A Light in the Dark

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When we look at the state of our nation and the world, the horrifyingly bad news seems to far outweigh the good. I don’t have to tell you what’s going on- you know. And I know your heart is breaking with mine.

I sit with this feeling of guilt and helplessness too often- the how can I help feeling? The why aren’t I on the frontline of activism, as I was in my twenties? And what am I going to do about it? I’m taking small steps like attending diversity trainings, interfaith gatherings and I’m headed to a SURJ meeting this Saturday, (if you’re local to Boulder, join me!) 

And I’m kindling my light. And when we dance together we kindle each others. The more we can open our hearts to our selves and each other, in a grounded, embodied way, the more of a force for change and love we will be! We end each and every class by spreading the work/sweat/joy/dance as far and wide as we can.

This Monday in Awaken The Dance we danced the privilege we have. We celebrated feeling safe, having basic our needs met, and the abundance of our lives. We expanded it through our whole body-being, we expanded our cells with it- SO we can get out there and do something for those not so fortunate. Because when we are depleted, as so many of us are, we have very little to give.
 
We asked the sky for rain for the wildfires raging, and we lay our bodies on the ground and prayed that the love in our body-beings would bless the earth that she may heal from all its crimes of violation, injustice and horror.

It’s not enough to go out into the world and give from an empty bucket. And it’s not enough to dance in a studio and simply fill our own bucket. I believe in a holy combination of the two! So fill your bucket in the way that serves you the best- and then get out there and spread your righteous love.

Dance Invitation: Fill your bucket however you fill- hike, pray, meditate, move, and then see how far you can spread your light- to those around you, to the homeless friends you meet in the park, ultimately- to all beings everywhere!

Awaken with me….at Alchemy!

IMG_0265Though it still feels like summer, the golden leaves, crisp evenings, and apples everywhere let us know – we are in the rich, abundant season of autumn. And the only constant, no matter the season, is change. So journey with me as Awaken the Dance moves to Alchemy of Movement. In this soulful studio we will grow our community and enjoy the journey of being in a body together. Same time, same us, new location- beginning 9AM, Monday, Oct. 27. See you there!

Amazeball Applesauce Raisin Cookies

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Yep, my cookie muncher has been gobbling them up all afternoon. Jealous? Don’t be. Make ’em yourself!

Pre-heat oven to 375

Mix together in a large bowl- blend until creamy and smooth
.5 cup of coconut oil
.5 cup of applesauce
1 egg

In a smaller bowl, combine
.25 cup of coconut sugar
2.5 cups of flour ( I used Pamela’s baking mix blend cause I’m lazy like that)
.5 tsp. baking soda (if you don’t use a mix)
.5 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. allspice
.25 tsp. clove
.5 cup of raisins

Mix the flour mixture into the wet mixture, scoop out using a large spoon, like you would eat soup with, flatten a little, and bake for 15 min. at altitude, less for your sea levelers.

Practically no sugar, tons of good fat, great wholesome snacking.

For Luca’s, I added 3 large leaves of collard greens and some dark chocolate chips.

Homemade banana ice cream- dang good!

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What’s that you say? You’re hungry and I’m too lazy to cook dinner? Well then- let’s make banana ice cream!

I use a ninja which is like a ghetto cuisinart or vitamix.

Combine:
2 frozen bananas
1/2 can of coconut cream or the thick part on the top of a can of coconut milk
1 tsp. of cinnamon
1 tbsp. of MCT oil if you have it (medium-chain triglyceride oil- brain food)
1 capsule of probiotics if you desire

Blend and enjoy! It’s practically a real dinner!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Juicing! It’s not just for hippies!

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So I just borrowed my dad’s juicer, and holy guacamole, Luca and I are in heaven. And our mustaches and tongues are dark green.

My favorite: handful of dandelion greens, half a bunch of kale, a whole huge cucumber, 1 lemon, 1 green apple.

For Luca: to the above I add 1 red apple, 1 carrot, some blackberries.

I’m loving this.

Almond butter chocolate balls too good to be true

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After school today, Luca wanted a snack and I wanted to give his body something to give him the energy he needs to move at the speed of light- which is how he moves lately. All measurements are approximate as I just made it up but it goes a little something like this:

1 cup of raw almond butter
1/4 cup of raisins
half a chocolate bar of 88% dark chocolate
1 scoop of chocolate whey protein powder (can substitute vanilla or other powder)
1 tsp. of ground chia seeds
1/2 tsp. of cinnamon

Optional things I throw in there cause I’m crazy like that:
1 capsule of probiotics emptied into mixture
1 tbsp. of MCT oil (coconut oil derivative)
baking chocolate powder or low sugar hot cocoa mix for extra yum

Throw all of the ingredients into your mini-ninja mixer if you’re like me, or your cuisinart or vitamix-like object if you’re a real kitchen goddess/god.

Form them into balls and serve, refrigerate the rest. Thank me later.

 

Carob Candy bar- so damn good it’s stupid.

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So this little boy is going wild for our latest creation! Inspired by Julia of Julia’s Kitchen:  http://juliaskitchenboulder.wordpress.com,

Luca and I made this amazing candy bar. There are no measurements, just a lot of licking your finger to see how it tastes.

 

In a small saucepan, melt a lot of coconut oil, and mix in powdered carob (available at most healthy-ish grocery stores.)
Add in any other flavors you like such as cinnamon, cayenne, peppermint extract, vanilla extract, spices, etc….
When it’s the consistency of sauce, pout it into something that won’t crack- i.e.- not glass- and place in your freezer until frozen.
Then it can be kept in your fridge and nibbled on obsessively.  

I imagine that same treat could be made with cocoa or cacao powder if you add a little sweetener.  Carob is naturally sweet, so none needed. But try stevia for super low-sugar or coconut sugar or maple syrup for a little more….

Enjoy licking this off your fingers!