How did Monday shape up for you?  Hopefully everyone has a short holiday week this week and is gearing up to spend time with your family and friends and just get some R&R in! 

I got a great surprise today.  A woman called me and offered me a job at her gym to teach a few yoga classes.  So that’s the third studio I now have yoga teaching gigs at, and I am soooo excited!  It feels wonderful to be wanted, respected, appreciated by students, and paid, for my yoga skills and knowledge.  After giving 110% of myself to pregnancy and new motherhood, and now that Skylar is almost 3 years, it’s time for me to start working outside of the home more because I need that for myself, and reconnecting with my passion for teaching yoga is just what the Zen Doctor ordered. 

I’m thrilled about the positive feedback on the Raw Vegan Almond Butter Cookies!  Yay!  So good, so easy, you probably already have the ingredients on hand, no gluten or soy, and no fancy appliances needed.  Yeah, they hit the vegan cookie spot, for sure!

Three Raw Vegan Almond Butter Cookies in white dish

First up for today, I thought I’d show you a few grocery store & foodie finds….

Vanilla Extract. Doesn’t look like anything special?  Well it was.  On special, that is.  Half-price.  This was a $24.99 bottle on sale for $12.99.  Score! Does anyone else go through vanilla extract like it’s water?  I could bathe in the stuff!

McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract Bottle

Not TechicallyVegan, but close enough Festive.  Semi-sweet Chocolate & Mint Holiday Chips.  I’m thinking of veganizing Creme de Menthe bars with these.

Bag of Nestle Dark Chocolate & Mint Holiday Chips

 

Up close of Bag of Nestle Dark Chocolate & Mint Holiday Chips

I found this big bag of Gluten-Free Snack Crackers-meets-Flax Seed-Chips for $1.99

Bag of Miguel's Organic Vegetable & Seed Tortilla Dippers
Handful of Tortilla Dippers

Skylar doesn’t know the difference between flax seeds and Fritos, good.  Let’s keep it that way.  

Young girl standing in kitchen smiling wearing all pink

 

Hand holding one Tortilla Dipper

She does like Pure Bars.  This one is the Chocolate Chip Trail Mix Flavor.  Nice chunks of Raw Cocoa Nibs, Almonds, Dates.  Yum!

 
 
Hand holding Pure Brand Chocolate Chip Trail Mix Bar

Ok, So I like ’em too.

Hand holding Chocolate Chip Trail Mix Bar up close

I found this Caramel Corn at TJ’s.  Not health food, but not a disaster, either.  No gluten or dairy listed on the label Score!  And, Yes, there is corn syrup.  Cest la vie.

Trader Joe's bag of Fat Free Caramel Popcorn
Nutritional Facs on back of Caramel Popcorn bag

Dinner was my Vegan take on “Cesar” Salad.  Romaine, cukes, tomatoes, raw almonds and dressed with my Vegan Homemade “Cesar” Dressing.  Really easy, really good.  Try it!

Vegan Cesar Salad topped with Homemade Cesar Salad Dressing
Homemade Cesar Salad up close topped with almonds

For Dessert for the big Thanksgiving Day Feast, I am not sure whether to make my No-Bake Vegan Pumpkin Pie (that’s also gluten & soy free!)

No-Bake Vegan Pumpkin Pie in dish topped with whipped cream

 

 Side of Pumpkin Pie in white dish

Or My Raw Vegan Apple Crumble

Raw Vegan Apple Crumble in clear container
Overhead of Raw Vegan Apple Crumble in clear container 

Pumpkin

Overhead of cut No-Bake Vegan Pumpkin Pie

 

Vegan Pumpkin Pie slice in white dish topped with whipped cream

Or Apple.

Close up of Apple Crumble topped with Whipped Cream

 

Close up of un-topped Raw Vegan Apple Crumble
Raw Vegan Apple Crumble at angle in clear container

What are you going to do?  Store-bought?  It’s ok, whatever is Easiest & the Least Stress: Go With That!  Check out my last post about my thoughts on Letting Things Slide.

But back to desserts, my recipes are no more than 15 minutes for the Apple and about 20 for the PumpkinJust sayin’…

Since I didn’t have any Apple or Pumpkin Desserts on hand, but I did have some Raw Vegan Almond Butter Cookies, it was a no-brainer.

Raw Vegan Almond Butter Cookies on white plate

I Munched These.  With pleasure.

Up close of one Raw Vegan Almond Butter Cookie on white plate



Yoga Today is Parsva Bakasana (Side Crow Pose)

Woman doing Parsva Bakasana yoga pose

Tip of the Day:  Recently, I’ve been asked about Staying Raw or Vegan through the winter months when it may be colder and you’re less than inspired to be either raw or vegan. Which is fine!  Go with what works for your body; honor & respect what your body is asking for.  Mine asks for high raw, all vegan.  However, I do eat cooked foods and who cares.  If I want it, I eat it.  Done. But find your own path, find what your body, mind, and soul is asking for, not just with food, but with everything else, too.


What’s your comfort food during the winter months?  Or how about any time you need a comfort food, what do you gravitate toward?  Mine would definitely be extra coffee or even a nice cup of tea in the beverage department and in the food department, it would have to be sweets or a dessert, and lately I’ve been loving my Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls They really hit the comfort spot.  What’s your Comfort Food?

Stay Tuned For A Last Minute Pumpkin Dessert Recipe for the Big Day…

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