January 2010


Saturday night….

Grey, foggy, winter days, let me shine so bright with all my might! (It has been a few days of winter blues….but not without some wonderfully bright moments…..)

~ I absolutely love this, and feel so blessed to be a mother in such good company….

~My diva-licious friends Tera and Shannon, creators of the Raw Mom Summit, have gathered up yet another beautiful basket of wisdom, all there waiting for you to pick it up and take it for a picnic in the sunshine….please be sure to listen in starting March 8th.  More information HERE.
WISH Summit

~We went for a another photo-wander, this time through Ruckle Park, and took some of the last photos our beautiful Canon will see for awhile…NOTE: Do not try to put a broken lens on your camera thinking that you might get some creative shots, it might get jammed on and you will have to take your camera in for servicing! Ah, such is the way it goes….I am going to embrace the breakage as much as I can, and go ahead and use our little point-and-shoot for my 365 until we get our Canon back.

I returned to Sarah Janssen’s  post on “Capturing Life”, along with her beautiful iPhone Love album, and realized that this is the perfect time to put the philosophy I was so inspired by in her blog to task! And on the bright side, as someone who is so new to the technicalities of photography, I will hardly notice the difference (although I am getting really excited about experimenting with f-stop, bokeh, dof, etc.) Thank you Sarah for being such an inspiration, and for bringing “The Best Camera Is The One That’s With You” to my attention!

Here are a few moments from our wander through the park…

Have a beautiful Sunday!

This is it, one of the best drinks ever:

Cacao D’Arco Rain by my sweetie, David Rain! (As I expected he said “of course!” when I asked him if I could share this here.)

“I made a half-gallon of this drink at a time and did many an all-nighter with it. (Katrina’s note: we don’t in any way encourage all nighters! Get your beauty sleep!) I was lucid all night, and right through the next day. I credit this drink with enabling me to get a significant portion of the files for this site (www.JuiceFeasting.Com) created, updated, and completed in early 2006. This beverage energizes, mineralizes, is anti-fungal, anti-cancer, an aphrodisiac, and sharpens the mind immensely.

Ingredients:

  • Good Earth Original Tea, 2-4 bags
  • Pau D’Arco Tea, 2-4 bags
  • 1.5 quarts water
  • 1 ¼ cups total of a mix of: Sesame Seeds, Hemp Seeds, Almonds, Brazil Nuts, and Pumpkin Seeds
  • ¼ tsp Nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 Vanilla Bean or 1tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 heaping T Maca
  • 1 T Bee Pollen Granules
  • 1 T Cocoa Powder (Unsweetened)
  • 1 T Raw Carob Powder
  • 8 T Ground Raw Cacao!
  • 1-3 Bananas, to taste

Directions:

Make a tea using nearly 2 quarts of water with 2 bags of Good Earth Original tea and 2 bags of Pau D’Arco tea.

Turn off the water after it boils, and allow all the tea to steep in the water as it cools to a slightly warm temp for 4+ hours. Remove the tea bags.

To a Vitamix container, add 1 cup of nuts or seeds. My favorites for this cacao recipe are sesame, hemp seed, and pumkin seed.

Pour the slightly warm tea into the Vitamix. Blend and then strain to make nut mylk.

Pour the delicious Good Earth/Pau D’Arco nut mylk back into the Vitamix, and add:

  • ¼ tsp Nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 Vanilla Bean or 1tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 heaping T Maca
  • 1 T Bee Pollen Granules
  • 1 T Cocoa Powder (Unsweetened)
  • 1 T Raw Carob Powder
  • 8 T Ground Raw Cacao!
  • 1-3 Bananas, to taste

Blend well and drink slightly warm in a small bowl. To go further, drink this beverage with a bowl of Durian! This drink, combined with Durian, really will fill you with joy and love, clear and open your mind, focus your concentration, and make all your friends and loved ones irresistibly curious about nutrient dense raw food nutrition.”

There you have it! The first time David told me about this drink we were cuddled up in our “room under the stairs” at the Tree of Life, where he was working and I was doing an apprenticeship. I had just arrived from a place where raw cacao was next to impossible to find, and finding people who were excited about raw cacao was just as rare. I swooned as I listened to his list of ingredients, could I really be in the arms of a man who knew how to use and cared about pau d’arco tea, cacao, and maca!!?

The first time he made it for me I swooned even further, and when you make it you will see why!

  • If you are like me, and don’t do too well with too much raw cacao, leave it out and add more carob for Carob D’Arco Rain!

Also, if you are missing and/or can’t source any of the ingredients that can be harder to find such as pau d’arco tea, maca, or bee pollen, don’t worry, leave them out and you will still have an amazing chocolate drink.

In fact, even if you can’t find (or afford) anything but regular cocoa powder, almonds, vanilla, sea salt and bananas, honey, or dates, you are in luck! You can still make an amazing chocolate mylk that will be way better for you and your family than anything you can buy in the store. It will be fresh, made with love, and free from additives, preservatives, and any other kind of yuck.

Here is Chocolate Mylk quick and simple:

  • Blend  1 cup soaked almonds (and or sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, hazelnuts, etc.)  in 6 cups water and strain through a nut mylk bag.
  • Pour your nut mylk back into your blender and blend with a generous pinch of sea salt, a generous pinch of vanilla, several ripe bananas OR 4 medjool dates OR a big splash of honey, and 3 TBS cocoa powder (when we don’t have any raw, we like to use Cuisine Camino’s organic, fair trade cocoa powder.)
  • Blend well. Serve at room temperature, warmed on the stove, or chilled in the fridge for a beautiful, whole-foods, plant-based (with the help of some bees), creamy chocolate treat!

Love and Chocolate kisses, Katrina

Another welcome home David post…I love you so much, I am so glad you are home David my beautiful love!

(not a fantastic photo but a beloved moment…)

While we were waiting for Dada to arrive…..

(I’ve been playing around with processing my photos just a little bit just with the levels on iPhoto. It is something I’d like to explore more, I keep seeing all of these incredible, textured, colored, dreamy, creamy photos on Flickr and I want me some! Any suggestions on what program to use?)

….Sophia picked out an orange for me (Buck Brand are the best ever)…..

…..and the tulips faded away.

Goodnight, sleep tight! Tomorrow it is going to Cacao D’Arco Rain!

Here I am, talking about green soup again, it was my 365 photo of the day, and I wanted to talk about it some more! I can’t seem to get enough of it, so simple to make, so satisfying, and so full of those leafy greens that make my world go round. Getting a pound of leafy greens (or more) per day into your body is one of our top priorities, we want you to THRIVE!! This is why David is always talking about the “Four Means to Get Your Greens,” because getting in that many greens can seem daunting until you realize that you can:

1. JUICE your greens. We all know about green juice.

2. Eat your greens in a beautiful, colorful SALAD. We all know about salad.

3. Blend your greens into a green SMOOTHIE. We all know about green smoothies.

4. Blend your greens into a green SOUP. We all know about green soups.

(If you don’t yet know all about these things, Google around and find some recipes to play with. There are so many people blogging about raw food and raw recipes now, and you will be in good company. Learn how to make versions of these things that knock off your socks so that you will be inspired to make more and prosper! You can also check out my favorite raw food books here.)

Yep, simple as that. If you do at least three out of those four, JUICE, SALAD, SMOOTHIE, or SOUP, you’ll be getting in close to a pound and probably more of leafy green goodness. The Four Means to Get Your Greens can be added to any diet, any time, for a wonderful boost to health and vitality. So, if you just finished a cheese burger from Burger King, try starting with a green smoothie every day, and work your way up to having a green smoothie, green juice, cheese burger, and then a green soup :)…..I’ll be honest, I don’t usually do three, but almost every day I have at least two of the four and get in close to a pound of greens because I make my morning smoothies so heavy on the greens, and my soup, salad, or juice so loaded with leafies.

Here is today’s version of Green Beauty Soup:

Start with guacamole. Mash two ripe avocados with the juice of one lemon, a generous dash of Celtic Sea Salt, a generous dash of dill, and 4-8 cloves of crushed garlic.

Then, blend in your high-speed blender the following: 1/2 pound spinach. 1/2 pound mixed baby greens. 1 handful of cashews. 1 TBS hemp oil. 1 small head of broccoli. 1-2 cups water. Blend on high until nice and creamy.

Next, pour your blended greens over your bright green guacamole and mix the two together. Add more salt and dill if needed. Garnish with big red pepper pieces to crunch on the side, and sprinkle with hemp hearts and cashews.

Serves two lucky darlings.

I made this as a good-bye lunch for my mom who headed off on the 3 o’clock ferry today, on her way down to California to be with her husband who is working there for the winter. I wasn’t crazy about the broccoli, but it was still delicious. Sophia enjoyed sucking on a piece of red pepper while we enjoyed the soup.

YUM!Love and leafy greens, Katrina.

Reflections of the weekend…..

It was a glorious weekend. The sun came out to play…

My mom leaped playfully into her 59th year….

My sisters came to visit and Heather has a fabulous new red coat….

We had dinner and a beautiful mandarin orange/chocolate cake made by Heather, all raw, all amazing…

The next morning we went to the beach and some of us went for a winter dip in the sea…

And we had a beautiful Sunday breakfast….

Now it is Monday, and this morning as I was trying to get out the door with the diaper pail and the compost bucket with Sophia in the Ergo, somehow our beloved 50mm lens got knocked off the counter and broke in two. Here I am after putting Sophia down for a nap, attempting for a second time to take the diapers to the wash and empty the compost, 50mm lens-less.

Oh well. I will continue to enjoy my love affair with photography with out a 50mm for awhile….I really have been LOVING getting back into photography. After a brief period of photography seriousness in my late teens and early twenties (lessons in cameras and darkrooms), I started using a point and shot and didn’t think much of it. This year my plan is to take my photography skills to the next level, and I am starting with a commitment to Project 365. I am now 25 days into it and loving everything I am learning. My project is getting me actively shooting pictures daily, and the best lessons often come from action.

I have been spending WAY too much time on Flickr, wandering around in other people’s colorful photo gardens, finding inspiration, insight, and more than a touch of vicarious emotion. I love that about photography, its ability to speak soundlessly yet so crystal clear.

In my Flickr adventures I came across this glorious set of photographs titled  “Unschooled”

Being from a family of four myself, all of us home-schooled for most of our school years, this beautiful album was a joy to find. It reminded me of what an amazing childhood I had, exploring, playing, dreaming, creating, studying bugs….. I highly recommend it to anyone who is inclined to keep their children out of the school system. David and I are planning on home-schooling Sophia and any other children we may be blessed with…more to come on the topic of home-schooling later.

David is still in Vancouver and I keep forgetting to ask him about his Cacao D’Arco Rain recipe (can I share it my love?) Our time on Skype has been pre-occupied with much more important, and I could even say sweeter things…. He gets home on Wednesday, I’ll ask him then.

Sweet dreams!

This most beautiful woman is my AMAZING MOM!! And today is her birthday. Happy Birthday most beloved mother, 59 and still radiant, glorious, and better than ever. I feel so blessed to have such an amazing role model in my life. I am actually excited about getting older, and looking forward to my 50’s, 60’s and beyond because of the example set by my mom. Love you mama!

This most beautiful baby is my AMAZING DAUGHTER! And today she turns seven months old! Happy birthday my beloved daughter, thank you for seven of the most amazing, transformational, beautiful months of my life so far. I love you dear little one.

This most amazing drink is David’s Cacao D’Arco Rain, and if we are lucky, he will let me lift the recipe from www.JuiceFeasting.com‘s Day 74 on Raw Cacao. If you are already a member, of course you can go there right now and get it, and if not, check back tomorrow and I just might get it posted here!

This is me with a #1 ribbon. It is a beautiful sunny day and we’ve been to visit my mom’s Godson, Aiden, who turns 13 today (he was born on her birthday and she was there at the birth, an un-assisted home birth.) Mom and I had a riot jumping hurdles on an obstacle course set up by Aiden’s younger sister Nicoya, pretending we were riding horses. I beat my mom for good form and won a #1 ribbon. Must have been all those years I really did ride horses in my pre-teens 🙂

Now we are awaiting the arrival of my two sisters and then the celebrations will continue!

All love and good green lettuce, Katrina Marie.

They have arrived!

I took some of Sophia’s Christmas money and after much debate on what kind of new cloth diapers to get, I chose these beauties.

Things I love about these cloth diapers~

~They are made in Canada.

~They are made with organic cotton.

~They don’t have any TAGS or Labels on them, pure home-made goodness.

~They are soft and sweet for my sweetie’s bottom.

~They look like the were made by a loving grandma on her kitchen table, simple, sturdy, and made to last through lots of babies.

~They are the same kind of diapers my 11 year old sister Finnerty used. I followed the lead of her mom Constanze who loved them, and I think I will too.

~The wool diaper covers are organic too!

~The wool diaper covers are machine washable!

I have only used them for two days thus far, so don’t take my word for it yet, but I think I love these diapers. I have been using disposables ever since Sophia outgrew her newborn cloth pre-folds…I have to admit disposables are tempting…but I feel strongly enough about cloth to go ahead and re-commit. Here I am, the mom who was sure she would be using Elimination Communication, seduced by disposable diapers!!

I am still using a disposable for the night time because they keep her so much drier, and it means no wet spot on the bed in the morning and no diaper changing in the middle of the night. Many moms report that their babies get diaper rash from disposables and not from cloth diapers…well, I have found the opposite to be true. The disposables wick all the moisture away from her skin, while the cloth just gets wet. Having wool diaper covers really helps, as they allow for breathing, but still I find her getting a little red and chaffed sometimes. Will have to look into natural diaper rash creams.

So, here we are, back in the land of big cloth diaper bum for Sophia, and more laundry for me, and yes, it is worth it! I love cloth diapers.

There are a lot of choices out there when it come to cloth diapers, and if you are just starting out, this might interest you. (Thanks for the link Linda!)

Diapers aside…..my beloved husband sailed off today to attend a workshop on the mainland. I left Sophia with my mom while I went into town BY MYSELF!! For the first time in I don’t know how long I was out all by myself and I felt light, free, like I might float off the ground, I felt light-headed and overwhelmed, I felt oddly skinny with no baby and no husband.

And what did I do with this exciting time to myself? I went grocery shopping.

I came home after about an hour to find Sophia and my mom both happy and content. Blessed.

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