Sustainable Fashion-Jord Wooden Watch Review

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Since natural products are such a draw for me, especially within the last few years trying to remove as many toxic things out of my lifestyle. A wooden watch seemed like the next good thing. First I started with food, and migrated to beauty products, then cleaning products and the journey continues on with clothing and fashion. What we wear can have an impact on our health just as food can. It can contain chemicals that could be absorbed through the skin, which is no bueno!! I will be the first to admit that I am no where perfect when it comes to having a closet full of organic, non-toxic, sustainable clothing and accessories. Guilty as charged! What I think counts is that i’m heading in that direction, as well as so many of you reading this, and that is what matters!

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When Jord contacted me to review their beautiful wooden Cora watch, I was excited! I love that Jord values sustainability which is truly refreshing. When you go to their website and click on materials, it tells you the sustainability factor of each type of wood used to construct their collections, many are sustainable. They also let you know exactly where they source their wood. I did some research on the sustainability of the hawaiian Koa wood that is used to handcraft this beauty! According to the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) redlist, it is one of the woods of least concern and considered sustainable! It was perfect for what I was looking for. Plus their are many styles of food bowls carved out of Koa wood and if its safe to eat out of, it’s safe to be in contact with your skin throughout the day!

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When you flip the watch over, the back of it is made of a gorgeous sapphire glass so you can see the delicate workings of the mechanical pieces inside – it’s so mesmerizing. What makes sapphire glass even more incredible, is the fact that it is second only to diamonds as the hardest and most scratch resistant materials on earth. Such a unique feature! The wooden box that it came in is so lovely and a perfect place to store it in. It looks handmade and well crafted, just like the watch itself.

The first watch they sent had a tiny ding in the wood and even though it was very minor (I almost didn’t even mention it) they had me send it back. I was so impressed with their customer service and how quickly they replaced it with a brand new one! They wanted me to be completely happy with my watch. Their customer service is incredible and I was very satisfied with the care they took. I wear my watch almost everyday because wood goes with everything, just like bacon!

Holiday Gift Guide

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Christmas is just around the corner, so I wanted to share some fun gifts for those foodies in your life, or maybe just for you ;) That’s OK too!  If you’re like me you’re still shopping, yikes! I’m sure many of you can relate, this month has been crazy town! The days have been flying by faster than I can say Santa Clause! It’s down to the wire now though and if you’re perplexed about what to get for that special someone in your life who loves to cook, read on for some cool last minute gifts I’m sure they will fall in love with!

  1. Instant Pot Pressure Cooker-This piece is essential in every kitchen! You can cook bone broth in 2 hours, applesauce in 2 minuets and can make even the toughest piece of meat like butter, need I say more?!
  2. Dansk Kobenstyle Saucepan– This retro pan is so lovely, I use it as often as I can because is gorgeous and well made. It was popular in the 50’s and the lid can be used as a trivet, very cool!
  3. Marble Serving Board- A beautiful piece to have in any kitchen, we love it for serving appetizers at parties. It would be perfect for a NYE party!
  4. Yes & No Stackable Mugs– These porcelain mugs are just too cute to pass up. Enjoy your coffee or tea without saying a word!
  5. Lodge Enamel Dutch Oven-This cast iron pot is a must have! Take any recipe and it can be made better in a dutch oven. It’s chip resistant and lasts forever!
  6. Foodie Dice-Having trouble deciding what to cook for dinner? The foodie dice will rescue you every time. Just roll the dice and you’re covered!

Happy Shopping friends, and Merry Christmas!

Sacramento Farm to Fork Dinner

I’ve been waiting for a while now to share this special event I was so lucky to be a part of last week. The reason it’s so exciting is because I was able to come together with a local group of like minded people in my city. We live in Sacramento, California which is the Farm to fork capitol of America. Amazing things are happening in our region, and I’m happy to be a force for change in our community. Most of you  probably already know that I love getting people involved in the real food movement and this event is just one of the many we are using to build that change. My grandfather has been a farmer in this area for over 70 years, so it’s something I am passionate about.

Have you ever wanted to experience the Farm to Fork Life? Here’s a little glimpse of what a dinner made of fresh local produce from Northern California looks like.
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The lovely local chef Brooke of The Green Boheme prepared the amazing spread for the evening. If you are local and haven’t had her food you are in for a treat because it is incredible! The event was hosted on the lake at the home of Jules and Jeff, owners of Liquidology, the best local juice bar in Sacramento. When we walked in the door there was a beautiful array of hors d’oeuvres. Fresh rainbow carrots and celery with cashew cheeze (my recipe for cashew cheeze can be found here).

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There were also sweet and spicy cashews and a beautiful assortment of spring and summer inspired Liquidology cold pressed juices to sip on while we waited for dinner to be served.

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When we walked out onto the patio, my jaw dropped, such a stunning view! The table and chairs are from a local shop called Design Alchemy and I was instantly smitten!

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The flowers were styled by Thistle and Honey Flowers & Design and I later discovered they were actually sourced from my sweet friends flower farm!

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Every detail was taken care of and many commented that it was like we had stepped into a Pinterest picture!

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As golden hour approached everyone was snapping photos left and right. It was hard not to take pictures of everything! a-chandaleir-farmtofork

There was a light breeze but the sun was still keeping us warm! A perfect Northern California evening!

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This Raspberry, blood orange and cara cara sparkling drink was SO delicious! This juice screams summer and I cannot wait to try and recreate this heavenly concoction!

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As soon as the food came out I was salivating! Chef Brooke makes the most stunning dishes! Real food really is SO beautiful!

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Once the food started coming out, I couldn’t stop drooling. While you all know I love my meat as a Paleo girl, I also absolutely love foods creatively made with only raw fresh ingredients. I LOVE my fresh veggies and fruits and try to get as much of them in my diet as possible!

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Raw mock tuna sushi rolls with a spicy coconut amino dipping sauce. Everything served was raw, gluten free, dairy free and soy free!

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Raw burritos served in red cabbage leaves. The “beans” are made from veggies and seeds and then topped with a nut based cheeze sauces, tomato and cilantro.

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Raw pizza, one of my favorites! You can’t go wrong with pizza! The crust is made from nuts, seeds and veggies and topped with more cheeze, basil, olives, tomato and a mock parmesan cheeze. Delish!

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A beautiful all veggie salad made with zoodles, peppers, tomato, greens and a yummy nut based cheeze sauce!

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Wellness burgers are a favorite of mine at The Green Boheme Cafe Butter lettuce is topped with patties made from veggies and seeds topped with a raw spicy ketchup sauce, yummy fermented pickles, avocado, tomato, red onion and……wait for it……zucchini BACON! Now I love my bacon and so does my husband, but we are complete fans of zucchini bacon!

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A spicy Thai noodle salad made with purple forbidden rice (which is actually a seed and not a grain) onions, peppers and cilantro. Are you drooling yet?

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And a beautiful berry salad with fresh mint! Totally in love with that gorgeous bowl and bird spoon!

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Such a feast! Not pictured was a decadent chocolate tart, lemon cookies and nut based ice cream for dessert! We were all so stuffed and well nourished by the end of this incredible feast!

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My favorite part is that almost 100% of this meal can be found at my local farmers market. I love supporting my local farmers in the region and I absolutely love living in the Farm to Fork capitol of America. If you live in the area, I’d love to meet up at the farmers market or any of the wonderful real food places in the area! If you don’t live here, you should definitely visit Sacramento some time soon!

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Whole Foods Market Berkeley Paleo Events & VIP Party

 

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Hey there my Nor Cal peeps! Come to Join me at the Whole Foods Berkeley at 3000 Telegraph ave. this Saturday February 7th from 11-3pm! I will be partnering with them to host a SUPER FUN Paleo event! The FIRST 15 of my followers who go HERE and request an invite will get a special VIP experience including A SWAG BAG with a Paleo cookbook & tons of Paleo goodies, a SPECIAL STORE TOUR w/ me & Ruby their healthy eating specialist highlighting Paleo friendly products, and a COOKING DEMO by me including a tasting and recipe to take home!

If you can’t make it on Saturday or just want to make it a super fun PALEO WEEKEND, there will be ANOTHER PALEO event at the Whole Foods Market Berkeley GILMAN location. There will be lots of Paleo vendors and samples plus, a BOOK SIGNING by Michelle Tam of Nom Nom Paleo on Sunday February 8th from 11-1! Heck come to both if you can!! Come out and say Hi, fill your bellies with free yummy food and party PALEO STYLE with us this weekend in Berkeley!!

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Apple Cinnamon Paleo Rawnola Recipe

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Sometimes a girl needs a little granola in her life if ya know what I mean? Luckily this recipe is for a gluten free, grain free, processed junk free “granola”, or as I like to call it…rawnola. The apples add a sweetness to the mix so sugar isn’t needed. If you don’t like some of the nuts listed, sub them out for others you do enjoy. This recipe is practically fool proof, so have some fun and get creative!

While this mix really is super simple, it can be added as a topping to SO many things, taking them to that next level!  I love to use this paleo rawnola on top of my organic apple sauce for a yummy no sugar added Whole 30 treat. I also enjoy it as a cereal and sometimes add fresh organic apples (maybe even some raisin) and pour some coconut milk on top. You can also use this yummy gluten free & grain free rawnola as a topping on ice cream, coconut/almond yogurt, or a smoothie. This is a raw “granola” with no added sugar, but you could easily toast in the oven a bit and even add some honey or coconut sugar to the mix if you would like it sweeter. Happy rawnola making my friends!

Apple Cinnamon Paleo Rawnola Recipe

Ingredients

  • -1/2 cup unsalted raw almonds
  • -1/2 cup unsalted raw cashews
  • -1/2 cup unsalted raw pecans
  • -1/2 cup unsalted raw walnuts
  • -1/4 cup unsalted raw sunflower seeds
  • -1 c. dehydrated apple chips (I use bare organic or homemade ones)
  • -2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • -pinch of sea salt

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor/ blender.
  2. Pulse in food processor/blender a few times until mixture is your desired consistency.
  3. I like mine a little chunky so I try not to pulse more than 4-5 times.
  4. Place in an air tight storage container and enjoy!
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Apple Nachos

I have a serious affinity for apple nachos. They are not only really simple and fun to make, they are a perfect fall treat! I always get really excited to make them when apples are coming in to season, but really you can make them any old time as apples are almost always available. I will add that they do taste even better with fresh in season apples though, just sayin! We love heading up to Apple Hill this time of the year to our favorite organic apple growers farm to stock up, picking apples in the fall just gives me all the feels!

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Ingredients

  • 1-2 apples, sliced (preferably organic)
  • 2 tbsp nut/seed butter (used almond)
  • 1-2 tbsp cacao nibs or mini chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp chocolate sauce, I used THIS recipe minus the strawberries & nibs
  • 1 lemon, juiced (optional)
  • a handful of your favorite nuts/seeds (I used pecans)
  • a handful of grain free granola (optional)

Instructions

  1. Slice apples with an apple slicer and toss with enough lemon juice to coat each slice in a large bowl.
  2. Place apples on a plate and arrange how you would like them.
  3. Drizzle apples with desired amount of almond butter or any nut/seed butter of choice. I place mine in a Zip-loc bag with one corner snipped off to drizzle it.
  4. Drizzle apples with chocolate sauce.
  5. Sprinkle with cacao nibs or desired chocolate and nuts/seeds and grain free granola.
  6. You can also add other toppings like raisins or unsweetened coconut shreds, the possibilities are endless!
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Fermented Cashew Cheeze

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Hi there! Thanks for stopping by!  Welcome to my blog and my very first post! I have lots to share with you from recipes, to ideas, to tips and so much more!  This post is just the start of a new adventure, one I hope you’ll join me on!  So let’s jump right in, shall we?

Cashew cheese is a staple in our house! It can take a simple meal from just ok to AMAZING! We put it on top of our zoodle spaghetti, butternut squash soup, meatloaf, paleo pizza, burgers…I think you get the idea! There are so many variations on this recipe, it’s definitely a good one to have in your kitchen!

Fermented Cashew Cheeze

-3 cups of unsalted raw cashews or cashew pieces (cashew pieces are cheaper!)

-1 3/4 cups of filtered water plus extra water to soak nuts in

-1 Tbsp. cultured veggies or 1 tsp vegan pro biotic powder (approx. 6 capsules with powder removed and capsules discarded)

-Juice of 1 lemon

-1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

-1 Green onion chopped

-1/4 tsp dried rosemary (optional)

-2 Cloves of garlic, minced

-1tsp garlic powder

-2 Tbsp. nutritional yeast (optional-but gives it a nice cheesy flavor)

-Kosher salt and cracked black pepper to taste

Soak 3 cups of cashews for at least 8 hours in enough filtered water to cover. The longer you soak them, the creamier your cheese will be. (I like to soak mine overnight-covered with a towel).

The next day, or after at least 8 hours, drain your cashews and rinse them well. Place your rinsed cashews in a blender or food processor, add 1 3/4 cups of water and 1 Tbsp of cultured veggies/or 1 tsp pro biotic powder from the capsules. Blend together until you have a nice smooth/ creamy mixture (about 10 mins.).  Scoop the blended cheese into a nut bag and place the bag in a fine mesh strainer seated over a bowl to catch the excess liquid. Cover the top of the bowl with a dish towel and place something heavy on top of the cheese. Let your cashew cheese sit over night to let the cheese ferment.

In the morning, scoop the fermented cheese into your blender/food processor and add lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, green onion, rosemary, minced garlic, garlic powder, nutritional yeast, kosher salt and cracked pepper. Blend until combined and enjoy with fresh veggies, seed crackers or on top of all you favorite dishes in place of cheese, yum!

You can make many different variations from this basic cheese recipe

-Add diced jalepenos and red pepper flakes for a pepper jack cheese.

-Add smoked paprika and coconut aminos for smoked cheddar.

-Add diced habenero, cilantro, coconut aminos and lime juice for a habenero lime cheese.

-Add fresh basil and coconut aminos for a pesto cheese.

-Add bell pepper and coconut aminos for a white cheddar cheese.

The possibilities here are ENDLESS!!   Happy fermenting friends!!