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Raw Cupcakes and Sun-dreanched Tea

Of course, when Brianna and I are together, our time revolves around food. We love to experiment and try different recipes. One of my favorite recipes we made this week (and I think Bri would agree) was Chocolate Cupcakes with “cream cheese” frosting. The recipe is from Raw and Simple by Judita Wignall. These are really nice and fudgie cupcakes – obviously because they are raw.

Frosting:

1/2 c cashews, soaked 2 hours

1/4 c coconut oil, warmed to liquid

1/4 c water

1/4 c xylitol, agave, maple syrup, or honey

2 Tbls lemon juice

1/2 Tbls vanilla

2 tsp lecithin powder

Combine all ingredients except lecithin powder in a blender until very smooth. Add lecithin and blend again. Chill for four hours or until completely firm.

Chocolate Cupcakes:

2 1/2 cups walnuts

3/4 cup packed Medjool dates

1/2 cup cacao powder

Pinch sea salt

Place walnuts in a food processor and grind into a flour. Add dates, cacao, and sea salt and process until the mixture starts to stick together. Don’t over process or it will become too oily. If mixture isn’t sticking together well, transfer it to a bowl. Add 1 tbls of water, and mix well with your hands.

When the mixture is the right consistency, press it into a twelve-tin mini cupcake pan lined with cupcake wrappers. They will have some height to them. Shape the tops into little mounds. If you choose, you can make them flatter and create about sixteen smaller cupcakes instead.

Stick cupcakes into freezer or refrigerator for 20-30 minutes to firm up.

Frost cupcakes and top with cacao nibs, goji berries, coconut, and anything that you’d like!!! Enjoy!

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A lovely summery drink we made was Ruby Red Ginger and Honey Sun Tea from Going Raw by Judita Wignall. So delicious and perfect!!!

4 cups water

3 Tbls dried crushed hibiscus flowers

4 tsp ginger juice

1/3 c honey

Lime Wedge for garnish

Place water and hibiscus leaves in a glass jar and close with a lid. Allow to sit in sun for 6 hours. Pour the tea through a strainer into a pitcher and add the ginger juice and honey. Chill before serving, then garnish with a lime wedge. Enjoy!

Hibiscus Tea steeping in the sun.

Hibiscus Tea steeping in the sun.

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Discovering Hollywood and Places In-Between

So I know it is overdue, but here is my post about visiting my second half in the beautiful city of LA. It was a lovely trip. Ryan and I drove down hwy 1 because… well, it’s hwy 1 and why not?!?! It was the most lovely trip, but taking that route took us about 7 hours of driving time instead of 5 hours if we would have taken hwy 5. In reality, it actually took us 9 hours because we stopped and took a bunch of pictures and found a beautiful little restaurant in the mountains overlooking the ocean. But it was worth it. We had a fantastic time seeing Adam and Brianna. We took lots of hikes and ate so much amazing raw food!!! I never knew raw food could taste so heavenly! We spent about 5 days there, and I cannot wait to go back!

Stopped at this beach along the way. It was so beautiful and refreshing to get out of the car. Logan loved it too!

Stopped at this beach along the way. It was so beautiful and refreshing to get out of the car. Logan loved it too!

Absolutely gorgeous scenery along HWY 1

Absolutely gorgeous scenery along HWY 1

All I can do is thank Jesus that I live in this beautiful state!!!

All I can do is thank Jesus that I live in this beautiful state!!!

The beautiful from the restaurant we stopped at.

The beautiful from the restaurant we stopped at.

My first Hollywood sign sighting. Brianna and I went to this yummy raw restaurant (the sign behind me) the first afternoon in LA

My first Hollywood sign sighting. Brianna and I went to this yummy raw restaurant (the sign behind me) the first afternoon in LA

Logan missed his uncle Adam

Logan missed his uncle Adam

View on our hiking excursion

View on our hiking excursion

We hiked up to the Hollywood sign

We hiked up to the Hollywood sign

We hiked all the way up and behind the sign! Amazing view of LA and the surrounding areas

We hiked all the way up and behind the sign! Amazing view of LA and the surrounding areas

Hung out and did the Walk of Fame on Hollywood Blvd

Hung out and did the Walk of Fame on Hollywood Blvd

We went to a comedy show one night. The Groundlings is a fantastic little comedy club!

We went to a comedy show one night. The Groundlings is a fantastic little comedy club!

Like A Shiba

Mal and I love the little Shiba in our life. Logan, Loggers, Logeriffic, Logan McLogsterpants, Budders, Shmups….etc….

He is NOT like other dogs though….

As I was observing his behavior one day, I saw a comparison to my life. I wrote a journal entry about it which I came across today.

Thursday: December 11, 2012

I was thinking about Logan’s unique behavior this morning when he came and cuddled on the Lovesac with me. He is not like other dogs. He is very intelligent and will deliberately disobey with dual fingers up. Logan doesn’t really want to be pet a lot, but he needs attention all the time (the kind of attention he wants you to give). Then ever so often, it’s like he just needs you. He will come cuddle and just be so sweet.

I feel like I can be compared to a Shiba in my relationship with God. I romp around and disobey (really just to disobey). I destroy things -not for any reason other than to get attention or to just be naughty. I want to be independent, but yet am so insecure. I ask for things impatiently like I am the only one that matters. I get in trouble for the same things over and over again, and get disciplined time and time again -so frustrating! Then though that entire mess, fall exhausted and say that I just need Jesus…lean against him, curl up in His arms.

God is like my owner. Forgiving through the disobedience, yet firm. Doesn’t make me stay in His arms when I want to be free. Feeds me even though I am ungrateful and want more. Blesses me even in my greed. Laughs and says “relax, it’ll be okay” as I get nervous over every little sound. Lavishes so much love on me when I come to sit by His side….and watches with loving eyes, as I walk away again.

 

 

L.A. and all that jazz

Hey, this is Bri.

The sisters are separated; it is a sad time.

This is the world from my point of view:

I am living in Los Angeles for a time getting my acting on. It’s a game of “hurry up and wait” out here, and thankfully so. It is good to have a break from the madness every couple of days. I got my pictures, acquired an agent, met some friends, found a church….now I just need work.

If you find my writing style different from most of my posts, it is probably due to the fact that I am on a juice cleanse. It’s day four of ten, and I am getting used to it (I think). There’s just not a lot of energy over here. I NEED SOMETHING CRUNCHY, STAT! ….Whew, now I’m pooped. I just keep telling myself that I will be nice and detoxified soon.

So a random, funny thing…there are these two dogs that live right next door -a beautiful husky and a black something or another (that’s also beautiful). Well, whenever an ambulance or anything with a siren goes by, they howl along with it. They are actually quite good at mimicking the sound, super cute.

To end this drab post, I will post some pictures of the area, AND send a message to the other half of “Double Trouble”:

“Get you’re butt out here and visit!”

Drinking our delish(ahem)ous juice by the sea

Drinking our delish(ahem)ous juice by the sea

Heading to HWY 1

Heading to HWY 1

Hwy 1

A daily sight

A daily sight

perfect for an early morning run

perfect for an early morning run

Sister Love

Having a sister is like having a best friend you can’t get rid of. You know whatever you do, they’ll still be there.  ~Amy Li

A sister is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost.  ~Marion C. Garretty

Sisters never quite forgive each other for what happened when they were five.  ~Pam Brown

Sisters is probably the most competitive relationship within the family, but once the sisters are grown, it becomes the strongest relationship.  ~Margaret Mead

Sisters are different flowers from the same garden.  ~Author Unknown

I know some sisters who only see each other on Mother’s Day and some who will never speak again.  But most are like my sister and me… linked by volatile love, best friends who make other best friends ever so slightly less best.  ~Patricia Volk

We love each other. Are always there for each other. We hurt for each other, and would kill for each other. We are not just sisters, but friends. Friends bound by a deep love. No one, no distance, no mountain, no ocean... nothing can separate us.We will always be - together forever - sisters.

We love each other. Are always there for each other. We hurt for each other, and would so anything for each other. We are not just sisters, but friends. Friends bound by a deep love. No one, no distance, no mountain, no ocean… nothing can separate us. We will always be – together forever – sisters.

Gluten-free, Sugar-free Butternut Squash Muffins

You all know how Brianna and I love gluten free recipes. And we all know how much Brianna LOVES muffins. Well, Brianna is not living with me for the next couple of months (sad I know), and she is SUPPOSED to be updating you all on why she is not living with me anymore (ahem ahem, Brianna). Anyways, I decided to attempt to do some gluten-free baking. I enjoy baking a little bit… I guess I do more cooking than baking so this was actually a challenge for me. I honestly didn’t think they would turn out. I think they probably could have turned out better, but for my first time, not so bad. 🙂 First of all, when I roasted the butternut squash, it didn’t want to soften up for me. That made it more difficult, but I beat it in my KitchenAid and blended it in my Blendtec. So in the end, it worked out. I found this recipe on Pinterest of course from The Non-Dairy Queen – and I made some alterations as I normally do.So the recipe I am giving you is not the original one. 🙂

Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Butternut Squash

1 cup almond milk
1 TBSP apple cider vinegar

Mix these together and allow to sit while you get the rest of the ingredients together.

2 TBSP flax meal
6 TBSP hot water

Mix these together and allow to sit while you get everything else together.

2 cups gluten free All Purpose flour (I used 2/3 c millet flour, 2/3 c Brown rice flour, 2/3 c sorghum flour + 1 tsp xanthum gum – you can use any other mix. Bob’s Red Mill is good)
1/2 cup buckwheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (I used my own mixture – nutmeg, ginger, cloves, cinnamon)
1/2-3/4 c honey
1 egg
Vanilla to taste
2 cups roasted pureed butternut squash
3 tsp xylitol (for topping)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line or grease a 12 cup muffin pan.

Combine the flour through the pie spice. Next add the honey, soured milk, flax meal, egg, vanilla, and butternut squash. Mix well to combine. Evenly scoop the batter into the prepared muffin pan. Then sprinkle 1/4 tsp xylitol over the top of the muffins. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
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Video Tour of our New House