Monday, October 26, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
Now for those Rockstars out there, (you know who you are) Philip McCluskey has revamped and relaunched his site "Loving Raw: the Raw food Rockstar Community" http://www.lovingraw.com/ ! I am loving it. Here is a guy that knows how to party Raw style! Philips is also planning a bi-coastal rockstar birthday party(ies) in November. He is looking to celebrate in N.Y. and L.A. Philip, I am looking forward to partying Rawkstar style!
I also want to give a shout out to the grand opening of the resteraunt/shop/educational facility- 105 Degrees! I so wish I could have attended that event. I know it was absolutely MARVELOUS!! I have seen so many pictures and video's of the celebration and I know that a great time was had by all. I guess I am going to have to take a trip to Oklahoma City (I will blog about that experience when I go) really soon. Man, I am going to book that trip after this blog post. LOL!! In the meantime, check out their site at http://105degrees.com
TwinkieR* A.K.A. The Raw Twinkie
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Hello Everyone!! It’s been a while since I have posted something (well a couple of weeks) and I have had some things going on here in Little Rock. I am enjoying myself learning my way around (thank God for GPS). I was so consumed with acclimating myself with Arkansas, that I almost forgot about VeganMoFo. I wanted this to be the first year participating and I almost missed it. Thankfully I have some amazing friends who kept me in the loop! Thanks Robyn, @ www.girlonraw.com!
Okay down to business, I am going to be posting every day this month some fantastic recipes as well as a look into my life being a mom, wife, and RAW Vegan foodist. So pretty much you will enjoy the fast paced comical world in which I live. This month will be so much fun (well, for me at least). LOL!! Let me start out by re-introducing myself. I am TwinkieR A.K.A. The Raw Twinkie and between my Awesome Hubby (A.H.) and I, I am a mother of 10 children (I physically had three of them). I have been married to my A.H. for going on four years, I am a Raw Food Chef, Life Coach, Writer, and Educator. I lived in Phoenix Arizona until July (my husbands job relocated us) when we moved to Little Rock Arkansas. I can tell you in my household there is not a dull moment. Not even during the sleeping hours. LOL! So now that I have introduced myself, I will say nice to meet you again. Now on to the good stuff.....
I was in the kitchen cleaning out the fridge yesterday when I decided to make a soup out of what I had left. I will tell you that it was one of the best soups I have ever made since going RAW. I was impressed with how incredible the flavors meshed together. The boldness of the herbs gave way to the Campari tomatoes and let them be an incredible star in this soup. Since I am used to really warm weather in Phoenix, I was trying to prepare my
mind for the fall here in Arkansas. It is starting to get cooler and I was looking for some tips and suggestions on how to adjust to being RAW in the fall and winter. After this soup however, after eating this soup, I dont think I will have to worry at all!
Fall RAW Vegetable Soup!
Makes about 3-4 servings
1 carrot (chopped) 1 cucumber
1 1/2 cups of spinach
1 clove of garlic
3 campari tomatoes
1/2 of a red bell pepper, orange bell pepper, and a yellow bell pepper
2 green onions
1 teaspoon of cumin
1 tablespoon of fresh sweet basil
1 tablespoon of italian herb seasoning
1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
1 tablespoon of hemp seeds
1/2 teaspoon of celtic sea salt (more if you desire)
1/2 cup of Water
Blend all ingredients together until soup (creamy) consistency and enjoy!
To add some texture to the soup I chopped some additional bell peppers, carrots, and green onions and tossed them in after the soup was finished blending. I loved it! Not only me but........
My three year old was all over my soup.
I am grateful that she loves fruits and veggies though. Eat as much as you like Ce Ce, just save mom some! ;-)
Much love to you and yours,
TwinkieR a.k.a. The RAW Twinkie
Friday, September 18, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
“ORANGE YOU GLAD YOU LIKE CHOCOLATE PUDDING”
Makes 2-4 servings
1 1/2 of coconut milk (blend 1 cup coconut water and 1 cup coconut flesh together)
1/2 to 1 cup of cashews, soaked
1/2 cup of Agave
1/2 teaspoon of orange zest
1/2 cup of raw cocao powder
1/8 teaspoon of fine sea salt
In a high powered blender begin by combining the coconut water and coconut flesh to make your milk. Once it has a milky consistency add your cashews. Blend until your cashews have become nice and smooth. Then add your remaining ingredients and blend until it has a creamy texture. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate for about an hour. Then serve.
You can serve this just as it is in a nice glass or add some RAW granola, or fruit in between layers, or you can put them in freezer popsicle containers for a nice cold treat. The name of the game is enjoying yourself. I know I am!
TwinkieR* A.K.A. The Raw Twinkie
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Rawsome Blessings to you,
So last nights post turned into this mornings post. My two year old was running a fever and I has to take care of her (though my AH does a great job with her as well). I also got a chance to make a black and blueberry cobbler from Ani Phyo http://www.aniphyo.com/category/recipes/page/4/
It was so delicious! I was going to post the pics of the cobbler but I think my stomach wanted the first look. LOL!! I will take a pic of maybe what's left...
On to what has been going on in my world. For those of you that dont know I have started a social networking site for women celebrating the RAW food lifestyle www.womenintheraw.ning.com. I have also been getting back into the swing of writing (amongst my other talents). I had been working on something I call a blogvel (blog/novel) a while ago and I have decided to get to work and continue with it. You can check it out at www.twinkier.synthasite.com (and please keep in mind that back then I was not a raw foodist-LOL). I will be updating that site once a week. Also I am almost finished working on a site for others that would like to showcase their writings in a blogvel format. More on that later.
I have decided to go for a RAW chef certification. I have had so many people try the dishes I create and then ask me to make more for them. They even pay me!!! WOW!! I love the way I feel helping others. I feel like I am in some way helping to contribute to their health. I also love the feel of being in the kitchen creating dishes and recipes). From their I am looking forward to having a business as a raw food chef as well as start a non profit-organization for Seniors and those that are looking into being and staying healthy. I have quite a few other things up my sleeve as well but for now these are the things that I am working on. I will keep you posted as I complete each goal. Thank you all for the support and encouragement. I really appreciate it!
Now..hhuumm....for a mentor....Let's see....Kristen (http://kristensraw.blogspot.com/) are you available? ;-)
Love to you all,
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
I have had a lot going on in the past few weeks which I am going to spend some time tonight (later) to catch you up to speed (hyper speed) LOL!! So, I am having this discussion with the AH (awesome hubby) and we are talking about setting up a budget for myself specifically for my lifestyle. I totally agree with this mind you. I am all for budgeting but what I was doing was as I felt the move of the wind, I would just get up and go shopping and getting whatever I saw in my path. I would get home and then I would try to figure out what I had bought and what I was going to use it for. I would wait until the last minute and see a recipe that I wanted to try, go and get the ingredients for it and would come out spending more than what I told my AH what it would be. I basically didn't have a plan.
Well, here is my experiment (of sorts). I spent some time today comprising a menu for myself of what I would eat for the week. I then created a list of ingredients for those dishes that I would need to get. Keep in mind that there are things that I already have at home so the list would be what I would need to pick up. I will document exactly the cost associated with what I have to get as well as how the week went planning this way. This might be a great way to get myself in order (let's see). So here is what my menu looks like this week:
Menu for the week:
Cauliflower & Carrot Chips (from RawDog Rory) http://rawdawgrory.com
Creamy Taco Sauce http://rawdawgrory.com/
Home made Tahini
Creamy marinated Kale Salad (from Latrice at http://www.lifeitdetox.com
Jalapeño burger & Avocado fries (from Carmella) at http://thesunnyrawkitchen.blogspot.com
Kelp Noodles (my own creations)
Mock Tuna Salad (from Rawvolution by Matt Amsden)
Plenty of leafy green Salads
Raw black and blueberry pie (Ani’s Raw)
Raw chocolate Ice Cream (from Sheri at http://greenandcrunchy.blogspot.com )
Chocolate Pudding (back up) (from Raw Food Real World by Matthew Kenney and Sarma Melngailis)
Here is my grocery list:
2 Bags of Carrots
Hemp oil/Olive oil
3 bags of spinach
3 bunches of kale
2 packages of mixed organic greens (salad)
Tomatoes (various types) about 20
15 lemons (maybe more)
2 bags of raw sunflower seeds
1 bag of Raw Pecans
1 bag of Raw Walnuts
1 bag of Raw Cashews
1 bag of hemp seeds
2 bags of Dates (1 medjool and 1 honey)
1 bag of sun dried tomatoes
10 reg avocados and 2 California avocados (the big ones)
10 pounds of banana’s
2 onions (yellow)
1 bag of green onions
1 pound of ground flax seeds
Garlic (2 heads)
2 stalks of celery
4-6 red and yellow peppers
2 pints of strawberries
2 pints of blueberries
2 pints of blackberries
10 pounds of apples
Let's see how I do! Let's get this experiment party started! Dont forget I will be back tonight with how things have been going for me!!
Friday, March 13, 2009
First of all good morning! I greet you with smoothie in hand (as I have one almost every morning) and with a large smile. Do you remember why???? Well, today is day one of my seven day smoothie/juice feast!! I was going to just do smoothies at first but I thought about how much I love juices (both veggie and fruits). I am used to having fresh juice at least once every other day so I decided to get the best of both worlds and combine them for this seven days. I can tell you that I am excited because I really started thinking about what I would love and anticipate happening during this time. I thought I would share them with you (also, those who may be doing this as well might have the same thoughts).
I would love more of a spiritual connection, clarity, energy, weight loss. I will as well be in great reflection on some of the goals that I have set for myself and my family. I am grateful for this time to give my body the rest, and rejuvention that it needs. I am sure that I will be posting here throughout the day as well as over the course of the next seven days about what is going on during this time. I am expecting some INCREDIBLE things to happen. So with that being said....Let me get back to my smoothie! YUM!!!
What I have had so far today:
Water (16 Ounces)
Banana, peach, coconut oil smoothie (1 quart-enjoying this right now)
I will keep you posted!!
Monday, March 9, 2009
I am so excited because there are so many things that are going on in my life right now. I am excited about being a RAW vegan! I am excited that I have decided to start a business in creating and preparing RAW food and RAW desserts. I am also going to start speaking about the important benefits on living a RAW vegan lifestyle. I am so excited that my women in the raw website (www.womenintheraw.ning.com) is going forward and I have some AMAZING ideas going forth with that. I have a mission that I am also going to need support on. My grandmother has moved here to Phoenix a few months ago and I am going to assist her with some of her eating habits. She has quite a few hurdles to cross such as diabetes, a pace maker, high blood pressure, heart disease, asthma, and a few other things that she is facing. If you have any suggestions on some books, websites, blogs, or any other form of media that I may be able to research and purchase to gain some assistance to what I am going to be doing with changing her diet, I would appreciate it. Also if you yourself have overcome some of these obstacles let me know what tips you may have as well.
I am going to start something that I have been wanting to do for sometime now and that is a smoothie feast/smoothie detox. I was looking through some of my favorite blogs and Eve (thank you) at http://eves-journey.blogspot.com started my RAW senses to perk up! She had done a video blog on one of her posts where she talks about Victoria Boutenko's book "Green For Life" and how she was doing a 7 days smoothie detox. The wheels started spinning in my head. "You know you have been thinking about doing this for quite some time. You know that you can do anything you put your mind to." And with that the decision is made! Starting on Friday I will be starting my green smoothie feast/detox! I love it!! Anyone who would like to join me during this time......LET'S DO THIS!!!
I'm so excited......and I just can't hide it........I'm about to lose control and I think I like it..... (oops, sorry that's an old Pointer Sister's song). LOL!!! I'm just so excited........
Monday, March 2, 2009
I havent posted in a while (and no I have not fallen off the vegan wagon). LOL!!! I have actually taken some time to think about my life and my values. Yes, I enjoyed all the benefits that have come with eating a vegan diet however I have been really considering taking it to the next level, which for me was going towards a RAW Vegan lifestyle. Let me tell you this!!! IT IS AWESOME!! So what I am going to do is write about this journey that I have undertaken and I hope you enjoy every aspect of what I will be sharing with you. Come along for the ride! We can do this together!
I have been eating RAW veggies and fruits exclusively pretty much for the past two months. I am so excited about this new quest that I also created a social networking site so that I may also help encourage others as well as get some additional support myself into the RAW lifestyle. My site is http://www.womenintheraw.ning.com/ . It is free to join and I welcome all women wherever they are in their eating journey! I have missed you all and I promise I wont be away that long again!
Here is to much success in living the most incredible life ever!!!
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Sunday, January 4, 2009
When it was finished cooking, my hubby and I sat and looked at each other to see who would try this comfort food first. We both tried it at the same time. Can I just say.....OH MY GOODNESS!! This soup was wonderful.
I wanted to snuggle in a warm blanket in front of a fireplace and eat this soup continuously. Needless to say this will remain a staple in my repertoire. Here is the recipe. I dare you to try it. As a matter of fact, invite me over and we can enjoy it together! ;-)
Friday, January 2, 2009
I had been avoiding eating out as much as possible while being vegan. I did it first of all to make sure that I knew what I was putting into my body and second, because I consider my self a pretty good cook. There was no need to go out to McDonald's when I had Chef Nettrea at home. LOL! That was great until I heard of a vegan restaurant here in Phoenix Arizona. It's name foretold all I needed to entice me to check out its fare. "Green" new American vegetarian is what it is called and I wanted to see just how "green" I could get.
Monica who works at "Green"! She was awesome! (Thanks Monica)
When I first walked through the door I was greeted with what seemed like a familiar warmth. Everyone was friendly which made me want to stick around and stay awhile even if I didn't order anything. I took one of my good friends, Michelle with me. She is not a vegan/vegetarian but she knows good food when she tastes it. So I brought another expert in food with me to revel in the experience. We were greeted by one the nicest young ladies I have come across in a long time. Her smile instantly told me that I was about to enjoy myself. Her name is Monica and she was very down to earth and was patient while waiting on us to decide what we wanted to eat.
Michelle Enjoying the meal!
We FINALLY ordered the vegan crab puffs, orreciette pasta (pasta with vegan meatballs, you can also get it with mock chicken), The secret barbecue chicken sandwich with their espresso barbecue sauce with vegan mayo, thyme fries, green tea, and their AMAZING oatmeal cookies for dessert. Michelle and I had thought we went to vegan heaven. Everything was perfect. I am telling you if you are ever in phoenix or if you live here, take some time to enjoy "Green"!
"Green" New American Restaurant was incredible!
You can visit their website: http://www.greenvegetarian.com