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Eat your veggies part 3: White Chocolate Sweet Potato Macadamia Nut Cake

This is a classic Martha Stewart Recipe. TWO POUNDS of sweet potatoes… layered with a white chocolate mousse. Yum. Remember: ORGANIC INGREDIENTS!! Sweet Potato Macadamia Nut Cake 2 pounds (about 3) sweet potatoes 1 1/4 cups vegetable oil Unsalted butter, for pans 2 cups sifted flour, plus more for pans 4 large eggs 2 cups […]

December 22nd, 2011 | Comments (0)

Eat your veggies part 2: Carrot Pumpkin Spice Cake with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

OK, here’s another fabulous cake, with a pound of carrots AND a pound of pumpkin! Don’t forget the fruit: there’s some orange peel in the frosting šŸ˜‰ Two-layer Carrot Pumpkin Spiced Cake with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting 4 cup grated carrot 1 cup raisins 3 cup flour 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp baking powder […]

December 21st, 2011 | Comments (0)

Eat your veggies part 1: 2-Layer Triple-Chocolate Zucchini Chocolate Cake

This fall I made three *delicious* cakes, all with a couple pounds of vegetables in each one! Several friends have asked me to post the recipes, so here they are. These recipes are all tried and true, and combinations of recipes that I have found online and in my multitude of cookbooks (unless otherwise noted). […]

December 21st, 2011 | Comments (0)

Ahhhhh… Spa Day at Chico Canyon Retreat

This fall I was honored to be included as one of Chico Canyon Retreat’s Spa Day providers! This was an amazing way for event participants to experience a relaxing, multi-layered day of spa treatments and healing arts information. A mere 30 minutes east of Chico, California, the surroundings at Chico Canyon Retreat are nothing short […]

December 15th, 2011 | Comments (0)

Ayurveda: Yoga as a Way of Life:: 2012!!

Ayurveda: Yoga as a Way of Life Kalani Oceanside Retreat, Big Island, Hawaii February 12-18, 2012 (12/5/11) At this time, there are only six lodge spaces left, so please send me a message if you are planning to attend!)   Once again, Prana Veda Yoga and Ayurveda is offering the 5-day Ayurvedic lifestyle immersion workshop […]

December 8th, 2011 | Comments (0)


Cinnamon… A common, sweet, warm spice, cinnamonĀ  is the bark of several species of trees of the genus Cinnamomum. Origin and History Wild andĀ native to India and southeast Asia, cinnamon’s long history places it in ancient Egypt; it was a common gift to the Roman Gods; and it is mentioned in the Hebrew Bible. Cinnamon […]

December 8th, 2011 | Comments (0)


Asana:: Generally known as a Yoga posture or position. From the Yoga Sutras, asana literally means: a steady comfortable pose. Asana is one of the eight limbs of “Yoga” (with a capital Y) and is practiced to make the body supple and strong enough to be able to sit in meditation for extended periods of […]

December 8th, 2011 | Comments (0)


Sutra:: A sutra (thread) is a literary exposition composed of concise, meaningful statements. The “Yoga Sutras” were compiled by Patanjali, an Indian scholar in the ~2nd century BCE. This text provides the practical foundation for the underlying philosophy of Yoga. There are many interpretations of the Sutras, my favorites being: “Light on the Yoga Sutras […]

December 8th, 2011 | Comments (0)


* b r e a t h e * Life is simply a series of experiences, most of which seem beyond our control or planning. There is no judgment inherent in these actual experiences; the judgment lies in our interpretation of what is happening. We can react to our experiences as either something bad (a […]

December 8th, 2011 | Comments (0)

White Bean Soup with Kale

This soup is so satisfying! Hearty but light, flavorful, simple(!) and literally packed with nutritional powerhouses. Makes an excellent winter meal served with some fresh sourdough bread. (Remember: every recipe I submit, organic ingredients are understood. This is vital.) Ingredients 2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped 8 cloves garlic, minced 1 […]

December 21st, 2010 | Comments (1)

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