Guest Post: ShannonMarie of RawDorable

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How are you doing today?  Are you feeling peaceful and mellow or a little stressed now that Christmas is just around the corner?  If you celebrate, hopefully peaceful!  If you missed my post on The Winter Solstice, Christmas, and Religion, check out my post yesterday (that was a trigger happy finger post…yikes but at least it was 95% the way I wanted it when it went out!)

Young girl opening doors on advent calendar

I chatted about the Winter Solstice and how it relates to yoga, and I want to sincerely thank everyone for their honest and open feedback in the comments.  I learned so much about you and I love when that happens, so thank you for sharing your stories with me.

I also posted a few Beach Pics, too!

Woman and young girl posing smiling on beach

 

Young girl playing in sand on beach

So if you missed my Deep-ish Thoughts Post, go enjoy.

Moving onto Today though!
My friend, Shannon Marie of Rawdorable
Shannon Marie of Rawdorable

 

a Mother of Two…Woman with two children laying in snow pile…and a high raw, all vegan, a supremely creative un-baker and cook extraordinaire is kind enough to share some of her amazing raw dessert recipes today!

But just to praise Shannon Marie a little more…Some of you may remember in my Reader Tribute Post that Shannon Marie Made My Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough into a Doll (check out the dough-ey doll skirt!) in honor of My Daughter Skylar.

My Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough turned into a Doll  Shannon Marie is amazingly creative!
Close up of Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough turned into a Doll

Or how about the high Raw Vegan Girl Scout-themed Samoas Cookies I made?

Raw Vegan Girl Scout-themed Samoas Cookies on dehydrator tray

My Samoas were inspired in huge part from Shannon Marie’s original recipe genius!
Finished Raw Vegan Girl Scout-themed Samoas Cookies on trayOhhh those cookies… The cookie bases were crunchy and the tops were moist, gooey, decadent, with the awesome flavor of Sunflower Butter and coconut and vanilla…

Close up of one Raw Vegan Girl Scout-themed Samoas Cookies

So without further ado, here’s what Shannon Marie has for us today.  I’ll follow up at the end!

Cookies for Santa
Plate full of cookies with sign that read Dear Santa Claus
When Averie asked me to guest post, I was honored, of course. But being a busy wife and mom (my second child is only a few months old), I found it difficult to fulfill her request with something fresh and separate from my own.

However, since many of you probably have never visited my site, some blasts from the past might be new to you. So, in the holiday spirit, I decided to share my cookies for Santa from blogging years one and two. Enjoy!

Two Cinnamon Mocha Crinkle Cookies on black and white plate
Cinnamon Mocha Crinkles
1 cup almonds flour (finely ground almonds and/or pulp)
1/2 cup hazelnut flour (finely ground hazelnuts)
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 Tbsp. Java Teeccino grounds
1/4 cup date paste
sprinkling of cinnamon
pinch of sea salt
*finely ground coconut for rolling

In a bowl, whisk together the almond flour, hazelnut flour, cocoa powder, Teeccino, cinnamon and sea salt. Add the date paste, and mix to combine. The mixture should be damp enough to mold, yet still crumbly like a cake.

Divide the mixture into 8 equal sections. Shape each section into a ball, roll them in coconut flour and flatten into cookie shapes. Don’t worry if there are imperfection in your cookies; it’s only the crinkle effect.

Three Raw Egg Nog Cream cookies on blue plate
Raw Nog Creams
1 cup cashew flour (ground cashews)
1/2 cup almond flour (ground almonds)
1/4 cup date paste
freshly ground nutmeg, to taste
pinch of sea salt
*raw whipped icing for frosting
*dried cherry pieces and pumpkin seeds for decorating

In a bowl, whisk together the cashew flour, almond flour, nutmeg and sea salt. Add the date paste, and mix to combine. The mixture should be damp enough to mold, yet still crumbly like a cake.

Divide the mixture into 6-8 equal sections. Shape each section into a ball and flatten into cookie shapes. Frost with raw whipped icing and decorate with dried cherry pieces and pumpkin seeds.

*These are similar to many of my raw cupcake recipes. Feel free to make them a little larger and serve them as such.

**If you really want to kick these up a notch, add some rum or rum extract to the icing, but I prefer mine rum-free.

Four Hawaiian Wedding Surprises stacked on one another
Hawaiian Wedding Surprises
3/4 cup cashews
1/4 cup macadamia nuts
1/4 cup oats
1/4 cup coconut flakes
1/4 cup date paste
1 Tbsp. lucuma powder
zest of one lime
dash of sea salt
*finely ground coconut and more zest for rolling
*eight whole raw macadamia nuts for filling

Grind cashews, mac nuts, oats and coconut into flour and add to a bowl. Whisk together the flours, lucuma, lime zest and sea salt. Add the date paste, and mix to combine. The mixture should be damp enough to mold, yet still crumbly like a cake.

Divide the mixture into 8 equal sections. Shape each section into a ball, while enclosing a whole mac nut inside (that’s the surprise). Roll the balls in coconut and lime zest. Enjoy :-)

Glazed Raw Ginger Creams in clear container
Raw Ginger Creams
1 cup pecans
1 cup dried coconut, ground into flour
1/2 cup flaxseed, ground
1 cup dates, soaked briefly
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. ground ginger (I didn’t have any fresh)
dash of sea salt
pumpkin pie spice, to taste (also has ginger in it, but I still added it)
*1/2 Tbsp. blackstrap molasses (optional, but really makes it taste like the real deal)
*raw icing

Put pecans, coconut flour and ground flax in a food processor, and process until combined and pecans are finely ground. Add dates, vanilla, ginger, sea salt, pumpkin pie spice and molasses, and process until a ball of dough forms.

Mold dough into cookie shapes, like little mounds. Dehydrate for a couple hours to firm up the outsides, and then chill in the fridge. Top with raw icing (the one I talked about in this post).

Raw SnickerdoodlesStacked Raw Snickerdoodle cookies
2 cups cashews
1 cup dates, soaked briefly
1-2 Tbsp. agave nectar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
dash of sea salt
sprinkling of cinnamon
*a little cream of tartar (optional, but in the baked version)
*lucuma powder and more cinnamon for rolling

Grind cashews finely in a food processor. Add dates, agave, vanilla, sea salt, cinnamon and cream of tartar, and process until a smooth dough forms.

Shape dough into balls, roll them in a mixture of lucuma powder and cinnamon (the original recipe uses cinnamon sugar), and flatten them into round cookie shapes.

Dehydrate just long enough to absorb some of the powder on the outside (like when the sugar granules melt in the oven). Eat fresh from the dehydrator (sometimes I can’t wait) or chill them in the refrigerator.

Chocolate with White Chocolate ChunksChocolate with White Chocolate Chunks Cookies on plate
1 cup mixed raw nuts (I had a bag of mixed ones; use whatever you want)
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup prunes and dates, soaked briefly (the prunes seem to produce a richer chocolate)
1-2 Tbsp. agave nectar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. pure almond extract
dash of sea salt
cayenne pepper and cinnamon, to taste (sounds weird, but it enhances the chocolate flavor)
chopped raw cocoa butter

Grind nuts finely with cocoa powder in a food processor. Add the rest of the ingredients, except for the cocoa butter, and process until a dough forms.

Shape dough into round cookies and press cocoa butter chunks into the tops. Chill until firm.

Russian Raw CakesFour Russian Raw Cakes on red plate
1 cup cashews
1/4 cup coconut, ground into flour
1/4 cup oats, ground into flour (not raw, but nobody’s perfect)
1 Tbsp. lucuma powder
1 Tbsp. mesquite powder
1/2 cup dates, soaked briefly
agave nectar, to taste (I’m not really sure if I added it or not)
1 tsp. vanilla
dash of sea salt
*chopped walnuts
*a mixture of lucuma powder and coconut flour for rolling

Put cashews, coconut flour, ground oats, lucuma and mesquite in a food processor, and process until combined and cashews are finely ground. Add dates, agave, vanilla and sea salt, and process until dough forms.

Shape dough into balls, while placing a few chopped walnuts on the inside of each ball (the traditional ones always had some walnut chunks). Roll in lucuma/coconut mixture (instead of powdered sugar; next time I’ll use just lucuma and/or mesquite) and chill in the fridge.

All these recipes are made out of what I had in my kitchen at the time. Have fun experimenting with your own ingredients :-)

 

Red Plate full of a variety of Christmas Cookies

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Thank You So Much Shannon Marie, please go check out some of her amazing raw recipes!!!!!

In keeping with the cute, creative, super-fun and holiday vibe, I’ve got Fun, Holiday Yoga:

Yoga Today is Gingerbread-asana

 

Making  Raw Vegan Ginger Bread Cookies

Raw Vegan Gingerbread Cookies stacked in clear container
Underside of Raw Vegan Ginger Bread Cookies

Or Raw Vegan Gingerbread Cookie Dough Balls

which will only take you 10 minutes!
Raw Vegan Gingerbread Cookie Dough Balls stacked on one another
Close up of stacked Raw Vegan Gingerbread Cookie Dough Balls

And thinking about putting the Gingerbread Men into crazy yoga positions, as you pop a few Balls down the hatchet.  Yummmm!!!

Close up of Raw Vegan Gingerbread Cookie Dough Balls

Tip of the Day:

Are you a traditional holiday baker?  Do you bake at all?  Do you get into making holiday treats and seasonal goodies?  A few names like Janetha who just made 125 cookies, Jessica, Susan, Bekah, and Diana are definitely coming to mind!  Do you un-bake?  Meaning raw or high raw creations?  Have you ever made any raw or almost raw recipes?  What are you waiting for?  It’s sooo easy!  The great thing about raw baking other than you can eat the dough out of the bowl immediately! is that it’s extremely forgiving.   Dough’s a little too wet?  Add more almond flour.  A little too dry?  Add more dates or nut milk or nut butters.  And I mean, who doesn’t love a little more peanut, sunflower seed, or almond butter in their life?  Tell me what kind of baker you are or if you get into the holiday baking thing.

Or, are you planning on cooking or eating a Christmas Day Feast?  Whatcha making?  

Stay Tuned For Guest Posts & Trip Photos.  Did someone say drinks on the beach at sunset?

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  1. I made a version of the slaw ('xept I made it raw using nut mayo from Kristen's raw book)

    I'll post the recipe in a day or so

  2. omg! that's amazing! So awesome- I hope to one day, post college, engage in many yoga events and outdoor classes and whatnot. Very cool environment! And yeaah.. how could you NOT be that happy?!?! I can't even imagine.

    Also- I think my patience is pretty good, I'm still learning as evidence of a lot of my posts regarding growing up and patience and the slow life- but as far as star struck-ness, and getting excited about a personal hero- NO PATIENCE whatsoever. Its almost verging on a panic attack. I get so nervous regarding meeting famous people, even those just famous to me (ie..fellow bloggers! hehe) but in the end its always worth it. And I calm down.

    I miisssss your balls. And slaw dressing. FYI. :(

  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog!! Yours is amazing. The recipes are all so interesting (and delicious) looking. And plus, you're a mom too! I love finding other moms with a passion for health. :)

  4. I meant "or is it a HANDstand" blogger needs an edit comment button…or else I need to start proofreading them before I post. Hehe.

  5. I love your happy face…and I agree that you had every reason to be beaming! :D Although I don't know if I would be grinning if I had to do a 5 minute headstand (or was it a headstand). I wish I could–some day I want to learn how!

    "if we have to work, sacrifice, plan, or have patience or faith for something it throws everyone into an anxiety-ridden tizzy! It seems that many people have a hard time just sitting back, and letting things unfold, letting things come to them, having the faith and patience that things will work out if you just let it."

    I love this. Your bits of wisdom are my favorite parts of your posts (besides the recipes, doh! :)) I have a really hard time waiting, sitting still, and just–as you say–being. I always feel like I have to be constantly entertained or doing something. I do love how when I do yoga we have the relaxation part at the end (I think it's called the "corpse pose" in English. Forgive me if I've garbled it up–I am not a very learned yogini.:)) So I guess I'm getting better.

  6. Each day I ask for more patience with my two kids. It is hard to be on kid time sometimes, especially when we are all tired!

    Do I fidget, you bet. Why do you think I chew so much gum….gotta keep moving! I would love to slow things down. Day to day I strive to be more mindful in everything I do.

    So exciting that you met your yoga guru Dharma Mittra! I bet you were ear to ear smiles, that is a big deal. What an excellent, uplifting opportunity! Yes, the place was swank!! I bet it was awesome to be in that room with people that share the same passions!

  7. Wow I cant believe he is in his 70's!! See thats what yoga does for you!!!! Wow!!

    Awwwwww I hope your little angel feels better , no fun when kids are sick, but she always has a smile on her face!!!

    I have to make that dressing, all I need to buy is the apple cider vinegar!! What a great dressing, and it looks delish!!!

    Oh one thing I am IMPATIENT for is my fiance getting ready!!! How does a man take longer than a woman to get ready, lol!! But other than that I am pretty patient!!!

    Have a great day girl!! xoxo

  8. oh ma gawwwwwwwwd your time with the yoga daddy looks SO amazing! i love that he looks exactly like i would picture a yoga daddy type older guy to look like haha.

    damn the girl and her shaky hands! i would have snatched the camera right outta her hands and passed it off to someone else :)

  9. I LOVE YOU BLOG!
    seriously enthralled by it. i am going to start asap to make some of your recipes. I love the date, cashew nut, chocolate chip dough balls!
    and the darker ones look to my taste :)

    your enthusiasm for yoga is addictive. I stayed in the maldives last year and did a yoga session during the sunrise with a great yogi from India, I was some way close to feeling the way you must have with the Dharma!

  10. I had many problems as well with being patient, I didn't really see, what comes next, how things will turn out. But finally I had to learn on my own mistakes, that I create everything around myself. And life gives me what I would like, and there are no good or bad things or situations in life. Everything is good for something. I know, sometimes it really doesn't seem to be like that, for example when we loose someone or we have an accident etc. But I know from my heart, all happenings teach us for something -beside patience – what we will need in the future. And as soon we accept the actual circumstances the "problem" is going to be solved straight away. Acception, no expectation, love… And of course it's not that easy. That's why we are here! To learn these things, and many other.

  11. hey averie! sounds like you had such a great day(: awww and im sorry that skylar is sick! i hope she feels better soon, shes such a cutie. i cant wait to try those pancakes and the chocolate chip dough balls! carob chips sitting in the cabinet waiting to be used (; have a great day xoxo soph

  12. Sounds like a great class! Your pics always make me want to try more yoga classes…I need some money for that first though!

    I'm the most impatient person ever, which is something I constantly work on. Because I'm so type-A, I expect everything to be done as punctually as I do it, which is a horribly intolerant way to be! I'm getting better, though…my boyfriend is always telling me to take a deep breath and count to ten, and it really does work!

    Hope Skylar feels better soon! I'm glad she's still smiling in spite of the sniffles- so cute!

  13. Jeez, where to begin?! So much in one post. Lovely photos. Those pancakes realllly made my mouth water! They look incredible.

  14. Clearly I need to be looking at your recipes more often since I'm a recently-turned-vegan. Everything looks delectable. I'm glad you had such a joyful time in class!

  15. Wow, looks like you had a great day; awesome pics. Love your recipes, and the pancakes on yday's post look great. I need to find some gluten-free oats over here in the UK!

    I used to really struggle with sitting calmly but since I've been practicing yoga I'm def improving. Although, if i've had too much caffeine or sugar, or i'm stressed then this is hard.

    I think it's so true that happiness and fulfilment comes from something internal and/or other than this world. That's probably one thing that all religions have in common. x

  16. you rock girl!

    you're an inspiration…

    =)

    p.s. i've read in the last little while that coffee may actually be good for us after all…just sayin'…

  17. Okay, I really really really hope this post goes through – and it's not just your blog!! It's pretty much alll blogspot :(…it says error or credentials can't be identified…or it takes me 10 x to try and finally get posted…which takes literally 10 minutes – and that's too much time…but I'm still here. I LOVE your posts so much. And I'm amazed that you would even read mine with all the beautiful ones in the blogosphere!! And I know you said before you feel obligated to comment on everyones's….but I hope you don't feel that way with mine! I'll still be here Love.

    Averie, I wish I knew you in real life. You would change my life I think. This post just has so much goodness in it…just out of curiosity- your salads- do you add any fats or protein to that? My meals are 4x that size!!! :(..oh well!! and do you drink caffeine? even the instructors here too haha – they say "hey, ya do what you can in life ;) " Actually, I know alot that don't adhere to a vegan lifestyle – which I love really – it's cool to be individual and try different life patterns and things – just go with YOU really right?

    Second, patience? Learing to do that with MYSELF. I have no patient in lines, with people, with my staff at work…with wanting to just WRITE :(…if I know I have something to do at the end of the day, I STRESS about it alllll day long (I won't have time, I'll be late, I don't want to go…blah).

    3rd – I cannot WAIT to check out your yoga FAQ – Lord knows I have a zillion…and I, uh, suck…

    gosh, no more time! ;)…oh yeah and that ''thing'' from last night that i was stressed about – went fantabulous!! who knew !

  18. Hey Averie! I'm Tara, I have seen your name appearing on a couple of blogs I read so I finally checked out your blog, I'm in love! You seem so knowlegeable on recipes, yoga, and general well being I cannot wait to continue reading! Im vegetarian now, but Im considering becoming a vegan, and I have started doing weekly hot yoga classes and really want to start doing yoga at home as well.
    Again cant wait to keep reading, and I plan on making those cookies today! they look so good!! Have a great day! <3

  19. Oh what an amazing day! That girl is funny, who wouldn't shine with happiness while attending such a great event? That sucks about the photo but at least you got a chance to attend a class taught by Dharma Mittra! His tips are superbe (even though I still have to work on sitting straight… that's what an office chair does to you!

    I'm pretty patient but sometimes I get pretty annoyed when I have to sit and wait for work. For example at an event where I just have to "be there" and help people if they need anything. But other than that I'm much calmer than a few years ago.

  20. oh my gosh! What an incredible day! I can just imagine how excited you were to be there to experience such a fabulous event. You are seriously in such kick butt shape! Love it!! Hope your baby feels better. With all that good healthy food/drinks, I'm sure she'll be better in a snap

  21. Oh wow where to start? Great tips, I'll definitely check them up regurlarly of keep them somewhere!

    I am an impatient person, ideally I would love to KNOW something without even learning it, the whole process used to discourage me, that's why I never learned how to play the bass. Obviously this doesn't sit well with yoga, which is teaching me to just be patient, and enjoy the road as much as getting there, if not more, great lesson to be learned! But just like you, I still fidget while waiting on line at the supermarket, hahaha!

    (later I'll post a recipe on my blog, I'll do an English version as well)

  22. thanks a bunch for your comment on my blog! :)
    that yoga class looks amazing! i can't WAIT to get strong and start doing yoga more often. right now i can only do so much, so just lean towards the meditation side of things
    i've actually found being sick a massive learning curve. i've learned to slow down, not freak out, take chances and become more in tune with my body- something i highly doubt would have happened if my body stayed 'healthy' but my mind stayed skewed. everything happens for a reason!
    natalia

  23. your yoga skills = amazing! so inspirational. yum those raw balls! interesting stuff about the baking powder/soda, i never knew that! pretty cool that your pancakes work without either of them :)

  24. Averie, I love your blog! I have been reading it for ages and went to put you into my google reader the silly thing won't work.. until today!!!
    I'm working on my patience for technology and getting to yoga twice a week, preferably more, it's so important for my soul, but it's one of those things that's tough to do on my own.

  25. Im so excited for you! The master class just sounded so amazing. Really awe inspiring that he has been teaching everyday for many years. Thank you for sharing that!!

    I really used to be super tense and scheduled and it stressed me out for no good reason. Now Im learning to be patient, relax and to just let things come as they may. I feel this outlook is just way better for my body and soul. I try no matter what to generate a sort of peace in myself as I get ready for the day. Honestly I think my gym time in the morning is my peace time. I wake up and its 90 minutes of alone time with myself that I can just think and be calm. I feel too that a good sweat kind of cleanses my body each morning too. Might sound cheesy but I really think it has helped mellow me out and to become and much more patient person.

    I hope Skylar feels better!! Having a cold is never fun. Although with all that amazing healthy food Im sure she will bounce back super quick!=)

    Great looking eats for the day. The salads and raw cookies always look so super delish!

    Take care sweetie! xoxo

  26. Pancakes are the new little black dress in the blog world, huh?

    What a wonderful opportunity. You did look amazingly happy!

    Sorry the little one is sick- kids are so resilient she'll be back to her lively self soon!

  27. Your yoga postures are insane girl! I strive to be like you when I grow up :)

    WIsh I coulda been at the conference, looked amazing, as do your choccie chip balls. I made your almond butter cookies (into balls) a few days ago. They are to LIVE/LOVE for!

  28. Averie, what would I do without your amazing blog? and you! I'm a veggie that doesn't eat a lot of dairy to begin with and I've now been going wheat/gluten free. (I might have celiac). Your foods will keep me happy and full forever! THANK YOU!

  29. Hi darling, I think you probably had the time of your life with Dharma, eh? 70 and teaching DAILY?! Yogi master, indeed! Wowzers!

    Your little pumpkin is adorable. In fact, I think her cold just made her even cuter. Is that even possible?! Okay, okay, I'm biased. I love Skylar!

    I am GOING to have to try your gf pancakes. I've been craaaving breadstuffs like crazy as of late. An Averie-tested recipe sounds like a good option to start. :D

    And as for being impatient – Who? Me? ;) I'm as impatient as they come. That's probably one of my biggest character "flaws". I can't even stand still at a red light when walking.

  30. That yoga class sounds AMAZING! 2.5 hours? WOW! I usually stick with 60 minutes to 1.5 hours! Sorry about the blurry photo!

    Hope Skylar feels better!
    <3 jess
    xoxo

  31. Dounds like an amazing yoga-filled day! I need to learn how to let go sometimes too. Your raw cookie dough balls look a-mazing!

  32. What a wonderful day Averie! I can't wait to hear all about it on Thursday! Hope Skylar gets to feeling better soon!

  33. OH my gosh! those pancakes!!! so yummy :)
    and those yoga poses look incredible.
    I need to find my inner yogi<3

    love you averie. always thinking of you.

  34. What a cool yoga experience!

    I love your choc chip balls–I think I said that recently–and actually made them with carob chips this weekend. And then put it in ice cream! Will post the recipe soon. That batch was gone waaaay too quickly…

  35. Those pancakes look amazing, Averie!

    Wow what a yoga experience. You can totally tell just HOW excited you were. I'll bet the energy was incredible.

  36. just wanted to say you're awesome! i love your fast, easy recipes. my fiance is obsessed with your raw balls. this weekend we made your protein bars and i'll be blogging about them on thurs :) wow, wow, wow is all i can say. keep the yummy recipes coming!!!!

  37. can I please just tell you how many times I have bookmarked your posts in the past few days?! girl you are just too good to be trueeee – I want to pack you in my pocket and carry you with my always to cook for me and whisper wisdom in to my ear :)

    right now I have officially been chilling out and watching trash tv for 2+ hours – don't plan on moving anytime soon :) Unproductivity keeps us sane!

    Love you lots!

  38. OMG this is amazing!! You certainly had a great time with Dharma!!! I felt almost like I was there- thanks so much for sharing… any piece of advice from a teacher like Dharma is priceless! I want to get high!! Sitting in one place in silence is something I'm working on… but I'm a bit nutty- and it's really hard for me! I've been reading Donna Farhi and I'm loving her!!! Check her books out if you haven't!!! Any yogi books you recommend? Sorry your little sunshine is sick- hope she's on the mend, those greens will certainly help :)

  39. You must have had a fantastic day with Dharma!

    I forgot to mention, that I can't believe you your husband use to race so often! That's impressive.

  40. I am so impatient. I bought coconut oil the day I started liking it. Good thing I kept the reciept because I scored a major deal and returned it to save $12.
    That's awesome you met a yoga master. I don't really get it but I'll assume it'd be like me meating Tim Wakefield or someone :-)
    Haha, what an obscure birthday. Maybe they need to count the ring in his bones?(only kidding!)

  41. What an amazing experience! Thank you so much for sharing it with all of us!

    I hope your little tyke feels better!

  42. What a freaking awesome day, Averie.. soo glad you were able to have such a memorable experience!

    Poor Skylar.. hope she feels better. We have a bug going around our school.. I had 4 kids out today.. bleh!!

  43. whats funny is that I think of myself as sa very impatient person but I have been told that I am extremely patient. I think I just get so frustrated in my head if I have to wait a long time or cant figure something out BUT I wait and wait and am pretty quiet about it on the outside, so people have called me very patient before, however this is something that I certainly want to work on! taking the time to understand others and for instance if you are being an elderly person at a grocery store, check out WILL take longer and thats ok, I should praise them for being out and about and doing their groceries, not trying to push them along, ya know?

    Love the pics from the retreat! I cannot believe skylar has the amazing grass! she is going to be one healthy chica!

    xoxo

  44. I like what he said about finding happiness from within. I think it is so important to be able to look inside yourself when you are feeling down. it is an amazing thing when you can make yourself feel better, without an outside source.

    Have a great night girl!

  45. Just found your blog and following you on twitter too. (imahappycat) I want to get back into yoga and think you will inspire me.
    I do meditate daily.
    Love~ Radha

  46. OMG, HOW FREAKING AMAZING AVERIE!!!! Dharma Mittra is such an amazing guru. What a wonderful experience to have! :)

    And I have been keeping up with reading blogs, and I DID totally appreciate the Yoga Post. Definitely some fabulous insight Averie!

    xxoo
    Heather

  47. I love "Be comfortable sitting with yourself, doing nothing, just being still". I don't practice yoga regularly (I used to, and really should get back into the habit!), but I remind myself of this daily, and though I have a hard time simply being, even if I can find a moment of it, it's exhilirating!

    I need to find myself a pack of yoginis, and get back on track (especially if headstands are that important…must practice)!

  48. That sounds like such an amazing day for you!!! I bet you were in your glory! :)

    I have a horrible time being patient, but when I got married I realized my hubby is even LESS patient than me. It made me be more patient. :)

  49. what an amazing opportunity! I love that thought about how difficult it is to clear our minds for even ten minutes – I'm not even sure I could make it through two minutes! Definitely something to work on!
    Yumm – that cookie dough is making me drool! It looks exactly like the stuff I got in a tube when I was little, but these will actually make you feel good!

  50. Wow, what an amazing experience for you! I'm so happy you were able to do it!

    Thanks for the science/cooking lesson as well and the Alton Brown shout out…he is one of my FAVES.

    Happy Tuesday!!!

  51. What a wonderful post! Thank you so much for sharing your yoga experience. I find it truly inspiring to be in a room full of yogis as well. I think that is what I miss the most while I am abroad, here in Japan. BUT, thanks to all the bloggies and yogis like you, I get to still find some of that yoga-family vibe everyday. :D

    I think the, "Find bliss and happiness from inside and within, especially when you are young, because nothing external will ever fulfill you and this only intensifies as we age." really struck a chord with me.

    And also, the alternate nostril breathing tip is a good thing to remember. When life gets busy, I let pranayama get pushed to the back of the list–but it does really give you a natural high!

    Anyways, sorry for the novel I just wrote. Summary: You rock! Thanks so much, and have a wonderful week!

  52. "Find bliss and happiness from inside and within, especially when you are young, because nothing external will ever fulfill you and this only intensifies as we age."

    This really spoke to me… thank you for sharing :)

  53. wow – your blog is so inspiring! I love your recipes. I have been trying to incorporate yoga into my exercise routine but I have hit a stumbling block with my wrists. I have rheumatoid arthritis and it is really hard to put any pressure on my wrists or hands. So I am struggling with yoga. Thanks for being so inspiring!

  54. Awww, you are so cute all excited about meeting your yogini!! 2.5 hours is intense. I used to do 90 minute classes and that felt like enough for me. But I guess if you're really into it, 2.5 hours can be perfect. Oh, and sitting on the floor with my spine straight is SO hard. I think that's probably the "pose" I dislike the most actually…

    A lot of people tell me I'm mature, or an "old soul," and I think a lot of that is because I'm a naturally still and patient person. I don't tend to freak out at little things or fidget. But that's not always a good thing. I think the little things build up and come out through my anxiety and panic attacks. That's why I like releasing it through exercise!

  55. ahh those pancakes! so tempting. anyhoo, i think i'm really impatient when it comes to like getting stronger, getting a little leaner, gettign faster. but i have to hold teh reins back and be like DUde, tra, CHILL OUT. it will come in time.

    i'm really also impatient waiting for your pictures on food and poses! i just sigh with awe. =D