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Celebrate our Differences

Copyright 2014 by R..A.Robbins


“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.”

— Audre Lorde
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In celebration of the first night of Kwanzaa

Copyright 2017 by R.A. Robbins


The [Kwanzaa] holiday, then will of necessity, be engaged as an ancient and living cultural tradition which reflects the best of African thought and practice in its reaffirmation of the dignity of the human person in community and culture, the well-being of family and community, the integrity of the environment and our kinship with it, and the rich resource and meaning of a people’s culture.

Maulana Karenga

Love, Serve and Remember


Do you remember why you came to this earth?  Now, more than ever, it is important that we remember.  As we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus we know that he remembered.  The Buddha and other Avatars remembered.  So why are you here?  Take a little time on this quiet Christmas Eve to just sit and remember.

To learn more about John Astin visit:  https://www.johnastin.com/ 

Listen to the inner light

Image Copyright 2017 by R.A. Robbins


“Listen to the inner light; it will guide you.

Listen to the inner peace; it will feed you.

Listen to the inner love; it will transform you.”

— Sri Chinmoy

Happiness is always there

Copyright R.A. Robbins 2016

Copyright 2016 by R.A. Robbins


“Happiness is always there. You just have to choose to see it.

There’s no point dwelling in the dark and ignoring the light of the stars.” 


–Carrie Hope Fletcher

Celebrating the Winter Solstice

Copyright 2014 by R.A Robbins

“The winter solstice has always been special to me as a barren darkness that gives birth to a verdant future beyond imagination, a time of pain and withdrawal that produces something joyfully inconceivable, like a monarch butterfly masterfully extracting itself from the confines of its cocoon, bursting forth into unexpected glory.” 

– Gary Zukav

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Looking for something different for holiday dessert?


Copyright 2015 by R.A. RobbinsCopyright 2015 by R.A. Robbins – Check out more of Rogene’s recipes in her cookbooks which can be found on Espiratonal.com’s bookshelf in the gallery or on Amazon.com.




This wonderful, slightly decadent cake is perfect for special occasions.  It has become one of our favorites.  Of course, this cake is gluten-free, but your guests will never know unless you tell them.:)

Caramel Apple Upside Down Cake

½ cup butter or margarine
½ cup chopped walnuts
¼ cup packed brown sugar
2 apples, sliced thin — core removed, but I don’t peel mine
½ cup unsweetened applesauce
¼ cups agave nectar (or 1/3 cup sugar)
1 Tablespoon flaxseed meal dissolved in 3 Tablespoons hot water (or 1 egg)
1/3 cup molasses
1 ½ cup buckwheat flour
¾ teaspoon nutmeg
¾ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon aluminum-free baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
½ cup warm water


Preheat oven 350 degrees F.

Put butter or margarine in round 9 inch cake pan and place in oven while preheating.

When butter or margarine is melted, remove from oven. Sprinkle walnuts and brown sugar over bottom of pan and arrange apple slices overlapping over top.

Mix together applesauce, agave nectar, flaxseed mixture and molasses.

Add flour, nutmeg, cinnamon, baking powder and soda to wet ingredients, mixing well. Add water and continue beating to incorporate into mixture.

Spread batter over apples. You may need to use a spatula to smooth the batter.

Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.

Cool for 10 to 15 minutes before removing from pan. To remove from pan place serving plate over cake pan and invert.

Serve warm.

Of course you may “guild the lily” with whipped cream or ice cream if desired.

Serves 8

For more of my gluten-free recipes check out The Gluten-Free Good Life and Have Yourself a Healthy Little Holiday, both available from The Espirational Bookshelf, or on Amazon.com

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