Full Moon


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How are you doing today?  Are you surviving the first few days of the week after the long and lovely holiday weekend?  I did but I’ve got so many things, details, loose ends, and projects I’ve been working on.  I also just got back from teaching a great yoga class and need to get a late dinner going but wanted to say thanks for the positive feedback about the Product Review Post I did yesterday. 

Everything from ProBars

Hand holding Pro Bar

To Yoga Mats

New yoga mat
Yoga Mat up close

To AmazingGrass that I used to make “Amazing” Raw Vegan Chocolate Coconut Snowballs.

Packet of Chocolate Drink Powder
Raw Vegan Chocolate Coconut Snowballs

I am glad you liked the product review info and that it’s helpful and informativeMay as well share my thoughts and hopefully someone gets something out of it!

A few months back I shared a little info about the Full Moon, and specifically, what happens to us during a Full Moon.  If you missed that post, go check it out

I received alot of feedback and comments that you wanted more info about astrology and since December 2 is a Full Moon, I thought this was a good day to wax and wane about the moonForgive the horrible pun there.

picture of a magic moon

Here are some random facts & info about the Full Moon:
Full Moon occurs when the Sun and Moon oppose each other, and this opposition creates a certain unbalance.  It’s like we’re in the middle of a strong magnetic field and loose balance as soon as we try to move out. We tend to have accidents – whether it’s a fall or a car crash.

Hospitals & Surgeons are Busier

If you’ve set intentions on the new Moon, the full Moon is the time for releasing them out.  Intentions are like wishes you send out, but you’ve got to take an active part in making them happen. When you set intentions consciously, it makes you more present to the moment, able to jump on opportunities, cultivate contacts, and recognize divine serendipity.

The full Moon often casts an exuberant vibe, making it a great time to have a party.

Another effect of the tension in the Universe during the full Moon is violent outbreaks. Especially where there are religious and ethnic conflicts, like in northern Ireland and the Middle East, there tend to be a peak in violence close to full Moon.

Watch your own irritation at full Moon!  This is when you easily snap at your kids or significant other, or generally tend to feel tense.

Your Physical Energy is Much Stronger

Concentration More Difficult, “Fuzzy-Brained”, Chaotic & Disorganized Thoughts

Restlessness, Anxiety, Tense Moods prevail.
We all know the word lunatic. It comes from the Latin word for Moon, lunaSomeone who’s lunatic is full of full Moon. Restless, nervous, tense, violent, angry.

Difficulty Sleeping.  It’s common to suffer from insomnia by full Moon

Full Moon is a time for romance. The play of light over the water, the moon hanging in the branches of trees, the huge orb rising over a cityscape — all these put us more in touch with our creature sense. 

The full moon is also associated with fertilization and ovulation. successful conception is easier at that time.

My own knowledge with supplemented info from

Well enough of the Hippy Dippy Moon ramblings.  As I mentioned before, I was asked my many to give some info on this, so there ya have it.

Moving along to some of the Food ’round here…

I bought a Cookie Dough Balance Bar.   

Cookie Dough Balance Bar
Inside Cookie Dough Balance Bar split in half

The 15 g of protein is appealing, the fact that it contains lots of random ingredients is not so much.  

Nutrition Facts on Cookie Dough Balance Bar
Hand holding split open Balance Bar showing inside

But as a once-in-awhile thing, I gave some to Skylar with the rest of her vegetarian snackApples, grapes, frozen mango chunks, raisins, and a few bites of the Cookie Dough Balance bar.

Various fruit and chopped up Cookie Dough Balance Bar on plate

I much prefer my own take on Raw Vegan Cookie Dough.

Raw Vegan Cookie Dough Balls
Close up of two Raw Vegan Cookie Dough Balls

There was a huge garden salad with tomatoes, orange & yellow peppers, & carrots that I dressed with my Holiday Orange Spice Dressing….

Garden Salad with Holiday Orange Spice Dressing

…and roasted Sweet Potatoe Fries to go with it.

Roasted Sweet Potato Fries

I made a Kale Salad

Kale salad with Vegetables

 With Cauli, Brock, Peapods and my Homemade Vegan Slaw Dressing.

Salad with Vegetables and Homemade Slaw Dressing

For Dessert I brewed a cup of Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride Tea.  I adore this stuff but after drinking really black coffee, tea does seem so light.  That’s the beauty of tea though, the delicateness of the flavors. 

Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride Tea
Mug with tea bags in it

And nibbled on some TJ’s Carmel Corn (vegan & gluten-free, best as I can tell)…

Fat Free Caramel Popcorn in bag

…with Vegan Chocolate Chips mixed in.

Popcorn with some chocolate chips
Close up of Popcorn with chocolate chips

Big shoutout to reader Katie who made my Vegan Creme de Menthe bars and put her own twist on them based on the ingredients she had on hand and topped them with Candycane pieces.

Too cute, and thanks so much, Katie, for sending me the picture and telling me you made these at 7:30am before she even  left the houseNow that’s a minty chocolate craving; a girl after my own heart!  muah!!!!

But then I had a Peanut Butter craving come on, so I whipped up a couple of my now infamous Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Cups

Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Cup
Peanut Butter Cup split in half showing inside

If you haven’t gotten in on the Chocolate PB Cup action, I highly recommend them!

Many of you have asked what the Nooch in the recipe does?  Well, you know how the filling in Reese’s Cups is slightly salty with just a little bit of texture to it?  Well, the nooch provides a slightly savory quality and little bit of texture, all in one raw vegan shot.  Love it, but not essential if you just gotta try these, they’ll be fine without it.

Yoga Today is Kapotasana (King Pigeon Pose).  Please do not try this unless your back is thoroughly warmed up as well as your quads.  Yoga is not a competition and so please don’t force yourself into a pose.  I don’t want you to hurt yourself.  This is a pose to work towards with patience and compassion for any limitations your body has.

Woman doing Kapotasana yoga pose

Tip of the Day:  Pay attention to how the phases of the moon effect you.  When I was younger, I never did.  But as I have gotten older and feel more in tune with my body and the world around me, I do notice more chatotic energy during the full moon and I’ve had a horrible time sleeping this week.  Restless, insomnia, working til 2am on my computer, and eyes pop open at 6am rearin’ to go kinda thing.  I think that if you open your heart and mind to nature, and to the beauty and mystery that can be found in the natural world, it can be such a profound and amazing thing to notice the effects unfold in your own body.

One of the other natural phenomena that I am really effected by is sunlight.  I say this jokingly but not totally, I need to live in a place where it’s sunny most of the time or I just don’t feel right.  Are there any nature or natural occurrences that you notice that effect you?  In what way?

What’s your take on astrology, yoga musings, and things that are less tangible, but that may indeed exist?  Are you a believer?  Do you think it’s hocus pocus?  Are you open to this kind of thing or are you more of a concrete, left-brained thinker?

Stay Tuned For Holiday Cha-Cha-Chia…

P.S. Sorry that I haven’t made my rounds throughout the blogosphere today….I’ve been slammed and plan to cruise your bloggies later tonight, best I can before I pass out from exhaustion!  It’s been a freakishly busy day for me!

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  1. Lol, I just made the donut holes (minus peppermint), and I am enduring such an intense sugar high right now…I made maybe half the recipe, and ate it spread over a pear (was DELICIOUS, like cake), and I had a pear earlier as well. The sugar high is a little intense lol!! Next time I make this, I will limit myself to one donut hole and ease up on the fruit :)

  2. I'm always so glad you post your guest posts on your blog – I always feel like I learn something new about you every time. :)

    I do send out holiday cards and since we started doing photo cards 3 years ago I find it SOO much easier! Chris and I tend to vacation a lot so we usually choose one from a place we've gone to, order the photos online, stuff 'em in envelopes, lick em, stick the stamp and off they go! I love receiving cards from people (it lets me know they thought of us) and I've found that photo cards of others are my favorites. My problem is that I feel like the holidays bring out the procrastinator in me – I am late shopping, decorating, and sending out cards. This was a good reminder…thank you!!

  3. I want to try the peppermint chocolate donut holes..I noticed it calls for 1 cup of flaxseeds..what would the equivalent be to ground flax?

    Yep, I love holiday cards. But I stopped sending out Christmas cards a few years ago. Now I send out Thanksgiving cards. People definitely don't expect one of those! And it is a great opportunity for me to take the time to tell each person why I am thankful to have them in my life! NO GENERIC CARDS FOR ME! I'd rather not send one than send a card with just my signature. Too impersonal.

  4. My parents have no blending apparatuses (apparati?) here in Tokyo so I'm pretty much completely helpless if I want to make anything fun at all (coughdonutholescough). Not like I want to get out of vacation mode at all, but I spose a Diana-style kitchen is something I can look forward to returning to, eh? :)

  5. Love love love all your posts. Food is so decadent. Your little one is adorable.

    Gosh – warrior 3 – my nemesis! – it's a hit or miss for me always :(…much easier if i just try going into airplane or enter from a standing pose…if i try from revolved triangle or something…uh yeah i'm falling…i don't practice it enough though – so that might explain alot haha ;)

  6. So much to comment on! I did not know you changed your name to Averie Harmony! How hippy dippy fabulous is that?! That's awesome.
    Pepperment donut holes sound amazing.
    I really, really need to get myself a spiralizer. I just peel my zuke to get it pasta-fied. I'll add it to the Christmas list! haha

  7. busy weeks are good weeks! i think they make the week fly by but in a good way :)

    i'm so happy you're loving the teaching!! and these peppermint treats are making my tum grrrrowl!

  8. It was great to see you and Skylar yesterday! I will miss our coffee dates while you are gone! And, per usual, those donut holes look incredible.

  9. We decorated the house this past weekend- and the tree last night, and while looking through our box-o-christmas-crap I found all the cards from last year, about 40 of them, that I made out, and put the addresses on but never sent out! Haha- so that made me decided to not do it this year either. Part of me feels guilty about it- but I just don't have the urge to do it at the moment. I did want to get the dogs a picture with Santa and send that out- because I think that would be funny.. but time is running out for that endeavor!
    – On another note: I'm taking some Acroyoga tomorrow! Have you taken this before? I've always wanted to and I can't wait!!! I'll let you know how it turns out. I'm also supposed to take a workshop with Angela Farmer in a couple of weeks if I can scrap the money together- I've never taken one with her so it should be cool. Who are some of the "master" teachers that you've taken workshops/trainings with?
    -Ps… I'm SO EXCITED for you to get your 500 hours!! I want to hear all about it!! AND thanks for all your support Averie- it truly means the world to me <3

  10. hey mama, isn't it BALANCE that makes that honey yogurt bar?! It used to be Erin's fav. It has a blue stripe on the white wrapper?! (ya i used to EAT WAYYY TOO MANY bars when i was skating.)

  11. I don't send out holiday cards but I would like to! Should have gotten my act together this year but I waited to long. Hmmm…maybe I'll do them as an email, with my family and friends spread out on 5 continents and dozens of different countries that is pretty much the only way!

    Love the donut holes, anything holiday themed is good for me!

  12. I don't send out holiday cards but I would like to! Should have gotten my act together this year but I waited to long. Hmmm…maybe I'll do them as an email, with my family and friends spread out on 5 continents and dozens of different countries that is pretty much the only way!

    Love the donut holes, anything holiday themed is good for me!

  13. delicious raw peppermint bites! love how you link back to yoru recipes just in case I forget to print it out!

    I love the name of the dr flacker crackers LOL they look like the Foods alive crackers which I love crunching up ontop of salads


  14. Wow. Who knew? Raw donut holes! Peppermint to celebrate the winter season, too! :D

    I've never sent out cards before, but I will be starting this year! :-)

  15. and I was just bumming because I forgot my last bit of Holiday Spice dressing at work….oh well, I do have more oranges. MMMMMMM

    I love sending out cards and it's on my list for this weekend to get started.

    I was thinking about doing a photo one this year.

    well, i'd love to ramble on but I need to get JJ to bed. gettin' late!

  16. "Don't call the Gluten-Free Vegan Police on me!" hahaha love love love this.

    As for the Sunspire goods- I adore the white chocolate chips, (yep they're only white chocolate, but more healthy than your average Safeway brand thats for sure.) I also bought the PB sunspire chips today, and I like them too! As for the carob- carob in general, I put up with.. not my fave, but this is the only brand I've tried, so maybe I'm missing out?!

    Thanks for your lovely comment- yes, I do take my free, simple life for granted sometimes, but trust me, there is no rushing for me these days. I am in no position to be looking for a hub/kid. Although a boy (man?!) in general would be nice… ;);)

    Hahahaa loved your comment on Abby's post. My house smelled like maple syrup+cinnamon for a few days, we'll just say that.

  17. that picture of you and your daughter made my heart melt! such a loving mother!
    i love zone bars..bc they keep me full!

  18. So I kinda think you made those donut holes….just for me :-D

    Seriously, peppermint flavored chocolate is one of my favoriteeee seasonal flavors!!

    And yum. I'm actually a big fan of dill when I remember it! It always adds a nice flavor to avo or hummus and tomato sandwiches :)

    Have a great day love!

  19. Ooh those raw donut holes sound so christmasy! :) And it's been too long since I've had zucchini pasta– yours looks delicious :)

  20. oh girl- you can promote anything on my blog, any time! Your recipes rock. I am sending our picture cards too. Its fun, but a pain in the butt to try to get them done in a timely fashion ;) I want some of those flackers! They look so fabulous

  21. We normally do but it's too crazy this year to send out cards!

    Um sign me up for the donut holes those are my favorite flavor of Luna Bar!

    I'm trying to give up sugar…. again otherwise I'd be all over your desserts, but 2 cupcakes today showed me I lack self-control.

  22. I have sent cards every year with the kids pic on them but I am just not feelin' it this year. I am in the holiday spirit, just not sure I want to put my energy into cards. Ugh, the problems I have! ;)

  23. Averie, Stopping by to say "hi". I have to be honest and tell you that I'm behind on reading your blog and my eyes are too tired to focus right now. However, your blog is first on my list for tomorrow as I missed your full moon post! Have a great night!

  24. Those Dr. Flacker Crackers really do sound delicious! What a great snack food.

    I am so intrigued by your Holiday Orange Spice dressing. It's not very often that I make salads (I'm more of a wrap, pita, kind of gal), but I bookmarked the page to try out sometime!

    This is actually the first year my family isn't doing the whole "picture" Christmas card. My mom always used to get a fun photo of me and my two older brothers sometime during the year and use it, but this year I think we're all just getting a little too old for that. My mom still does Christmas cards to the relatives, but no more photos. I do think the photos are nice when the kids are young and changing so quickly. It's a great way to keep in touch and remind friends and family what this season is truly about!


  25. Are you talking about the beloved Honey Peanut Balance Bar? Because I bought one today (the store was out of Cookie Dough) :)

    You just inspired me to give away raw donut holes for Xmas gifts. I usually make spiced nuts or pretzel rods or cocoa mix, but why not something raw? Thanks for the inspiration as always!

  26. You are extremely powerful. You must feel so good!
    I don't send cards, I may try something homemade this year since commercial cards are pricey and irrelevant to the meaning of the season.
    If sending cards has meaning for you then you should do it.

  27. Thanks so much for the donut hole recipe.
    It will be my first attempt at gluten free/vegan (non) baking.
    Since going gluten free I tend to abstain from sweets… but I think it's time to take the bull by the horns and make some treats!

    Love your blog!
    You are my dietary twin!

  28. Few, after all that giveaway entering I can post here, haha.
    I want to try that dressing when I go home! I'm not big on salads, but maybe as a glaze on brussels sprouts it'd be good.
    2-3 raw only? That is hardcore. I could probably give up some of the more extravagent bars, but thinking about it there were a lot of bars I gave up just going all-natural so any more might be a stretch

  29. Chocolate peppermint donut holes?! I love it! I also posted chocolate peppermint recipe tonight. Great minds think alike, right? :)

    I LOVE your name. It fits you perfectly. :)