Monthly Archives: September 2009

Expose your mind to beauty!

pink flower

Ahhhhh the  flower so soothing to the eye as we focus on the blossom’s opening.  Did you notice the strength of the stem and how it supports and nourishes the flower to grow???……I was reading an article written by Gary Ryan Blaire-known as “the goals guy”.  One of his principles which is congruent  with the Centerpeace philosophy is “your mind will absorb and ultimately reflect whatever it gets repeatedly exposed to.”  Friends, let’s pay close attention to the materials we read, the photos we look at, the music we listen to, the movies we watch and expose our children to….and most importantly the friends we spend time with.  All of these shape our minds.  Expose yourself to what is beautiful, noble, right and pure.  Enjoy great foods, great writing, great music and great people.  These personal practices really guide the way to a life of Centerpeace.  Many thanks to MaryAnn Bayer, for sharing your photo of nature’s strength and beauty.  I miss you!

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Ummmmm…’tis the season for apples

 

apples red

The air is crisp and clean, and the orchards are scented with fresh cut grass and the sweet smell of fruits. As big puffy clouds float across our beautiful blue skies this fall, you will find me apple picking with my family. It’s one of my favorite activities. While connecting with nature, I love to listen to the laughter and excitement that  comes from my kids as they fill our bucket reaching for the tallest branches where clusters of the most colorful red and green apples grow.      

When you get home have fun making apple sauce, apple pie, or try these delicious apple date muffins:

 

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups flour

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup honey

1 cup finely chopped apples

1 cup dates, diced

1 tbls vanilla

1 egg, lightly beaten

1 1/2 cup milk

1 cup All Bran cereal

1/2 cup flax seeds

2 tbls cinnamon

Combine flours and baking powder. Stir in All Bran and flax seeds. In a separate bowl combine milk, egg, vanilla and honey. Add dates, apples and cinnamon to liquid mixture. Turn into flour mixture and stir well.

Place in muffin tins or loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees. For muffins, 20-25 minutes. For loaf, 1 hour and 15 minutes.

ENJOY!!


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My Favorite Cookie Recipe

Steph cookiepic

We sell these cookies at Centerpeace. Yummm!!

Perfect for a mid-morning snack for you – and my kids love them when they come home from school.

Enjoy making them yourself!

Ingredients:

2 cups whole wheat flour

1 cup All Bran cereal

1/2 cup wheat germ

1/2 cup oat bran

1/2 cup pumpkin or sweet potato or shredded carrots

1/2 banana

1/4 cup agave nectar or date sugar

5 tbls honey

2 large eggs

1 tbls vanilla

1/2 cup flax seeds

1 cup raisins or dried prunes

1 cup almonds or walnuts (optional)

2 tbls cinnamon

2 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup chopped dates

1/2 cup apple juice (to moisten batter if needed)

Mix all ingredients except flour and baking soda together in a large bowl. Add flour and baking soda. Add apple juice to hold batter together.

Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Use an ice cream scoop to place cookies on sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees until slightly brown on top, about 20 mins.

Note: Every time I make these cookies they come out a little bit different – sometimes soft and sometimes hard. I don’t know why, but they’re delicious either way!

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Welcome!

As I sit under a beautiful oak tree, watching my kids swim, I am filled with excitement (and trepidation!) to be writing my first blog entry. I’m thinking about how I reached this juncture in my life…

My journey took a slight turn 3 years ago when I was diagnosed with a melanoma mass. After my surgery, an oncologist believed that clean eating would be an integral part of my recovery. I had always been conscious of what I ate, but it was at that point that I made the commitment to clean living. My deep belief in the connection between mind and body made this transition a smooth one for me.

So with this blog, I would like to share my thoughts on conscious living, which includes living a life that makes you healthy and strong — not only physically, but mentally as well. I’ve found that it all goes together.

I will be posting thoughts that I have found to be helpful, words that have inspired me, and recipes that have nourished me.

Check in often, and please post comments. I’m really look forward to sharing everything I know, and I would love your feedback on all of it!

Wishing you health and happiness,

Stephanie

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