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02/01/2014 / avenues of artistry

have you found my new blog yet?

hello friends!

for a while now i have been blogging from my website http://www.avenuesofartistry.com/the-blog

all of this content can be found on the new site plus new material. i am keeping this site going because of old links connected to this.

see ya over there! please comment and share to your hearts content!

much love <3

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11/21/2013 / avenues of artistry

weathering winter

weathering winter

the seasons are shifting again! maybe you noticed some changes in your body between summer and fall? belly aches, dry skin, a desire to eat different foods, slight grumpiness or some other minor differences? with the flux of weather and sun i have noticed changes within myself. friends of mine have also remarked on some of the bodily changes they have been experiencing as of late.  with these changes in our natural world we too have to change our behavior to match the world around us. this is even important for people who live in areas that don’t experience as much seasonal shift. i also want to recognize that this California girl has a lot to learn about a REAL cold winter- but nonetheless here is a list of some ways to help our bodies, minds, and spirits feel best as we prepare for the cold- wherever you may live.

to defend against dehydration: drink a cup of (warm) water upon waking


sleeping through the night, we lose moisture while we breathe and our bodies use the water we consumed during the day to filter our blood.  so we wake up in the morning already dehydrated. by beginning the day with a glass of water we rehydrate and begin to flush out anything our bodies can’t use.

in the winter it is easy to forget to drink water because it isn’t hot out and it’s easy to find a hot beverage to drink instead.  additionally, many people sleep with a heater on or work in heated offices. heaters and even fire places are drying which aggravates our skin and mucous membrane in our sinuses, mouth and throat (and many other places). having mucous is important to our overall health and is at the forefront of virus protection. so bottoms up on those cups of warm water, room temperature water and nourishing herbal teas (steer clear from rooibos tea as it can be drying).

eat warm foods and trade cold salads for warm veggies & leafy greens

leafy green already prepped in the fridge. sorry for the plastic :( i didnt have a big enough glass tupper-wear. i also reuse my bag!

now is the time of year that you may find yourself craving warm foods, soups and hearty veggies. there is a reason you are craving these foods. our bodies are feeling the effects of the cold and are in need of warm, balancing nourishment. if cold green salads are your main source of veggies try trading them for warm veggies especially leafy greens. eating warm foods will help your body stay warm during the winter months. another good rule of thumb (which i often talk about)- eat seasonally.

here is a great link to find out more about your local seasonal eats. sorry it doesn’t cover every area of the U.S. please let me know if you find something that covers more regions or other parts of the world.

what are some of your favorite warming foods? how can you start incorporating them into your week?

stock your stock

keep your freezer full of veggie broth, chicken stock or beef broth (in glass tupper-wear) whatever you prefer to make your own soup in a jiffy. defrost and add a bevy of veggies and anything else you can imagine and you’ve got an easy meal. this is especially handy in case you feel that cold coming on! you can quickly get the frozen stock out of the glass tupper-wear by running it under warm water.

nourish: oils for skin and body

spoon full of coconut oil

spoon full of coconut oil

with the cold and dry weather it is important to cook with healthy oils like ghee, pastured butter, and coconut oil. eat your flax, take your fish oil, or whatever you do to get your Omega 3′s. you can even use natural oils, like coconut, as if it’s lotion-keeping skin supple and happy.

find time for sunshine

where do you find beauty?

sunshine!

this time of year it can be hard to get outside. steal moments here and there  while at home or at work to take a quick walk during the day in the sunshine to warm up. find time to sit in a sunny spot outside at lunch or to read a book. make plans on the weekends to spend time outside. bundle up to take your favorite walk, go to an outdoor holiday event, or make a plan to enjoy an outdoor winter sport.

don’t give up on movement

we know participating in regular exercise is good for the mind, the body and the spirit.  but during the fall and winter you may be spending more time inside to stay warm but don’t give up on enjoying moving your body. think about what kind of activities you LIKE doing and remember what helps you feel your best. is it going to a class with a friend? a bike ride with your partner? a hike by yourself? going to the gym and sitting in the sauna after? swimming in the rain? whatever it is… dig deep, think about what you enjoy and you’re more likely to keep it up.

what are your tips to weather winter?

happy cold weather all!

10/17/2013 / avenues of artistry

roasted pumpkin, fennel & fig

i am a sucker for figs. so when my most loyal facebook fan asked me to come up with a fig recipe i searched high and low for the last of the fall figs in Berkeley. this time of year i regularly roast acorn, butternut and kabocha squash. so i figured– why not pumpkin? fennel is also a staple in my roasting pan, adding an earthy sweet flavor.

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roasted pumpkin, fennel & fig
serves 6

small pumpkin

5 med fennel bulbs

basket of figs

3-4 tablespoons ghee, butter or coconut oil

sea salt

you will also need 2 baking sheets or shallow roasting pans

 

step by step

preheat over to 350-400 degrees depending on your oven.

cut up fennel bulbs into heart slices, about 6 slices per bulb. try to leave the center intact so that they hold together during cooking.

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fig & fennel prep. sorry for the shadow :(

 

slice figs into halves, this keeps they moist and juicy while roasting. if your figs are really large you can cut them into smaller chunks.

 

to prep the pumpkin (this goes for any winter squash)

cut the top off to expose a flat fleshy top. slice in half.

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get the seeds out! see below for the basics of pumpkin seed toasting

put flat side down on a cutting board.  remove pumpkin rind with a vegetable peeler or with a large knife. only cut AWAY from your body and keep your hands out of the way!

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pumpkin prep

 

spread evenly onto 2 roasting pans. no crowding! crowding leads to steaming which means that your vegges don’t get the delicious crispy edges.

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ready to roast pan 1

 

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ready to roast pan 2

 

toss with melted oil/butter

put into oven. roast for 1/2 hour to 45 min.

 

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roasted! the figs to make the pan a little crusty. its easy to clean if you put hot water on it right away.

 

you know when your goodies are done when they are soft with brown crispy edges.

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out of the oven and into the bowl

 

 

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this got scoops taken out of it before i even got to take a photo of it!

 

Basics of pumpkin seed toasting!

wash seeds in a strainer. clean seeds will cook more evenly.

boil for 10 min in salted boiling water– this keeps the seeds moist while cooking

pat dry

cover with the same kind of oil you used for the roasting above

sprinkle with salt

spread evenly on a pan- minor overlap ok!

toast at 325 until seeds for about 20 min.

test a few as you go to see if they are crunchy and done.

you dont need to wait for the outside to look dark brown. the inner part of the seed gets toasted before the outside.

eat them shell & all! dare i say better than popcorn?

ENJOY!

10/16/2013 / avenues of artistry

fall recipes by request!

hey all! I am working on my roasted pumpkin, fig and fennel recipe for Mr. Rose.

i also wanted to list some links to other great pumpkin recipes as well as carrot & zucchini recipes!

hope you enjoy! (click on the photo to go to the recipe)

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15 recipes that aren’t pumpkin pie

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zucchini nachos

roasted celery root & carrot. switch out olive oil for organic pasture raised ghee or butter.... only use olive oil is you use the best of the best!

roasted celery root & carrot. switch out olive oil for organic pasture raised ghee or butter…. only use olive oil is you use the best of the best!

fig & olive tapendade  (sorry for the bread photo! serve with gluten free crackers)

fig & olive tapendade
(forget the bread and serve with gluten free crackers)

pumpkin spice latte. i even saw a recipe recently that used pumpkin puree!

pumpkin spice latte. i even saw a recipe recently that used pumpkin puree- if i can find it again i will post it!

 

also i owe you a meditation update. believe it or not- today is day 37! still going strong. at this point i feel like day 40 is just a marker and i can’t imagine not having a meditation as part of my routine. enjoy these and i look forward to posting the next recipe soon!

10/15/2013 / avenues of artistry

daily special: carrots & zucchini

If you haven’t yet switched over to follow my new bog please sign up at http://www.avenuesofartistry.com/!

last thursday i noticed it had been a while since i posted a recipe. today i am posting two! i will also be following up with another recipe tomorrow. i asked my facebook subscribers to let me know what veggies they needed *NEW* recipes for.

 

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the first two suggestions made were carrots and zucchini. truth be told, i don’t like cooked carrots and at this point of the year i am glad to be moving onto wintery veggies. some folks still have zucchinis in their gardens that they need to eat. so i made up two recipes to use these two veggies. at first i was not too excited about these recipes but after they were made i couldn’t deny their deliciousness!

i wanted to create recipes that were really easy to make, would only require one large pan and could be made consecutively with ease.  hope you enjoy these!

 

RECIPE 1

savory zucchini sauté
serves 4

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4 large zucchini

2 tablespoons organic, pasture raised butter

half a medium shallot or small shallot, chopped

2 teaspoons cumin seed or ground cumin

3-4 oz goat cheese

salt & peper

 

slice zucchinis lengthwise and then into half moon slices.

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chop shallot and set aside

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heat the pan to medium and add butter, zucchini and a pinch of salt. the zucchini pieces should be spread evenly throughout the pan.

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with the heat on medium let the zucchinis sweat out  their moisture for 5-8 min.

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once they’ve shrunk a little you can turn up the heat to brown the zucchini.

add the cumin and chopped shallot.

 

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stir until the zucchini are browned and the shallots cooked.

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immediately transfer to heat safe bowl. let cool a bit then add the goat cheese in small pinches.

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sprinkle with freshly ground pepper.

 

RECIPE 2

gingery cooked carrots

serves 4

(this recipe inspired by the lady at the farmers market! thank you!)

 

4-5 large carrots or a bunch of smaller ones

2 tablespoons coconut oil

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1 tsp good maple syrup. none of that Aunt Jemimah stuff!

pinch of sea salt

 

use large fresh carrots for best flavor. avoid using bagged baby carrots if possible.

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cut into 1-2 inch segments (this will help the carrots keep some of their texture and defend against reminders of soggy cooked carrots). you can do this ahead of time and keep them overnight in the fridge in water and covered.

 

heat a large pan to medium high heat. with enough room to keep the carrots from overlapping in the pan.

 

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add a 1.5 tsp of coconut oil to the heated pan. reserve 1/2  tablespoons for later. once melted drop the carrots into the pan and start stirring. add a pinch of salt to help the carrots release their moisture.

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the idea is that the carrots start to brown on the outside.  this takes a bit of time. about 10-15 min. keep stirring. grate the ginger.

 

 

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once the carrots are beginning to look brown add the last ½ tablespoon on coconut oil, ginger and maple syrup.

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the maple syrup will help finish caramelizing the carrots.

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this dish isn’t very sweet but because of the maple syrup and sweet carrots this dish it is less like a veggie and more like a starch/carbohydrate portion of your meal.

 

pack these items up with some sliced cabbage and black beans for a great lunch!

09/17/2013 / avenues of artistry

switching over! just the beginning!

hey followers! i have moved my blog over to http://www.avenuesofartistry.com/blog

this will be, for now at least, my website notifying you of upcoming art shows, classes and soon wellness coaching!

so please head over to my new site and check it out! in the mean time i hope to periodically update here for a bit longer.

here are links to the last few posts!

40 days of meditating

 

day #2catching up day #3, #4, #5

 

sweet 6

 

hope you get a chance to make your way over there to check out my meditation ponderings and the little water colors i have been making.

07/26/2013 / avenues of artistry

new and exciting happenings

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paintings and a baby scoop of peach sorbet

happy happy friday dear followers and friends!

i am in the process of updating my facebook page, my pintrest and this blog to be more reflective of the holistic wellness coaching work i am doing in conjunction with the arts teaching and making i am doing.

as i embark on path of beginning to call in clients, friends, art folk and seekers of whole person happiness i am noticing that i need to start actually TELLING people what i am doing! this week had many exciting developments. i have been working with a friend in the wellness field on the beginnings of business brainstorm and planning . almost even more exciting is that i will be showing my work in october at Tara’s Organic Ice Cream Telegraph location in the Temescal location of Oakland. and possibly in Reno, NV in September.

i also noticed as i wrote last week’s blog post that i was using capital letters and a more formal writing style naturally. perhaps that is where this blog is going as i focus more on the professional aspects of this blog. thanks everyone for reading and i look forward to sharing more updates with you.

for this week’s inspiration eye candy

fabric

fabric patterns <3

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