When chocolate cravings hit, I have to be creative.
And that’s exactly what happened with this little recipe.

Check it out and enjoy!

A word of note: Andean Dream cookies aren’t my fave – they are a bit bland – but with the soy ice cream – they are perfect. Another option: crumble 2 cookies over a scoop of yummy soy ice cream.

Wheat/Dairy-Free Ice Cream Sandwich
-2 Andean Dream Quinoa chocolate chip cookies
-1 small scoop of Turtle Mountain Organic Soy Delicious Chocolate Peanut Butter ice cream

Scoop ice cream onto one cookie. Place another cookie on top. Immediately devour. You will be glad you did. 🙂

Happy Eating!
xoHeather

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It’s here!

I went to Kauai to write a book (among other things) and returned with a book that I could not be more proud of. It is raw, 100% authentic and really allowed me to be completely vulnerable.

Below is the official press release. I hope you’ll not only read it and love it, but also share with your friends and family.

From here on out I plan to dedicate my blog to my poetry. Who knew I would have to cross an ocean to find my truest heart’s desire – writing poetry. I’ve been writing since I was 12, but never in a million years would have imagined it would be such inspiring, passionate work for me. Why? I always imagined work had to be “hard”. Turns out, it doesn’t.

Enjoy!

Happy Reading (and writing),

xoHeather

DEBUT INDEPENDENT BOOK RELEASE: ANATOMY OF THE HEART: LOVE POEMS BY HEATHER STRANG

For Immediate Release

Heather Strang

Phone: 503-522-9799

heather@risingupforlove.org

After 13 years of writing poetry detailing the beauty of love, the depths of lost love and the heartache of desiring a former lover, writer and poet Heather Strang is now sharing her experiences in her debut poetry book, Anatomy of the Heart: Love Poems.


Anatomy of the Heart features more than 50 original poems for lovers of both words and relationships. Walk with her through the beginning stages of love, sink into the depths of the experience, reminisce over lost love and join in the heartache of wanting a former lover back. Readers will also uncover the surprising similarities between the physical heart and the emotional one. Strang showcases how the two work together like mirrors, illustrating all we need to know about love and ourselves.

“Ultimately, true love is a process occurring within each one of us. I hope readers will find comfort and inspiration in these shared experiences. To experience love in any form is a beautiful thing. As Rumi says, love is within us – long before a lover enters our lives,” said Strang.

Heather Strang is a writer, poet and coach passionate about conscious living. Her writing has appeared in blogs, books and a host of print and online publications, including 20-Something Manifesto, Four and Twenty, Women’s eNews, The Oregonian, Amaze Magazine, NW Women’s Journal and many others. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her meditating on the beach, creating new recipes and exploring the possibilities of the Universe. To learn more, visit: www.HeatherStrang.com.

A poetry sample from Anatomy of the Heart:

Bend

I breathe into you

My inhale sweet

With the scent of your kisses.

You on one knee

A blade of grass poised gingerly

for my ring finger.

Love and marriage and all

our hopes and dreams

In unison

In one breath.

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I love eggplant, I love tofu and I love black beans. In fact, Eggplant & Tofu in Black Bean sauce is one of my favorite dishes in Chinese and Thai restaurants.

Try this delicious and easy recipe.

3 small eggplants, sliced and quartered
1 15 oz. can of black beans (or 2 c organic black beans, soaked and cooked)
1 small onion, chopped
1 t Himalayan sea salt
2 T olive oil
1 15 oz. package of firm tofu, chopped
1 T Chinese five-spice seasoning
1 T wheat-free soy sauce

Saute eggplant, black beans, onions and salt in olive oil until golden brown. In a separate pan, fry tofu until crispy brown with Chinese five-spice and soy sauce. Combine the two and enjoy!

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During an interview this weekend for my upcoming book about love, one of the interviewees shared a great method for tapping into your intuition.

I thought I would share it.

When trying to make a decision by following your intuition, ask yourself the question at hand and pay attention to the feelings that come up. You’re likely to feel either an opening or a closing in your heart chakra area.

If you think of one option and feel a tightening (which is how I experience it), then it may not be the right choice. If, when you think of another potential choice, and feel an expansion or opening – typically with a bit of excitement/relief/joy – you know you’re on the right track.

The trick is – taking the time to stop, get quiet and observe this within yourself. Doing so will allow you to observe either the expansion or contraction within you.

Happy Intuiting!
-Heather 🙂

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Of course, I’m not truly homeless, but that’s certainly the feeling I’ve had of late. Check out Karen Bishop’s latest update to get more in-depth information on this, especially if you’re also feeling this way.

It’s a new moon today (pacific time, that means yesterday as I write this) – which often means new energy and bringing new, great stuff in. In fact, the angel card I pulled this morning was “New Opportunity” – so all signs definitely point in that direction.

But, back to the homelessness, or at least the feeling of such. Kauai is beautiful and in just 4 short months I accomplished what I came here to do. I have a solid feeling that this isn’t my spot, but no place else feels right either. I love the Oregon Coast (I’ve had a “condo on the Oregon Coast” on my intention list for about 7 years now!) and moving there would certainly put me close to my family (my sister is having a baby!) and within close proximity to my small, yet powerful group of soul friends. However, it doesn’t feel right to step into that just yet either.

So, here I wait. For a sign. For a nudge, for the knowing. Karen Bishop says it’s coming, my intuition says it is as well, but my mind and ego are in a hurry. They would really like me to make a decision NOW. They want to know what my plan is and where I am going.

The trouble is, I simply don’t know. And my ego/mind HATES not knowing! But, during my meditation today I surfaced with the resolve that I will not make a move of any kind until I do know. This is, of course, totally counter to how I had been living my life – following my head and going at a break-neck pace. I love the slower pace of my life, the warmth, the ocean and my tan. 🙂 But Kauai is odd and simply a place of growth for me. I’ve started a deep healing journey here and finished my first poetry book (out this summer – turning final edits into my publisher this week!). In addition, I’m writing more poetry than ever before – it flows out of me effortlessly. I feel more connected and centered than I have – ever – in my entire life.

At the same time, I feel a shift coming soon. My dreams are vivid and often leave me clues. During a recent healing session, I received guidance to bring greater transparency to a couple of my relationships – the next night I had a detailed dream as to how that transparency should come about. I’m journaling, meditating, walking, stretching, processing, asking, crying, getting angry and then writing some more and doing the whole process over again. I’m cleaning things up, shining light on areas within myself I had avoided or simply hadn’t the time for. It is a fascinating process, and when I look at it like this – from a detached, objective point of view – it seems rather beautiful. At times, I’m deeply connected to this beauty, other times I’m so irritated with the slowness of things, I can barely stand it. 🙂

And so, I continue to write, while I wait.
Below is a poem I wrote (And I really shouldn’t say “I” wrote it – the words just start tumbling out of me and I have to scramble to get pen to paper to capture it. I can’t even tell you if what I write is true poetry – it simply comes out and I write it down.) the other night – at Brennecke beach while the sun went down:

Island

On an island
in the middle of
the Pacific

I am alone.

The beach stretches for miles
The ocean lays out as far as the eye can see

Yet, there is only me here.

Darkness has fallen
The couples, kids and families
are safely tucked
away

Only I remain
to write
to feel
to ask
and to receive.

I thought myself an island
But then, I came here
and realized that no one person
can ever be an island,
no one person can ever sustain
all alone in the darkness.

So, I pack up my journal, pen and books
Blow a kiss to the butterflies and palm trees
And I head home
to an ocean that is not an island
to a place where I no longer have to
pretend to be one.

It is time
Time to heal what
has not been lost
Open myself up –
wide and free,
Just like the mainland.

© 2009 Heather Strang
All rights reserved.

Happy Writing and Much Love to YOU!
xo

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Sorry for the delay folks – I had company in town last weekend.

Here is a great chocolate recipe – it’s a rich, decadent fix for chocolate cravings and with the agave nectar – won’t spike your blood sugar. Also, I often double this recipe for a thicker chocolate bar. Enjoy!

1/2 c coconut oil
1/2 c agave nectar
1/2 c organic cacao powder (carob powder would work too)
1 t vanilla extract
1/4 c chopped almonds (walnuts, pecans – or any nut you prefer) – optional
1/4 c shredded coconut (unsweetened) – optional

Blend all ingredients in food processor or blender until mixture is smooth, except for almond chunks. Pour into an 8×8 pan or round cake pan. Put in freezer for 1.5 hours or until set. Keep in freezer and cut bars out as needed.

Happy Eating!
Heather 🙂

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I’m a cookie girl.
If I bake a batch, I have to immediately give them all away or I’ll eat them. All.

Nana’s cookies are no exception. Their chocolate cookie is ginormous and is pretty heavy on calories and carbs…regardless of the gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free goods. And so, Nana’s cookie bites give me the best of both worlds – lower calories and no gluten/dairy/sugar.

Check out the ginger spice flavor – A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!
The Fudge isn’t too bad either.

For 130 calories, and all of my food requirements, Nana’s cookie bites are a great treat.
Just don’t eat all of them. 🙂

Happy Eating!
-Heather

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I’m going to the Kauai Vegetarian Society’s monthly potluck tomorrow and in honor, made this vegan and raw apple pie. I’m adapted the recipe from one found online by John Kohler. Feel free to adapt and make it work for you!

Crust:
1 1/2 c sunflower seeds
3/4 c raisins
1 T raw cocoa powder

Process until finely ground and sticks together. Press into 9″ pie pan until smooth and flat.

Filling:
3 medium sized Granny Smith apples, cored and chopped into small pieces
3/4 c raw agave nectar
1 T cinnamon
Juice from 1/2 a lemon
shredded coconut (for topping)

Mix all filling ingredients together in a bowl. Pour filling onto crust and smooth with a spoon.

Sprinkle shredded coconut all over top of pie. You can also sprinkle a bit of cinnamon on top of coconut as well.

Place in the freezer or fridge for an hour before eating.
Enjoy!

Happy Eating!

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