Monday, November 30, 2015

Cyber Monday Vintage Sale- 50% Of My Personal Collection of Vintage Treasures

Time for a clear-things-out Cyber Monday Sale! Looking for something special and unique for Christmas gifting?

Check it out here. I'll be adding more items throughout the day and month. Then after December, EVERYTHING will be GONE. If you have any questions, send me an e-mail. Happy Shopping to you! /Comments Off
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Friday, November 27, 2015

Our First Star Party: Star Gazing Floridan Neighborhood, Camping and Lollygagging

I recently participated in my first star gazing party since 6th grade. From 4th to 5th grade I was in Astronomy club, on special night's we'd camp out in the school and stay up until the morning hours to gaze at Jupiter and Saturn through a massive telescope. We even e-mailed (new technology!) what the teachers said were "astronauts in the stratosphere". I haven't been tent camping since even longer, I think I was six or so?! It was fun to attempt star gazing with friends recently.

Amber's adorable tent set-up. I crashed on the ground next to her air mattress. 

We drove past Gainesville to enter an out-of-the way neighborhood that, fascinatingly, had amateur observatories EVERYWHERE! We'd never seen anything like it. The area had no street lights and was far enough from the city to ensure amazing star visibility. Once night falls, you can't use anything but a red-tinted light because you're eyes don't have to re-adjust to the dark with it.

Not far from our tent, one of the many amazing at-home observatories.

The campgrounds had cute star buns and details. The showers had an appropriate name!

And this was the star party go-cart.

We ended up getting a discount on our stay there (From $40, yikes!) to $5.00 each because the night was a bust! The previous night was warm with gorgeous visibility, the night we stayed with completely cloud-covered and cold as hell! I wore two pants, three pairs of socks, three scarves two jackets, a sweat shirt and a hat and I still felt some chill! Mark, who didn't pack layers, was bouncing around to warm as the night got cooler.

Edit: There was some confusion, the photos below were created the night we went camping. They're made in-camera with a technique known as "light painting".

So what do when it's cold and there's no stars to gaze at? Take silly pictures (the dark photos above were taken with a camera on a slow shutter speed and our red lights), drink a little beer, tell ghost stories, and make silly pictures with our red lights! We'll camp again, but not until the warm weather, me-thinks! /Comments Off
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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Easy Vegan Pumpkin Chia Pudding for the Holidays In 3 Steps + Boosts Digestion

Too lazy to make a whole pumpkin pie this year? Perhaps you want a healthier, lighter alternative or something that aids digestion to add to the end of your meal? Try this easy chia pudding! The pumpkin puree makes this recipe irresistibly creamy and rich. To make, simply combine:

- 2/3 Cup Pumpkin Puree
- 1 Cup almond, coconut or any vegan milk (I make my own with this recipe)
- 1/4 to 1/3 cup chia seeds (1/3 cup for a thicker pudding)
- Coconut Sugar or Stevia to Taste

Optional: Pumpkin Spice or Cinnamon to Sprinkle on Top
Optional Topping Ideas: Ground Pistachio, Flax or Pumpkin Seeds, Raisins, Rose Petals

Step 1: Combine your pumpkin puree, sugar or stevia, almond milk and seeds in the bowl you'll serve your desert from and stir these ingredients together.

Step 2: Let your pudding thicken for about 15 minutes

Step 3: Top with your delicious toppings and serve. I are all my nuts and raisins (oops!) so mine is topped with brown coconut sugar and delicate rose petals. The rose petals give it a middle eastern look and flavor.

Tip: Adding ginger, clove, nutmeg, or marshmallow root powder will boost this pudding's digestive-boosting powers.

This is a simple light desert that's easy to make and loaded with protein, omegas, vitamins and minerals. I've packed this in my tiffin lunch box and enjoyed it for lunch on the go more than once. You could even prepare it pretty much immediately before serving at a holiday gathering.

With all the chopping and baking and harder cooking going on for the holidays it's nice to have something that's easy on your body to digest, nourishing, and easy as hell to make!
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