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The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds

Last year for my birthday my then 27-year-old son gave me a birthday card with a crown on the front saying Happy Birthday to the Queen, and inside he wrote "The Queen deserves to go to England." He bought me a round-trip airline ticket to Great Britain, something I...

The Promise

The Promise

Hero's Journey: Ordeal: The hero experiences a major hurdle or obstacle, such as a life or death crisis. Reward: After surviving death, the hero earns his reward or accomplishes his goal. The Road Back: The hero begins his journey back to his ordinary life. That is...

Cavatappi with Roasted Garlic Cashew Cream

Cavatappi with Roasted Garlic Cashew Cream

I've been searching for healthy recipes to go with my vegan/nutritarian diet. I'm posting them here to share with my followers as well as easy reference for me. 😉 The things I want to avoid is dairy, oil, salt and sugar. The things I want to include are lots of green...

Breakfast Quinoa

Breakfast Quinoa

Ingredients 2 cups cooked quinoa (or ⅔ cup dry quinoa) ¾ cup almond milk 2 tbsp maple syrup ¼ tsp cinnamon 1 pinch salt 1 tbsp coconut flake fresh fruit of your choice Instructions Mix quinoa, milk, maple syrup, (I like to mix blue agave and maple flavoring),...

Roasted Tomato & Red Pepper Soup

Roasted Tomato & Red Pepper Soup

This soup is packed with sweet roasted tomatoes and smoky roasted red bell peppers. It's thick and comforting. It's great on its own or delicious served with gluten free croutons, bread, or a grilled cheese sandwich. Author: Emily Koch Recipe type: Soup, Appetizer,...

Almond Balsamic Vinaigrette

Almond Balsamic Vinaigrette

INGREDIENTS: 3-4 cloves garlic, unpeeled 1/2 cup water 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar 1/4 cup raw almonds 1/4 cup raisins 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1/2 teaspoon dried basil 1/2 teaspoon onion powder INSTRUCTIONS: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Roast unpeeled garlic in a...

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