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Golden flax seeds

One of my favorite handcrafted, organic hair and body product businesses (Brendita’s BodyWorks) seems to have gone under. She used to make hair gel that I really liked and I recently needed more of. I like supporting small businesses like Brendita’s, but so often their products contain ingredients from animals or leave lots of buildup in my locs (despite smelling delicious), so I tend to make my own stuff.

I’ve heard great things about flax seed as a hair gel, and found this recipe from Crunchy Betty: Homemade Hair Care: Flax Seed Hair Gel . This particular recipe suggests adding aloe vera gel, which I have growing in abundance, so I’ll have to try blending that in. Commenters suggested using brown flax seed for a larger gel yield, and cooking the seeds until they form a thick, but not (yet) gel consistency: it thickens as it cools.


Source: Mountain Rose blog

This is a partly selfish post because it’s helping me get an entry to win this great prize package from Mountain Rose…but it’s also a delicious recipe that you can enjoy, so everyone wins!

Creamy Cacao Hemp Milk


1 cup Hemp Seeds, hulled
2 tsp sugar (or honey to taste)
1.5 tsp Acacia Gum Powder
2 tsp Cacao Powder
1 tsp Vanilla Bean Powder
4 cups water


  1. Add 1 cup warm water to a blender and start blending.
  2. Add sugar, hemp seeds, cacao powder, and vanilla powder.
  3. Add acacia gum powder.
  4. Add the rest of the water until the desired consistency is reached.
  5. You might also like to try a Hemp Milk Chai! You can do this by brewing a batch of Firefly Chai or Oregon Chai and substitute this spicy tea for water in the recipe.

If you want to win the goodies to make this recipe, check out the Mountain Rose giveaway here. For those of you not in the know, Mountain Rose Herbs is a great place to buy organic and fair trade herbs, oils, teas, and other ingredients. It’s where I get most of my fair trade stuff from.

Simple veggie dinner

I intended to eat more raw food this month and more or less failed at that. I usually load up on carbs, so I did end up eating more fruits and veggies. One of the simplest things to make that I’ve been eating is broccoli and cauliflower. I sprinkle on some salt and pepper, then lightly steam them. I usually buy broccoli and cauliflower in bulk and freeze them, which usually makes them more tender when left to thaw without cooking. Had I not been starving planned some prep time, I could have thawed them out in the sun to warm them and not have to cook them in the microwave. I ate them with a mix of red and white rice, which obviously isn’t raw, but it was mighty tasty.

A non-update

I’m awful at updating, I know it. And there’s no excuse for it—I have a bunch of photos on my computer of what I’ve been wearing (granted, they’re mostly quick snaps before I head out to work, sans tripod), but I do have something to show for myself. I just find that when I get home, the interwebs suck me in, and I spend hours reading whatever catches my fancy until whoops, it’s 11:30 and I should have been asleep an hour ago. I need to instill more self-discipline in my daily life—that’s something which I wish I had more of growing up. I can be persevering, but make myself follow a schedule/project through, especially if I’d rather no be doing it? You can guarantee I won’t, or I’ll put it off til the last minute and get stressed about it.

All of which is a long-winded way of saying I know I’ve been needing to update. Every time I see a fashion or vegan blog, I remember this one languishing with a stinky, 2 week-old “latest” post. I’m going to make a “Best of” post of all my favorite ensembles for the month of July and August once it’s over, hopefully to make up. And then I’m going to hold myself to posting regularly, at least once a week—even if I don’t have any pretty pictures.

So yeah, this is a non-update since I have nothing crunchy or chic to report on. Well, actually, my raw diet/cleanse has been going fine. I’m probably only eating about 65–80% raw, but I think this is a balance I can sustain indefinitely (can’t let go of my breakfast cereals, man). I ate more junk food than I should have this past week, and let me tell you, (over)processed foods just don’t taste as good as they used to. I ate a doughnut this afternoon (gasp!) and right afterward I craved some fresh foods. I always bring carrots, so I gobbled that up real quick. For dinner, I’ve been alternating between eating my stuffed mushroom delight (with too much garlic) and a veggie wrap inspired by The Precision Afrikan‘s the Nigerian (aka. raw taco). My wraps are collard green based with carrots, romaine lettuce, leftovers from my mushroom stuffing, tomatoes from my garden (yay) bell peppers, and mushrooms. I also used brinjal (eggplant relish) as spread and sacrilegiously dipped the whole thing in Swad’s Pakoda chutney. MMMMMM!

This is almost like what I ate for dinner

Yesterday I spent most of the day playing Civ IV instead of doing any of the errands I planned to do (I did get my laundry done, though). Today I did a bit of gardening and made myself a batch of raw* chocolate chip cookies from this recipe.

Raw cashew chocolate chip cookies

It turned out a bit sticky, but I’ll admit that I didn’t measure the ingredients, and I substituted olive oil for coconut oil and maple syrup for agave nectar. Instead of making the chocolate chips from scratch, I chopped up some dark chocolate my brother gave me, so that saved some time. I put the cookies in the fridge to let them harden/chill while I went outside and tended to my garden. Continue reading

I recently got the idea that eating raw for a month could improve my skin’s health. After pigging out on fried delicacies this past weekend, my face told me in no uncertain terms that crap in is crap out. I was pancake face to work (at least, I felt like it) in order to cover the redness and bumps.

I’ve started making my lunches and dinners wholly raw. For those of you not in the know, “raw food” is simply food that’s not cooked (though some allow for heating up to 100˚ F or so), as some believe that high temperatures destroy much of the nutrients of food. I have yet to find a definitive answer to heat’s effect on nutrition, but my stint into raw foodism isn’t for that particular benefit. I’m trying to stop being a “french fry” vegan (personally, I’m more of a cereal vegan) and strictly being raw means I can’t reach for one of those super-salted, highly processed veg dinners of questionable nutritional value. In a moment of weakness, I made a batch of brownies and have eaten some every day, so I can’t claim to be 100% raw for this month. Snacks I’m being lenient on, but the three main meals I’m aiming for total rawnezz.

Monday night I made some deeeelicious stuffed portobello mushrooms and ate them before I thought to take pictures, so I’m going to hold off posting that recipe until I make it again. Tonight, however, I remembered—I even put my meal in a pretty bowl for you. I made my tried-and-true “leftover scraps stir-fry delight”, which is a fancy way of saying “everything I have in my fridge drizzled with soy/teriyaki and chili sauce”. But this time I didn’t fry it, just stirred, so I’ll refer to my masterpiece as Spicy broccoli cashew stir no-fry. I quite literally used scraps and didn’t have enough for a full serving, so this is an estimated recipe (I also used cucumbers instead of mushrooms, but I think the latter would taste much better):

  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1 cup raw cashews, chopped
  • 2–3 large celery stalks, chopped
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms of your choice, sliced
  • 1 tbs teriyaki sauce
  • 2 tsp chili sauce
  • 4 tsp grated ginger or 2 tsp ginger powder
  1. Start by cutting up the broccoli into small, bite-sized pieces and place into a medium-sized bowl.
  2. Add the celery, mushrooms, and cashews into the bowl. Add spices and sauces.
  3. Mix together, until all veggies and nuts are covered.
  4. If you just came home from work and whipped this up, eat it! If you have some time to spare, let the mix sit for at least 20 minutes. The longer it sits, the better the veggies can soak up the flavor. Enjoy!

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