PLANT BASED BREAKFAST IN BED FOR MOM'S SPECIAL DAY

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Breakfast in bed is a great way to make Mom feel special on Mother’s Day. It’s such a simple gesture. And yet it means so very much to her. There’s really nothing like the feeling you get when your family takes time out of their morning to prepare a meal for you. And if they bring it to you before you even put your feet on the floor for the day, that somehow turns up the warm and fuzzy feeling factor ten fold ❀

But what it your Mom would prefer to avoid the common breakfast foods that make up the typical American diet? Well, I can help with that. Because, I too appreciate a good plant-based meal.

So, I’m going to share a simple recipe for flax meal crackers and cashew cheese with you. Both of these can be made the night before Mother’s Day if that’s easier for you. And if you are able to do that it may work to your advantage. Then you can just pull everything out and put it on a tray with a hot cup of java, a glass of juice, and some fruit in the morning. No mess. No fuss. AND yet Mom feels like you’ve gone out of your way to acknowledge her first thing in the day! WIN! WIN!

Let’s start with the flax meal crackers, shall we?

PLANT-BASED FLAX MEAL & HERB CRACKERS


1 3/4 c. Ground Flax Meal

1/2 c. Water

1/2 tsp. Salt

1/2 tbls Garlic Powder

1/2 tbls. Dill (dried)


Preheat oven to 350Β°

In a medium bowl combine flax meal, salt, garlic powder, and dill.

Add water and mix until well blended. Form dough into a ball.

Place dough between two pieces of parchment paper and roll out to approximately 1/8 inch thick.

Remove the top layer of parchment paper. The dough will be uneven along the edges. You can cut the edges straight if you like. But it is not necessary.

Score squares into the dough. This will make it possible to cut it later. If you do not score your dough it will simply crumble when you try to cut it after baking.

Bake for 30-40 minutes. Removing outer edges when they are done and allowing the center squares to bake a bit longer.

Place on a wire baking rack to cool.

Cut into squares along score marks. Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

And there you go … just like that you’ve got incredibly delicious, and seriously healthy flax meal crackers that are just packed with flavor!

It doesn’t really get any easier than that. Unless, of course, you count this cashew cheese recipe. Then it gets easier. Which is pretty hard to believe. But true nonetheless πŸ˜‰

CASHEW CHEESE


1 c. raw cashews (heaping, soak overnight)

2 tbls. nutritional yeast

2 tbls. lemon juice (fresh squeezed)

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. black pepper

1/4 c. water


Pulse cashews, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper in a food processor until it forms a coarse, wet texture. You will have to scrape the sides of the bowl several times throughout this process.

If you have a magic bullet use that instead. This is not a large amount of food to process. And the bullet is more conducive to smaller amounts. Additionally, it will eliminate all of the scraping. As you can just pop the top off the bullet and shake.

Once you have ground the mixture down as much as possible add the water. Start with about 1/8 cup and then add the rest as needed. You are striving for a mixture that has a consistency similar to hummus.

At this point, taste your cashew cheese and adjust your seasonings accordingly.

This cheese will store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for approximately 6 days. But it is unlikely to stick around that long.

Take a minute to tell me about how you are celebrating Mother’s Day this year in the comments. I would love to gather some new ideas for next year. And, if you are making these recipes let me know how they work out for you! I’m dying to know if the Mom in your life enjoyed them πŸ˜‰

And … connect with me on facebook, Β instagram, and pinterest to stay abreast of any other happenings here at Bohemian Apothecarist.

As always, your presence is greatly appreciated. I adore that you are here. And I just know that we are going to have great fun together ❀

DYE EASTER EGGS WITH PLANTS

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I’ve really been checking some things off my hope-to-do list since I’ve started the Bohemian Apothecarist Lifestyle Blog! And if feels GOOD!

Today, I’m going to share my experience creating stunning, naturally dyed Easter eggs with all of you. This is something I’ve always wanted to do. And now that I’ve done it, I feel like it’s for sure share worthy. I know I will never dye eggs with chemical laden dyes again. This process was incredibly easy. It will be my new go to!

There are many natural egg dying guides available out there. Google brings back plenty of results. But they often contain ingredients that are just not that reasonable for the average person to use.

Things like, the skins from 12-15 onions. I mean that’s great and all, but just exactly what are you supposed to do with all of those skinned onions after you’ve stripped them down? In my house that would be a total waste. And I just can’t justify that kind of waste.

So, I chose four different plant materials which are readily available, affordable, and create little to no waste for this project; beet juice, paprika, turmeric, and red cabbage. Using these materials will give me pink, blue, orange, and yellow eggs. I also picked up a bunch of parsley to use a few of the leaves for stencils. It was just $1.29 at my local grocery store. And I will saute the rest of it and toss it in a stir fry, no waste there.

I was really unsure of how well the stenciling was going to turn out. I had concerns about the dye finding its way under the parsley leaf. But I wanted to give it a go because, quite frankly, it makes my heart go pitter-patter!

And I’m so glad I did because it came out really great. It showed up much better on the darker eggs, for sure. But was still visible on the light colored eggs as well. Overall, it was a great success. No seeping or bleeding involved. Just a perfect little stencil. I hope you choose to give it a try. It makes all the difference in the world!

I only dyed 8 eggs total; 2 of each color. This is plenty for my little household of two. Three if you count the bulldogge (and we do), especially when it comes to hard-boiled eggs πŸ˜‰ However, if there were children around, I would likely do a much larger batch.

I started by getting myself set up for the process. The last thing I wanted was to get in the middle of my little experiment and be scrambling to put something together last minute.

I hard boiled a dozen eggs in the morning so they would cool by the time I was ready to get started in the afternoon. I only needed 8, but I didn’t want to come up short because some cracked while boiling. If you use cracked eggs with these natural dyes they will take on the flavor of the ingredients used in the dye. No thanks! YUCK!

I also boiled down and strained my red cabbage ahead of time. It was the only material I was using that required beforehand preparation. I almost didn’t use it because of that. But the color it produced was really spectacular. One of my favorites, by far. So I’m glad I went to the extra trouble.

Once the eggs were cool I placed my parsley leaf stencil on them. I simply pressed the parsley leaf onto the egg with my fingers. Then I wrapped it tightly with a piece of stocking material. I picked up a pack of knee-his at walmart for 50 cents. They were perfect for the job. I used just one of the pair to wrap four eggs. So you can definitely get eight eggs our of a pair.

Next, I prepared the dye. I used just half the amount of plant material and vinegar for this process. Because I only wanted to dye two eggs of each color. And I had the perfect glasses to accomplish that in. Just the right size to completely immerse two eggs in.

The directions I’ve supplied with this post will give you enough dye to color four eggs in a jar. I suggest a mason jar. However, any container you have that you feel will allow the liquid to sufficiently cover the eggs will work just fine.

You’ll need 2 tablespoons of white vinegar in each of your jars. So you can start by getting that in there. Then it’s done and you don’t have to try to keep track of whether or not you’ve already added it to a jar while creating your colors.

FYI: The vinegar acts as a medium for the dye. It assists the color in adhering to your eggs, and can’t be omitted from this process πŸ˜‰

The only thing left to do at this point is to add your plant material to your jars. Here are the measurements for that step …

ORANGE: 4 tablespoons paprika to 1 1/2 cups boiling water

YELLOW: 4 tablespoons turmeric to 1 1/2 cups boiling water

PINK: 1 1/2 cups beet juice (no water)

BLUE: 1 1/2 cups of red cabbage juice – prepare this by simmering 1 1/2 cups of shredded red cabbage in 2 cups of water for 20 minutes and then straining the cabbage shreds out

Allow your dyes to come to room temperature before placing your eggs in them. Use a spoon to gently immerse your eggs into the dye solution. This will help you avoid cracking the shells. And then just walk away!

I’m not sure how long you have to leave them soak. They didn’t take color right away like store bought dye, that’s for sure. I checked them about a half hour in and they were very light. Particularly, the turmeric and paprika. So I headed out to run some errands. I was gone for about six hours, and when I got back they were gorgeous. Such vibrant colors. I suspect it took a good long time for those colors to develop. So, it’s probably just easiest to plan to immerse your eggs in the morning and get back to them in the afternoon!

I’m really thrilled with the end result of this little project. The overall effort was pretty minimal. I love the fact that the process is all-natural. Anywhere that I can eliminate chemicals in this house is a big plus for me ❀ And the look of the finished product is just fabulous!

If you make naturally dyed eggs and you’d like to share some tips or tricks in the comments, I would love to hear them! And if you decide to try some of the dye recipes I’ve posted here, please take a minute or two to share your experience with me. That would be great πŸ˜‰

And … connect with me on facebook and pinterest to stay abreast of any other happenings here at Bohemian Apothecarist.

As always, your presence is greatly appreciated. I adore that you are here. And I just know that we are going to have great fun together ❀

6 WAYS TO SPOIL YOUR VALENTINE

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I’m not sure if you’ll agree with me or not, but I think it is safe to say that the larger part of the population has struggled through at least on Valentine’s Day. There are so very many expectations placed on us with this holiday. Perhaps, much of that is due to the commercialization surrounding it in our society.

I, personally, think that the grandest gesture one can make for their significant other on this special day is to lift the pressure of ‘coming through’ for them in some way. Whatever way would hold significance for them. Which, incidentally often eludes their partner!

The only elements that I consider essential to the day are a loving, warm attitude, a pleasant and inviting atmosphere, and if its conducive to the celebration, a little (or more than a little) bit of the power of suggestion.

These elements can be as simple or elaborate as both parties prefer. But they do a great deal to set the mood for a celebration of mutual love ❀

I’ve put together a list of 6 different suggestions for the perfect Valentine’s celebration. I think you’ll find them useful. The only goals I had in mind while assembling this list was that they be easy and straight forward. With a flexible price tag attached to them. So that they can fit absolutely any budget from dollar store to Tiffany’s!

So … here goes!

In no particular order …

ASK ~ THAT’S RIGHT. ASK YOUR VALENTINE WHAT THEY WOULD LIKE FOR VALENTINE’S DAY

I recall one of my favorite professors in college, who was a couples councilor, telling us that one of the most common things he hears in sessions is, “He never brings me flowers anymore”. Sounds pretty clichΓ©, right? No matter. It was so commonplace in his counseling space that he had a prefab way of approaching the subject.

He would respond by asking when the last time was that they told their partner they would like to receive flowers.

It may all seem pretty simple. But, if you just take a minute to consider it, you will see that it is a precise representation of every day lack of communication in human relationships. We assume the other person knows what we want. And when they don’t. We interpret it as an intentional act of indifference.

With that thought in mind … it might be nice to just ask your significant other what they want for Valentine’s Day. Ask them how they want to celebrate. And allow their answer to be enough for you. If it falls way short of your own expectations and desires, than perhaps you can set up a trade-off system. Do it their way this year. And do it your way next year. Problem solved πŸ˜‰

KEEP IT CLASSIC ~ DINNER, FLOWERS, CANDY, MOVIES ~ MAKE RELIEVING THE PRESSURE YOUR GIFT TO EACH OTHER

If both you and your partner are on board with an old-fashioned Valentine’s day celebration, keeping it classic may be the easiest way for you to go.

Dinner, flowers, and candy are pretty traditional ways to acknowledge the holiday. And they can be as elaborate or as laid back as you choose. Just remember to choose together.

When you’ve finished your dinner, you can head out dancing, go to a movie, or head home to play board games. Or you can just call it a night. Which may be a preferred option for those with young families.

TREAT ONE ANOTHER TO A TANTRIC MASSAGE

Tantric massage is an intricate practice, with a long history. It is defined as; a unique experience in which affectionate and refined touch is used in order to open and relax. But it is so much more than that. Much more than the scope of this post can cover.

You can take the time to research this ancient art, if you like. And then choose how on board you want to get with it. However, that is not ground you can cover before the holiday.

So I’ll clue you in on a few basic points.

A warm and sensual atmosphere is pretty par for the course with this art. Think candles, mood lighting, and deep musky scents. Both partners are usually unclothed. And tactile sensation is important; use oils, silk scarves, etc …

The idea is to massage, gently caress, and lightly tantalize your partner for extended periods of time without holding orgasm as the end goal. Cover every inch of their body in this time. Leave nothing untouched. An hour per partner is likely longer than you will find enjoyable if you have never participated in anything like this practice before. But it is not an unreasonable goal either. The bottom line is only you and your partner know how long you want to set your session for. Talk it out. And then commit to a time frame for this new experience. It is one that is going to stand the test of time in your relationship. It really is!

HAVE A PICNIC IN BED

Set the stage (your bedroom) for a romantic interlude. Whip up a little picnic. Complete with basket if you prefer. Lay out some beautiful cloth on the bed. And indulge!

Keep the food light. Make the drinks indulgent. Champagne is always nice, if you drink. Good wine. Or even whiskey if that’s your thing.

If you don’t partake of alcohol, then make something special with club soda, fruit/fruit juice, and perhaps a few herb sprigs.

TRADE YOUR NIGHT OUT FOR A NIGHT IN

I know couples who go out for Valentine’s Day just because they feel it’s expected of them. The truth is neither partner is all that interested in celebrating this holiday in a traditional way. Sometimes, not in any way at all. And yet, they do. Because they feel they would be letting their significant other down if they didn’t.

If neither partner gives a crap about heading out into the world to declare your love for another. Don’t. Stay home. And do something that you both find gratifying.

I have no way of knowing just what that might be. But a few suggestions that come to mind are; enjoy some fondue together, watch a few movies, play a few board games, or just visit with one another in the way you would with an old friend on a weekend away. Sounds divine, doesn’t it?!?!

CREATE A SENSUAL BATH FOR EACH OTHER

The ancients of Greece and Rome both utilized communal baths in their cultures. The term they used for this practice was, “taking the waters” together. And it was an incredibly important part of their lives. Nearly as important as their spirituality.

There was an erotic element to this practice, for sure. But it was also a time of union in a non-sexual way. A time used to connect to others in the way that only nudity can encourage, with deep vulnerability. Sometimes, even a time to nurture one another via acts of pampering, such as; brushing/washing one anothers hair or washing each others backs.

Get together with your significant other and plan to partake in a communal bathing ritual for Valentine’s Day this year.

Create a space of peace and tranquility for yourselves, using scent, candlelight, music and flowers. And be sure to have plenty of oils, sponges/loofas, and deeply hydrating beverages available as well.

That about covers the 6 suggestions I have for your Valentine’s celebrations this year. I’m betting that at least one of them is going to be just what you need to make this year special.

Take a minute to let me know what you think in the comments. It’s ALWAYS great to get your feedback on posts. It helps me know that the work I’m doing is meaningful. And it often provides me with fresh insights and new directions for my work.

And … connect with me on facebook and pinterest to stay abreast of any other happenings here at Bohemian Apothecarist.

As always, your presence is greatly appreciated. I adore that you are here. And I just know that we are going to have great fun together ❀