It’s the first Humping Hump Day of the New Year!  How has yours been?  I’ve been a busy girl!  I taught yoga Tuesday night, and am en route to teach another yoga class in just a little bit.  I went grocery shopping, did my daily one two loads of laundry (between a toddler, workout clothes, sheets, towels, you name it, my washing machine and I are BFF’s whether I want to be or not), I cleaned my floors because I am anal and if I feel any little rocks or toddler crumbs beneath my feet it skeeves me, so I am a Swiffer maniac, too!  And I’ve been busy in the kitch.  More on that in a minute.

But first, thanks for your feedback on everything from the trashy & mindless TV shows you love (and oh yeah, I forgot to say how the Kardashian Girls are also high on my list of guilty pleasures!) but I was glad to hear your thoughts about Product Reviews.  If you missed the post and care as it seems some of you are like Whatever regarding products reviews, I reviewed everything from Dr. Flackers Crackers 

Dr. Flackers Crackers 
Hand holding one cracker

To Think Thin Bars

Think Thin Bars in two flavors
Think Thin Bars in two flavors

To Pro Bars

Sweet and Savory Kettle Corn Pro Bar
Hand holding Pro Bar

And I had a Blogger Meetup with Madeline, too!

 Two women and Child standing in coffee shop

But Let’s Move On…
Today I decided to make Scott a batch of Raw Vegan Chocolate Coconut Snowballs.  If you missed the full recipe, click here.

I added the shredded coconut flakes, maple (use agave to be truly raw), coconut oil, cocoa powder, and a dash of vanilla…

Raw Vegan Chocolate Coconut Snowballs ingredients
Close up of Raw Vegan Chocolate Coconut Snowballs ingredients

Stirred it Together.

Ingredients being stirred

And popped the chocolaty goodness into the freezer for safekeeping….

Raw Vegan Chocolate Coconut Snowballs batter
Close up of Raw Vegan Chocolate Coconut Snowballs

…Til it was time to dig out some chocolate coconut snowball lovin’ and put it in a bowl.

Raw Vegan Chocolate Coconut Snowballs in bowl

Good stuff.  Again, the Recipe info is right here.

Close up of Raw Vegan Chocolate Coconut Snowballs

I also had a hankering for my Raw Vegan Apple CrumbleI haven’t made this is a couple months and was missing it!

Raw Vegan Apple Crumble

If you missed this one, click here for the full recipe info.
Or Here
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I made up the oats, dates, and almond flour crust and sprinkled it with cinnamon.

Crust of Raw Vegan Apple Crumble in clear container

Made an Apple, Cinnamon, Vanilla Extract, & Agave Filling

Filling of Apple, Cinnamon, Vanilla Extract, & Agave

Then I Topped the Crust & Apple Filling:

with Oats, Almond Flour, and Brown Sugar (not raw so omit if you’re a raw purist) which make up the Crumbly Topping.

Oats, Almond Flour, and Brown Sugar topping

Perfect! 

Raw Vegan Apple Crumble in clear container

Don’t Drink the Cinnamon-Agave-Vanilla Extract Juice that is running off your apples & seeping through the container even though you want to.

Side of Raw Vegan Apple Crumble

And you know what, you can warm it up in the microwave if you’re really wanting to feel un-raw and all warm and toasty insideAgain, here’s the Full Recipe Info!

Raw Vegan Apple Crumble after warmed up in microwave

And Apple Crumble goes Great with Banana-Bourbon Vanilla Softserve!

 Bourbon Vanilla Extract bottle

And if you don’t have Bourbon-Vanilla, Any Vanilla Extract (or skip it!) works wonderfully!

Banana-Bourbon Vanilla Softserve

Scoop the luscious softserve into a bowl.

Close up of Banana-Bourbon Vanilla Softserve

 

 And Devour It!

In addition to living on making desserts, I also got into a whole lot of greenery: Raw Kale, Mixed Greens, Cukes, Cauli, Brock, and Tomatoes

Mixed Green Salad with Vegetables
Close up of salad with Vegetables

with my Homemade Vegan Slaw DressingSweet, tangy, perfect.

Lidded Jar of Homemade Vegan Slaw Dressing
Salad topped with Vegan Slaw Dressing

And for dessert, although the Vegan Peanut Butter (Sunflower Seed Butter!) Vanilla Balls  are really amazing….

Vegan Peanut Butter (Sunflower Seed Butter!) Vanilla Balls

…so are the Raw Vegan Chocolate Coconut Snowballs.

 Raw Vegan Chocolate Coconut Snowballs in white dish

And so is the Raw Vegan Apple Crumble?

Close up of Raw Vegan Apple Crumble

Which one do you want a bite of?  The Snowballs…

Raw Vegan Chocolate Coconut Snowballs in white dish
Raw Vegan Chocolate Coconut Snowballs

 ….or the Apple Crumble?

Vegan Apple Crumble Close up
Look at all the slurpable agave-cinny juice.  So good!
Side of Apple Crumble in clear dish
Overhead of Apple Crumble

Or the Softserve?

Softserve in bowl

The Answer is: Sample a little of everything, smorgasbord style!!!!!

Yoga Today is One-Legged King Pigeon Pose (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana)
Sanskrit Translation: (remember I mentioned I was brushing up on my Sanskrit for my 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Credential?)
Eka=One
Pade=Foot
Raja=King
Kapot=Pigeon
Asana=Pose

Woman doing One-Legged King Pigeon yoga pose

Scott took this photo of me during my morning practice in Aruba.  The house was warm, in the high 80s perfect for yoga, the morning sunlight was streaming in, and life was warm, lovely, and blissful being on vacation with my family.  A great memory for me indeed!  Stress-Free and Perfect!

Tip of the Day: Manage Your Stress!
Everywhere we turn there is stress.financial worries, family drama, toxins in the water supply, you name it, our bodies and minds are constantly being assaulted with stressors.  If we don’t get a handle on our stress, it will overcome and damage every system in our bodies.  My Naturopath recently wrote an article about Adaptogenic Herbs (herbs which adapt to the needs/uses of the person taking them…very cool!) and how they can help you.  

I also believe that yoga is a great stress reliever.  Not only because of the physical (asana) practice, but also through the calming of the mind, the centering of our mental energies, and the spiritual and emotional peace the practice brings us.  For me, yoga is the ultimate stress reliever!  Not only while I am on the mat, but as I carry my yoga practice through my life and with me off the mat, that’s yoga’s gift to me.  Helping me in my “real life” to manage my stress long after I’ve stepped off the mat. 

What do you do to relieve stress?  Cry, scream, drink coffee, kick the dog (kidding!), talk on the phone with friends, watch mindless tv shows, eat chocolate, vent to your partner, knit, sew, exercise, meditate, practice telling yourself this too shall pass, do yoga?  Any or all of the above?  What else do you do to relieve stress?  What works for you when life is feeling oh-so-stressful?!

Stay tuned for a few goodies I got in the mail…

 

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