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The beginning of the new year is quickly approaching!!

I love this time of year because it allows me the space to think about my future goals and what I would love to experience in the next year.
I have a feeling 2013 is going to be an exciting one!!

I have started to collect for my intention/vision board.
I go through my old mags and books and find things that inspire and delight.
I place those things onto a board in a place where I will see it everyday.
It serves as an awesome reminder of how I see and want to see the world, myself, my output, and my input.

Just a few things that may make it on this year.
 As the year shifts I welcome you to start a new tradition or continue if this is something you already do.

Please feel free to share!!
I always love catching a glimpse of what inspires others to be the awesome beings that they are.

Health & Happiness 
Shanti Shanti Shanti


1 month with vegan Miles!

A month has passed and Miles is as strong as ever!
He hasn't lost any weight and scarfs his food just as always.
He does go to the bathroom a lot but so would everyone if they had a vegan diet with probiotics at every meal......jealous?

I bought V-Dog to mix into his cooked and raw veggies for a little crunch and just in case I don't have time to make him food.

We go to the vet tomorrow to see exactly how he is doing and I'm pretty excited about it!

More importantly:

This last week has been a pretty mind numbing and confusing time for most people. How do we wrap our minds around the loss of a child's life let alone the loss of many? I pray that the victims of this horrific act have the support of family and friends as well as the correct monetary support. Money is clearly not the most important thing in a situation like this but it surely can help in many ways.

If you are interested in donating to something that will directly help this community check out

They have so far raised about $75,000 and that number is growing daily!

“And if I go, whilst you’re still here…know that I live on, vibrating to a different measure behind a thin veil…. ”
                                                                  ~ Emily Dickinson

The amazing energy of these children will continue to vibrate. May we remember the light that they shone upon the world and never forget our responsibility to them and to all children. As adults we are the bearers of responsibility and the conduits of action. Show love everyday, teach love and non-violence, be awake and connected to the world we are living in.

Much love ALLways


Brazil Nut Sushi

 Brazil Nut Sushi


3 handfuls Brazil nuts
4 sun dried toms in oil or soak if dried
tsp fresh dill
salt & pepper - pinch each
1/2 lemon juiced
1 tbsp olive oil
tom slices
cucumber slices
1/2 clove garlic

1 nori sheet

* organic when possible *

A quick way to get your savory and tart fix that will deliver amazing nutrition and great taste.

As I always say...... YUM!



week 1 vegan Miles

 Miles eating his vegan dinner!

So far he seems to love his food and has the same healthy look. It has only been a week and we are watching him closely. It has been a full week and his breath has improved!!
He is going to the bathroom more but that may be because of the water and fiber content in veggies.

I have been making a stew of root veggies with brown rice, lentils, banana, and whatever needs to be eaten in the fridge.

I no longer waste any of my vegetables....it's awesome!

He has probiotics, vegepet supplements, also, coconut oil, blue green algae, ground flax, and nutritional yeast.

It  makes me jealous!

He goes to the vet next month so we will see what she has to say.

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Tofurkey day!!

Much love and gratitude



my little man.....a vegan?

The time has come where I can no longer stand buying dog food from the store.
For the last 3 yrs we have been feeding Miles Primal which is raw organic meat based frozen food.
I am vegan and it just feels wrong to feed him such food.
I can control few things in my life....one is what I eat and the other is what my dog eats!!

Yesterday I ran out of his dog food and the store was closed....thank you Palm Beach....so I had to improvise.

After some research I now know that I need to put supplements, probiotics, and enzymes into his food which is on order.

Until we get them....this is the meal plan.

* all organic ingredients*

Nutritional Yeast

Chick Peas


sprouted almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds

organic egg

steamed  kale, sweet potato, banana, broccoli, asparagus

After steaming the veggies I put everything into a pot with some coconut oil and simmered for another 25 mins. The more it cooks the easier it is to digest.

I have supplements on order from Vegedog and I'm super excited about the possibility of my little love being as cruelty free as I am.

I know.....aren't dogs made to eat meat?

That's what I thought until I read an overwhelming amount of research explaining that dogs, NOT CATS,  are actually Omnivores. This means that they are adaptable to a well balanced plant based diet.


I know the egg is not vegan, but, it was in the fridge so I added it.

It is only Day 2 of this adventure so we will see where it goes.


attitude of Gratitude!

Here we are....holidays in full swing!

I love this time of year.
Not only do we get to celebrate with family and friends the wonderful and maybe trying times we have had this year, but, it is a phenomenal reminder of what we hope to set as intentions for the next.

The title of my blog, GRATITUDE, says a lot about where my energy lies.
I am forever in awe of the amazing people I am lucky enough to call family and friends. I look to them as teachers and confidants and reminders of what I want my life to encompass.

As I dive deeper into this world of social media and make these surface cyberspace connections, I really do learn a lot from these far off people who inspire my new adventures and thoughts.

I am grateful for so many aspects of life and try to remain in this space of gratitude as much as possible! There are always little forks in the road which make the journey that much more exciting, hard, and meaningful.

Thank you for being a part of this exchange of the little and large things that inspire our lives.

Wishing you and every being a loving and peaceFULL holiday.

Have you ever had a meatless Thanksgiving?
It's awesome! Maybe give it a try.
I had to go there!!




Persimmon & Squash Salad

Fall is here!

I love going into the market and seeing all of the fall produce.


I saw organic persimmons and I had to grab some....not knowing what I was going to do with them.

This is what came to be:

Organic Persimmon & Acorn Squash Salad


1 acorn squash ( or any kind you like)
1 persimmon
2 small heads butter lettuce
1 small yellow tomato
1 tsp dulse flakes
ground blk pepper and salt to taste
soaked and dehydrated assorted nuts
( soak a mix of nuts and seeds overnight and dehydrate for 10 hrs on 110 degrees:
almonds, walnuts, pumpkin, sunflower seeds)
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
evoo ( light sprinkle)

* organic when possible *

- cut and clean squash
- season with a little salt and pepper
- bake @ 400 until tender- about 25 mins

- wash and chop greens
-chop persimmon & tomato
-remove skin from squash when done

all ingredients in a bowl
and enjoy the colors and taste of this Fall season!

Health benefits of persimmon fruit

  • The fruit is low in calories (provides 70 calories/100g) and fats but is rich source of dietary fiber.
  • Persimmons contain health benefiting phyto-nutrients flavonoid poly-phenolic anti-oxidants likecatechins and gallocatechins as well as important anti-tumor compound betulinic acid. Catechins are known to have anti-infective, anti-inflammatory and anti-hemorrhagic (prevents bleeding from small blood vessels) properties.
  • Fresh permissions contain anti-oxidant compounds like vitamin-A, beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein, zea-xanthin and cryptoxanthin. Together, these compounds functions as protective scavengers against oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) that play a role in aging and various disease processes.
  • Zea-xanthin, an important dietary carotenoid, selectively absorbed into the retinal macula lutea in the eyes where it is thought to provide antioxidant and protective light-filtering functions; thus, helps prevent "Age-related macular related macular disease"(ARMD) in the elderly.
  • They are also a very good source of vitamin-C, another powerful antioxidant (especially native Chinese and American persimmons; provide 80% of DRI). Regular consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals.
  • The fruit is good in many valuable B-complex vitamins such as folic acid, pyridoxine (vitamin B-6), thiamin...etc. These vitamins act as co-factors for numerous metabolic enzymatic functions in the body.
  • Fresh Persimmon fruits also contain healthy amounts of minerals like potassium, manganese (15% of DRI), copper (12% of DRI), and phosphorus. Manganese is a co-factor for the enzyme, superoxide dismutase, which is a very powerful free radical scavenger. Copper is a co-factor for many vital enzymes, including cytochrome c-oxidase and superoxide dismutase (other minerals function as cofactors for this enzyme are manganese, and zinc). Copper is also required for the production of red blood cells.




Mac n Cheeze & Tomato Soup

Mac n Cheeze & Tomato Soup

There is one thing that I have yet to discover in the vegan world......good cheese!!

It is one of those irreplaceable things.

We still try to make those yummy comfort foods taste amazing and as planet friendly as possible.

This Mac n Cheeze recipe I borrowed from Angel.....check it out on her blog.

To pair with this great recipe we made a tomato soup.

Tomato Soup

Put into Vitamix

1 can roasted tomatoes (organic & bpa free)
1 red bell pepper
sundried tomatoes packed in oil- add oil as well
2 cloves garlic
1/2 red onion
 1 tsp dried Italian herb blend

* organic when possible *

Blend for about 5 mins until steamy.

Comfort food at its finest!!

The holidays are creeping closer and closer!

Have fun, stay healthy, xoxoxo


Hearty Pureed Soup

 Brisk day....hearty pureed soup!

We might be the luckiest people in the world living here in South Florida. This week has been amazing!!

My heart goes out to those up north who haven't experienced the same.


1 onion chopped
3 med carrots chopped
3 stalks celery
handful fresh herbs ( I used dill & parsley)
1 inch fresh ginger minced
4 cloves garlic chopped
1 Tbsp coconut oil
1 lemon juiced
2 boxes or bags frozen squash
low sodium veggie broth
plain almond milk
* ORGANIC when possible*

It seems like a lot......but I promise it's easy!

- add coconut oil to pot with onions 

-saute until slightly translucent

-add carrots, celery, garlic, ginger

- saute for about 8 mins or until just tender

- then add squash- it tends to be more tender when frozen
( you can always use fresh and add it with the other veggies)

-add veggie stock as needed so it is a little moist in the pan about 1/2 c

-add spices to your taste!

- let simmer for about 5 mins

* remember- ginger will add a little kick*

- pour about 1/2 c almond milk

- add the fresh herbs, and lemon to taste
( the lemon gives it the perfect essence of freshness)

- put it in a blender and puree

I added sprouted mung beans, broccoli sprouts, and nutritional yeast for a little crunch.

Avocado or diced red pepper would be awesome as well!