Jess’s Nice List!

Posted by on Nov 24, 2015 in Community, Lifestyle, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Jess’s Nice List!

A guide to my favorite local non-profit organizations for charitable holiday giving Celebrating the “season of giving” by reaching out to those in need! Warning: doing good can often lead to a case of the warm fuzzies. Jess’s Nice List 2015 The City Mission – providing food, shelter, education, job training and hope to Clevelanders in need for over 100 years. The food pantry at the United Methodist Church of Willoughby – helping neighbors get through hard times with food, household items, clothing and smiles....

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Healing Winter Tea

Posted by on Nov 24, 2015 in Lifestyle, Recipes, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Healing Winter Tea

As cold and flu season approaches, one of the best ways to support the immune system is keeping inflammation at bay. And one of the best ways I have found to do that is with Angela Liddon’s rooibos tea recipe! Ginger root and turmeric root are two anti-inflammatory power houses found in nature. Brewing them with rooibos tea, a South African tea traditionally used to treat many ailments, creates a mild, earthy flavor. Adding a few lemon slices adds an alkalizing property, a dose of vitamin C and a light citrusy note. A drop of honey or...

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5 Tips for an Easy Transition into Fall!

Posted by on Oct 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

5 Tips for an Easy Transition into Fall!

Ah…Autumn! After a busy and fun-filled summer (I got to stick my feet in the Gulf of Mexico AND the Pacific Ocean!), the richness and slower pace of Fall is most welcome. The change of seasons is not something external to us, it is completely in rhythm with us (or us with it). It is not merely a coincidence that the shorter, cooler days invite us to slow down, eat heartier foods and become more contemplative and introspective. It is Nature’s reminder to us to honor our own internal cycles and rhythms by preparing for the restfulness of...

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Springtime Carrot & Coriander Soup with Toasted Coconut!

Posted by on Mar 24, 2015 in Recipes | 0 comments

Springtime Carrot & Coriander Soup with Toasted Coconut!

Welcome, Springtime! After this long winter, I am so ready for sunshine, warmer weather and lots of time outside! To help prepare my body for a more active season, I like to clean up my eating a bit and have found this light and delicious soup to be just what my body needs! It’s rich in vitamins A and C and in potassium. Pair it with your favorite greens salad to get in your daily raw! Carrot Coriander Soup with Toasted Coconut *this recipe makes about 4-6 servings Ingredients 1 T coconut oil ½ c coconut milk 2 cloves garlic, diced 1 lb...

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Vegan Mulligatawny Soup!

Posted by on Feb 2, 2015 in Recipes | 0 comments

Vegan Mulligatawny Soup!

“The way a crow shook down on me, a dust of snow from a hemlock tree, has given my heart a change of mood, and saved some part of a day I had rued.” – Robert Frost. Ok, truth be told, there was nothing to rue about this day. I had a wonderful home yoga practice this morning, got to spend time with my family this afternoon and, as I write this, a steady snowfall has been coating the world in a soft blanket of white outside my window. But Mr. Frost’s words point to the always-present opportunity for reverence of the...

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Vegan Stuffed Peppers!

Posted by on Nov 3, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Vegan Stuffed Peppers!

I’ve made versions of this many times in the past and turned to it again recently as we pulled the last of our pepper plants out in preparation of the winter ahead. This is a simple, nutritious recipe packed with protein that can be ready in no time if you soak the black beans the night before. Feel free to change up the “stuffing” based on what you’re pulling from your garden or CSA box! And, as always, spice it up with more hot pepper to suit your taste! Ingredients 2 T extra virgin olive oil 2 T cumin 2 cloves...

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Vegan Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Recipes | 0 comments

Vegan Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

  With the artist’s palette of colors on the trees and in the autumn sky, and with Halloween around the corner, pumpkin everything has been on my mind! While the words “pumpkin spice latte” and the thought of pumpkin flavored syrup and cow’s milk are enough to make my stomach turn…I do need my dose of fall flavors! In search of a healthy way to get my pumpkin fix, I tried my hand at Angela Liddon’s autumn inspired snack and was so pleased with the results that this has been my breakfast (and midday snack) for days! With banana and...

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Autumn Butternut Squash Apple Soup!

Posted by on Oct 15, 2014 in Community, Green Living, Recipes | 3 comments

Autumn Butternut Squash Apple Soup!

Embrace Fall with this delicious seasonal favorite! Eating seasonally is good for your body, good for local farmers and good for the planet. This time of year, a variety of apples and squashes are abundant. If you haven’t grown your own vegetable garden, you can usually find a variety of locally grown squash in groceries stores or, better yet, take part in community agriculture by purchasing a Farm Share with a CSA!   Geauga Family Farms and Fresh Fork are two of my favorites. This easy-to-make soup will warm you up in a hurry and is packed...

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Soul Speak: Listening to Your Heart in the Quietude of Nature

Posted by on Oct 13, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Soul Speak: Listening to Your Heart in the Quietude of Nature

Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean. – John Muir.   Life itself is a great force, pushing us always forward, forward. It takes both effort and ease to simultaneously “go with the flow” and exist in the present moment. As we all know, time passes quickly and does not wait for us to be ready to move on. It does not pause so that we can catch our breath. In our society, we are indeed faced with great external...

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Summer Harvest Soup

Posted by on Sep 18, 2014 in Recipes | 0 comments

Summer Harvest Soup

Although most of us would have liked some warmer temperatures and sunnier skies this summer, my garden has been loving the cooler weather and plentiful rainfall! Looking for something new to do with the abundance of tomatoes, zucchini, onions and peppers – and inspired by my newly delivered “Oh She Glows” cookbook – I decided to try my take on the summer harvest soup recipe. I added a little more “kick” with hot peppers and opted not to top this with toasted tortilla strips. This hearty, warming soup turned out to be a new favorite in our...

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