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Espirational Books — We need your help

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English: books (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You may have noticed we now have a bookstore.  (Click the tab at the top of the page to check it out.)  Many people use books as tools for daily life and we hope you will use the bookstore when looking for spiritual, inspirational, positive thinking and healthy living books and gift items.

We will continue to work on adding new books.  This is where you can help.

1.  If there is a book you would like to see in the bookstore let us know so we can consider it.

2.  If you are a regular reader or follower of the Espirational blog and the author of a spiritual, positive thinking or healthy lifestyle book available on Amazon (including the Kindle Store) please let us know.  We are setting up an Espirational Friends page to share books written by our blog friends.  April,  I’ve got Sacred Pauses already, you were the first one who came to mind.  Sloan, I just added Taming the Invisible Dragon.

3.  We are also looking for inspirational music so if you have a CD or DVD available on Amazon that conveys a positive message or could be used as meditation music please let us know.  Mike Howe, do you have anything that would fit here?

If you can help us with any of these, please leave us a note in the comment section below.

Thanks for you help!  Enjoy browsing the bookstore.

My First Blogiversary and You Get the Present!

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English: Bulldog (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One year ago today Espirational! began with our first post.  Time flies when you’re having fun!

We called Espirational a 10 Minute Vacation for the soul, because our souls needed a vacation.  Thank you to everyone who has come along with us.  Your follows, comments and general support mean more than you know.   If you are new to Espirational, please join us as we continue our journey.

Did somebody say there was a present?  You bet!  In celebration of my Blogiversary we’ve got ICE CREAM!  In my family, summer celebrations have to include ice cream.

Today, we are offering my latest eBook Frozen Fun! 25 Recipes for Dairy and Non Dairy Ice Cream FREE (yes I said free)!

I look forward to reading your reviews of Frozen Fun on its Amazon.com page.

T.R. at Nobody Like Crumbley Cookies is joining me in this celebration.  Please stop by his blog and say hello.

I Aspire to be a Giant Squid

Giant squid bathtub
Giant squid bathtub (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

No, not the sea creature. Bob was recently forced into retirement. This was totally unexpected and earlier than we had planned.  So I am taking on more projects to bring in extra income. One of them is  Squidoo.

Don’t worry, Espirational will stay as it is.  When I started this blog I was determined to keep it non-commercial.  That is why my online money making activities are based outside this blog. I may from time to time mention something else I am doing.  If you want to check these out, that would be great, but there is no pressure.

Here are a few of my first lenses for you to browse.

Mom’s Easy Potato Soup

Orgeenic for Healthier Cooking:  Gluten Free Pancake Recipe

Art and Craft Supplies from the Trash

Chocolate Cake!!!

Chocolate orange cupcakes Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins
Chocolate orange cupcakes
Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins

That got your attention didn’t it? Today is National Chocolate Cake Day. It is also my birthday, so I get two pieces, right?

A few days ago I mentioned ways to celebrate a birthday without food. You can still have a wonderful day. However, if you really want cake but live with dietary restrictions there is always another option. You can make your own.

I love chocolate cake. But I don’t love all the sugar and fat that usually finds it’s way into this delicious dessert.  So, this is my favorite chocolate cake recipe.  I love it made as cupcakes.  I prefer my cake naked, but this is so good, you won’t miss the frosting! If you prefer frosted cupcakes use your favorite frosting recipe.

Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

Ingredients:
1 ½ cup brown rice flour
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I prefer dark cocoa powder)
1 teaspoon baking soda
Zest and juice of 1 medium orange (approx. 1 T. zest and ½ cup juice)
1/3 cup water
¼ cup agave nectar or ½ cup sugar
3 Tablespoons vegetable oil or unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ – ¾ cup chocolate chips

Directions:
1.  Heat oven to 375 degrees.
2.  Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.
3.  In another bowl combine wet ingredients.
4.  Make a well in the dry ingredients and add wet, stirring just to blend.
5.  Stir in chocolate chips.
6.  Place cupcake liners in a muffin pan.
7.  Divide batter among the cups.
8.  Bake 15-20 minutes or until the tip of a knife inserted into the top of a cupcake comes out clean.
9.  Remove from oven, take cupcakes out of the pan and allow to cool.
Makes 12 cupcakes.

This post is linked to the following blog events:

Allergy Free Wednesday

Gluten Free Wednesday