“The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself.” — Alan Alda
Living a life with food restrictions has been on of my greatest challenges, but it has also been great fun. It has required not only stepping outside the box, but sometimes ripping that box to pieces. I have learned to try things that just seem impossible, because they usually work — like flax seed “eggs” and chickpea brownies.
Major life changes, especially for health reasons can be overwhelming. It’s not unusual to get stuck, afraid to move, feeling like food has suddenly become the enemy. Bob and I spent the first 6 months of gluten free life eating a lot of stir fry. We still love stir fry but I have become more adventurous in experimenting with new recipes.
Maybe your kitchen challenge isn’t related to allergies or other medical conditions. Maybe you would just like to get your kids to eat more veggies. This is a great reason to get creative in the kitchen. Play with your food and have fun!
So, do I have a recipe? This recipe is dairy free and naturally gluten free. Adjusting to gluten free was easier for me than dairy free. I do love my cheese and ice cream. We are still working on cheese, but I gone way beyond plain “vanilla” in creating my own dairy free, fruit based ice cream. Bob calls it fruit cream. This is one of my favorites
- 2 cups frozen mashed bananas
- ½ cup coconut milk beverage (in the carton)
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ cup finely grated carrots (about 1 small)
- ¼ cup crushed pineapple (drained)
- ⅛ cup finely chopped walnuts
- Add bananas and coconut milk to blender container of a high-speed blender such as a Ninja or a Vita Mix. Pulse a few times then process on high until ingredients are well blended and look like ice cream. If your bananas are frozen very hard, you may have to stop a few times and scrape them down.
- Remove blade and stir in remaining ingredients. You may pour the ice cream into a bowl to do this if desired.
- The ice cream is now the consistency of soft serve. I suggest putting it in the freezer for a couple of hours to allow the flavors to blend.
Want more recipes like this one? Frozen Fun: 25 Dairy and Dairy Free Ice Cream Recipes is available at the Espirational Bookshelf.
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“Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.” ― Albert Einstein
“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up” – Pablo Picasso
Before we met Bob wrote a poem called I AM.
A beautiful limited edition print of this poem was created with artwork by Margaret Nixon and Calligraphy by Jane Van Milligan. It comes with the printed words with scripture reference on a separate page.
We are conducting a drawing to give a copy of this print to one of our readers. Please enter the rafflecopter drawing by clicking here. The drawing ends at 12: AM on June 30 and the winner will announced on Monday July 2. But first take a minute to read the words.
The one who was, and is, and is to come, I AM. Alpha, the beginning, the creator, I AM.
I speak, and the earth is formed, and the light is there; the waters are divided from the dry land, and the light from the darkness.
Energy, time, light, darkness, all of these , I AM.
The father of man, of creatures, of life, I AM>.
I speak and grass, and herbs, and trees do grow; and animals, and birds, and insects and serpents do present themselves; even man.
Creation, life imaged, grantor of gifts, I AM.
The word, the spirit, the fact of all things, I AM.
I speak and the angels are; and authority is given; and Satan is given freedom, or bound; also testing allowed.
Strength, hope, happiness, the everlasting, I AM.
I AM Love, but was unloved, alone.
I AM needed my friends, my sons, my servants to love, to me love.
I AM offering perfect peace, trust, tranquility, and love.
I AM not selfish, and allow you another one to love.
I AM perfect, when he is punished so shall you be with your love.
I AM your Lord, your God, Christ;
I AM perfect Agape Love.
The one who was, and is, and is to come, I AM. Omga, the conclusion, the justice, I AM.
I speak and my voice brings down tyrants, dictators, bad masters, demons and Satan, and those not rused in my son’s book of life.
Truth, understanding, logic, honesty, I AM. Fit, undergirding, and absolute fact, I AM.
I speak and the present heaven and earth disappear, and a new heaven and a new earth appear, and there to rule is my son.
Beauty, loveliness, true life conceptions, I AM. Abraham’s , Jacob’s, and Moses’ God I AM.
I speak and the universe reacts as I think, all creation reacts as I think; but you I have freed to react.
Either love, hope, happiness and peace I AM.
Or hatred, confusion, sadness, and fear, he is.
Please enter the rafflecopter drawing by clicking here. The drawing ends at 12: AM on June 30 and the winner will announced on Monday July 2.
”Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the actor. It’s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got.” ~Steven Pressfield
“The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.” ~John Maynard Keynes
“Art is not a thing, it is a way.” ~Elbert Hubbard
I love this quote by Elbert Hubbard (June 19, 1856 – May 7, 1915, American writer, publisher, artist, and philosopher).. What a simple, yet elegant way of stating a truth by which I live. I often like to say art is not what we do, it is who we are.
Art is a way. A way of seeing, a way of self-expression, a way of changing the world and a way of life. These things all apply to both the artist and the viewer.
Something to think about the next time you look at a work of art.
“I am interested in art as a means of living a life; not as a means of making a living.” ~Robert Henri’
Today’s featured artwork is The World’s Gone Crazy but I’m Okay.
You don’t have to look far to find circles in daily life. From the bowl you eat your breakfast cereal from to the clock on the wall, to the sun and the moon, circles are everywhere. Life itself can be seen as a circle from birth to death. We even talk of coming “full circle”
I think the circle is a symbol that is embedded in our spiritual DNA there for us when we are ready to remember. I believe that spiritual art and music incorporating circles are a way of helping us to remember. Some of the songs written about the deeper meaning of circles include The Circle by Harry Chapin to Circle Game by Judy Collins to Circle of Life from The Lion King written by Elton John and Tim Rice.
I love to play with sacred geometry in my artwork, especially circles. My first attempt at this was with the form of the Rose Window for Rose of Sharon.
Then I explored the labyrinth with my ‘Walker” series.
I created another round quilt based on the song The Circle Game by Joni Mitchell to honor my mother’s life. It hangs on my gallery wall in my home.
A few years ago I even devoted a day to working with a mandala. The day began with meditation on the courtesy dock which actually extends over the water. What a wonderful way to begin, sitting silently listening to the birds and feeling the gentle breeze on my face. Then I went inside and did a bit more study on the history and process of the mandala. I wanted to work outside so I loaded up a couple of tote bags, walked back down to the lake and set up on a picnic table by the water.
I thought I had an idea of what I would do, but Spirit had something else in mind. Instead of the extremely intricate flowing lines of the typical drawn mandala I ended us with very basic circles full of personal meaning and symbolism. It may not seem like much to others, but to me it is a gentle, encouraging message from the Creator and exactly what I needed on that day. I am not posting a photo here because this is a very personal piece. It is hanging in my studio and is not for sale.
When we begin recognizing our connection to nature, Spirit, symbols and other people life starts to open up to us in all it’s glory. The mandala is one tool we can use to help facilitate this. More than just an art form, Spirit will speak through it if we just listen.
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