Saturday, November 26, 2016

The Power of Feng Shui!

Feng Shui is the practice of arranging your environment so that energy (chi) flows smoothly through your home and workspace. When the energy (chi) flow is stagnant (clutter), moves too quickly (dark hallways), or is obstructed (unbalanced scale and placement of furniture), it will negatively impact your life.
One of the essential tools in Feng Shui is Bagua map. It provides a blueprint and a formula to improve and enhance nine significant areas in your life: 1) abundance-prosperity, 2) fame-reputation, 3) love-relationship, 4) health-family, 5) balance-harmony, 6) children-creativity, 7) knowledge-self cultivation, 8) career-life purpose, and 9) helpful people-travel.
How Does Feng Shui Work :: The Four Key Steps
1) The 3 E’s - Encourage, Embrace and Enjoy Change in your life! There's no room for adventure, excitement or personal growth when you stay in your comfort zone!
2) Declutter – Let Go
3) Organize – Be Productive
4) Apply the Principles of Feng Shui – Cultivate Happiness and Success
Get inspired! Spend a couple of hours this weekend to declutter one area of your home or workspace.
Ellie Lavender
Certified Feng Shui Practitioner
Santa Cruz, California

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Vegan Hazelnut Cilantro Pesto Recipe

Homemade pesto is simply the best! You can make this amazingly delicious vegan pesto in 30 minutes or less! Enjoy it in pasta, as a pizza sauce, with olives on toasted bread and even salad dressing. Use a couple of spoon of this pesto, add 1/4 cup of lemon juice and use it over salads and also roasted veggies.  

1. 2 Cups of cilantro leaves washed and drained (use salad spinner). You can substitute cilantro with basil, parsley or dill.
2. 1 Cup toasted hazelnut
3. 1 Cup EVOO
4. 8 Medium size peeled garlic cloves lightly chopped
5. 1/5 Tsp. sea salt
6. 1 Tsp. lemon rind
7. 1 Tbsp. lemon juice


In a food processor pulse hazelnut a few times until they are chopped coarsely. Add garlic and cilantro and pulse a few more times until they are mixed, but still the texture remains coarse.  So, it is best that you pulse and check the mixture instead of continually pulsing. The intent is to make a rustic pesto so that you can taste and see each ingredients.  Add EVOO, sea salt and lemon juice and pulse additional 3-4 times.  Add lemon rind, juice and mix with a spoon so that the rinds stay intact.


Chef Ellie Lavender 

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