Santa, Christmas Morning, Vegan Stir Fry


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Merry Christmas to everyone who celebrates!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I wish you a blessed day, a happy day, a time to just be with your loved ones.  I hope you can take time to reflect upon Chritmas’ past, and create new memories going forward as you cherish special times with your families and friends on Christmas Day today!

We’ve had a great day!  And it’s only just past 10am!  Santa made his way all the way to Aruba, can you believe it??!!  And what did he bring?  Other than the $150 airline fee for an international overweight baggage fee…but hey, some things are just non-negotiable like gifts for good little girls!

Stack of wrapped Christmas presents

Well, he brought a Bear

White Teddy Bear sitting in chair

 And some Markers, Crayons, and Art Project Supplies

Young girl unwrapping presents


Young girl wearing pink unwrapping presents

And Dr. Seuss books

Young girl holding up one unwrapped present

And Dress Up Clothes For the American Girl Bitty Baby that she already opened

Young girl in pink standing in front of window unwrapping presents

And Princess-Themed markers and a coloring book

Young girl holding up princess themed coloring book

Skylar absolutely relished every single second of Christmas Morning!  She will be 3 years on February 2nd, so such a magical little age for Santa and the Magic of Christmas.

Up close of young girls face smiling

One of the best things about becoming a mother is reliving my own childhood, but through my child’s eyes.  I am both a little girl as I recall the Christmas mornings when Santa brought me Barbie Dream Cars and Esprit sweaters…

Woman and young girl sitting together unwrapping presents

...and I am this little girl’s mother.  

Young girl standing playing with a toy

 A girl at heart, able to feel the wonder of the season, and mother to a little girl who feels the magic of Santa. 

Woman smiling watching young girl unwrapping presents

That’s the beauty of parenthood and I was once that girl who said, “I’m never having kids.”  Now, I am that woman who says, “Oh My God, Thank You for this Gift.  This child, this journey, this blessing, Thank You.”

Woman and child hugging
Woman and child hugging

And to me, that’s what Christmas is all about.

Woman and young girl hugging and smiling
Young girl and woman waving

Thanks for everyone who chimed in on yesterday’s post about the Beautiful Blogger Award I was given.

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I hope you enjoyed the little factoids I gave you.   Thanks for sharing things about yourself in the commentsThat’s the best, I loved them all!

Glad you also enjoyed breakfast plates: fruit, chocolate brownie protein oats, and awesome local bread.

Sliced mangons in container
Toasted bread with sliced fruit on plate


Chocolate Brownie Protein Oats in container
Hand holding a package of local grain bread

And thanks to those of you who mentioned that you voted for me in the Raw Awards.  Muah!!!!!!!!!!!
 As I mentioned in this post, I was nominated for 3 Raw Awards!!!!!

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Sorry about the shameless plugs.  Really, I am!  

So let’s move onto a little grub…
Friday I made a Stir Fry with this Mix I picked up.  Bami Mix.  And it was about just over 2 bucks in American dollars.  What a deal.

Bami Mix in package

Bami?  What’s in it?  It was a mix of cabbage, carrots, red, yellow, and green peppers, and white onions.  That I threw in a sautee pan and let wilt for a few minutes.

Bami mix in saute pan

Then I added some Italian Salad dressing.  About 1/4 c worth.   

Bottle of Wishbone House Italian Salad Dressing


Bimi Mix with Dressing

And a dash of cumin and a dash of the trusty Ginger I brought from home

Hand holding ground cumin and ginger containers

A dash to me is about 1/2 Tsp each.  Your mileage may vary.

Bimi Mix topped with cumin and ginger

Stir and simmer for a couple more mintues and add some nuked rice.  You could of course make rice and add it. I chose not to, I’m on vacay and the fact I am cooking at all is about all I can handle.

Uncle Bens Ready Rice Whole Grain Brown in package
Rice added to bimi mix

Lookin’ Good

Stirred up Bimi Mix

Time to plate it up

Vegan Stir Fry plated on white plate
Close up of Vegan Stir Fry on plate

Check out the yellow & red peppers, the wilted cabbage, and the carrots.  Perfect.

Close up of vegetables in Vegan Stir Fry

And no meal would be complete without a kale saladKale, sugar snap peas, brock, cauli, & cukes.

Kale Salad with mixed vegetables

…dressed with and a Fresh Batch of Slaw Dressing

Batch of Homemade Slaw Dressing in container
Close up of Slaw Dressing in container

...which completed my feast.

Kale Salad with Vegetables and Slaw Dressing


Vegan Stir Fry plated

This was a great vegan dinner!  It took less than 15 minutes to make.  It was flavorful, healthy, simple and good.  A crowd family-pleaser!

Yoga Today is Giving Gratitude, Breathing, Slowing Down, being with your family, friends, and loved ones!

Woman and young girl hugging

Tip of the Day:

Did Santa or your loved ones, relatives, or friends bring you any gifts this holiday season?  Did you like what you received?  What do you do when you’re opening a gift in front of someone and you’re not super fond of what they gave you?  A too big track jacket in split pea soup green or the notorious Ugly Christmas Sweater?  Do you smile, be gracious, and just know that you’re either going to try to return it or just re-gift it?  Or donate it to someone who could use it? 

Speaking of re-gifting….do you?  What have you re-gifted?  I’ve re-gifted baby & children’s clothes.  There was a time when Skylar received so many little tiny baby clothes and there was no way she was ever going to wear the same thing twice, so rather than cutting the tags off, I saved the extra outfits in a drawer and when I go to baby showers, if I know the woman is having a girl, I happen to have a stash of little girls’ baby clothes!  Now watch, no one will invite me to their baby shower for fear of a re-gifted outfit (but they weren’t worn, I promise)! Tell me about gifts your received or gave, regifting, to regift or not to regift?

Stay Tuned For The Give Away Winner…

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  1. I want to buy some delicious sun warrior protein powder and make overnight oats so i can FINALLY see what you're always raving about :)

  2. Yoga helps a person a lot concerning his health. Just enjoy and keep your mind from anxiety and problems. Learn Yoga and feel life naturally.

  3. I've just recently purchased Gluten Free products from Bob's Red Mill. I also buy Goats Milk Protein among other items. This $50 would be perfect, I've been wanting to try the Larabars!

  4. I like the thing that you *hid*, oh, stored in the freezer. Oatmeal overload!!

    Here are my oatmeal favorite recipes!!

    Oatmeal Waffles recipe – yum!

    1 1/2 C. quick oats
    1/2 C. whole wheat flour
    1 t. soda
    1 t. sugar – Combine
    1/2 t. salt
    2 C. buttermilk ** (can add 2 t. applecider vinegar to regular low fat milk)
    2 eggs
    2 T. melted margarine
    Combine, Add to dry ingredients

    Cook in waffle iron. (You don't need to oil the waffle
    iron, due to the melted margarine in the recipe.) Try it!

    I typically make a double batch, store them in the fridge
    and away they vanish…

    Oatmeal Pancakes

    1 1/2 C. Quick Oats
    2 C. Milk …..Pour milk over oats and let stand for 2 minutes.

    1/3 C. Oil
    2 eggs beaten …..Add

    3/4 C. All Purpose Flour
    2 T. sugar
    2 1/2 t. baking powder
    1 t. salt ……Add, then get out your pan/griddle, and make the pancakes.

    I typically make a double batch (double all ingredients), because these don't last
    very long, either…

    Turkey Meatloaf – 350 degrees 45 min to 1 hour
    1 – 1 1/2 lb ground Turkey
    1 small onion – cut into small pieces
    1 – 1 1/2 C. Oatmeal
    1 egg or egg white
    1/2 C to 1 C either, BBQ sauce or Ketchup or plain

    Mix together, place into greased loaf dish. Placed into oven
    at 350 degrees. Cook for 45 minutes to an hour. Let cool
    for 5 – 10 minutes. Can be used for sandwiches, if there
    are any leftovers! Or for next day lunch.

    I'll buy a 48 ounce pack of ground turkey at HEB or Walmart
    and make Turkey Burgers, then with the rest of the turkey,
    make the turkey loaf. Incidently, I use the SAME ingredients
    for making my Turkey Burgers with the exception of leaving
    out the BBQ sauce. YUM! Hubby likes the Turkey loaf, because
    regular ground beef gives him a bit of tummy upset, and son likes
    the Turkey burgers because of the onions in the burgers.
    I like them, because it tastes good, and it cleans up easy!


  5. I learned how osteoperosis can be linked to smoking, which I never would have expected. but what isnt linked to smoking…

  6. Entry #1: I'd love to win because I'd love to stock up on coconut oil and hemp seeds. YUM! :-D

  7. iHerb has a variety of great products, and I'd love to get some b12 supplements since I'm a vegan – I like to make sure that I'm getting what my body needs to function properly.

    coconutbananabliss @

  8. I would love to win this giveaway! it ends on my birthday, how awesome would that be? Anyway, I would buy some maca, chia seeds, and protein powders for sure.

  9. WOW! I'm a vegan and aspiring yogaist (a fabulous word that should be real!) and just added you to my google reader!

  10. I'd like to win because iherb has a great selection of products and if I like them I would probably order again the future. I'd really love to try the nutritional yeast that they carry!

    email address is visible in profile

  11. "Check out my Vegan Store Shopping Experience and leave a comment there telling me something that catches your eye. Make sure you leave a comment back here too telling me you did that."

    Done! And I think that's it for my entries… fewf. Lots of interesting posts to read though!

  12. "Go Check Out My Shopping Finds Post. Leave a comment there telling me what your fave shopping finds are, green or otherwise. Make sure you leave a comment back here too telling me you did that."


  13. "Go Check Out the Natural Supplements Post I recently made and leave a comment there. Make sure you leave a comment back here too telling me you did that."


  14. Go check out's website and leave a Comment here telling me something you learned.

    I learned that iHerb has a medical library/database, with links to many different conditions, giving information on them – how they are diagnosed and what the symptoms are. Also like how the far right-hand column has categories that are specialized, such as the "women's health" category.

  15. "If you use GoogleReader, put my blog in it."

    I was already following you using google reader… does that count? =)

  16. Leave a Comment Here telling me why you'd like to win and what you'd buy from :

    I'd like to win because this is the kind of stuff I spend money on… I know I'd have no trouble spending $50! First thing I think I'd buy is Chia Seeds and some Xanthan Gum…

  17. I am always finding that I run out of the things I need! Not even counting the things I want to try! So for me I am guessing I would go for some lucuma powder, buckwheat groats and anything else I can find there that I can't find here!

  18. wow that is a LOT of ways to enter! okkkay number one.. i saw some awesome coffees and teas on there! do i leave a comment for every entry? sure, ok. hold on.

  19. i learned that there are a lot of different types of sweetners other than sugar, agave nectar and honey!

    o and for my previous entry for twitter my site is:

  20. One of the things I would get is American Health Papaya enzyme chewables AND stevia.

    runningmatey at hotmail dot com

  21. I learned that 'The name alfalfa comes from the Arabian al-fac-facah, for "father of all foods."' from their health library!

  22. I'd like to win because I love eating healthy but sometimes it's just so expensive! And If I won I'd like to get some Kashi, TLC All Natural Cheese Snack Crackers & some Glutino, Gluten Free Breakfast Bars!

  23. oh wow! if I won I would love to finally try out sun warrior protein powder! Or re-stock some cocoa nibs!

  24. I look forward to checking out your new posts on Google Reader every time I login. Thanks for all the great recipes

  25. omg, how amazing would this win be! finally FINALLY i could get sun warrior and not feel guilty about the $$$
    love you girly!!

  26. I would love to win this giveaway so I can finally afford some maca and chia seeds! I would probably get my dad some red rice yeast for his high cholesterol too…

  27. Something I learned from iHerb's site: that they have a super cheap international shipping rate! Lots of my friends and family are abroad so that could prove very useful!

    lovey.claud AT

  28. I'd love to win because money's a little tight these days and I'd really love to stock up on some maca, lucuma and stevia.

    lovey.claud AT

  29. Oooh, I don't know what I would buy. Um, everything? I would blow through $50 too quickly; stevia, fish oil, glucosamine, Amazing Grass…

  30. Those globars look so good right now!

    Congrats on your de-fuzzed brows! Feels good don't it to be well groomed. My toes right now…we won't go there!

    Great week wrap up….can't believe how close you are to your Yoga graduation. That is a HUGE accomplishment….especially with miss. Skylar to take care of. U R a ROCKSTAR!!! Can I have some of your energy, pretty please!

  31. I would get the Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar cause I love to put a tablespoon of it in my water. Sounds weird, but I think it's delish!

  32. Omigod! Open to International readers! awesome. You're already in my reader, on my blogroll – and I already rave about you to my friends, but hey, I'll go again.

  33. I checked out iherbs website and learned that customers may return any unopened supplement within 60 days for a full refund!

  34. Thanks so much for the opportunity! I'd love to win because I usually don't order products online because of the expensive shipping prices! I would buy a box of PB&J Larabars, a container of the Chocolate Amazing Grass powder and also the Nativa Naturals Trail Power mix!

  35. Ooh! I'd love to win a shopping spree to iHerb so I can try some new protein powders…to fuel my smoothie habit:)

  36. Thanks for another great giveaway Averie! You're the best!

    I definitely think your rotation is working. I mean look at those arms! Maybe I should try yours : ) I have a week of yoga coming up week after next. I'm excited because I have been pushing really hard this month and my body needs a rest.

    Have a great Sunday! I officially give you permission to take a day off! Now go do it!! : )


  37. I went to iHerb and found out they have a LOT of stuff! The great thing about that is that they have stuff that my little Raw foodie self could use : )

  38. So besides being over the moon about iHerb carrying Christopher's Tooth Powder, I also learned that they carry New Chapter Organics. Super deal on the Probiotics!

  39. I went to and learned that all the options are a little overwhelming, but there are lots of goodies to choose from and they have a lot of discounts! Double bonus!

    So glad you point us in the direction of these great online options!

  40. I'd like to win because I could get some things I use frequently as well as try something new. I'd buy cocoa butter, dried blueberries, nuts, and tea.

  41. i would probably try the sun warrior powder, maybe some non-traditional flours, chia seeds… too many options :)

  42. I would love to win this because there are so many things I would love to try that my budget doesn't allow. I also need to stock up on more chia seeds as your pudding is quite addicting.

  43. I don't think my previous comment posted. I would love to win and buy NuNaturals Stevia. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  44. Entry 10- I would love to win because I am always trying to save on money since we are working with one income! I would love to try the Sun warrior protein powder like you use- I need some proteins and muscle in my life!

  45. Entry 4: Left a comment on your post about the supplements you take. I let you know that I purchased the probiotics you recommended after reading it. I had been looking for a good one.

  46. I am in Germany, so I can't enter, but I was reading the comments and didn't know half of these items existed!
    SO cool! What is GUAR gum?

  47. Hi! Thanks for letting me know for your giveaway, I didn't had much time to check my google reader :s

    1st entry: Oh, I'd love to buy the Amazing grass powder! You know, the one you use to make your raw balls? And I'd also buy the liquid eye liner :)

  48. I'd like to win the contest because I never have won one, and I think winning this one would be the universe voting for my commitment to a healthy lifestyle.

  49. I read your shopping finds post. The Peanut Sauce recipe looks great. Clearly I need to buy some maple syrup and agave.

  50. I visited the iHerb website and found out that they carry Pure Encapsulations. Very cool. One contest entry, please.

  51. I went and looked around on iHerb and found a medical library where you can imput all your symptoms and find out whats wrong with you like webmd… kinda cool, but id still go to the doctor

  52. I visited iHerb and I am amazed at all of the discounted superfoods they have! I definitely have my eye on on some Sun Warrior powder. ;)

  53. I love how on the iherb site they offer advice & information on health topics in addition to selling nutritional products!

  54. Some things on my shopping list from iherb: maca, guar gum, & chia seeds! All things that would be a wonderful addition to my pantry. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  55. I learned that: Starting Monday, January 18th through January 31st, iHerb will donate a minimum 2.5% of our net sales across the board.

    I am always happy to see companies helping out the victims in Haiti!

  56. Hello! I'd like to win because it looks like they offer some great products, MANY of which I have never had before and never seen before. I would buy from them because they have such a widde array of items at reasonable prices! :D Some things that I'd love to try:
    Teecino, Goji Berries, Bob's Red Mill Organic Flaxseed Meal & Now Foods Pumpkin Crunch Clusters! YUM!

  57. I would love to win this so I could stock up on my magic Metagenics Ultra InflamX enzyme powder–that stuff ain't cheap!

  58. i just added you to my google reader (which is the reason i came to your blog this evening anyway, but awesome that i'll get an entry too!)

  59. Whoa just learned iHerb carries 16,000 products by 600 brands (I could easily spend tons of money on some of the products) :P

  60. you said it perfectly. i feel that one can get even a better workout without weights (look at your yoga! ) but she wanted them, so i just gave it to her. and re: that person in the office blabbering on about what works your abs teh best, total body exercises, this makes it burn the best…all while i was quiet..yeah, i don't know how long she has been working out, but i guess taking an intense fitness class makes her an expert and me not so much. i get the feeling that when i'm around she feels like she has to try to show me (not like she has to, i can't do some stuff) but i get that feeling. my philosophy is always ALWAYS saying when i don't know. never trying to make myself an expert on anything..ALWAYS coming to everything as a student, nothing more.
    we can only hope that people follow this approach right?
    and KICK THOSE 'experts" asses in yoga aight!

  61. I'd love to win because I could stock up on some Kashi products. It's so expensive in my neighborhood, so I'd love the shopping spree!

  62. i would love to try the nunaturals baking blend :) i keep seeing it on the blogosphere and want to try it for myself

  63. I would definitely like any grains and flours from Bob's Red Mills. Actually, I can't choose for certain yet, there are just so many great stuff!

  64. I want to win because I'd love to get The Ultimate Meal smoothie mix. I've been obsessing about it for months, it was even on my Christmas list! But alas, I still don't have it!

  65. I went to the website and learned that there are so many things I want to try that it is probably a very dangerous website for my wallet

  66. I want to win. I have been dying to try the Sun Warrior protein powder, my current stuff is almost out too!

  67. i would either stock up on larabars or purchase things I don't usually buy, like chia seeds, protein powder, bee pollen, to name a few :]

  68. Wow – anything free or reduced price really brings out the commenters :)
    I have u on my roll and reader and stuff already. Have a nice night Averie.

  69. Great giveaway, Averie! Love it! You know I could spend that $50 in a heartbeat ;-) (and that's why I'd love to win it). But, happiness to whomever wins! =D

  70. I learned that you can access free online health encyclopedias by being a customer at Iherb! That's so great–talk about practice what you preach.

  71. I would buy some stevia (can't find it anywhere!) and some Madre Labs CocoCeps. My boyfriend is a mycologist and we are both avid supporters of mushrooms as health supplements.

  72. I learned that tumeric, i looked at their tumeric capsules, maintains healthy cardiovascular, and liver function. I forgot to mention on my last comment that I want to win because i am a college student who cant afford these items on her own!

  73. I would truly love to win as I think this is the first american giveaway that is international and is a lovely way to get american products that are not available in the UK. If I won, I would get the nunatural stevia products, chia seeds (they are awesome), wheat gluten flour to make my own seitan and some maca powder as it sounds amazing.

  74. I would love to win! I would definitley buy some aloe vera juice (the kind for drinking…great for those upset tummy days!). Hey…I haven't checked for chia there!

  75. i'd like to win because i don't have the opportunity to buy these things! and i would get chocolate amazing grass :)

  76. I learned that there are many products to choose from for thyroid function. Previously I only knew of foods and one suppliment however its encouraging to see so many options.

  77. ah sweets – wonderful giveaway! I am definitely struggling on the funds as of late and lets be honest.. protein powder ain't cheap. I'm really curious about the sunwarrior powder that you use so I'd buy that fa sho!

  78. I would get some enzymes and hemp protein powder and I don't know what else there is so many wonderful things to choose from!!!

  79. i reallllly want to win this! want some brown rice protein powder, spirulina, chia seeds, nunaturals stevia, b12 vitamins, etc etc! :)

  80. There are so many things I've been wanting to try that I would order from them – maca powder, chia seeds, flax seeds, and coconut oil!

  81. There's so many things I'd like from that website! I've been wanting to try Maca…but I also need some more coconut oil

  82. I'd love to get some omega3s and some maca powder- I've been dying to try the maca in my smoothies and I love omega3s for my skin!

    I'm following you on twitter and also have tweeted your post- so many ways to enter- love it/love you!

  83. so many ways to win! im already following you on twitter & youre on my blog roll!
    i really want to try some chia seeds!
    have a great weekend!

  84. I have been wanting to try a lot of new products, such as maca powder, chia seeds, guar gum, stevia…just to name a few.

  85. I'd love to get my hands on some Maca powder! I've been hearing all the incredible properties it has and can't wait to try some out!