Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Vegan Brownies

Made these the other day from here. Kid approved and delicious. 

1 1/3 cup flour (your choice)
1/3 cup cacao
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup apple juice or water (i used water)
1/3 cup oil (i used grapeseed)
2 tsp vanilla

Mix the dry. Mix the wet. Mix the wet and dry.
Bake for 25 min. at 350F


Monday, March 10, 2014


I have been using this herb this winter to help dry up mucus and wow is it good!
Salvia officinalis; the common sage, is a well known kitchen herb. It's natural habitat is the northern shores of the Mediterranean. It is a hardy plant and though a perennial, does not last above 3-4 years without degenerating, so you should replant it every 3-4 years.
The active constituents are; a yellow-green volatile oil, tannins and resins. These are present in the leaves and are actually much higher in quantity in the dried herb than fresh, which is good to hear as this is what most of us have in the kitchen!

So what's sage good for?
It is great for drying things up. ie. gross snotty runny noses. like this one.
and goopy eyes and congested coughs, as well as dry up hot flashes. However, it is not to be used by nursing moms as it will dry milk up aswell. 
It is also great for digestion ie. upset stomachs and improves brain function due to its anti-oxidant properties. 
It tastes good steeped as a tea, especially sweetened with a little organic honey. 
No complaints by this little one (except for the runny nose!)

Saturday, March 8, 2014

catch up.

things have been busy. story of all our lives, i'm sure. 
we seem to be getting sick alot these day, which i attribute to less outdoor time with this ridiculously cold weather. we need spring to arrive! soon, right? 

did you know that NDs no longer have to charge HST? yeah! 
here's the link
here are some photos of what i've been up too! 
a photography class with Peter Gatt to help learn the basics

what immediate gratification. you can follow me at rachelsnd. we'll see how long i last at it. 

and some food photos, of course. 
hope you have all been warm and happy....

 playing with shutter speeds
 our delicious get togethers with wonderful tea and healthy snacks (those are black bean brownies!) 
all put together so beautifully by Du
 class shots
 AV mode for portraits.
and food. 
a delicious sandwich on rustic bread, avocado, old cheddar, baby kale, cucumbers 
drizzled with a homemade olive oil dressing
and fruit and veg. a perfect snack for kids!