teaching in March and the Raw dinner event at Mandala Tearoom (March 12), I simply can’t juice feast through those.
For details on the basics of juice feasting (we’re customizing it to fit our desires) please visit JuiceFeasting.com. Maybe you’ll be inspired to try your own.
I’m honored again to pass the Blog Award to five others. I will post about this later…so be sure to check back soon!
Yield 1 quart
2 cups water
2 bananas, peeled
1/2 bunch cilantro
2 tablespoons hemp powder
1 tablespoon chia seeds
2 tablespoon goji berries
1 teaspoon raw carob
1 teaspoon Vitamineral Green powder
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
smidge red limo pepper
Give it a whirl in your blender, do a keg stand and drink it down (haha – kidding) and dance your heart out!
Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008
What can I say but…”YIPPEE!!!” I’m thrilled to have been given this honor and award from Terrilynn at The Daily Raw Cafe.
The Inspirational Blogger Award is, “For those bloggers who inspire others through their words and actions. With a positive attitude, and uplifting spirit these bloggers make the blogosphere a better place, and encourage others to do the same. This award is for bloggers who rise up to set an example but continue to reach out and support others.”
To celebrate I’m doing a dance right now! Shake my hips a here and a there and twirl around twice…throw my hands up…yeah! yeah! Now, a little booty shake and jump around, clap my hands! BOOHYAH! :)
Okay, so now, I get to chat up five other blogs that move me, inspire me, excite me and thrill me…here we go!
ShannonMarie of Rawdorable ~ Your wonderful attitude and delicious creations make me smile from ear to ear. I love your creativity!
VeggieGirl of VeggieGirlVegan ~ You’re a young shining star and I love reading your blog. It’s exciting to see you tap into the Raw side of the vegan lifestyle.
KaleQueen of Loving the Green Life ~ Your biting humor and clever writing keeps me entertained and giggling non-stop.
Tera of The Raw Divas ~ True sparkle, fun, and excitement. I love your blog.
Sunday, January 20th, 2008
My smoothie today – Chunky Love. I smished (yep, that’s a technical term – haha) so much stuff into my BlendTec that it’s no wonder it didn’t all get blended in the first cycle. As I was pouring it into my quart glass mason jar, a chunk of it kind of sploshed (another one of those technical terms) onto the counter and all I could think was….Chunky Love. And, indeed it is delicious!!!
1 cup Water
2 stalks celery
1/2 bunch parsley
2 oranges, peeled
1 lime, peeled
1 apple, cored
1 tablespoon Vitamineral Green Powder
1 tablespoon whole, fresh rosemary
4 leaves red kale (smallish in size), destemmed
It’s been a while since I reported on any physical activity (except for the snowboarding) so I’m overdue. I went to the gym two days ago and knocked out some chest exercises. Today, I’m going to work on back and biceps. Then, I’m taking my dog for a long walk. (The weather is simply way too gorgeous to be indoors today!)
Friday, January 18th, 2008
I had to go to the dentist today (NOT fun!) so I’ve been baby-ing my teeth all day. Other than that, it’s been a super fun day, as I’ve been playing in the kitchen and making all kinds of Raw goodies!
Super Bad-Ass Smoothie: Purple Kale, small banana, apple (cored), 1/2 cup goji berries, 2 teaspoons Vitamineral Green powder, 1 teaspoon raw carob, 1 lime (peeled), 1/2 lemon (peeled) and some water. *I love the lemon & lime in my smoothies, makes them “sweet-tarty!”
“It’s Party Time” Salad: 2-cups (I’m showcasing this in my next class)
Insanely Good Fiesta Cobbler: 1-cup (I’m showcasing this in my next class)
That’s it so far, but my day isn’t over yet. I’ll likely have more of the salad and cobbler for another meal later.
I’m getting ready to watch Celebrity Apprentice in an hour. I’m thrilled to see Carol Alt still on there (my mom modeled with her once) and Jim Cramer is on as a guest tonight (he has a financial show on CNBC called Mad Money). I like to invest in the stock market, so I’m a huge fan Mad Money. It’s a fun show!
Tuesday, January 15th, 2008
FDA OKs meat and milk from most cloned animals? WTF?
I love one of the comments left on the page, “Cool! Let’s all line up for one more thing that the FDA deems safe so that we can find out 10 years from now that it contributed to the mystery finger growing out of our children’s foreheads…”
View the article here. Glad I’m VEGAN!
Tuesday, January 15th, 2008
I feel the need, the need for greens! Kind of like that line in Top Gun…something like, “I feel the need, the need for speed!” – haha
I’m feeling extra wonderful today. I think it’s all of the extra greens I’m adding to my smoothies. Lately, I’ve been adding much more (and less fruit). Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of fruit…but I’m listening to my body, which I always recommend, and I’m craving greens lately, so there you have it.
I’ve also been trying out a green powder that I add sometimes from Health Force Nutritionals (Vitamineral Green) and it’s been great. I’m not usually a big fan of supplements, but again, I listen to my body. If I feel out of balance with my diet or if I’m traveling and I won’t have access to many greens, then I’m all for supplementing (it does have it’s place in my world). Plus, it’s just fun sometimes. I love experimenting when it comes to things like that, so I can’t really help myself – haha. I’ve always had a passion for health, nutrition, diets, physical fitness, and…yes, even supplements. I don’t rely on them though; they’re just something I add once in a while.
Anyway, back to my intense adoration of greens lately. I’ve been enjoying them in mass quantities, and I’m reaping the benefits. My favorites this week have been cilantro, parsley, celery and spinach. Right now, I’m off to make a gigantic smoothie of parsley, cilantro, celery, apple, lime, kiwi, cinnamon, and maybe some cayenne or garlic for extra kick.
Have a GREAT day!