Summer Gardening

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Hi again!!! Welcome to the middle of July 2017!! I’ve been busy gardening! I’m happy to report that my tomatoes, zucchini, basil, oregano, chocolate mint, and WATERMELON are happily GROWING!! One of my favorite activities is watering the garden and watching the progress of the plants. I also love the VARIETY of flavors that I have chosen. The Sun Gold yellow cherry tomato is so sweet and delicious!! Have you tried one? I also really love my heirloom tomatoes such as the Cherokee Purple and the Pantano Romanesco!! I’ve also had so many zucchini that I’ve been juicing them!! Truly, there is nothing more satisfying than enjoying a salad with produce from your backyard.

I believe that EVERYONE would enjoy gardening! It really only takes some quality organic soil, love, patience, and water! You can GROW plants, I’m sure of it! If you don’t have enough room in your own backyard, find a COMMUNITY GARDEN to enjoy. Gardeners are super helpful people and you’re likely to meet a friend. My neighbor Eugene Veres lives across the street from me and he and I like to share garden ideas.

I’m hosting a potluck at my house on Saturday at 6:15.  My address is 4458 Larchwood Place. It’s a great place to meet some vegans and others who are making healthier food choices! Come on out and bring an organic fruit or veggie dish to share!

Seven Day Raw Food Challenge

Hi!! How are all of you? February flew by and now March is here and it feels as if spring has already sprung!! On March 1, I offered group support for a Raw Food Challenge! I was PLEASANTLY surprised to have TEN participants giving their BEST EFFORT to eat more raw foods!!

We met on the first day at my house to introduce ourselves and why we were interested in eating more raw foods. I talked briefly about what to expect and where to find resources about the low-fat raw vegan lifestyle. There was also a Facebook page for posting recipes, pictures, and feelings during the seven days.

Everyone went their own way and we gathered again on Sunday night at my house to make Zucchini Noodles and Karen brought her delicious dessert! We also discussed the Celebrations and Challenges that everyone was having sticking to the new lifestyle. A few celebrations were that individuals were not giving into cravings, some were feeling less bloated, some were losing weight, and some had learned delicious new recipes! Some challenges were detox symptoms, craving warm food and certain foods, and eating and/or cooking for others. YES! All of these celebrations and challenges are real and RAW!! Getting the hang of this lifestyle requires time and patience with oneself and others as well.

I hope that the participants in the Raw Challenge will continue to eat more raw foods now that they’ve learned more about the lifestyle. I’ll be offering Raw Cooking Classes again at my house in April, so watch my Instagram and Facebook feed for more information!

On Friday we’re taking a Celebration Field Trip to Peace Pies in Encinitas to celebrate everyone’s accomplishments!! We’ll also visit the ocean and the Meditation Gardens that are near the restaurant. Take a trip there if you are interested in learning more about Raw Foods. Or, if you live near Riverside, my next potluck will be March 18 at 6:15. Come on out and eat some tasty and food and meet some new people!UZIO0953

Christmas Cheer 2016

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WOW!! Last night I had a RAW Potluck at my house and it was so AMAZING!! There were around 30 guests at the house, and our youngest little fellow was four months old! Nick Hughes from Auraganic Juicery http://www.auraganicjuicery.com in Chino Hills made some RAWESOME LASAGNA!! Michele made some delicious raw soup and Douglas made some walnut tacos. I made a delicious Raw Chocolate Pecan Pie and if you’d like the recipe, you can find it online at www.fullyraw.com. Michael made his Sinless Cinnamon Rolls out of bananas, and everyone feasted on fabulous VEGAN food!

We also had some music provided by Manny and his guitar and others joined in with their merriment. Of course, we had Michelle, Nick, Kainoa, Mike, and Manny practicing yoga moves as well. A white elephant gift exchange supplied everyone with a gift that they really needed! My gift was a feather toy that Luke and Leia really loved!! Nick received a book from Kiyomi that will keep him intrigued for days. The evening was perfectly perfect and everyone enjoyed the food and company! If you’re curious about raw food and you live close to Riverside, please come and join us in 2017!!

 

 

October RAW Potluck

Good morning! It’s Monday morning and I wanted to blog about my RAW Food Potluck gathering that happened on Saturday night at my house! I have been hosting potlucks for a year now at my house in Riverside. If you’d like to attend, please find my Raw in Riverside Meetup Group for details. It’s a great way to learn more about raw foods and meet some interesting people!

It was a Halloween theme for this month and several people wore Halloween costumes! Kudos to Kiyomi, Chuck, and Ronald for getting in touch with their inner child and dressing up!! We had some new people at the potluck and several of the “newbies” shared poetry. I also read my poem called Juice Girl!! Reign has inspired us to share and write poetry. Saturday was a Full Moon and Douglas shared his crystal bowls and a meditation. It was quite a spectacular evening!!

ALSO, we shared some tasty raw dishes!! I made Kristina FullyRAW’s Dazzling Date Dip and her Raw Fettuccine Alfredo. I HIGHLY recommend her recipe book, The Fully Raw Diet, if you are wanting to transition into a RAW Food Lifestyle!! We also sampled some delicious salads and some kiwi berries brought to us by the lovely Mohara of Source Yoga Studio! Michele made a salad with persimmons, jicama, apple and a pomegranate-strawberry dressing. Love that creativity!!img_3178img_3188

After my guests went home, I planted some broccoli in my winter garden by the light of the Full Moon. My neighbor Eugene gave me some of his extra plants. This morning they are getting a light rain and they are going to be super healthy and delicious!! Have an amazing week!!

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