Thursday, October 2, 2014

Maple Vinaigrette

Maple Vinaigrette

Yields: about 2 oz.
dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free

  • 1 clove Garlic (minced)
  • 3 tbsp. Maple Syrup
  • 2 tbsp. (Red Wine or Balsamic) Vinegar
  • 1 tsp. Mustard (optional)
  • pinch Black Pepper
  • pinch Sea Salt

  1. In a small jar, shake all ingredients together
  2. Dressing will keep in fridge a few days

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Event: Dinner Bliss

Our lives have become so busy that we often regard meals as items to check off our to-do lists. Yet studies have shown that slowing down to eat not only cultivates a sense of joy in the present moment, it can also transform our relationships with food.

In this workshop, Laura and Justin will first lead you through a 60-minute Warm All Levels Flow class. Then you'll enjoy a delicious seasonal dinner catered by Cleveland Vegan. Past participants have called the experience profound and unexpectedly moving.

Sign up early! 

For meal-planning purposes, we require a minimum advance enrollment of 10 participants by the Thursday prior to each workshop.

When: Saturday, October 11, 2014 & Saturday, November 15, 2014
Where: Inner Bliss Yoga Studio: 29055 Clemens Rd,Westlake, Ohio 44145
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Cost: $35 (price includes class and dinner)

Register online at:
Email Justin ( or Laura ( with questions!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Doc: Grounded

Could walking barefoot on the Earth solve your aches and pains, stop your teeth grinding, snoring?  Maybe, maybe more than that.  Documentary, Grounded explores this exact concept.

We have in large lost our connection to the Earth...nature and we're suffering because of it.  Just look at all the litter, pollution, deforestation.  Literally, "They paved paradise and put up a parking lot..." every single day.

I didn't feel that this documentary dived very deep into this theory, but it served it's purpose - it introduced the idea.  Now, I'm intrigued to learn more.

You can learn more about Grounding via Dr. Mercola, a proponent.

Worth the watch!

Check it out online!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Hoff's German Potato Salad

Hoff's German Potato Salad
Yields: 5 servings
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, gluten-free

  • 1.5 lbs. Baby Yukon Gold Potatoes (quartered)
  • 1 Red Onion (diced)
  • 1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2-3 Bay Leaves 
  • 3 tbsp. Nutritional Yeast
  • 3 tbsp. Veggie Broth
  • 1 tbsp. Liquid Smoke
  • 1 tbsp. Braggs
  • 1 tsp. Whole Grain Mustard

  1. Add 1 tsp. Sea Salt, &  Bay Leaves to a large pot of water, stir & bring to a simmer
  2. Add Potatoes & Onions, simmer until Potatoes are fork tender, about 5-10 minutes
  3. Meanwhile in a small bowl, whisk together liquid ingredients
  4. Drain Potatoes & return to cooking pot a few seconds to allow the water to dry off from the heat of the pot
  5. Pour dressing over Potatoes and mix well to coat
  6. Sprinkle with Nutritional Yeast and mix well to coat
  7. Serve warm or room temperature

Sich erfreuen!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Go Raw Chocolate
I just stumbled across Go Raw Real Live Food Chocolate at my local Heinen's and I just had to give it a try.

It's a tad on the pricey side at $4.99 ($5.99 online) for 6, .3 oz. pieces, but since it's:

A. Vegan
B. Raw
C. GMO Free
D. Nut Free
E. Soy Free
F. Organic
G. Contains 3 Ingredients: Raw Organic Cacao, Raw Organic Agave & Organic Orange Oil

Well with all those letters, I didn't mind dropping a little extra coin to check this stuff out.

And was I not disappointed!

Go Raw Chocolate comes in three flavors: Original Chocolate, Mint Chocolate & Orange.

Since I used to have a hard crush for those orange chocolate balls that break apart to mimic an actual orange (how I got my fruit back in the day), I opted for the Orange flavor.

Most delightful!  Frankly I think once piece is plenty satisfying, but I scarfed down two in one sitting just so I could give you guys a fully accurate review.  And, you're welcome...

It's rich, it's dense, it's creamy, it's dark and with just a hint of orange it plays nicely with your taste buds.  Also, I was shocked with the 1 gram of saturated fat, usually chocolate can't pull that low of a number off, the cacao base is what's driving that impressive little number.

This just may become a household staple!

Check it out!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

To One of the Good Guys

They’re neighbors.  It’s what they do.

You know the story about the Good Samaritan?  

It starts with a question: Who is my neighbor?  Steve and his friends show what it means to be a neighbor to anyone who needs help.

And he’s still doing it, even as he spends his last few days in a hospice.

A week or so ago, one of Steve’s neighbors got some of his mail by accident.  He rang the doorbell and noticed something wrong.  The side of Steve’s face seemed to sag.  Steve couldn’t grasp the envelopes when they were handed to him.  It appeared he was having a stroke.  They called 911.  A scan found two tumors in his brain.  Inoperable.  The doctors gave him less than a month to live.  

They took him from the hospital right to hospice.

Just like that.

It’s a moment that snaps you back into reality and puts everything into focus.  

Reminds you that this phase of life is limited.  And that things can change really fast.  One day, you’re helping a neighbor fix a garage door.  The next day, you’re in a hospice bed.

We only get so many days.

Only so many chances to embrace someone you love and tell them how you really feel.
Only so many chances to remind someone of the many ways they are remarkable.
Only so many chances to make a new friend and hug an old one.
Only so many chances to plow the neighbor’s sidewalk, fix the garage door, trim the shrubs.
Only so many chances to make a difference in your neighborhood, in your community, in your world.
Only so many moments to transform with your unique expression of love.

And that’s the truth of it.  So don’t waste them.

Over the weekend, my sister and brother-in-law visited Steve in his hospice.  As soon as he saw them, he broke into a big smile and stretched out his arms in a welcome.  Said a few words the kids shouldn’t hear, too.  But that’s OK.

He wanted to know what was going on in their lives and whether there were some way he could help, even as he was confined to a bed.  

He understands what’s happening to him, how the tumors will quickly overrun his brain and it will soon be time to move on to the next phase of life.  He’s trying to wrap his arms around that too.

“Can’t worry about it, he said. What am I going to do? Besides, I have a nice room with a nice view.”

He’s turning his last few weeks into one more gift, a lasting reminder of what really matters.

We’re all neighbors.

Never miss a chance to do what neighbors do.

~The Neighbor

Till our paths cross again U. Steve.