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We have great news! This blog has been re-created as The Metaphysical Menu. You can catch all of the amazing recipes here. We can’t wait to see you there! Xo


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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I tried to get this to publish all day yesterday and today. Sorry folks! But here’s the anti-climatic last poem for National Poetry Month. xo

Sleep No More

4:30am on a
Thursday morning.
Sound asleep
Until
A scratch on
My arm.
A nightmare
flits through my
head.
I fling it across the room
Suddenly awake,
screaming.
COCKROACH!

ON MY ARM!

IN BED!

No more sleep
for me.
Tossing,
turning
planning my return to
Oregon.
Where there are no
COCKROACHES.

© 2009 Heather Strang
All rights reserved.


Today marks the end of NaPoWriMo. 🙁
I can’t believe I wrote a poem, almost every day of the month. Almost.
It was fun, although challenging and I think I actually wrote some good ones.

I’m going back to my regular one week blog schedule to write about my journey in the tropics (which as you can see from above, took a dramatic turn for the worse), my writing and anything else that is on my mind.

I’m such an Oregon girl. Damn!

Much love,
Heather 🙂

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Friends Among Strangers

Peace
Washed over me
Gently, gracefully
As your story unfolded
It was sad, but rang so true
I felt the comfort of friends
Even among strangers
Here, in this strange place
I discovered my truth
The truth I had searched for
My entire life
Right before my very eyes
In the eyes of strangers
Who are now friends
Every ache, ounce of pain
And misery was confirmed,
Understood and acknowledged
My entire life made sense
And peace,
Peace was my
only emotion.

© 2009 Heather Strang
All rights reserved.

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Words

It escapes me
mid-thought
I ask it to wait
just give me time
to find a pen
or something to write on.
But, it doesn’t care
I can be driving
In a meeting
Or in the midst of dispensing advice
and there it will be.
The words, the sweet words
for this blog, for a book
for an article.
There’s no stopping this flood
of words.
They do not have any particular
concern about my whereabouts
or the location of a writing utensil,
they simply bust out and,
I am lucky to catch any of them
at all.
I will recite the first line over and
over hoping to cement it into my
memory.
Sometimes it works,
Sometimes it doesn’t.
And then I am left with a feeling
a feeling that something beautiful
passed through me
something of note.
It’s on the tip of my tongue.
I lay my head in my hands
and beg it
to come back.

© 2009 Heather Strang
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Some Days

Some days are meant for this
For snuggling on the couch
For forgetting there’s any work to be done

Some days are meant for lounging
Quietly by the pool
Sun caressing the plants, trees and skin

Some days are meant for creating
All alone, in the zone
Cookies, poems and news articles

Some days are meant for love
With a stranger, a good friend or a partner
Smiling, laughing and lingering on

Some days are simply meant to be.

© 2009 Heather Strang
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Gratitude

And the winner is…

Me.
Figure eights
Oranges
Ocean healing
Meditation on red rocks
Green smoothies
120 lbs
And ginger snaps
For days
Jessie who drives like
a dream
Brown boys who send
shivers up my spine
Sexy dances
Books that inspire
Best friends
Chakra clearing
Garden walks
Sunsets
Organic
For real.
Reality TV
People mag
Endless poetry
Writing from my heart
Fresh avocados
Pineapple
Chickens
Bright, bright sunshine
80 degrees
Rumi
12-steps
Kathy Freston
And
Cooking, cooking, cooking.
Waterfalls
Bed & breakfasts
Sleeping in
Naps
Photographs
New, new, new, new.

I am so grateful.

© 2009 Heather Strang
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I’ve rediscovered seaweed! The kind you can eat, of course. This is a great lunch snack, paired with baby carrots and hummus or a side salad.

Serves 2

1 can of light tuna, in water, drained (or use salmon or anything else that calls to you!)
2 T of Dijon mustard
2 leaves of arugula or organic greens
cherry tomatoes, cut in halves
1/2 an avocado sliced
2 sheets of seaweed

Mix together tuna and Dijon mustard. Spread 2 TBS on one side of the seaweed, add arugula, cherry tomatoes and avocado. Roll, burrito style and serve.

It’s crunchy with a nice smooth kick from the avocado.
Enjoy!

Happy Eating!
Heather 🙂

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