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New Year, New Attitude

January 30th, 2014

Hello out there! It’s been so long since I posted. Does anyone even read this thing anymore? I mean…it’s kinda fun for me to look back sometimes and see what I was thinking way back when. So that’s mostly what it is for me. I feel like my attitude about things has shifted so much since I started this blog. Your inner life changes. And then your outer life changes too. It’s pretty fun to watch how things unfold. Well, it’s a lot more fun looking back. When you see the accomplishment. Instead of the obstacles. But I’m feeling pretty optimistic about 2014.

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Business has been nothing short of crazy this year. I mean really. Who woulda thought that dairy free cheese would take off so well. It’s really hard to believe most of the time. I keep thinking I’m gonna wake up and it’s all gonna disappear. But it doesn’t. It just keeps getting crazier. I’ve been managing to keep up. But there have DEFINITELY BEEN MOMENTS when I’ve wondered to myself WHAT THE HELL WAS I THINKING?

But mostly, I’ve been too busy to really spend very much time second guessing myself.

These little cheeses keep me in line. They have really made me stay focused. Just because I know that this is my destiny on this little planet. I know that this is what I’m supposed to put back. People have always thought I was a bit of an aimless soul. I’m not gonna lie. But I’ve always felt like I stayed true to my path. Not one that was already out there. Not the one I was supposed to stay on. But my path. And this is it.

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So when I feel like giving up. These little tins of goodness make me remember what it’s all about. I mean after all, we are all just visitors here. Passing through. No matter how burned out I get. Or how discouraged. Or how inadequate I feel. Or how overwhelmed by my health. Or whatever obstacle is in my way. I have learned. Stay focused. Breathe. Keep pushing ahead. Stay positive. This is what change looks like. Don’t give up!

I have been meeting so many amazing people on this journey. Like Katy here. Find her at MN VEG. Passionate folks. Who want to make a difference in the world. It is so inspiring to be around that. It can change your world. A little attitude adjustment can change everything.

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So many magical things have been happening. This is a little pic I snapped when THE CURRENT (our local radio station) came to the shop and FILMED THIS AWESOME VIDEO featuring CAROLINE SMITH.

I just want to say, it’s always hardest right before something magical happens. When you feel like giving up. When you can’t see a path forward. When you are completely anxietal because you can’t understand how in the hell you are gonna get to the other side of whatever is in your way. That’s when it’s really important to keep the faith. It’s always darkest before the dawn. I’ve been working through a bunch of darkness lately. Which is hard to see past. But I feel like I’m on the verge of something. Not sure what yet. But something big is shifting. I can’t wait to see how it manifests…


Inspiration is Everywhere

January 25th, 2011

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Check out this pad thai I made the other day. I have to tell you that it tastes as good as it looks. I would like to take credit, but really I got the recipe out of CHARLIE TROTTER’S book. OMG! This book is amazing.

This is the Arugula Caesar Salad from that book. It’s garnished with these amazing croutons and a pine nut parmesan.

These croutons will blow your mind. I’m serious…Speaking of blowing your mind…

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Last weekend, we went to the Regional Yoga Asana Championships. International Yoga Champions, BRANDY LYN WINFIELD and KASPER VAN DEN WIJNGAARD did the most jaw droppingly inspiring demonstration of the mind/body/spirit connection I have ever seen. Remember the STANDING BOW POSE from last week? Well, this is what it’s supposed to look like.

Some of the stuff they were doing was insane. I was literally gasping in disbelief. I’m sure I was annoying everyone around me. But I just couldn’t fathom it.

The pictures don’t even do it justice. You really should go to KASPER’S web site and check out the videos.

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If I ever get to the point where I can do this pose, you’ll know that I’ve died and gone to heaven. Seriously!

ecopolitan Needless to say, this YOGA AND RAW FOOD REGIMEN that I’m on right now is changing my life. I’m not kidding. My body is going through some massive changes right now. I mean, for the last four years I’ve been kinda stuck in a very dysfunctional place. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve been working on it. Slowly but surely. But it takes time for changes to start sinking in. It really feels right now like I’m starting to bust through some barriers. Which, I should add, looks pretty messy in the during. But I have a good feeling about it.

My boyfriend is getting hopelessly spoiled. Last week, I made these cranberry strudel. My friend, KELLY DENNIS, came up with this recipe. She is a pastry genius!!

tulipsMy friend, Kristen, gave me these tulips for making her lunch. Aren’t they pretty? I love them. I’m also trading food for guitar lessons. The answers are just coming to me. I’ve decided that this year my number one priority is my health. I think that just allowing myself to have this priority is a HUGE step. There are always barriers. But nothing is more important. I think that just making this shift in my mind is going to have beautiful ramifications. No more excuses. No more obstacles. It’s just that simple.


New Year, New Decade, New Life: Part One

January 1st, 2010


Happy New Year, everyone! I love New Year’s. New possibilities are so uplifting. I found this post I wrote for NEW YEAR’S 2008. It’s kind of interesting to look back at things you saw as possibilities (back then) with the benefit of hindsight. A lot has changed in that short time and little did I know how much IMPACT my wheatgrass plan of 2008 would have. Well, this time it’s not just a new year. It’s a new decade. Time for a more ambitious plan.

kombuchaMy goal for 2010 (the year) is simple. I just want to kick this CANDIDA INFECTION to the curb. There seem to be a million different ideas out there for how to go about doing that. But I think I’ve settled on a strategy that seems to be working for me. Here is a batch of kombucha I have brewing to help combat the infection. You can see that the SCOBY has started to separate into a mother and a daughter colony. That means it’s almost ready! I have a couple of these going right now. So that I can have a constant supply of affordable kombucha.


This morning for breakfast, I had some homemade dairy-free YOGURT made from coconut meat. This batch was a lavendar-vanilla. Basically, the mantra is to kill the bad stuff and re-populate with the good stuff.

probioticThis is the acidophilus I’ve been putting in my yogurt. I’ve been doing probiotic capsules too, but they’re really expensive. So, I’m hoping that I can get more bang for my buck by incorporating it into my food. This entire bottle ran me about $12. A bottle of capsules would be at least 2-5X that (depending on what you get). We’ll see how it goes. I’ll keep you posted on the effectiveness. I can say that although I am still having die off symptoms, they seem to be getting less severe. It’s only been a few weeks though.

Beyond that, I don’t have big ambitions for this year. Basically, I want to focus on my health issues one at a time until I stop having them. I’m hoping that this is the last of my health dramas. As far as the decade goes, well that’s a little more complicated. So, I’ll save that for part two.


A Room With a View

November 3rd, 2007


I have to admit. I’ve spent the better part of my life living in pretty urban environments and not really noticing or appreciating nature as much as one should. This is the view from our very tiny apartment – located in a pretty densely populated (for Minneapolis anyway) urban area surrounded by other buildings. Let’s face it. Most of the time our view stinks.

Except right now…

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These two photos were taken about a week apart from our lovely window.


Now before you get too overcome with nature and start forgetting where you are…try looking down.


We also have a very lovely view of the dumpsters next door…

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Lots of action down there…

Err…anyway, back to the nature scenes…

desert fire

I wanted my old roomate, Meg, to see this because she gave me this plant long ago, and it’s the only one to survive that era. This scene made me a little guilty as it reminded me of all the fires they’re having in the desert right now. It also goes really nicely with this new Robert Plant | Alison Kraus record I’ve been pretty stuck on lately.


I’ll be back next week with some more autumn inspired recipes…


Getting in Touch with Nature

August 20th, 2007


So one of the side effects of going raw that you hear people talking about it that it makes you tune into nature and exist at a higher ‘vibrational frequency’. Now I admit that hearing things like that initially seemed, well, kinda weird. I’ve always had this irrational fear when I was in my twenties of older new age freaky people. I just knew that I was never going to get into Yanni among other things that I just didn’t relate to at the time. But I have to admit. Something IS happening. That I can’t put my finger on precisely, but I’m convinced that I can groove to it with something other than Yanni.

One thing I’ve noticed…I’ve all the sudden gotten good with plants. At least, I’ve been paying more attention to them lately. I actually am still in denial that this is MY plant.


Isn’t it pretty?

Another thing that I’m all the sudden becoming very aware of is garbage. As in how much garbage I generate. And I all of a sudden feel really compelled to start composting. I am in the midst of moving right now. So I haven’t started yet. But one of my criteria for my new place is that I want to have a small garden. And I want to compost all my produce. Eating all these vegetables, I first started noticing that my trash stinks a lot. But I also realize that it’s mostly just produce. And that throwing it in plastic bags and burying them in landfills is just…well, it’s just not how things were intended. And I realize how much difference it makes after a year if just little old me made a little adjustment.

The other thing I’ve noticed lately is a little more weird. But somehow, I’ve noticed myself being more tuned into the earth. I know that sounds weird. But it’s happening. Like the other day. I was riding my bike. And it was one of those off and on rainy days. Well, I’d be riding down the street, and for some unknown reason feel compelled to stop and get a salad at the coop. And I’d go in and sit down in the deli and all of the sudden it would start pouring down rain out of nowhere. And I’d eat my salad and read the paper and when I was done it would be bright and sunny. So I’d be on my merry way and the same thing happened again that day twice. Enough to make me stop and think. Hmmm?

Don’t worry though.  I haven’t started wearing socks with birkenstocks…yet.